Forever Evil #2 Review

The dark reign over the New 52 continues, but is the story of the Crime Syndicate and their power play still interesting?  Read on to find out

The official description from DC:

The villains have taken over the world! The Teen Titans fight back! Can the inexperienced teen heroes do what the adults could not? (Answer: Nope. It goes very poorly.)

This rebooted universe is in turmoil, as the evil versions of our most cherished defenders use all the players on the board to take control.  There’s violence and chaos in the streets but the question still remains: where’s the Justice League?  To the creative team’s credit there’s so much going on that fans are sure to be enthralled enough that they cease to care about details regarding their staple icons, instead fanboys and fangirls should strap themselves in for what promises to be a bumpy ride.

Geoff Johns, the architect behind this tale of madness handily weaves together the repercussions of Trinity War.  This is DC Comics at it’s best, as the scribe takes all the characters he can fit into this release and sets them up in interesting situations.  Even in the wake of a potential defender allegiances are tested as some structural difficulties become apparent.  There’s plenty of moments where the author plays up classic tropes, and that to me was the only slight blemish to an otherwise engaging script.  I just felt that the attempts to wink at their core audience forced a character inclusion that just wasn’t necessary.

I’ve always been a fan of David Finch.  Going as far back as his time with Top Cow on Ascension, the talent has always caught my eye.  He offered a level of detail and artistry matched only by a select few, but with that said there were some moments where characters looked a tad bit too stiff.  Thankfully these were few and far between as the overall design birthed enough visual candy to make the whole of this event more than worthwhile.

Forever Evil #2 represents a epic saga that’s worthy of its placement among this re-imagined universe.  Recommended.


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