Forever Evil #4

Event\Storyline: Forever Evil Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Richard Friend, David Finch Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 24, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 29 User Reviews: 27
8.3Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

It's all-out chaos as the DC Universe continues its march through darkness! War erupts across the Earth between the villains! Allegiances are formed! Rivals are murdered! And at center stage it's Lex Luthor versus Batman-and their fight couldn't come at a worse time as Deathstroke's Hunting Party closes in on the world's only hope against the Crime Syndicate!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Max Dweck Dec 25, 2013

    The usual suspects aside, this has been the best issue of Forever Evil since issue one. There's a lot of great story progression and character moments, and now that the comic is in its second half, we can expect a lot of really cool stuff to happen with the impending deadline. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Jason Motes Dec 28, 2013

    There's not a lot more to say. Very few comics came out this week, but at least one was so completely satisfying, that it's better than if I'd bought twelve books that were just okay. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Dec 26, 2013

    This is, by far, not only the book of the week, but the book of the month. Buy it. You have literally no excuse with this short week. And while you're at it, pick up Justice League 26, also outthis week as well. It's a great companion piece to this wonderfully evil comic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - vashmcdash Dec 24, 2013

    I believe this is the start to the story we have come to expect from Geoff Johns, with the plot slowly being revealed but then riddled with more interesting questions is keeping me pulled in. I will say the ending alone was completely worth the past few months of heavy story telling and reading it put a big nerdy excited smile on my face, making this issue my pick of the week. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 24, 2013

    The momentum in FOREVER EVIL is building to an explosive level. Geoff Johns is taking the idea of villains 'winning' to another level. We have different levels to sit back and watch as Batman (obviously) survived against the Crime Syndicate and Lex Luthor is becoming more and more of a star. David Finch captures each explosive moment in the comic with ease. There's a great variety in the story and you will want to take the time to see each scene play out. FOREVER EVIL is simply getting better and better. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Dec 24, 2013

    With issue #4, Forever Evil is well on its way to redefining how we see the villains of the DC Universe, and giving us a rock solid adventure along the way. Paired with the Crime Syndicate origins peppering the Justice League tie-ins, this series is clearly delivering everything Johns loves about the super-villain genre onto the page, and were finally getting the best of that effort here. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Dec 26, 2013

    The final page has one unexpected character making an appearance. It's not a secret who he is, as we're going to see him on the cover of Justice League #26., even though that cover is super misleading as well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Dec 24, 2013

    Forever Evil #4 gets a lot done in its couple dozen pages. If the release schedule has killed some of this event's momentum, it picks right back up after this. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Dec 26, 2013

    David Finch remains one of my favorite artists because he can make action literally "pop" off the page. He also has a great way with character's faces and their costumes. I still enjoy his Batman the most. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Hero Nuggets - Val 'Brolossus' Benidze Dec 26, 2013

    Forever Evil #4 goes big with some majordevelopmentsand twists. The art is dark and intriguing, suffering only with the occasional poorly drawn face. Other than the "Neanderthalic" facial features, this is a total buy! The ending got me so pumped for the next issue, I can barely contain myself! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 27, 2013

    We're right into the thick of this story now, and every time I think I can't get wow'ed anymore Johns comes round the corner and chucks a big WOW right into my face, and says "suck on that!"  I don't know if that's really accurate, but I believe it, and if you read this issue, I think you'll believe it too.  So go out, and get a boat load of awesome, and continue this massive event, because if you haven't been reading this yet you're missing out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Dec 28, 2013

    Johns as always writes a great story. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan Dec 28, 2013

    Overall there is not much to complain about in this issue. Batman and Catwoman, ostensibly heroes and not in the way the Injustice League is, even get a good amount of enjoyable dialogue. It was nice to read a story where Batman is completely helpless and having to think on his feet. Finch was even palatable in this issue his artwork gaining some very real footholds here and there. The only real misstep being his rendition of Metallo, which looked like a doodle. This is a fantastic story and may become the greatest Crime Syndicate story that there ever was. If only Johns can stick the landing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Dec 24, 2013

    Forever Evil is a stomp-foot good time. Geoff and Finch have decided to throw a comic book party and we’re all invited. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Dec 24, 2013

    Overall this is a great story so far and I'm hoping this doesn't fall apart near the end the way most event series do. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 27, 2013

    This series by Geoff Johns and David Finch (with inks by Richard Friend) continues to be professional in every sense, well constructed with terrific art and a solid story - but it's still difficult to get too involved with it, since up to this point there have been almost no heroes involved. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 23, 2013

