Forever Evil

Forever Evil

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"The Justice League is DEAD! And the villains shall INHERIT the Earth! In a flash of light, the world's most powerful heroes vanish as the Crime Syndicate arrives from Earth-3! As this evil version of the Justice League takes over the DC Universe, no one stands in the way of them and complete domination ... no one except for Lex Luthor. By New York Times #1 best-selling creators Geoff Johns and David Finch, FOREVER EVIL is the first universe-wide crossover of The New 52. This hardcover graphic novel collects the FOREVER EVIL #1-7. Collects FOREVER EVIL #1-7"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, [2014]
ISBN: 9781401248918
1401248918
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL JOHNS
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Finch, David 1972-- Illustrator

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Stevcek
Jul 21, 2018

This is a story about Lex Luthour's view on the world and how he goes about dealing with the crime syndicate. Not Geoff's best story or David Finch's art which I found really blocky in this story.

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sfmikebolger
Sep 07, 2015

Garbage. Gives Secret Wars 2 a run for their money for the title of worst crossover event ever and has really turned me off of DC Comics as a whole. You could see everything going wrong in this series in a single panel in the first issue with Nightwing swinging across the suburbs on his way to Arkham Asylum while caring a grown man in one arm. I’ll buy the superhero physics that allow these people to swing across town in Gotham city with skyscrapers, but how do you swing across in the suburbs where everyone has just a 2-story house? Then the big reveal with Nightwing, proof that Lex Luther really isn’t all that much of a genius but that everyone else in the DC Universe is just really, really, dumb.

If you want a much better forever evil story check out Earth 2 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely from a few years before.

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Keogh
Jan 06, 2015

The culmination of pretty much everything in the New 52 rebooted DC universe, this event takes the various Justice Leagues off the board (with a handful of exceptions) and places an otherworldly villainous team in control of the world. This doesn't sit well with a certain bald egomaniac who has delusions of grandeur and thinks he's the rightful master of the universe. Geoff Johns pretty much has carte blanche at DC to do whatever he wants, and while the story seems to drag a bit at times and has some inconsistencies, at least it works. The release schedule for the series as it was first released seemed to go on forever, thanks largely to the artist, David Finch, who has a history of missing deadlines and being late. His art tends to be murky and gloomy, and that's certainly the case here.

forbesrachel Dec 02, 2014

When the heroes are gone, only the villains are left to save us. The Crime Syndicate may look like the members of the Justice League, but they are not the nice guys, in fact they are their opposites. They are so brutal and overwhelmingly dangerous that many of the self-serving villains of the DC universe decide to band together, and leading this revolution is Lex Luthor. Only a handful of the good guys remain, one of which is Batman who finally gets to use the items he collected to bring down the Justice League in an emergency. There is just one problem, the powers and weaknesses of these doppelgangers are opposite of the originals. Many of these characters have interesting personalities because they took the paths that the others didn't. Essentially the author answers a lot of what if questions, and fans will find such individuals like Owlman, Batman's twin, particularly intriguing. Sadly there are a lot of logical inconsistencies that you need to take in stride though. For this alternate universe where evil reigns, the artist uses heavy lines and deep shadows. Action is rather curt, but most of the victories are won through brains, not brawn anyways. The only notable difference between this story and that of most other comic books is how the "heroes" take no prisoners. Even after fighting the good fight, evil is evil, and once again nothing changes in the DC universe.

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culver82178
Oct 12, 2014

The New 52's finest hour...and Geoff Johns' masterpiece! Unlike other annual comic events, this book wisely focuses on a single protagonist. Here, that protagonist is the highly nuanced Lex Luthor, whose inner monologue drives this tale of personal evolution. Lex is Earth 0's only hope of defeating the Crime Syndicate, evil Justice League dopplegangers from Earth 3. The tale begins with Lex relying on his usual games of intimidation and murder to gain Kord Industries. However, Lex is thrust into gathering a villain team to beat the Syndicate. In this, Lex must learn other ways of motivating others, from being able to relate to them as is the case with Captain Cold, to nurturing his loyal "pet" Bizarro. It's the touching take on the Frankenstein and his Monster relationship that also makes this tale the most touching Bizarro story yet. In the end, Lex is no hero, he is still Lex, only more evolved and clearly a man driven to be the best by past failure than by future success. Grade A+

DC387 Sep 29, 2014

Great Artwork & Storyline.

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