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#Lootcrate July 2014 (Villains) review: Necessary Evil DVD

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Necessary Evil DVD

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Loot Crate is a monthly service in which you receive geek-friendly merchandise at a discount, grouped around a particular theme. This month’s theme was villains, which is pretty broad – villains are in all kinds of media so the possibilities for what might be inside were endless. This is a new one for my Loot Crates: a DVD. Here's what Loot Crate has to say about it:

Christopher Lee narrates this awesome documentary that explores the villains of the DC Universe from over seven decades of incredible comic book chaos! Find out just what goes into bringing the Rogues Gallery to life in every issue of your favorite books with the Necessary Evil DVD!

Besides the fact that I'm not sure how many people even know what a DVD is anymore, Necessary Evil turns out to be a very serious and comprehensive overview of the villains of the DC universe across all forms of media. In fact, comic books arguably get the latest of the spotlight, overshadowed by the many 2-E and 3-D cartoons and of course the live action films.

The beginning of the documentary starts with a series of trailers for other DC films, but really it never stops. Saved at least in part by the venerable Christopher Lee's narration, the rest of the interviews are self-congratulatory exposes by creators and animation showrunners (including Paul Dini and Andrea Romano).

I know the cartoons well but not the comics, so for me Black Hand was a revelation, among a few others. Overall it's an interesting overview of the DC universe's dark side. How enlightening it is really depends on your familiarity with the DC Universe. Three out of five stars.

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