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Forever Evil #1

Event\Storyline: Forever Evil Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Richard Friend, David Finch Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 4, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 45 User Reviews: 30
7.7Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

The first universe-wide event of The New 52 begins as FOREVER EVIL launches! The Justice League is DEAD! And the villains shall INHERIT the Earth! An epic tale of the world's greatest super-villains starts here!

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 4, 2013

    This book is awesome. It's the best the stands have to offer. Johns' script and characterization (not to mention his knack for bookending and pacing) are matched only by the sharp pencils of artist David Finch, an excellent choice for main series artist. And don't let the gimmick of the fancy covers of Villains Month scare you away, either. Those and the tie-ins in the next few months are going to be part of the fun of the first line-wide event in years from DC. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hero Nuggets - Val "Slavic Storm" Benidze Sep 4, 2013

    Forever Evil 1 has some great pacing. Every panel progresses the story with no filler in between. I was so unhappy with the ending to Trinity War, but if it was all for this"well, it is a great start. At no point in time did I feel like My money was wasted. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Max Dweck Sep 6, 2013

    While there are some minor flaws with the artwork, its not enough to detract from this books score, because this book does exactly what its supposed to do. It gets the reader excited for the rest of the event. Like it or not, Forever Evil as a whole is going to be with us for the next half a year, so its important for the first issue to make you want to read this for the next half a year, and in that regard, its a complete success. And until the next issue comes out, enjoy Villains Month! Its off to a great start as a whole, really. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Sep 8, 2013

    This was a blast! And I'm not talking like from the chief villain's eyes. This is forever engaging, forever exciting, and forever entertaining. Forever Evil is great fun! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    WhatCulture - Charlie Oldfield Sep 3, 2013

    I strongly recommend picking up this issue as soon as possible, as the story really promises to be something great. There are already signs that the villains are uncomfortable working together, and with Luthor seemingly distraught at the Earth's conquest it's likely he'll do what he can to turn the recruited villains against the Syndicate. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 9, 2013

    There are several developments that will make the course of events over the next few months full of speculation and intrigue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Sep 10, 2013

    Forever Evil is DCs first major cross over comic in a while and it is looking like it is guaranteed to bring on action, violence, comedy an heroism in the form of unlikely team ups and unknown allies. It made for a great first issue and introduction. Lets just hope that it has a conclusion that will satisfy each and every reader that paid for the Trinity War Finale. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Sep 4, 2013

    From what was implied by solicits and the story, it seems that there will be a group of villains trying to fight against the Crime Society, possibly led by Lex Luthor. That does not or begin to happen this issue, but it does seem like it will happen given how Lex is reacting this issue. As for the rest of the story, it's very good. The pacing is solid and the story moves quickly while setting up the new status quo, the villains are great and very imposing, the dialogue is decent (I like the banter with the villains talking to one another), and the cliffhanger is especially good (a bit silly but hey, this is comics). This does seem like a promising and thrilling event judging from this first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Sep 4, 2013

    Forever Evil #1 is bursting with evil costumes and colour that we typically don't see all at once, making it a visual treat as much as it is a well-written event opener. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Galactus Agenda - J.R. Johnson Sep 8, 2013

    After only one issue, the entire future of all these heroes has changed, drastically. If this is what we should expect every issue, then I suggest you hop on this train before it leaves the station. There's no limit to how far we'll see these characters get pushed and Johns has already made even attempting to do so difficult. It's about to get crazy. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - MikeFitz538 Sep 4, 2013

    Finch's art is, at best, serviceable. After coming off a crossover with Reis, Manke and Janin, Finch's art is such a let down. As long as it stays at this level, I think it won't take away in any large way from Forever Evil. I also hope, as I do with all events, that issue one is set-up and we are off to the races with issue 2. Johns has done this before with events and I hope he repeats it. This has the ability to be a really good event, but time will tell. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Sep 5, 2013

    Anyway, Forever Evil begins strong and hopefully it continues this way. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Sep 4, 2013

    Maybe I shouldn't think about it too hard. It's time to watch the new Bad Guy Earth unfold, this time without Axe Cop to save us all. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Sep 4, 2013

