Forever Evil: Arkham War #1

Forever Evil: Arkham War #1

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Penciller: Scot Eaton
Inkers: Jaime Mendoza, Norm Rapmuno and Mick Gray
Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover Artists: Jason Fabok and Blond

For having the best cast and setup, Arkham War #1 is a little disappointing. Every Batman villain has been given free reign over Gotham. The Penguin has become the mayor. Bane is threatening to take over the entire city from the lunatics. What could go wrong?

Well, for starters, the writing. With dialog from Bane, Scarecrow, Professor Pyg and Penguin, the characterization is a kind of lackluster. Bane isn’t bad, but he isn’t great. Pyg is the best of the bunch, whereas Penguin and Scarecrow are both mediocre. Since the Penguin is set to be Bane’s rival, his role becomes one of the most important in the issue, and yet we don’t see much from him. He gets one scene where he belittles Scarecrow and uses his umbrella to break some model bridges while giving a spiel about standing up for Gotham. It just didn’t work that well for me. I didn’t find the story or the characters to be that compelling.

The art is okay, but the character palette is pretty simplistic. Pages get overly dominated by one color or another. Bane’s scenes in Blackgate prison are all drowned out in reds. There are a lot of scenes in Blackgate, too, and it really hurts the comic with all that red. The art just gets a drab feel to it. Outside of that, the panels were often heavily dominated by blues and violets. It didn’t bring a whole lot of life to the issue.

Overall, I’d give Forever Evil: Arkham War #1 a two and half metal bikinis out of five. The story and characters were really weak, and the art wasn’t enough to raise the score. It’s a mediocre start to this mini-series and it didn’t make me very anxious to read more. Your mileage may vary though, so it may be worth a look.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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