By Geoff Johns, David Finch, & Richard Friend
The conquest of the Crime Syndicate continues! Lex Luthor enacts his own plan to counter the Syndicate, which happens to be the New 52 origin of a classic Superman villain (hint: he’s on the cover of Forever Evil #1). The Teen Titans lead an assault on the fallen Justice League watchtower and duke it out with Johnny Quick and Atomica. The end of the issue has a surprise appearance of some characters that shines a ray of hope in this dark chapter of the DC universe.
Geoff Johns set the tone and direction of the book in issue #1, now he’s developing the plots/conflicts that will progress in this title and/or others. It’s always great to see other protagonists come into the spotlight, such as the Titans or even Luthor. What drew my attention in this issue is the drama and motives among the members of the Crime Syndicate (check out Justice League #23.4 for more on this). Against Ultraman’s wishes, Owlman wants to keep Nightwing alive. Also, the reasons for why Superwoman and Owlman want this Earth is revealed…very compelling plot lines. All the storylines being built keep the reader’s curiosity piqued and the issue fresh.
David Finch and Richard Friend continue their solid work on the mini-series. They understand when an iconic or pivotal moment deserves special attention and detail. The reveal of Lex’s new associate was executed as a superbly foreboding full-page shot. When they suit up, the use of shadows creates such a dark, but hopeful atmosphere. The panel at the end of the book where certain characters appear from battle is brilliantly depicted.
Another strong installment in Forever Evil. This title is in very capable, caring hands and it shows through the bleak events.