Forever Evil #2

Forever Evil #2

Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: David Finch
Inker: Richard Friend
Colorist: Sonia Oback
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Artists: David Finch, Richard Friend and Sonia Oback
Variant Cover Artists:  Ethan Van Sciver, David Finch and Richard Friend

Warning: This review contains spoilers.

Forever Evil #2 undoes some of the damage of the first issue but also weaves in some nice story threads. Lex’s storyline is definitely the strong point of the series. Watching him react to the Crime Syndicate and rationalize out what’s going is pretty enjoyable. It adds a nice cerebral element to the story, as he’s one of the few characters who are actually thinking ahead. Yet for all the villain focus the series is touting, I was surprised at home many superheroes were in this one.

The issue starts off with another nice little character focus on Lex Luthor. This time Lex muses about rat traps and building a better one. It provides a nice setup for where his character is going in regards to the Crime Syndicate. Like the first issue, Lex is once again faced with a situation where he shows his ruthlessness. Yet despite that, he’s also setting himself up against the primary villains of the series. It puts the reader in a bit of a quandary. Who do you root for?

Alas, it appears all the superheroes aren’t dead, at least yet. Robin and the Teen Titans make some brash plans to attack the Crime Syndicate. On top of that, readers discover that Batman and Superman are still alive. I have to admit, that was a big letdown as it really took out a lot of the steam the first issue built up. Forever Evil #1 presented readers with a story where the bad guys won; the good guys were all dead. Now everything is being reversed and it’s only issue #2. Toward the end, there’s an opportunity for Johnnie Lightning to even the score again by wiping out the Teen Titans, but they just end up being zapped into the future. On the plus side, Lex gets his power armor and hooks up with Bizarro.

A strange element in the story is the leaders of the Crime Syndicate. I still don’t have a very firm grasp on them. I haven’t read a lot of DC Comics, so this is my first introduction to these Earth-Three characters who have appeared in other series. It’s hard for me to adjust to this idea of a guy named Owlman who talks about Gotham. On one hand he seems like a cheap knockoff of Batman and on the other hand it cuts too close to the mark. Couldn’t they give his city a different name? I was especially weirded out by Earth-Three Alfred who looks like the Joker. Then there’s Power Ring who comes off like a coward and has some issue where his power ring is corrupting and decaying his hand. He seems pretty eager to take it off, yet the other characters want him to keep it on despite what it might do to him. There’s a lot of strange stuff going on.

The artwork in this issue continues to be pretty good. There’s a nice level of detail and lots of bright, vibrant coloring. Lex and Bizarro get a really nice full-page layout, and overall the panels have a nice sense of focus. There’s always something interesting to look at without a lot of wasted space. Though there was one panel that didn’t make sense. Owlman and Ultraman are having a talk. Ultraman says he’s heading to Khandaq and flies off. Then the very next panel shows Ultraman standing next to Owlman. Three panels later, it appears what was colored/drawn as Ultraman was suppose to be Superwoman. The only other issue I had was when Atomica flies into Supergirl’s throat and then crawls out. It didn’t make any sense whatsoever.

Like issue #1, I give Forever Evil #2 a four out of five metal bikinis. There’s some fun elements and nice artwork, but it isn’t perfect. If you like DC villains, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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