First look: DC's Action Comics Villains month - Zod, Lex Luthor and more plus Michael Alan Nelson talks Cyborg Superman

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Soon enough bad guys will rule the world, as DC Comics has announced September 2013 will be Villains Month. During September, the DC Universe villains will take over all of the New 52 titles, with each getting their own single-issue stories. The comics released during Villains month will also feature 3D motion variant covers that can be purchased in stores.

Zap2it has your first look at the four titles that will be published under Action Comics, a Superman series. Each issue will focus on a dangerous foe from Superman's past. Below you'll find the covers, one of which isn't final, along with the solicitations used to convince comic book stores to stock up.

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Action Comics #23.1: Cyborg Superman
Written by Michael Alan Nelson
Art by Mike Hawthorne
3-D motion cover by Aaron Kuder
On sale September 4 - 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US - RATED T

Deep in space sits a cybernetic force of evil unlike any other. What terrible connection does Cyborg Superman share with Krypton? And what alien force commands the robotic terror? Find out here!

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Action Comics #23.2: General Zod
Written by Greg Pak
Art by Ken Lashley
3-D motion cover by Gene Ha
On sale September 11 - 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US - RATED T

General Zod storms into The New 52! Witness the origin of this genocidal maniac, and learn how far he will go to destroy those who oppose him!

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Action Comics #23.3: Lex Luthor
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Raymund Bermudez
3-D motion cover by Aaron Kuder
On sale September 18 - 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US - RATED T

Evil genius, sadistic businessman, sociopathic inmate -- Lex Luthor is all this and more. Now released from prison, there is nothing to stop Luthor from getting his way ... not even Superman!

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Action Comics #23.4: Metallo
Written by Sholly Fisch
Art by Will Conrad
3-D motion cover by Aaron Kuder
On sale September 25 - 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US - RATED T

Before he became Metal-Zero, John Corben had two great loves: his country and Lois Lane. Awakening from a coma after the events of Action Comics #8, Corben finds himself betrayed by both -- and now his Kryptonite heart beats only for revenge! And when he joins up with the Secret Society, there's no limit to the destruction he can cause!

Zap2it was also able to speak with Michael Alan Nelson regarding his specific issue, "Cyborg Superman." and what he's looking forward to during Villains month.

Zap2it: For those who are new to the series, who, exactly, is Cyborg Superman?

Michael Alan Nelson: That is a great question, but one I hesitate to answer because we haven't seen Cyborg Superman in the New 52 Universe yet. That is actually a nice thing for readers who may not be familiar with the series. You don't have to have any pre-existing knowledge of who Cyborg Superman is in order to understand the story. We're all going to be meeting him for the first time. And since I don't want to give anything away, the best answer I can give is that I can neither confirm nor deny the identity of Cyborg Superman. What I can say is that he's a man driven by an overwhelming sense of insufficiency, inadequacy, and he believes Supergirl can help him overcome this thing he sees as his own desperate flaw. 

What is it about that character that you're drawn to?

He's a creature of extremes. There's a purpose-driven maliciousness to him that is just so much fun to write. But he also has this absent memory of somehow not being good enough that's always eating away at him. Perfection is a big thing for him and, as we'll learn, on the surface why that it. But there's something else about his past that he's simply unaware of that is buried deep within his subconscious that pushes him. And it's fun to play with that, seeing his actions through the lens of his subconscious trying to work through demons he doesn't even knows he has.

What familiar DC faces should people expect to see the character cross paths with in the book?

If I told you that, I'd be giving away the farm. But we'll be seeing a few familiar faces. Some good, and one not so good. Not so good at all.

How much will your Cyborg Superman be influenced or based on the previous incarnation?

Not much at all, really. We wanted to make him something new, something specific to Supergirl and in order to do that, we had to step away from the pre-52 character and redesign him from the ground up. I'm sure there will be some parallels between them, but they won't be the core concepts of who he is as a character and why he is the way he is.

Besides Cyborg Superman, who is your all-time favorite villain?

Lex Luthor. Not the most original, I know, but damn do I love that guy. He's brilliant, ruthless, and most of all, he does what he does because he believes it's right. If I were going to be a villain, it'd be that guy.

Besides your title, which 'Villains Month' book are you most excited for?

Lex Luthor. I can't wait to read that issue!
Photo/Video credit: DC
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