    If you didnt have an opportunity to read Trinity War threading through the Justice League titles in July and August, you wont feel lost here, although by the same token, key cliffhangers from that event go unanswered. Is the Justice League really dead (they were fit and breathing last week)? If not, where did they go? And just where is the Outsider? With an entire month ahead of us with no one appearing but the villains, I daresay Im a little impatient, but then again, maybe its time to just accept the Crime Syndicate as the new Worlds Greatest Super-Humans. If Johns can imbue them with the same depth of character hes given the League over the past year, I can probably be convinced. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Sep 5, 2013

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 7, 2013

    The comic is certainly setting up a major threat for the heroes (if any) to overcome, but the issue just feels incomplete - what good are villains without heroes to stand against them? (That is also true the other way around.) But with top creative minds at work, I trust this one will pay off nicely - but it's not so nice at this point. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Culture Mass - Stephen Wilds Sep 20, 2013

    It's good to be the villain, and the bad guys are winning. There are multiple levels of villainy though, and the DC Universe is about to be exposed to a whole new breed of criminal organization. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Sep 6, 2013

    It's not surprise though Geoff Johns is amazing when it comes to writing villains. Don't get me wrong he does great with the heroes too, but that guy just knows how to make you want to read about the bad guys. This first issue of Forever Evil wasn't any different, it really set the stage for what's going on and had some pretty shocking developments. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 6, 2013

    There is a lot going on in this book, and I'm afraid that in the future it will be hard containing all these villains in a single story without them just becoming redundant and just there for villains sake.  But at least this issue doesn't seem to have that problem.  Everything flows real nice, and leaves you wanting more.  I just hope that each issue isn't there just for a single shock factor like we had with Nightwing.  But even if that is the case, who can deny that villains are just so cool.  Geoff Johns knows how to write a great villain, and David Finch just makes them look awesome.  Well so far so good, hopefully after Villains Month, the title will continue to be strong. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 4, 2013

    But Finch's facial work often suffers. With Justice League of America, he had made some strides in offsetting the often lifeless quality of his characters in earlier works. That quality is less evident here. Compounding the problem is the strange, shimmery coloring, which often drowns out the black inks on various characters' faces and creates an overall unfinished sensation. Ideally this is a flaw that can be addressed in subsequent issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Sep 5, 2013

    Furthermore, it's hard not to associate “Forever Evil” with other recent stories. The aforementioned “JLA: Earth 2″ quickly comes to mind, as well as Paul Cornell's Luthor-centric “Action Comics” run, or “ Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Sep 5, 2013

    We don't get to see the Crime Syndicate much inForever Evil #1, nor do we get to see the actual battle between the Syndicate and the three Justice Leagues that results in the disappearance of nearly every superhero. I do wish there had been more information about how the Leagues fell. Most likely, we'll get the full story starting next month when various DC titles start tying-in toForever Evil,but that's a full month without any real answers, which is a 6/10 on the frustration scale. I don't know why DC is content with everything being so vague right now, but it seems to be an ongoing problem for many titles: not enough information to keep readers interested.I will be reading the rest ofForever Evil because I'm extremely interested in what comes next, but for the casual reader interested in the villains of the DCnU, this crossover event could be too much too fast without context. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Sep 5, 2013

    Is the comic perfect? Nope, there's absolutely some flaws, but after quite a while of my being pretty down on events, DC seems to be giving us one that is a little bit of old, a little bit of new, and a lot of fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Sep 5, 2013

    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 thats the point. Its time to indulge your dark side and embrace Forever Evil! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Barron Network - Robber Barron Sep 5, 2013

    DC had me at Earth 3. This is easily one of the most important events to happen since the New 52 started. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 4, 2013

    If you're looking for a big comic book event that is actually going to have things happen, this is one you'll want to check out. Geoff Johns has set out to shake things up and he does full force. If you thought the DCU was safe since we're only three years into the New 52, think again. With one character in particular, we see Johns is not afraid to tear down their status quo. There will be repercussions. We'll have to wait and see how it plays out from here. The story is set in the near future so there may be some slight confusion, especially in how this will relate to the regular series, all of which are taking a sort of break this month with the Villains Month issues. David Finch masterfully captures all the characters required to appear here. There is plenty of action and destruction. Geoff Johns and David Finch mean serious business here. You won't want to miss this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Sep 5, 2013

    A great introduction to the new status quo. Our characters are being put into interesting situations, so I look forward to seeing what they are capable of doing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Matt Sculthorpe Sep 5, 2013

