Forever Evil #2

Event\Storyline: Forever Evil Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: David Finch, Richard Friend Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 2, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 37 User Reviews: 30
7.9Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

The villains have taken over the world! The Teen Titans fight back! Can the inexperienced teen heroes do what the adults could not? (Answer: Nope. It goes very poorly.)

  • 9.2
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Oct 2, 2013

    Forever Evil is continuing to be a very promising event. If anything, this issue is even strong than the debut one. Can't wait to see what's happening next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Oct 2, 2013

    Forever Evil #2 is a strong showing by two of DC's top dogs. Geoff Johns is building a strong story with great characterization and some intense action. This comic provides a great bookend to Villains Month and drives the event forward very well. No matter your opinion of Villains Month, Forever Evil is definitely worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Oct 3, 2013

    There are a few minor gripes, and Ill admit that they are nitpicky, but I just want to say that Ultraman may be fast, yes, but hes in one frame, leaves in another, and is inexplicably present in the next. And then theres the issue of Luthors scale of necessary evilness. Or, in this case, unnecessary display of savagery. Did he really need to kill Ratcatcher? Not really. We know hes a bad guy. But wouldnt it have been cooler to see him as a misunderstood but actually right bad guy, who, in turn saves the day rather than the bad guy who hates everyone and everything that isnt him and saves the day because he wants to rule the world? I think so. That being said, this is still a stellar event and the best on the shelves from the Big Two in years. I cant wait for the next issue, not to mention the crossovers and miniseries. Keep em coming! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Oct 2, 2013

    The artwork, again, is the most problematic thing going on in this comic. It's ugly looking with poorly drawn characters (not so much that you can't tell everyone apart mind you) with similar faces and odd anatomy. I mean, some of the areas look decent, the one action scene was pretty neat, and tone does fit the ugliness of the art itself. But it is just so meh after the previous event had three (well two) great artists on it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Oct 4, 2013

    That parting shot of Luthor and Bizzarro tells of some pretty crazy things to come, and I'm more than a little curious. Also, while he was mentioned, where is our beloved Nightwing? Clearly he has some part to play, if Owlman wants to keep him alive"right? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 2, 2013

    This issue was busy.  So much going on in Forever Evil it's ridiculous.  But I guess it's what you have to do when working on a universe expanding epic.  The artwork was very strange, I don't remember if it was like this last month, but it seemed that all the good guys were really clearly drawn, and looked great, while all the bad guys, and monsters were gritty as hell.  Maybe it was an artistic choice, I don't know it was just weird.  The only thing I have against this book is the Teen Titans.  Come on, that's all we get?  All in all this was another great issue, and I can't wait to get the next, and all the spin off titles.  Geoff Johns just has that way of keeping me in suspense, and making me hate him for it.  So everyone else jump on the good hate bandwagon, and check out this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 2, 2013

    But if those are the worst complaints to lodge against Forever Evil so far, the mini-series is doing pretty well for itself. I'm eagerly awaiting the full formation of Lex Luthor's band of villains, their war with the Syndicate, and now whatever mysterious conflict lurks on the other side. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 3, 2013

       So, a sharp script by Geoff Johns, excellent artwork by David Finch and Richard Friend (though I could have done without that opening image of a rat in a trap), and a promising start to this grim tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Oct 3, 2013

    The "Forever Evil" miniseries and event march on, bringing turmoil and destruction to the DCU. In issue #2, writer Geoff Johns successfully juggles the book's large cast and creates many great character moments, while artist David Finch shows the reader a world full of menace after the arrival of the Crime Syndicate. The issue is crammed full of storylines, but the creators have a clear plot in mind and never lose sight of it. After a month of villains' books that featured both highs and lows, "Forever Evil" #2 serves a great example of the true potential of this event. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Oct 6, 2013

    I really liked the art, but felt like I had a hook in my mouth pulling me to buy other books to get the whole story. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Oct 7, 2013

    Things start to unfold as Geoff Johns sends lot of characters down many different paths that will no doubt make things even more interesting as we move forward in the series and beyond. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis Oct 3, 2013

    With a spotlight on the DC Universe's villains, “Forever Evil #2″ is a fun and dark ride where readers can root for the bad guys. The good guys are losing and it's up to the lesser of two evils to save the day. I look forward to seeing how the “Forever Evil” crossover continues, especially in “Arkham War” and “Justice League Dark.” Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Oct 4, 2013

    Johns makes some admirable storytelling choices, but the issue itself is mostly expository with limited impact on the series at hand. Finch's art is more than fine, but hampered by confusing visuals. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 2, 2013

    By the time this issue ends, you should have all the reason you need to make sure you do not miss the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Oct 4, 2013

    We haven't seen much happen, but there are still 5 issues to get things really going. Issue 2 just continues to setup the pieces, like Lex Luthor and his test tube baby you may all recognize. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 2, 2013

    Two issues in, and Geoff Johns has given us just enough new material to keep us interested in Forever Evil - but only just barely. The level of exposition here occasionally gets in the way with just telling the actual story, which is a shame, because the actual concept of Lex Luthor finally being the hero of more than just his own story is a premise that could really hook a lot of readers, and really lend some weight to the rest of DC's Villains Month fill-in issues. I want to see less discussion, and more demonstration of how bad these bad guys can get. Still, one could argue that Johns has done his due diligence in setting up this unorthodox event - now that we've established the bad guys, I want to see Forever Evil really cut loose. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Oct 2, 2013

    Forever Evil allows a bright future for the darkest times the New 52 have seen yet. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Oct 2, 2013

