I'm thrilled to say that every issue I mention here surpasses their respective #1, and that's saying a huge deal. These are my favorite villains from the second week of DC's #2s.
#1: I'm Not Sure from Suicide Squad #2
(Written by ADAM GLASS, Art by FEDERICO DELLOCCHIO and RANSOM GETTY, Cover by RYAN BENJAMIN)
No, I'm not sure is not the name of a villain. I'm just really not sure who the villain is in Suicide Squad. Suicide Squad is a group of supervillains forced by the government (by nano-bombs inside of their bodies) to do what the government has to get done without having their names attached to the job. Their first mission lives up to the concept.
The villain that makes the top of this list is not who the squad fought, but is instead the squad itself. I think. What's so amazing about this book is that the protagonists are all people who have killed in cold blood, yet the reader is challenged to sympathize with them. The concept of anti-hero is taken to the extreme.
What happens when you force a bunch of expendable, superpowered murderers together on a government-sanctioned team that officially does not exist? Suicide Squad happens, and it's gruesome.
#2: Sinestro from Green Lantern #2
(Written by GEOFF JOHNS, Art and cover by DOUG MAHNKE and CHRISTIAN ALAMY)
Sinestro is a villain's villain. Being one of the most recognizable antagonists in all of the DCU, he has a bit of an unfair advantage. Sinestro, however, is at the top of his game in Green Lantern #2.
Sinestro is such a great enemy for Hal Jordan because he is calm, collected, and in control. Sinestro has all the power, and he has the opportunity to commit gross evil (I was upset when I thought he might do something). Instead, though, he saves the day. To prove a point.
Sinestro stands out as a wonderfully unique, complex villain. I can't wait to see more of him in #3, and it's great he's getting just as much of the spotlight as Hal Jordan.
#3: Daemonites from Grifter #2
(Written by NATHAN EDMONDSON, Art and cover by CAFU and JASON GORDER)
Daemonites barely appear at all in Grifter #2, but that's enough for me. Daemonites put Cole Cash (Grifter) in one of the worst spots a superhero can be: being viewed as evil.
Daemonites, aliens that possess humans, can only be recognized by Grifter. So, when he suddenly attacks a police officer, the only person besides him who knows the entity inside the officer was talking about murdering him is the reader. To everyone else, he's (brutally) assaulting a policeman.
Daemonites are merciless, and daemonites are everywhere. Grifter certainly has his work cut out for him.
#4: The Questing Queen from Demon Knights #2
(Written by PAUL CORNELL, Art by DIOGENES NEVES and OCLAIR ALBERT, Cover by TONY S. DANIEL)
This is one crazy woman. The Questing Queen is incredibly hungry for land and power. She's fueled by intense avarice, and will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
She has a a huge army at her command and an evil magician, Mordu, as a lover. The hell her forces reign on an innocent village are mighty, and it seems like that's just the beginning.
What really makes her such an awesome villain, though, is that she does everything with a bit of elegance. You can tell she's always in control of the situation, and when she sentences hundreds to die, she does it with an air of nonchalant grace. I look forward to seeing more of her insanity in action.