DC’s Crime Syndicate Returns!

Spinning out of “Dark Nights: Death Metal”, the DC Multiverse is reborn, and with it a new Earth-3!

What if the Justice League decided to rule the world instead of protect it?

A paranoid titan (Ultraman), a narcissist (Super Woman), a nihilist (Owlman), a broken moral compass (Power Ring/Emerald Knight), a sociopath (Johnny Quick) and a sadist (Atomica). Does the world stand a chance?

Crime Syndicate
Crime Syndicate #1 cover artwork by Jim Cheung

Spoiler alert: No. No, it does not. Writer Andy Schmidt and artist Kieran McKeown will launch DC’s new Crime Syndicate mini-series on March 2 to tell the origin of the evil Justice League from Earth-3!

Spinning out of the pages of Dark Nights: Death Metal, the DC Multiverse is reborn, and with it a new Earth-3! Witness the true origins of the malevolent makers of mayhem known as the Crime Syndicate as a common foe unites them! But how long can alliances last between villains like these?

“Kieran and I were given a once a lifetime opportunity to build a world from the ground up,” said writer Andy Schmidt. “We’re establishing the Crime Syndicate’s origin story for the first time—how and why they came together. And we’re not taking it lightly. You’ll find that you’ve entered a fully realized world—this is the story of the Crime Syndicate, but it’s also the story of Earth-3 and it moves fast and pulls no punches.”

Also in this debut issue, witness the origin of Ultraman in our special backup story drawn by super-star artist Bryan Hitch!

CRIME SYNDICATE by Andy Schmidt and Kieran McKeown is a six-issue mini-series debuting on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, with a cover by Jim Cheung and a variant cover by Skan.

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December 15, 2020 4:52 pm

I’ll be honest, I hate it when villains get their own titles. To me to turn the spotlight on them just seems like glorifying them and what they do. At least with a character like Catwoman she’s more/less what in wrestling you’d call a “tweeter” in between being a “baby face” (hero) or “heel” (villain). So in that instance I can see a tiny bit of room for why she might make a worthy protagonist even though I prefer her as a character in Batman. I also don’t buy into that “Lethal Protector” jazz they try to do sometimes with… Read more »

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December 15, 2020 5:25 pm
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Ugh, I really wish the edit function didn’t expire. That should read “tweener” for the wrestling term.

December 16, 2020 10:49 am
Reply to  MattComics

I agree. I have no desire to see the worst human traits expounded upon on a regular basis in any character. I really have no idea why so many are drawn to evil or broken characters so regularly. It was old 20 years ago imo.

December 16, 2020 11:37 am

Yep. Old yet treat like the new hotness. And if that wasn’t enough there’s also been the constant desire to take actually heroic characters and tear them down. It’s crass, lazy, and cynical yet held up as innovative.

And you know I get not wanting the characters to necessarily be kind of cardboard paragons but the constant quest for “feet of clay” has a way of just dragging these heroes and their legacies through the mud. Short term shock with little thought to long term damage.