Forever Evil: Arkham War #2

Event\Storyline: Forever Evil Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Scott Eaton, Jaime Mendoza Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 13, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 4
7.1Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

As Scarecrow tips the balance of power between Arkham and Blackgate, The Penguin is made an offer he cant refuse. Who will be Gotham Citys protector now? One word: BANE!

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Nov 13, 2013

    The artwork is phenomenal. The script is top-notch. And when it comes right down to it, this is pretty much a book that any Batman (or villain) fan has been waiting for. I only wish this could somehow lead into an ongoing title. The Villains Month issues leading into this miniseries set the tone, but the actual event (and this event-within-an-event) have continued to hold up that standard. The Scarecrow is perfectly scripted. Bane is amazing. Man-Bat is great. And even the Penguin is treated with the dignity and grace befitting a villain so deeply rooted in Gotham City's history. I'm glad to see that other characters will be showing up and picking sides, but even though the war hasn't quite yet begun, the action is going to be nothing short of epic. I can't wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Nov 13, 2013

    Overall, this was a much improved issue from a somewhat boring first. This issue truly lives up to the name "Arkham War." It's unfortunate that the issue is hampered by some clumsy continuity issues with various characters, some larger than others. Will most people realize those errors? I don't know, probably not, this is coming from someone who reads nearly all the Batman related books, so I'm tempted to say it's not that big of a deal... but still, typical messy New 52 continuity. Nerdy nitpicks aside, if you came for war, war is what you get in this issue, and it's pretty damn enjoyable.  Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Nov 17, 2013

    We get a lot of action in this issue, but not a lot of substance.  Besides for a conversation between Bane, and The Penguin, we are given no new information to keep this story moving forward.  But I really have a hard time faulting this title for anything, because it's just an awesome concept, and the artwork has the ability to give your eyes an orgasm.  With two issues down, and four to go I'm sure it'll come to a head in a big way, and I can't wait. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Geeked Out Nation - Mark Pritchard Nov 13, 2013

    I have major issues with the population of Gotham being portrayed as a victimised mass dependent upon the protection of the corporate state, but for the time being I'm enjoying this book quite a bit more than I thought that I would. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 14, 2013

    Arkham War definitely improved in its second issue. However, most of the villains in this series are basically just eye candy and cameo fodder, and it would be nice to see more of them used as purposefully as characters like Scarecrow and Penguin. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Nov 14, 2013

    Although it might be overwhelming and a bit confusing for the initiated (or this not following Forever Evil), Forever Evil: Arkham War #2 scratches a very particular itch in that we get to see these popular villains battle it out and stab each other in the back. Does this make for the most compelling story? Maybe not - but it sure is fun! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Nov 16, 2013

    This issue didn't deliver on what I expected from it and it was a regression from the previous issue. I'm hoping that the third issue next months improves significantly. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Nov 16, 2013

    While there's definitely more action in this issue, I think what fans will enjoy the most about Arkham War #2 is a particular scene between Bane and Penguin. For the most part, the battles don't carry much weight and we haven't seen enough of the motivation behind the team-ups, everything done for the sake of eye-candy. Many characters are used without purpose and merely serve as fan-service cameos to pop up in the background during battle sequences. The actual story hasn't hooked me yet, but it's admittedly fun to see Scott Eaton draw Bane vs. Man-Bat or Clayface vs. The Reaper, etc. etc. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Tyler McGoff Nov 30, 2013

    Forever Evil: Arkham War #2 ramps up the action in Gotham as the villains come into direct conflict with each other. The first issue laid the groundwork and this second issue tangles up the web of deceit between Bane, Penguin, and Scarecrow. The story still has some holes the size of Two-Face, Riddler, Poison Ivy, and Mr. Freeze, but hopefully Tomasi and artist Scot Eaton are building up to that. This issue is fun with great action scenes and good dialogue, chugging right along and leaving readers waiting for more! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Nov 13, 2013

    Part Two of ARKHAM WAR is entertaining and looks good, but ultimately, it comes off as pure set-up for what's to come without ever really engrossing us in what's currently going down. It's not a bad issue, but it's one of those reads that'll definitely be better in a collection. There's a lot of potential here and Tomasi's doing a bit of a slow burn with the greater picture, so hopefully the narrative makes some game-changing developments in the next one and he's able to give characters other than Bane and Penguin more of the spotlight. And yes, I say that as someone who can never get enough of Bane. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 13, 2013

    Not quite. The plot is there, and the art can be too if we can get rid of so many giant word bubbles, but damn is the dialogue stifling this series. I'll stick around to see where things are going, but the execution is leaving a lot to be desired. Especially for a book that's technically an event. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    We The Nerdy - David John Nov 14, 2013

    Forever Evil: Arkham War has failed to live up to its potential thus. Considering the cast of characters as well as the creative team (Eaton's art it should be noted was a positive of the story), there is always hope the plot will progress into something people will care about, and some of the individual characterization helps. However the overall product has a long way to go to get out of it's current mediocrity. Read Full Review

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