Well, my strategy here, especially since I'm not reading the Forever Evil event (comes out of Justice League eventitis and David Finch as artist? Forget it), is to go case by case. 1) Is it written by a writer I like? (I'm a writer-first reader, sue me.) 2) Do I a particular interest in the featured villain. And 3) is the special advancing a story I'm following at the moment, even if it's another book, and/or by a different writer?
Right away, if I tally up the villains that score on criterion #2, without looking at any creative teams, that would be just Lex Luthor, Bizarro, Brainiac, Arcane, Dial E, Deadshot and Killer Frost. However, #2 is not enough to get me reading if, for example, it's written by someone who's work I don't like, and in the case of Superman villains, well, I don't read very many Superman books these days for a good reason. Looking deeper, then...
-Cyborg-Superman just squeezes in because it's a story I've been following in Supergirl, the last remaining New52 Superman book still on my list (I'm all about Smallville Season 11 though). Why he's taking over Action instead of Supergirl, or in a blast from the past kind of way, Superman (the book he took over in Reign of the Supermen), I'll never know.
-The Joker: Nope sorry, not Snyder and overdosing on the character.
-Two-Face: Well ok. I'm reading Tomasi's Batman&Robin, and he's writing this .1. It will decide if I pick up any more of his issues.
-Ventriloquist: Why is this Dark Knight 23.1 when the character is a Batgirl villain written by Gail Simone??? I'm reading Batgirl, I'm reading this, and I'm gonna stop worrying about which villain takes over which book now. It seems to be down to marketing more than anything else.
-Poison Ivy: Nothing here for me.
-DeSaad: Earth 2 and not World's Finest?! (Crap, I promised I wouldn't mention it anymore, didn't I? Last time, I swear! And swearing is better than promising!) Anyway, it's a continuation of WF by Levitz and that's on my list.
-Count Vertigo: Lemire writes this Green Arrow chapter, so of course I'm reading it.
-Relic: Never heard of him. I don't read the GL books anymore.
-Darkseid: Greg Pak? I might give it a shot to see his take on the New Gods.
-The Creeper: The fact he's a villain is a sore point with me. Pass.
-Deadshot: Not reading Suicide Squad (has it gotten better since the change of writers?), but I'm Matt Kindt's little bitch.
-Bizarro: Sholly Fisch has a background in fun comics (Action Comics back-ups, Brave and the Bold and Cartoon Network), so this is a definite maybe.
-Grodd: Not reading Flash.
So this week, that's 5-7 comics out of 13. Like half! Is it just a big week for me, or is that a tendency that will be maintained over the next three? Well, Kindt is doing a lot more! Solomon Grundy, Harley Quinn and Sinestro! No choice. I'll definitely read Snyder's Riddler, Gates' Killer Frost, Soule's Lex Luthor and Arcane, Layman's Clayface, Miéville's Dial E, Ostrander's Cheetah, and Azzarello's First Born. MAYBE Grek Pak's Zod (but not Doomsday, I can't stomach Brett Booth's art), Palmiotti and Gray's Mr. Freeze, Tomasi's Scarecrow and Bane, and Fisch's Metallo.
Final tally: 16 to 23. If I stick to must-reads, I'm under the usual pull list, but I don't think it's a significant change. Ah well.
[Edit - Oh my, look at the comments for more, but since I wrote this last night, I've been having major culling impulses that could make Villains Month a jumping-off point for as much as two thirds my New52 pull list, and more besides. I'm already not getting all the villains issues I said I might. This week alone may drop to 3, with maybe no more than 9 others down the line.]