Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: David Finch
Published by DC Comics
However unstable the Batman-and-assorted-villains team is, they’re making progress against the Syndicate and in saving our favorite recently-ousted hero.
Johns completes a masterful job of keeping the readers on their toes. We’ve all been hearing about some bad news for Dick Grayson, and that this was the issue to bring it to a head, and Johns does a brilliant job at keeping the reader wanting, both in what’s happening with Dick and with the mysterious ‘prisoner.’ While I’ve been enjoying Forever Evil thus far, this might have been my favorite issue yet.
I don’t quite know how I feel about Batman claiming he was going to kill Luthor if he took Dick off the machine by killing him. I just feel like that’s a slap to the face of Batman’s other child soldiers and allies, the ones he claims that, as much as he cares for them too, he wouldn’t cross that line. I get Dick is the golden child and all but…I don’t know, that just doesn’t seem right to me. However, I DID like that after Luthor did ‘kill’ Grayson, he was so adamant to Batman about how the situation could still be reversed. You sometimes forget that Luthor could put his mind to use for the greater good if he really wanted to. That was a really cool touch to the scene, I think.
But Alfred being gutted by Manta was AWESOME, as was Cold’s trick with the gun against Johnny Quick. I forget sometimes how much I love baddies.
I’m going to just come out and say it; David Finch draws a very attractive Dick Grayson. And that’s all that matters right? No, I kid. His stuff in this issue was fantastic. The awesomeness of the scenes with Manta and Cold being brilliant were only that was because of Finch’s work.
We’re about to have TWO Lex Luthors running around our planet, which I imagine can’t be good, since we can barely contain one! And alas, poor Dick Grayson, we barely knew thee…or did we?
4.5 out of 5 nerds