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FOREVER EVIL is the follow-up event from Trinity War and even as far back as JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 since the beginning of the New 52, as well as JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. Lots of little tiny hints have been put into play since the beginning of the New 52 under Geoff Johns that have finally been built up to this very event where the DC universe's villains come out to play without most the super-heroes. The concept sounds a lot like Marvel's DARK REIGN event years ago in a way, but this is much different. This is a celebration of the villains in number of ways that not all villains are alike; they're relative. And who better than to lead the villain charge than Lex Luthor at the helm.
FOREVER EVIL collects issues #1-7. After the end of Justice League: Trinity War (The New 52) (Jla (Justice League of America) (Graphic Novels)), the Crime Syndicate, an evil version of the Justice League from the alternate world of Earth-3, has taken over the current New 52 Earth-1 because the Syndicate "killed" the Justice League and most of the world's super heroes without any trace, as well as openly unmasked Nightwing as Dick Grayson to the world to show how serious they are. Under their new reign, Earth-1's villains now work under the Syndicate going to parts of the world finishing off any remaining potential threats. The thing is not all of the villains like or agree with the Syndicate including Lex Luthor, who just got out of prison and see's taking down the Syndicate as his sole reason in life to show the world doesn't need Superman to save them. Luthor is rounding up the villains that can possibly take down the Syndicate, and things get weirder when one of the Justice League members manages to survive the Syndicate: Batman!
First thing to clear up is that FOREVER EVIL spans various other titles like JUSTICE LEAGUE, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, and a few other books that I have mentioned at the end of this review. For the most part, all those other books are companion books that add additional layers the event, but thankfully, are not needed. Most of FOEVER EVIL is self-contained and gets readers up to speed if you decided to skip TRINITY WAR.
FOREVER EVIL is an engaging event that see's numerous insights of DC villains interaction with Luthor's perspective of the events unfold that is equal parts action oriented and insightful, while also showing readers the villainous Crime Syndicate being complete opposites of their Earth-1 counter parts in every way (Ultraman thinks only of himself and eats Kryptonite, whereas Superman puts other before himself and Kryptonite kills him for example). So while Earth-3 villains are showing readers how evil and convoluted their team is compared to the friendly and cooperative Justice League, we start understanding with Luthor's group (even liking them?) as the book goes on.
Johns has made a massive name for himself breathing new life into characters that need some attention when need be, but his biggest accomplishment might be his work on villains. His villains are morally complex that exist with shades of grey, so although they always are bad guys, we readers do at least understand why they are who they are. His work on Captain Cold on Flash, General Zod on Superman, Black Manta for Aquaman, and probably his best villain work with Sinestro on Green Lantern. Without spoiling who joins Luthors team, a few of these characters are part of Luthors rag-tag team and gives appropriate voices for each one, especially the new 52 Bizarro who feels like the Groot of the DC universe that I couldn't help but feel sorry for. But with FOREVER EVIL, Johns biggest focuses in this whole story is on Lex Luthor and again does a great job giving a complex insight. Johns portrayal of Luthor as someone who is misunderstood; he is equal parts evil schemer as he ruthlessly blackmails Ted Kord and tells Bizarro to kill a guard to prove his point, yet he is somewhat of trying to prove he's humanity's greatest hope as he gives insight on his life story like saving his sisters cat when he was younger or showing sympathy for Bizarro who is afraid of the dark. Johns plays Lex that you can see is evil, but at least we understand his him and that's part of what makes this event enjoyable.
All art is provided solely on David Finch who does a bang up job here. His greatest level of art comes with darker/villainous characters so this was a perfect choice. Highly detailed, the villains look and act crazy, and the tone is pretty dark. I know his Marvel work is still the best he ever did, but this is some of Finch's best work since doing DC. There are times his art does stumble though, where it feels wrong or rushed. Thankfully it's nothing to ruin the story.
Now in terms of flaws, I felt this event had a few, which the previous lead-in event TRINITY WAR had more than it's share of problems. The voice of Luthor might irk some fans because of his actions at times seem off. But there are various incarnations of the character you can pick from, but I found this version Luthor still likeable. Another flaw is Johns's voice for in-continuity Batman always sounds off in some shape or form. He does a workable job here, but there is one scene in particular where Luthor's gang fight and kill other villains their way to which Batman gets angry and proclaims their actions are wrong and he's taking over the team, which all the villains look like they're about to kill him where he stands if not for Luthor stepping in and Catwoman calming him down. Batman is a low-key tactile strategist and knows better than this and it just makes the character look dumb and begging to get killed. And because of this is an event, some level of status quo has to happen to change the comic universe that might tick people off; that being Nightwing's ongoing series by Kyle Higgins gets cancelled and gets rebooted and renamed as GRAYSON because of a certain event that happens in FOREVER EVIL. I won't spoil how or why it happens, but if you're one who has loved Higgins work on Nightwing this event is the reason it gets cancelled and rebooted. Otherr than that, I didn't have too many problems with this event.
So FOREVER EVIL is a pretty enjoyable look at Lex Luthor and the many DC villains when they all come together to fight other villains (which is nice considering it feels like most comics any more feel like heroes fight other heroes). Overall good character voices, a fair share action, mystery, twist-and-turns, and art make for a good stand-alone event. Even with the subtle flaws, the event did not wow me so I'm giving it 4 stars. FOREVER EVIL does end on some interesting parts that will effect the DC universe and event look like future setup for another event (DC says they will do events every 2 years; since FOREVER EVIL was 2013-2014, maybe we'll see it in end of 2015-2016?). But an overall good event.