    The extra few weeks' wait was certainly worth it for this issue. Forever Evil #4 makes some mistakes in terms of separating Batman and Luthor's factions and trying to hard to humanize Luthor. But it also manages to build Luthor's team into a compelling force and inject the plot with a spark of life it was starting to lose. Hopefully, things are only going to get bigger and more explosive from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Dec 26, 2013

    Forever Evil has had to contend with the major problem of being a superhero book completely devoid of superheroes, and this issue shows what kind of energy returns to the series when one of those heroes returns. Indeed, even the return of a familiar villain (and sometimes hero in the form of Sinestro) provides more gravitas than a whole syndicate of criminals from another dimension. The saga is now headed in the right direction, so fingers crossed that it can maintain this momentum until the series concludes in a few months' time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Dec 26, 2013

    Forever Evil #4 continues Johns conquest of the DCU, with another slow, but steady issue. The art is greater than it has been before, and the story continues to heat up despite some pacing issues and continuity problems.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Dec 31, 2013

    Forever Evil is slowly starting to get closer to the quality of Trinity War and whether it tops Trinity War or not, it is looking to be yet another terrific event from DC. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Jan 3, 2014

    So…a surprise guest to the party? There are a whole lot of people in a small space, and we all know that never ends well. And Superwoman is up to a whole lot of bad, it seems. This is starting to ramp up, and I'm pretty sure everyone is going to be screwed regardless. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Dec 24, 2013

    “Hide and Seek” is a fun comic that makes reading all the other tie-in books seem worth it and it leaves you wanting more. The artwork has a few rough patches and The Dark Knight's gambit doesn't pay off in a satisfying way for us Batman fans, but overall this is one of the strongest chapters in Forever Evil so far. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Dec 25, 2013

    Forever Evil #4 is sort of like that last issue. It's decently written, but does not accomplish a whole lot, other than hints sprinkled throughout and with the ending itself. The artwork still has its good and bad moments to it as well. I'm still enjoying it and looking forward to where it goes, but it is a bit tiring at this point after all these event comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Dec 29, 2013

    I've reviewed two earlier issues of this series so I don't have too much more to say about the art that hasn't been said before. But the art in this issue, and in this series remains inconsistent. Some pages are great, while others are kind of a mess. Proportions are off, especially in the hands on quite a few pages. If you look at the backgrounds you'll notice that they're as sparse as can be. At the same time there's a great two page splash of the batcave, and Finch's Batman always looks dark and dramatic. Overall the art continues to be the weak spot of this series. For the most part I'm enjoying what I'm reading and I'm looking to forward to what's coming up, especially with the last page cliffhanger. Johns is writing an entertaining event that's enjoyable and fun, despite the inconsistent art. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Dec 31, 2013

    Fatherless, friendless, hapless Power Ring, on the other hand is worried only about himself. Reaching out in any direction for help with his dominatrix ring and finding only cold rebuffs from his supposed allies. The Crime Syndicate doesn't tolerate weakness. He's definitely the reversal of everything Johns' beloved Green Lanterns are capable of being, which makes him a very revealing case study. When Sinestro shows up at the end, you realize that for Johns Power Ring is as bizarro as anyone ever needs to be. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 28, 2013

    I definitely do not like David Finch's art on this series. Some panels and pages are well done, but most of the comic is muddy and sloppy. Just look at that cover. Is that supposed to be Batman's serious face? I know DC loves the guy to death, and when he's at the top of his game, his pages look great. But Finch's work on Forever Evil just isn't very good. And for a story this important, DC should have nailed it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 31, 2013

    A mostly digestible issue of DC's biggest Big Event, if mostly safe and bland throughout. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Dec 26, 2013

    Overall, I've very, very disappointed with this issue. Right now I can't help but wonder if it would have been better for DC to double-ship this title. That would have helped with the event pacing certainly. And one more thing. For being the evil Justice League, the Crime Syndicate isn't doing a whole lot of evilling. They all seem to just be caught in their own infighting and their own needs rather than actually exerting their control over the world and making life hell for civilians populations everywhere. This is not the Crime Syndicate, this is Evil Supervillain Team Generic. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Dec 27, 2013

    David Finch, Richard Friend and Sonia Oback drench the mood in heavy inks and dark colors with lots of posturing in the slower scenes and pose striking in the action sequences. The men are muscled and smoosh-faced and the women all have the superpower of knowing how to stand in order to perfectly accentuate their curves. Finch understands how to draw splash scenes and dramatic entrances, and those who love utraviolence will lap this up, but overall, like the story itself, the art feels superficial. Read Full Review

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