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Forever Evil #7

Event\Storyline: Forever Evil Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: David Finch Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 21, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 35 User Reviews: 31
7.8Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

It's evil versus evil in the shocking take-no-prisoners conclusion to FOREVER EVIL! What will be the fate of Lex Luthor and his Injustice League? Who will live and who will die? And why is The Hooded Man the most feared being from the Syndicate's world? Do not miss this startling finale that will leave the DC universe reeling and reveal the secrets to the future!

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Fuentes May 22, 2014

    With the heroes returned to the world, the DC universe can move on to recovering from the reign of evil. On the horizon is the Future's End that has begun to play out in the new weekly series. It may not be entirely disconnected to what happened in Forever Evil. As the final page in this book teases, a threat much worse than Dark Seid is coming for Earth Prime. Future's End may play a part in setting that story into motion. In the mean time, we'll continue to enjoy the post-Evil world where Lex Luthor is a hero and a member of the Justice League. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill May 21, 2014

    The waiting period may have lost some fans, but if they're smart, they'll pick this book up. It's well worth it's cover price. A fantastic ending to another great DC Comics epic. (Not to mention the potential for the New 52 to not be permanent. That's always a fun option.) Great work, gang. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Jason Motes May 24, 2014

    This book was great! Definitely worth the wait! David Finch's pencils are excellent and really deliver the massive battle sequences. The story is riddled with references to past DC history and clues about where its headed, which should be even bigger! I certainly dislike a LOT of the New 52, which is why the number of books I read has steadily dwindled. But big things are coming up. I may have to delve back in and start reading more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds Unchained - David Staniusz May 25, 2014

    As a event Forever Evil was really good, and kind of surprising. A group of villains and we were supposed to care. But I suppose when you bring Geoff Johns aboard he will not only pick the right cast, but write them to maximum effectiveness. Forever Evil is an all time great. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez May 22, 2014

    If you haven't been keeping up with this event, go pick up the seven issues or wait for the trade. This run is an excellent example of the literary and artistic merit comic books have to offer. This is a must buy! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott May 21, 2014

    And especially with Earth-Three's destroyer, Darkseid the Anti-Monitor, coming for this world next. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea May 21, 2014

    Now while I'm pissed that this issue is so late, and we've had spoilers to the ending in other titles for months.  I loved this finale.  Everything was over the top dire and the stakes seemed bigger.  Unlike most stories I didn't even try to predict what was going to happen next.  It was a "anything can happen" story, and I'm going to miss it now that it's gone.  Johns put together a event the way only he can do, and I'm blown away.  Wow.  You need to read Forever Evil, it's that simple. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards May 21, 2014

    Forever Evil #7 is a very strong and fitting conclusion for the New 52's first real major event. The writing was strong throughout; the characterization was great, the surprising moments piqued my interest and the artwork was more than fitting for this comic's tone and feel. It had its problems for sure and some very annoying delays, but it came together in the end. Hopefully the next event, whenever it comes, can go over a bit smoother. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban May 21, 2014

    After a several months and a delay, Forever Evil comes to an excellent conclusion. There may have been some bumps in the road, but this issue was worth the wait. The story of Forever Evil may be over, but it does give us a glimpse of what is to come. Let's hope both heroes and villains are prepared for what's coming"because what's being hinted at makes the Crime Syndicate look easy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes May 25, 2014

    A solid ending to a very enjoyable series. The best anti-hero story to be read. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan May 25, 2014

    Overall it was a satisfying conclusion that neatly ties the story together and, in usual Johns fashion, set-up for the next event for next year. Even David Finch wasnt as bad as he usually was the darkness of the setting and the terrain really do help to bring out what good there does lie within Finch. In a final summations, even outside of the huge disappointment that Alexander was, the way that the Injustice League disbands in pitch perfect. Not in any sort of air of hatred or disdain of each other, but rather of lightness and satisfaction of a job well done. Which I guess is what this whole event was, not perfect but well done. I know I will be awaiting the Forever Evil omnibus. Please comment below and share your own thoughts. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan May 21, 2014

    Overall, Forever Evil ends in a high note, and it surely expands DC Universe further. It might not be as impactful as we want it to be, but it surely left us a lot of things to wonder. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson May 22, 2014

    “Forever Evil” #7 marks a strong conclusion for the series, as well as a bit of a turning point for DC. Johns weaves his well documented loved and appreciation of DC's history into the story in a way that circumvents the New 52′s more compressed and artificial history. While the book doesn't quite deliver on all of its promises, “Forever Evil” stands as one of the more successful and enjoyable events in some time, at DC or otherwise. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long May 21, 2014