Now just so you readers know, there are various tie-in trades fill in some of the little gaps in the main story line that I would like to point out if you are interest. Thankfully all of it is supplemental and are companion pieces that are not necessary to enjoy the main event. The following tie-ins are:
Justice League Vol. 5: Forever Heroes (The New 52): Explains Vic Stone, AKA Cyborg, and his perspective during the FOREVER EVIL event that allows introduces the Metal Men in the New 52 (that's not a spoiler because it's in the product description and back cover). As well as giving more personal insight on the Crime Syndicate's roster. A great read that truly enhances the main series.
Justice League of America Vol. 2: Survivors of Evil (The New 52) (Justice League (DC Comics)): Explains more insight on the missing Justice League members, but mostly stars Martian Manhunter and Stargirl as they try to fix the JL. An average read unless you are MM and Stargirl fans because they get a lot of screen time. Adds a little perspective to the main series and is okay, as well as ends JLA and gets rebooted into JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED/CANADA by Jeff Lemire.
Forever Evil: Arkham War (The New 52) deals with the numerous Batman rogues taking over Arkham asylum and fighting over it, which Bane steps up and see's protecting/taking over? Gotham his own way. Doesn't add really anything to the event and but Bane fans might really enjoy it. It doesn't add anything to the main series and is an okay read.
Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion (The New 52) is one of the best tie-ins to the main series that focuses on the Captain Cold and the Rogue's code of honor as a group and goes against the Syndicate. Very insightful read on the group and adds more depth to the main series. Recommended for Flash fans and as a companion piece.
Forever Evil: Blight shows John Constantine dealing with the numerous aspects occult heroes in the DC universe like JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA and PHANTOM STRANGER, and CONSTANTINE. Doesn't add much to the main series and is an okay read, but has a ton of content for the buck and collects the best amount of issues from all those series.
Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. (The New 52) shows a ruined ARGUS team lead by Steve Trevor who fight to protect the President of the United States from the various DC villains. Doesn't add much to the main series and is an okay read.
Suicide Squad Vol. 5: Walled In (The New 52) has ex-ARGUS leader Amanda Waller get the squad back together with the help of Jim Gordon to stop villains at Belle Reve. Doesn't add much to the main series and an average read. Also the last volume of SUICIDE SQUAD before it gets cancelled and rebooted.
Again, you do not need any other the following tie-ins to enjoy the main series.
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Title: Forever Evil (HC)
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: David Finch (pencils), Richard Friend (inks), Sonia Oback (colors), Finch, Friend & Oback (covers)
Collects: Forever Evil #1-7
Let's face it: villains are fun. The villains not only drive the story, they usually look cooler and are more entertaining to watch at work. In video games, people love the chance to be the bad guy - at least once in a while. This book puts readers squarely in the shoes of the villains, for once - Lex Luthor, in particular. In my opinion, there are far too few books that focus on the villains, so I was (naturally) thrilled when I heard about his project from Johns. Marvel put out some truly excellent book a few years ago, under the Dark Reign banner. Those books each focused on villain characters - some of whom had supplanted heroes and were now pretending TO BE heroes. Those books were some of my all-time favorite books, and the year-long project was one that readers won't soon forget. I was hoping that I would find something similar in this book. Though it turned out to be a bit different than what I had expected, it was not disappointing in the slightest.
The basic premise of this book is that the Crime Syndicate of Amerika (If you have never heard of this group of characters before, check out the book JLA Earth 2 for an excellent story and some background information!) has managed to do away with or remove the Justice League from our Earth and are now setting themselves up as the new planetary monarchs. They demand submission from everyone, and deal savagely with anyone who refuses to bow to their leadership. In the absence of Earth's greatest protectors, Lex Luthor, Black Adam, Sinestro and other super criminals form an alliance to get rid of these new, foreign menaces. Naturally, this leads to all sorts of tumultuous encounters and fisticuffs by the truckload. The book is a very fun read, and one that you won't want to put down once you start in. This is the best "event" comic that has come out of the New 52, thus far.
David Finch is an accomplished and famous artist who is probably best known for his dark illustrations of night-patrolling heroes. He seems most adept at drawing capes, claws, and beasties. This book gives him some good opportunities to draw those sorts of things, though the art in this book isn't his best work. (His best work, in my opinion, is still found in his first Moon Knight book - Moon Knight, Vol. 1: The Bottom) The diminished quality is understandable, as Finch isn't known to be the speediest of artists. Like many greats, he puts a lot of effort into his books to get the illustrations just the way he wants them to look. By being put upon to finish this mini-series by a specific hard-and-fast date, he was probably forced to cut a few corners and lessen the detail. I'm happy he was able to fully illustrate the entire story, even if it wasn't his best work. The artwork is still very good, and the overall story-telling is spot-on. Finch doesn't force any weird camera angles or experiment with panels that span page divides and make the flow of the story hard to decipher. The book is just told in a common, easy-to-read format that is what I prefer.
Johns' story-telling is pretty near perfect, too. I generally either love or hate Johns' work, and this book easily falls into the first classification. This book was a super fun and super cool read from start to finish. I can easily recommend this to any comic fan who just wants a fun story to read. I really enjoyed this book, and I think you will, as well. Considering the price that amazon is offering it at, you can't go wrong with this one!
Cool Factor: 10/10