Published by: DC Comics (April 2021)
Reviewed by: Steve Younis
A sequel to the excellent “Dear Justice League” from 2020, “Dear DC Super-Villains” by Michael Northrop with fantastic art by Gustavo Duarte is every bit of fun as it predecessor.
Once again the story is broken up into chapters that focus on one member of the Legion of Doom. However, Northrop ties each chapter together with an overarching story that brings everything together by the end of the book.
“Dear DC Super-Villains” finds super villains like Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Gorilla Grodd, Sinestro, Giganta, Black Manta, and Katana in a bit of chaos, as their leader, Lex Luthor is languishing in jail, and the villains are directionless without him. As they go about their nefarious deeds, the villains take some time out to answer emails, texts and letters from young children who are either fans, antagonists or just curious about the person they’re writing to.
“Dear DC Super-Villains” is obviously aimed at younger readers, and like “Dear Justice League,” Northrop makes it fun, with lots of humor. Gustavo Duarte’s artwork compliments the story perfectly. It’s light and hilarious, with little in-jokes thrown in that add to the experience.
I love the idea of these villains being involved in social media and letter writing, especially Lex, who has so much time to kill (being in prison) that he spends time answering letters from children that would normally be insignificant if he was free.
Rating – 5 (out of 5): All in all, like the first book, “Dear DC Super-Villains” is definitely worth your time. Both it and “Dear Justice League” are books I would highly recommend to DC fans of all ages.
About the Author & Artist:
Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of Scholastic’s new multi-platform series TombQuest. His first young adult novel, Gentlemen, earned him a Publishers Weekly Flying Start citation, and his second, Trapped, was an Indie Next List selection. His first middle grade novel, Plunked, was named one of the best children’s books of the year by the New York Public Library and was selected for NPR’s Backseat Book Club. He is originally from Salisbury, Connecticut, a small town in the foothills of the Berkshire mountains, where he mastered the arts of BB gun shooting, tree climbing, and field goal kicking with only moderate injuries. After graduating from NYU, he worked at Sports Illustrated Kids magazine for 12 years, the last five of those as baseball editor.
Gustavo Duarte is a Brazilian cartoonist, graphic designer, and comics creator and currently resides in São Paulo. For the last 20 years, Duarte’s cartoons and illustrations have been published in some of the most popular publications in Brazil. In 2009 Duarte began publishing his own comics like Monsters!, Có!, Birds, and others. In addition to his own works, Duarte has also written and illustrated comics for major publishers including DC (BIZARRO) and Marvel (Guardians of the Galaxy and Lockjaw), among others.
About DC Kids FanDome and how to Read Dear Justice League at the event:
On September 12 for 24 hours only, young fans around the world can read the entire Dear Justice League graphic novel for FREE via the DC Kids Comics Reader at DC Kids FanDome. It’s a great way to gear up for the sequel!
DC Kids FanDome is the kid-friendly virtual companion event to DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse that celebrates all things DC – comics, film, movies, games, TV and more! The 24-hour festivities kick off at 10:00a.m. PT on September 12 and DC Kids FanDome can be accessed via a separate web address at dckidsfandome.com.