Forever Evil #5

Event\Storyline: Forever Evil Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: David Finch, Richard Friend Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 22, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 32 User Reviews: 32
7.3Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

With everything to lose, Lex Luthor and his Injustice League raid the stronghold of the Crime Syndicate with consequences so devastating, the DC Universe will never be the same!

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Feb 7, 2014

    So here are my theories. It could be a new character. That would be brave, especially with all of the reluctant fans or even flat-out hatemongers of the New 52. But I doubt it. It could be another "evil" version of the DC Universe that we're familiar with. That would sort of make sense, but would be a little bit of a letdown. It could be the Anti-Monitor. Which would be cool, yet predictable, since it is the New 52"s first "Crisis" event and it is all about the multiverse. Or maybe it's someone else. Someone Johns is known for loving and writing with such fury and gusto that it almost has to be him. That's right. What if it's Superboy-Prime? And what if (fingers crossed) he's the Superboy-Prime that remembers the pre-Flashpoint DC Universe? Now THAT would be awesome. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hero Nuggets - Val 'Brolossus' Benidze Feb 6, 2014

    Geoff Johns strikes again! Forever Evil #5 is a shining nugget of pleasure. Every panel blew me away! Tons of action! Tons of development! This crossover is blowing me away. Forever Evil #5 gets my vote for comic of the week. I proudly give issue #5 a perfect score! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Feb 5, 2014

    This issue is pretty much everything you could want it to be.  We were left with a pretty big cliff hanger when Sinestro showed up last issue, and it seemed we had to wait Forever for the payoff, but it was totally worth it.  Johns tells some epic stories, and I'm already pissed I have to wait another month for the next issue.  Go get this issue, and continue your foray into the world of Forever Evil.  Is the new issue out yet???? Damn. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Feb 6, 2014

    Overall, this is once again a great issue that takes the event forward. I really enjoy the event, and can't wait to see how this is going to shake up the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - David Staniusz Feb 7, 2014

    Looking forward we have two more issue of Forever Evil. Our team is set and it appears as though they are ready to take on the Syndicate. Many event books struggle to finish strong, yet Johns gives readers hope that the conclusion of this story will be just as epic as the issues that proceed it. Great read. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 6, 2014

    David Finch's art shows some signs of the deadline pressure. In general, his facial work and sense of scale and proportion are weaker than they were in earlier installments. The perspective in the big fight scene between Luthor's Society and Deathstroke's mercenaries can be weird at times. But Finch still nails the emotion and drama when it matters most, particularly in a key scene involving Power Ring. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Feb 5, 2014

    A nice ramp-up of what seems like the roughest weekend ever for the DC Universe, Forever Evil #5 is the first time we get a sense that the Crime Syndicate might not be the worst villains yet. And even Batman should be frightened by that prospect. Something tells me Luthor isnt shaking in his purple metallic boots though. Like Geoff Johns himself, Lex is a man with a plan. Maybe hes the hero weve been waiting for after all. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Ben Simms Feb 6, 2014

    Forever Evil is a largely prominent title in the current DC inventory, and this issue continues its relevance and reinforces that position. From humongous fight scenes, to the arrival of an intriguing dues ex machina of sorts, and a cliffhanger that proves as visually fantastical as it is nail biting, readers are treated to another issue of pure cinematic proportions. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Feb 5, 2014

    Forever Evil #5 was a good, but brief issue. Not much was accomplished with the plot, but it had some terrific moments and great characterization. The comic ultimately needs to pick up the pace, but with only two issues left that is hopefully the case. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Matt Sculthorpe Feb 6, 2014

    Forever Evil 5 makes for a great bridge issue. With only 2 issues left, it is sure to make with the revelations and in typical Johns fashion, completely wow the readers with whats in store. It was nice for this issue to take a breath and to explore what makes up some of these characters, instead of charging on with the plot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 5, 2014

    If you're looking for some good old fashioned superhero fighting, well, you're actually not going to find a lot of that here. What we have is actually better. Villains fighting villains! Lex Luthor has gathered an odd group of villains opposing the Crime Syndicate and we get some pretty cool fight scenes. With the series fast approaching the end, it almost feels like we might get an abrupt ending but it should be a pretty explosive one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Feb 11, 2014

    Not long now until the end for this event and I can't quite see how any of the teams are going to deal with it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Feb 5, 2014

    David “Big Fight” Finch brings his penciling A-game to the proceedings. Pretty much anything Finch touches looks great, even incidental panels pop off the page. Battle wise, the art is exceptional. Violent, filled with great action, and insane detail. Finch brings a bit of his darker side to the Sinestro/Green Ring battle, even giving Sinestro a bit more of a monstrous look. Bringing more excitement to Finch’s line work is inker Richard Friend, and the wonderful color decisions from Sonia Oback. Visually Forever Evil #5 is another check in the David Finch win column. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Feb 6, 2014

    Forever Evil isn't bad at all. In fact, when done, I think it will be lauded as one of DC's best-selling trades for the rest of the year. But it's very difficult to ignore some of the glaring problems that have happened in issues 1-4 and continue in 5. This is one of the better issues so far, but I'm still waiting for the ultimate battle towards the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 6, 2014

    Here's hoping the last two issues continue the trend toward better stories and less bloodshed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Feb 13, 2014

