DC's Year of the Villain - Complete Cover Checklist

The events of Dark Nights: Metal have transpired, and the Omega Titans have been thrust into the DC Universe after the destruction of the Source Wall. They’ve begun their attack on the main universe, and some of the most feared and vile villains in the DCU are running amok. The Year of the Villain (YotV) is upon us!


YotV is a cross-over story arc that takes place in many of the monthly titles solicited by DC. On top of the monthly books where the story unfolds, we’ve been given One-Shots of some of the more popular and noteworthy characters involved in this dark tryst.


Year of the Villain #1 begins the arc with some spectacular cover art by Greg Capullo, Stanly “Artgerm” Lau, Alex Maleev, & Jim Cheung. There will also be One-Shots for Black Adam, Black Mask, Harley Quinn, Lex Luthor, Ocean Master, The Riddler, Sinestro, and…. the Dark Star of the DC Universe… The Joker!


Batman’s #1 nemesis who debuted in Batman #1 way back in 1940, and perhaps the most famous villain in comic book history, The Joker gets the royal treatment in this lot of One-Shot titles. On top of the Tan/Deering primary cover, there are a multitude of store variants. You’ll see some astounding artwork by Garner, Brown, Lim, Jock, and some of the modern-day Italian Renaissance painters: Mattina, Dell’Otto, & Parillo (personal favorites).


If you’re a fan of the darker side of DC, or just love to collect beautiful artwork by supremely talented artists, get your hands on these Year of the Villain One-Shot variant covers!


Stay tuned for all known, and upcoming, cover announcements!


Written by Anthony Puleo


Year of the Villain #1 - Publisher Covers

DCs Year of the Villain #1 - Greg Capullo Cover

Greg Capullo Cover

DCs Year of the Villain #1 - Stanley Artgerm Lau 1:100 Cheetah Variant Cover

Stanley "Artgerm" Lau 1:100 Cheetah Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain #1 - Alex Maleev 1:250 Lex Luthor Variant Cover

Alex Maleev 1:250 Lex Luthor Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain #1 - Jim Cheung 1:500 Batman Who Laughs Variant Cover

Jim Cheung 1:500 Batman Who Laughs Variant Cover


Year of the Villain One-Shots - Publisher Covers

Joker #1 Blank Cover holding on official image release

DCs Year of the Villain - Black Adam #1 Klaus Janson Cover

Black Adam #1 Klaus Janson Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Black Mask #1 Mitch Gerads Cover

Black Mask #1 Mitch Gerads Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Lex Luthor #1 Francis Manapul Cover

Lex Luthor #1 Francis Manapul Cover


DCs Year of the Villain - Riddler #1 Mikel Janin Cover

Riddler #1 Mikel Janin Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Sinestro #1 Brandon Peterson Cover

Sinestro #1 Brandon Peterson Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Ocean Master #1 Francesco Mattina Cover

Ocean Master #1 Francesco Mattina Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Harley Quinn #1 Amanda Connerina Cover

Harley Quinn #1 Amanda Connerina Cover



Year of the Villain One-Shots - Retailer Variant Covers

Joker #1

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 The Comic Mint Mike Mayhew Trade Dress Variant Cover

The Comic Mint Mike Mayhew Trade Dress Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 The Comic Mint Mike Mayhew Virgin Variant Cover

The Comic Mint Mike Mayhew Virgin Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 The Comic Mint Mike Mayhew Minimal Trade Dress Variant Cover

The Comic Mint Mike Mayhew Minimal Trade Dress Variant Cover


DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Scorpion Comics Lucio Parrillo Trade Dress Variant Cover

Scorpion Comics Lucio Parrillo Trade Dress Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Scorpion Comics Lucio Parrillo Minimal Trade Dress Variant Cover

Scorpion Comics Lucio Parrillo Minimal Trade Dress Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Scorpion Comics Clayton Crain Trade Dress Variant Cover

Scorpion Comics Clayton Crain Trade Dress Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Scorpion Comics Clayton Crain Minimal Trade Dress Variant Cover

Scorpion Comics Clayton Crain Minimal Trade Dress Variant Cover


DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Scorpion Comics Clayton Crain Convention Variant Cover

Scorpion Comics Clayton Crain Convention Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Frankies Comics Francesco Mattina Trade Dress Variant Cover

Frankies Comics Francesco Mattina Trade Dress Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Frankies Comics Francesco Mattina Minimal Trade Dress Variant Cover

Frankies Comics Francesco Mattina Minimal Trade Dress Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Frankies Comics Purple Blank Variant Cover

Frankies Comics Purple Blank Variant Cover


DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Bulletproof Comics Gabriele Dell Otto Trade Dress Variant Cover

Bulletproof Comics Gabriele Dell'Otto Trade Dress Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Bulletproof Comics Gabriele Dell Otto Virgin Variant Cover

Bulletproof Comics Gabriele Dell'Otto Virgin Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Bulletproof Comics Gabriele Dell Otto Minimal Trade Dress Variant Cover

Bulletproof Comics Gabriele Dell'Otto Minimal Trade Dress Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Midtown Comics Doug Mahnke Variant Cover

Midtown Comics Doug Mahnke Variant Cover


DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Comics Elite Ryan Kincaid Trade Dress Variant Cover

Comics Elite Ryan Kincaid Trade Dress Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Comics Elite Ryan Kincaid Virgin Variant Cover

Comics Elite Ryan Kincaid Virgin Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Comics Elite Ryan Kincaid Easter Egg Virgin Variant Cover

Comics Elite Ryan Kincaid Easter Egg Virgin Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 East Side Comics Alex Garner Variant Cover

East Side Comics Alex Garner Variant Cover


DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Forbidden Planet Jock Trade Dress Variant Cover

Forbidden Planet Jock Trade Dress Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Forbidden Planet Jock Minimal Trade Dress Variant Cover

Forbidden Planet Jock Minimal Trade Dress Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Forbidden Planet Jock Virgin Variant Cover

Forbidden Planet Jock Virgin Variant Cover


DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Frankies Comics JeeHyung Lee Trade Dress Variant Cover

Frankies Comics JeeHyung Lee Trade Dress Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Frankies Comics JeeHyung Lee Virgin Variant Cover

Frankies Comics JeeHyung Lee Virgin Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Frankies Comics JeeHyung Lee Harley Quinn Bat Variant Cover

Frankies Comics JeeHyung Lee Harley Quinn Bat Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Frankies Comics JeeHyung Lee Joker Graffiti Variant Cover

Frankies Comics JeeHyung Lee Joker Graffiti Variant Cover


DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Unknown Comics Ryan Brown Trade Dress Variant Cover

Unknown Comics Ryan Brown Trade Dress Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Unknown Comics Ryan Brown Minimal Trade Dress Variant Cover

Unknown Comics Ryan Brown Minimal Trade Dress Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Planet Awesome Collectibles Bosslogic Trade Dress Variant Cover

Planet Awesome Collectibles Bosslogic Trade Dress Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Planet Awesome Collectibles Bosslogic Minimal Trade Dress Variant Cover

Planet Awesome Collectibles Bosslogic Minimal Trade Dress Variant Cover


DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Silent Partner Comics Kendrick Lim Trade Dress Variant Cover

Silent Partner Comics Kendrick Lim Trade Dress Variant Cover

DCs Year of the Villain - Joker #1 Silent Partner Comics Kendrick Lim Minimal Trade Dress Variant Cover

Silent Partner Comics Kendrick Lim Minimal Trade Dress Variant Cover


Know of any more covers we're missing? Let us know in the comments below.

Written by Nathan Liberty and edited by Dr. No.

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