By Geoff Johns, David Finch & Richard Friend
The Forever Evil storyline is close to its finale; some of the conflicts and mysteries are finally unfolding! Luthor and Batman’s team infiltrate the Justice League Watchtower to save Nightwing (Dick Grayson) and put an end to the Crime Syndicate. During this, vicious battles ensue and the identity of the hooded man the Syndicate brought with them is revealed…
This mini-series has been fairly dark, but this issue takes the cake. Geoff Johns and David Finch bring to life some of the scenarios all comic fans have been waiting for: when villains become the “heroes” and terminate without prejudice! These moments made the book wickedly fun and make the reader fall in love even more with these morally ambiguous characters. Everyone knows that Johns has an affinity for Captain Cold and it shows in his riveting confrontation with Johnny Quick.
To offset this walk on the dark side, there are some touching moments between Bruce and Dick when they finally see each other in the eleventh hour. The most emotionally powerful words spoken in the whole issue are done in a whisper…Bat-fans will remember those panels for ages to come. What surprised me (sure that was the intention) is that despite the reveal and resolution of several plot elements, more threats come into play and make one wonder…where the heck is this going!?
The use of shadows and indistinct backgrounds were wondrous. These techniques made so many panels memorable and compelling. Thinking about when Black Manta makes the first move in the Watchtower just sends chills down my spine…morbidly beautiful work! Also, the splash page at the end, just like the past issues, is stunning and shocking. There are so many examples that could be discussed, so my advice is to just buy this bad boy and revel in them!
This has been one of my favorite major story events in DC in a while. Do yourself a favor and indulge in this devilishly good story.