Are you ready for evil? Well ready or not, DC is giving it to you. This entire month DC comics has decided to do nothing but villainy, and at the core of treacherous scheme is Forever Evil. Unfortunately it has to compete with not one, but two different events from Marvel: Infinity and Battle for the Atom. Find out if DC has what it takes to get your event dollars with your Major Spoilers review!
The hook at the end was intriguing
The rogues and Luthor are written well
Uses the house art style
This issue, and I have a feeling the entire event will follow suit, is pure Geoff Johns with all of his signature faults and strengths as a writer. Flash’s rogues gallery is written perfectly on character, the Bat-family characters are crude caricatures, Lex Luthor is almost scarily evil, the Crime Syndicate of America feel powerful and menacing and every other character falls on a narrow spectrum of shallow mediocrity. The little moments of intended characterization between villains fall completely flat; everyone addresses each other by their full monikers so as to keep it new reader friendly- but at the expense of dialogue flow. Another of John’s trademarks that pop up in the issue is having a silver age style central conceit that is treated in a very serious and overly grim way. In some places it works, like for showcasing Luthor’s un-wavering evil, but otherwise its just sort of immature and awkward. Despite all of its flaws, I am still excited to see to where this event goes- assuming they don’t retcon the issue’s ending reveal that could have some serious implications in the future.
The art is perfectly serviceable throughout the issue, no glaring mistakes to make note of, but it just follows DC’s house style, something I am not a fan of. It uses a lot of heavy shadows and conveys a feeling of treating itself a little too seriously. On top of that, all of the character re-designs from the New 52 already feel outdated and clash with the silver age feel of the concept, while those that have kept a classic design are at ends with the dark tone of the issue.
BOTTOM LINE: NEVER EVER
I just cannot recommend this book, especially with two other superhero events going on that I feel both outshine Forever Evil in terms of, well, everything. But if you already bought it, I would say you should seriously consider getting the next one and then deciding from there whether to drop it.