    Forever Evil continues to be a success and with the dramatic dialogue and explosive action this is a series that everyone will enjoy. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Feb 6, 2014

    Issue #5 is a notable chapter in the Forever Evil saga that I think is deserving of a score in the 7-8 range. It features some major developments and nice characterization of its numerous villains, but some of the art gets a little rough and it does need a better pace. The comic feels more like an extension of the previous, less eventful installment. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Jason Motes Feb 8, 2014

    One thing that made me pause and actually laugh a bit at is that in the narration, Lex Luthor states that it was 48 hours ago that the Crime Syndicate invaded and took over this world. Funny it seems like that happened my ENTIRE LIFE AGO! Sigh… sorry. I'm all for good storytelling. I'm sure this series will read great in trade format, but as a monthly comic that has almost no impact on the DCU as a whole, I'm like “GET ON WITH IT!!!” Or maybe I'm just on my computer too much and want everything immediately. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Feb 6, 2014

    So there you have it, an intriguing, impressively drawn issue of the latest DC event that will undoubtedly read better in the collected edition. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Feb 5, 2014

    As a character study, Forever Evil #5 is a very good issue involving Batman, Lex Luthor, Sinestro and Deathstroke. Unfortunately, this is not just some team-up comic book, it is a big company event that has been published to change the landscape of the DC Universe when it is over. Geoff Johns continues to fail to capture the full scope of this event throughout the issue. If Johns really wants Forever Evil to feel like a big event in these final two issues he needs to find ways to develop the entire story of Forever Evil within this mini-series. It also would not hurt to have more DC heroes other than Batman involved in trying to save the DC Universe from the Crime Syndicate. That is just a thought from someone who enjoys reading superhero comics that involve superheroes actually saving the world. Im just saying. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 6, 2014

    "Forever Evil" #5 turns a corner in the story and also gives readers some crazy fights. It's a decent transition issue that doesn't feel like it's wasting time or shuffling in place, but instead begins to make small moves across the board, setting up the final conflict and (hopefully) the resolution to DC's crossover event. Lex Luthor is throwing down the gauntlet and making a run at reclaiming the Earth, just as the Crime Syndicate is beginning to fracture. With two issues left, Johns has saved plenty of drama, but at least he delivers some fun action scenes here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Feb 6, 2014

    There's so much buildup that it's getting to the point where the reader doesn't want to wait any longer for the climax. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Feb 5, 2014

    The title may be winding down to the final two issues, but the content isn't! Pick this up! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Feb 15, 2014

    Marvel excels at making crossovers that relatively stand on their own, and that launch out of character interactions. Age of Ultron was practically built for the non-regular reader, and Avengers vs. X-Men was exactly what it sounded like, which everyone wants. Forever Evil launches from Trinity War, which launched from a) random appearances by Pandora in all the "phase one" books as a character that was almost impossible to find, and b) a bunch of mini-series built specifically to lead into them. This whole miniseries has been sort of a fun little jaunt into what happens when Superman's not on hand, but the whole shebang feels extraneous. At this point, I'll buy the last two issues, but only out of an obsessive-compulsive desire for completeness, not necessarily to see how the unnamed threat that I've taken to calling (SPOILER ALERT) the "Doctor Who Season 5 MacGuffin" is going to pan out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Refueled - vashmcdash Feb 5, 2014

    Solid action packed issue that lacked on a good chance to tell some story. We are coming to the end of the main story and we've been promised a huge change in the world of DC so the next two months will be interesting for all of us to keep reading! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 7, 2014

    Basically one long action sequence with only a single important ramification to the story at large. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 8, 2014

    Something needs to hurry up and happen in Forever Evil, because the rest of the DCU is leaving it behind in the dust. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Collectors - Wayland Smith Feb 21, 2014

    Clever dialogue, good characterization, and some pretty good fight scenes. I like how they handled the Luthor group/villain clash, and the Batman/Luthor dynamic is interesting, especially if the rumors are true and Luthor is joining the League after this event. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Feb 7, 2014

    Best I can say about this issue is that it was decent. Slightly better than the previous issue, but not by much. My disappointment with this series continues. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 5, 2014

    Forever Evil may also be forever ambivalent. For every good thing this book does, there's another misstep or flaw that takes it right back to where it started. The premise is not one without potential - the idea that evil is relative, even in the traditionally black-and-white morality of the DC Universe, is one that can be mined for drama. In fact, that's something that Marvel has been doing for more than 50 years, ever since Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch left Magneto and became Avengers! But in order to really hit that mark, Johns needs to dig deeper, and to dig faster, as well - these are bad guys that I want to love, and I want to hate that I love them, too. But right now, it's hard to muster up much enthusiasm for DC's A-list bad guys. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    DC Comics News - Chase A Magnett Feb 6, 2014

    Forever Evil #5 turns what could be a genuinely exciting action sequence into a disappointing mess. The issue relies entirely on previous momentum as it slowly plods to the actual events which will compose its climax. If it were not for a handful of funny and well-characterized moments from Johns narration, it would be entirely dismissible. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Infinite Comix - Chase Magnett Feb 11, 2014

    It's impressive that an event comic is being published on a regular schedule from the same writer-artist team. It would be even more impressive if that comic were good. Read Full Review

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