    Overall, Forever Evil #1 is a great first issue. Its ending has me eagerly awaiting for the next. Especially since it seems Lex is poised to take a big step. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Sep 4, 2013

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 13, 2013

    This was an amazing start to what I hope will be a wonderful event. It had the perfect tone, setting everything up perfectly, allowing people who've missed Trinity War the perfect chance to see what changes it would cause. It also has some interesting sequences, and brilliant dialogue, and I for one can't wait for more, and would highly recommend it to anyone, even if you missed Trinity War. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan Sep 4, 2013

    Overall this was a very charming, exciting, and enjoyable start to an event that, whether we like it or not, is going to be with us for the better part of a year. I have faith in Johns to produce some great villain work in this series in terms of beats and interactions, but this is the "New 52" - anything is possible, including failure. I eagerly await the next installment and hope that from here on in there is smooth sailing. It's the Legion of Doom versus the Crime Syndicate, how hard can that be to mess up? Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Analog Addiction - Tony Couto Sep 5, 2013

    An accessible and fun read, Forever Evil #1 is a solid start for the crossover. There is definite room for improvement in overall facial emotion and grounding for the Crime Syndicate, but as a debut issue, a strong premise has been established for what's to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Sep 6, 2013

    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. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - D.S. Randlett Sep 6, 2013

    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. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Sep 6, 2013

    The end of issue 1 has an interesting, potential plot twist for one major player in the DCU and that alone has me excited for the next issue. As I said before, I really hope this arc doesn't lose steam over a 6-issue, monthly release arc, but I'm in for the long haul! Aeternus Malum! Forever Evil! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 7, 2013

    This issue doesn't reveal anything about the ongoing plot of the series. The Justice League were wiped out off-panel, and some of the teases in this issue (like the Rogues and a quick look at the Teen Titans), are going to be picked up in separate comics. So I have no idea what to expect from Forever Evil, but I think it's off to a good start " storywise, at least. I keep liking David Finch less and less each time I see his work. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Sep 9, 2013

    I am on board for this series due to the story and the setup that Geoff Johns has delivered. Although the book isn't the prettiest to look at, Geoff Johns rarely misses the mark with me and I'm hoping he won't here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Sep 4, 2013

    It's this sense of despair that has us treading cautiously into this grim territory. 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. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 6, 2013

    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. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Sep 4, 2013

    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. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Sep 4, 2013

    It's amazing what a difference things make when you put the spotlight on the villains. While much of Forever Evil #1 just comes right out of Event Comic 101 (showcase as many different corners of the publishing line as possible, set up potential side minis and crossovers, etc), the fact that each of these snippets is focused almost exclusively on the villains helps keep things feeling fresh. Look at it this way: when Lex Luthor, on the verge of effectively and ruthlessly ruining someone's entire life and reason for existence ends up looking like the "lesser evil," you know things are gonna get serious. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Sep 5, 2013

    Forever Evil seems to rely heavily on previous stories. If you like your DCU then this is probably right in your wheelhouse. The comic book is a nice opening chapter to something that might be promising. As an individual comic it is not a satisfying read and definitely leaves a lot to be desired. As a casual reader I'm not sure I can pick up another issue though. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Major Spoilers - Elijah Williams Sep 9, 2013

    I just cannot recommend this book, especially with two other superhero events going on that I feel both outshine Forever Evil in terms of, well, everything. But if you already bought it, I would say you should seriously consider getting the next one and then deciding from there whether to drop it. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 29, 2013

    With such a collection of villains, I found I longed for a more traditional, slightly brighter look to emphasize the fun side of the concept rather than the ultimately empty threat. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics Crux - Cal Cleary Sep 11, 2013

    Forever Evil #1 just doesn't work. It skips over every interesting, dramatic moment that might give us a little context or character in favor of setting up a plot we've seen a thousand times, often better. An example: Owlman says that, when Earth 3 rebelled against the rule of the Crime Syndicate, they responded by destroying the universe. It's a powerful idea, but just having him say it robs it of almost every bit of drama. Either it isn't true, in which case, who case, or it is true, and we were robbed of the surprise and grandeur of the moment, of a scene that would legitimately define the scale and identity of our villains. That moment, unfortunately, defines the issue, which is more content to tell us about the threats rather than show us what they mean. Read Full Review

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