Written by: Geoff Johns
Penciler: David Finch
Inker: Richard Friend
Published by: DC Comics
*DISCLAIMER* This review will contain spoilers to the Trinity War finale!
Here we are folks! The Crime Syndicate has defeated the Justice League and the villains are running rampant in the DCU!
The issue begins with Lex Luthor recalling a story from his childhood that drove him to be evil. This is the lead in to us seeing Luthor strong-arming a business owner into selling Lex his company or his family’s safety will be compromised. All of this is just a prelude until the fun begins, and the baddies are running amuck breaking each other out of every super-prison known to the DCU, all done as an invitation to join the super-evil army of the Crime Syndicate.
Once again Geoff Johns delivers on the first issue of an event. While I’m not super excited for a month of evil, it’s a lot of fun to see the other side of the coin for once. I wonder how long Johns can keep up the momentum of a superhero story with no superheroes though. I know this is going to change the landscape of the New 52, but I’m worried a 6-issue arc may be too many books and too much time for ‘Forever Evil’ to do what DC wants it to do.
The cover of this book set the bar high, and the art team delivered and then some on it. While there’s not much ‘action’ per say, there’s plenty of villainous powers on display and it’s a lot of fun to see what they can do…not to mention all of it is beautifully illustrated.
The end of issue 1 has an interesting, potential plot twist for one major player in the DCU and that alone has me excited for the next issue. As I said before, I really hope this arc doesn’t lose steam over a 6-issue, monthly release arc, but I’m in for the long haul! Aeternus Malum! Forever Evil!
3.5 out of 5 nerds