Forever Evil #1




Comic series


Release date

September 4, 2013
7 out of 10
Where it spans the entire DC universe and encompasses all titles but given how let down I felt by the promise the New 52 “reboot” had…..I’m still inclined to take this with a pinch of salt. That being said, in the hands of Johns…..I can see something truly worthwhile coming from this event but only time will tell in the remaining 6 issues of Forever Evil.
With evil running amuck, the issue closes with a feat of Superman-like daring we haven't seen the real Supes even come close to accomplishing yet. Let's just leave it at the world is now shrouded in metaphorical and literal darkness thanks to the positioning of an entire celestial body in front of the sun.
4 out of 5
DC had me at Earth 3…This is easily one of the most important events to happen since the New 52 started. Why did they have to kill dark Aquaman though?
8 out of 10
As a DC fan I’m happy, but as a Nightwing fan I’m unhappy. Still, I recommend you pick this one up. You’ll want in on the debate about whether or not what happens here is good or bad for the future of the bat-titles. Note: I suggest you read the last issue of Trinity War before reading Forever Evil #1.
I don’t know what I was expecting from the first issue of this event. There’s a lot of set-up, but it’s not particularly interesting or well written. Hopefully the rest of the event gets better. I’ll be interested in seeing what the lasting effects, if any, there are from this. We know the Justice League will be back, it’s just a matter of when and how.
Forever Evil #1 is a fantastic launch with a couple of exceptional moments. This is exactly what the first issue of an event comic should be. Johns comes out with both barrels blazing and gives us the super villain team up we've been waiting for.
8 out of 10
I’m anxious for the next issue, just like I was with Trinity War, and I really can’t wait to see what happens next.
2.5 out of 5
It was like that rolling wave of Zombies in World War Z except they were all asking for variant covers and extra bags and boards.
4 out of 5 stars
This is an issue that can be appreciated after the first reading, but to gain the full effect and understanding it will need to be revisited. Be warned…it is a bleak issue, but that’s the point. It’s time to indulge your dark side and embrace Forever Evil!
8.5 out of 10
Forever Evil is the kind of comic book that you can just sit down and enjoy. It doesn’t need to break any walls or have a quirky art style to be successful. All you need is a good story with some exciting art in order to create an engaging comic book. I’m very excited for issue #2 already.
Forever Evil has gotten off to a good start, let’s hope Johns can keep it up, and this is more of a Sinestro Corps War than a Blackest Night, he’s got to do a good job, this is as I said, the first big DC event since Flashpoint, they need to make it count.
4 out of 5
Geoff Johns actually does a good job of setting up the story and introducing most of the major players.
6 out of 10
Was Forever Evil #1 a perfect comic book issue? No. Did it capture my interest in the story? Yes. In the end that was all I could ask for from Forever Evil #1 after being disappointed by the majority of the non-Batman New 52 line of comic books. Geoff Johns was able to hook me into a story I had no idea what expect from it. Johns was able to do this in a way that instantly puts the heroes of the DC Universe in peril as they are outgunned and outmatched by the joint force of the Crime Syndicate and Secret Society. Johns was even able to execute the Nightwing reveal in an effective manner, even though I have my doubts about its long-term effects. My enjoyment of the story makes the fact that the artwork was such a mess slightly depressing. Hopefully David Finch can pick up his game because Forever Evil has the potential to regain my interest in many of the comic books that DC Comics is publishing.
All in all, I thought it was a pretty good start to the event, if anything, it gave a lot to digest, almost too much, but with this playing out in the mini series and other tie ins, I'm really looking forward to seeing how this all gets expanded upon.
3.5 out of 5 stars
In its chilling first issue, "Forever Evil" delivers a solid story rife with Geoff Johns' effective character use and David Finch's stunning artwork. Although the book suffers from confusing timelines and episodic material, its debut shows promise through some exceptionally notable moments and strong visual command. "Forever Evil" #1 paves the way for an interesting new epoch at DC Comics with a concept that will hopefully be just as effective in the tie-ins as it was here.
4 out of 5 stars
There is plenty of action and destruction. Geoff Johns and David Finch mean serious business here. You won't want to miss this.
3.5 out of 5
Forever Evil is a nice bit of something fun with the hints of something a bit stronger beneath the surface, but if you’re at all fed up with Geoff Johns or DC’s direction, it probably won’t be the thing to put you at ease.
Overall, Forever Evil #1 is off to a good start after the somewhat anti-climatic ending to Trinity War. As true unrelenting evil spreads across the globe, it’s up to surviving heroes and villains with a code of honor to set things right. Let’s see what the next six months hold for the DC Universe. It will be interesting to say the least.
Grade: B+
I trust this one will pay off nicely - but it's not so nice at this point.
Grade: B-
Like its star characters, this series has some serious flaws, but also like its characters, hope remains that this can all turn to some good in the end.
I want to see more of is the villains being villains. They control the world; now they need to act on it. Plus, where are the heroes? Who will stop the villians? What’s going to happen to one particular hero who was unmasked? Johns has a lot he needs to address, so hopefully the next issue picks up and he delivers on his promise to make this truly a very dark moment in DC’s history.
8 out of 10
“Forever Evil” has a lot of great things going for it; a strong concept, a compelling mystery, and a large pool of characters, any of which could become a breakout hit in the hands of a writer like Johns. The book, while a little wonky at times, is also extremely strong in the art department.
We’re trying to drive you to the poorhouse. A resounding BUY. Big in its ideas, big in its execution, and big in its ‘importance’; Forever Evil looks to knock the DCU on its rump just as it got to its legs. But it is oh-so-fun to watch…
On the whole, there was a lot I liked about Forever Evil #1. The tweaks that Johns has made to some of the Syndicate are interesting (although I want to see how many issues it takes for Ultraman to get Krypt-Mouth), and enough groundwork has been laid that I’m looking forward to seeing the Titans come in and get their asses kicked before Captain Cold and the Rogues start chipping at things from the inside before Joker shows Power Ring the true meaning of fear. A lot of how well I follow this event will hinge on whether Johns does something different than Marvel with Spider-Man and Daredevil with Nightwing’s unmasking… and if there’s a Goddamned climax to the thing.
6 out of 10
Forever Evil #1 is an interesting set-up. The teams takes some legacy DC concepts and does their best to fit them within the New 52. Pulling it off will be the real trick.
Geoff Johns clearly relishes putting dialogue in the mouths of characters like Lex Luthor and Ultraman, and the repeated themes about "survival of the fittest" read like a sidways dig at a number of political arguments leveled against the less fortunate in our world. David Finch and Richard Friend do a capable job on the art, although his real strength comes in effectively pulling off the big supervillain crowd scene (another standard event trope, but subverted just enough to make it fun) that comes in the middle of the book.
9 out of 10
It’s good and engaging setup with how the world has changed and showed how big and dangerous these villains are. The artwork is questionable, but it sort of fits with the tone of this whole series in a way. Forever Evil seems promising; hopefully it can deliver throughout the upcoming months.
Forever Evil #1 is a good DCU event book, but one which could do with a bit of oomph. Let's see if the second issue delivers that.
7 out of 10
Johns has given us the solid foundations of an epic event, just as he did with “Trinity War” before it. Yet this has a familiar feeling to it, and it’s almost like starting over after coming so close to something that felt like a conclusion to two years worth of questions. With villain origin stories popping up all across the line, perhaps a New Dark 52 is on the horizon.