    Johns is a master at juggling the larger DC Universe, and his skill is on full display in Forever Evil #2. Johns lays down plenty of plot threads that promise short and long term payoffs for this six-issue event, while artist David Finch renders a suitably dark, dirty world ruled over by the evil Crime Syndicate. I'm loving this event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Matt Sculthorpe Oct 4, 2013

    Forever Evil 2 lets its foot off the accelerator a little from how the last issue ended. It has some event worthy moments, and Lex Luthor continually steals the show. The character world is handled adeptly by Johns, but Finches art gets in the way a little. Like any Johns event, patience with be rewarded but for now, just take in what he is offering. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 5, 2013

    I kinda, sorta maybe owe DC comics an apology, begrudgingly. I hated their Bizarro #1 issue during Villains Month because it didn't involve Bizarro at all, despite him appearing on the cover. It was just a set up explaining how Lex Luthor went about starting his Bizarro project (or test subject B-Zero, if you will). As its own comic, it was terrible. But reading that issue made Forever Evil #2 even better, because this issue picks up where Bizarro #1 left off, and I feel this issue was better served by knowing where subject B-Zero came from. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Oct 3, 2013

    It isn't as earth-shattering as the previous installment and it won't satisfy readers who are anxious to find out what's next for Dick Grayson, but the squabbling between supervillains is fun and fans of the Teen Titans and the Man of Steel are sure to be happy. I'm enjoying this even so far and a part of me wishes that it was weekly instead of monthly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Oct 2, 2013

    Another strong installment in Forever Evil. This title is in very capable, caring hands and it shows through the bleak events. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Oct 2, 2013

    Forever Evil #2 represents a epic saga that's worthy of its placement among this re-imagined universe. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Max Dweck Oct 6, 2013

    All said and done, this was still a really good comic. Didnt quite have the impact of the first issue, and I think it wouldve been nice to see Lex bring together the anti-Syndicate group a bit more, but its a great read all the same. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Oct 6, 2013

    This was a fantastic issue, and a great continuation of the story. It also does a brilliant job of setting up the crossover storylines in this event, also having some brilliant developments for the main series itself. There was also brilliant dialogue, with some exciting sequences as well as a bit of mystery as well. Due to all this I'd highly recommend this issue as well as the first and can't wait for the next. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan Oct 4, 2013

    This month will see the premieres of the various Forever Evil tie-ins, all of which I man rather excited for. Johns has shown some of his best Justice League work, not related to Shazam! That is, in this series and I hope that is a trend that continues on as the story unfolds. The main hook of this story is yet to come and while I liked the use of a somewhat slow sophomore outing in a big event like this the ball needs to get rolling again fast. Besides, the match ups are to good to leave alone for too long, as there are only 7 issues to this entire thing. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - MikeFitz538 Oct 5, 2013

    As for Finch, there isn't much to say that hasn't already been said. It's not my favorite art, and I think many times, its downright unlikeable. I much prefer the way Reis portrayed the characters, especially Johnny Quick. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Oct 4, 2013

    Art and story collide and really got me involved here. I've always been committed to this event, but now I'm finally excited for what it will bring. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeked Out Nation - OOSteven Oct 4, 2013

    It's a decent start nothing over the top nothing spectacular though there is some wonderful characterization and some interesting plot developments but it was also something of a let down. Middle of the road at best and that with these creators isn't an auspicious start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Oct 6, 2013

    Forever Evil is hitting the mark where it should be. I'm still waiting for something exceptional, but until then I will enjoy reading a comic by DC's big creative visionaries. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Oct 3, 2013

    Overall, I'm not satisfied with this issue. it really could have been great, but it is letdown by the art most of all. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Jason Motes Oct 3, 2013

    Overall, though this is a good story with good characterization. The art is perfectly suited to its dark tone. There are a couple of (what could be) flaws, but all in all, it entertains. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Oct 3, 2013

    With Forever Evil #2 Geoff Johns uses his world building skills to effectively show what happens when the DCU is missing its heavy hitters and the villains are united. While it is odd that the whole super villain takeover is going on without other heroes rising up to pick up the slack it isnt a deal breaker. With Johns in charge of the story Im sure that it is something that will come later on in a dramatic way. In the meantime Forever Evil #2 does a great job developing the personalities of the Crime Syndicate and the underlying conflicts within this powerful group of characters. If the story continues to progress the way it is then Forever Evil may very well be the spark that the DCU has been missing since the launch of the New 52 reboot. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Oct 3, 2013

    While Luthor's plot line is beyond fun, the Crime Syndicate side doesn't receive much development. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Refueled - vashmcdash Oct 6, 2013

    A decent issue with a lot of interesting set ups for future issues and the tie-ins. I know Johns is capable of amazing stories with great pay offs, so lets just hope this is no different. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jamil Scalese Oct 7, 2013

    Villains Month is over. It was a victory "on paper" but not on the paper, if you get me. Yet, Forever Evil is a different animal as it will be around for several months and affect many of the core books in the line. There is a great idea brewing underneath the foggy set-up of this issue, but I'm not very optimistic we'll get the story I think we're all looking fo Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 3, 2013

    "Forever Evil" #2 moves the pieces across the board a bit, but these are the movements of pawns. Johns slides the spotlight around enough to generate interest in many of the characters present in this issue, but doesn't give any one character too much time to claim this comic book as his or her own. Clearly, Lex Luthor has designs on the power plays here and Johns does a fine job of propelling Superman's nemesis to a starring role that develops in the wings. Luthor isn't ready to shine here, but he's well on the path to achieving a significant role in the series. "Forever Evil" #2 is filled with cool little moments that play nicely in a collection, but the story itself needs to get some traction soon or this series might simply be a collection of cool little moments without any strong significance. Read Full Review

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