    While it was delayed for what felt like a very long time, Forever Evil #7 makes up for the gap between issues by closing this event out on a high note. It is emotionally charged, provides real character development, puts lots of toys in the sandbox for DC writers to play with, and gives readers an action packed story. This will be a high watermark for upcoming DC events to be compared to, and I look forward to reading the full fallout of the events of Forever Evil. Johns delivers another winner with Forever Evil and anyone who is invested in the New 52 needs to read this comic as quickly as possible. You'll be happy you did. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas May 26, 2014

    No less than seven story ideas are introduced, or wrapped up, at the end of this issue. Most of these story ideas hint at exciting possibilities, but if Johns isn't the writer then it's a bit worrisome about how they'll be handled in other creator's hands. The pacing of this issue really picks up towards the end as Johns tries to wrap up so many character's journeys and at times it feels rushed. All together, Forever Evil has been an enjoyable event and despite the delay on this issue the conclusion delivers, and the ending of this issue has me hopeful for an exciting future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - simon May 22, 2014

    Lex Luthor is the hero that we need and the hero we deserve. And he's pretty entertaining to boot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III May 21, 2014

    As DC’s latest summer blockbuster Future’s End starts to ramp up, it is easy to forget that the company still has yet another event delivering its finale. Forever Evil from the start was billed as a game-changing event for the DC Universe as the Justice League was declared dead and the Crime Syndicate from Earth-3 staked their claim to our Earth, never counting on the possibility that some of DC’s greatest villains would fill the void left by the missing Justice League and start to fight back against their vicious rule. While Geoff Johns and his team may have stumbled more than once within the pages of this event, I am elated to report that Forever Evil #7 delivers a mostly satisfying, albeit a bit rote in places, finale to the New 52's version of The Day Evil Won. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jamil Scalese May 27, 2014

    DC has had a funky, frenetic last few years but (outside of Batman) I honestly feel like Forever Evil represents their first big success. With Futures End already well underway there isn't much time to take this one in, but you should. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Bryan Huth May 23, 2014

    Stay tuned to We The Nerdy for more DC news and reviews. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay May 28, 2014

    So while this story is now over, there were a few loose ends left. Luthor now knows Batman's identity? And welcome back Justice League! Looks like you've already got another HUGE problem on your hands! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho May 24, 2014

    On it's own, Forever Evil #7 is a great finale. It does what all events books do. It closes out this story while teasing a lot of other possible stories. If Geoff Johns handles the DC universe as a whole, as he has been with Justice League, then everything will be okay. Forever Evil as a whole was a great event. Delays hurt the impact of the events at the end as well as solicitation spoilers but this was still one of the better event books in recent years. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse May 22, 2014

    This was a damn good piece of superhero comics, involving very few actual superheroes. It sets up a really interesting new status quo, with Lex Luthor actually seemingly reflecting on events and improving himself (though not as clear cut as a full redemption, and he is clearly going to use some new information to his advantage soon), and the reveal of who chased the Crime Syndicate out of their own reality (and may be coming to the main DCU next). If you haven't been reading this event, I wouldn't recommend the finale as a jumping on point but definitely check out the collection when DC releases it. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    DC Collectors - Wayland Smith May 23, 2014

    This was a very uneven series with a huge delay that effected other books. It could have been fantastic, I'd say it was good, at best. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 21, 2014

    As much as Forever Evil has been an example of how to do event comics properly, it's disappointing that the series couldn't end on a higher note. But despite the oddity of Luthor's final scene and the excess amount of setup in the closing pages, there's plenty of material to enjoy in this finale. Johns has once again weaved his magic with DC's villains and molded Luthor into a more complex and morally unpredictable figure than ever before. Hopefully what comes next will be just as compelling. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Blair Marnell May 21, 2014

    I thought that the point of The New 52 was to revitalize these characters and tell new stories. So then, why is DC already lining up a remake of Crisis on Infinite Earths? That did slightly diminish my enjoyment of this issue. The rest of it was fairly solid. This isn't enough to get me back into the New 52, but it's a start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Jun 2, 2014

    Even without these details, the core of the story is strong. From the beginning, Lex Luthor set out to further his agenda by whatever means possible. In Forever Evil #7, he succeeded. The way in which he achieved this success and the way he exploited it to the utmost is what gives the story its strength. Nobody is going to be rooting for Lex Luthor or think he's a genuine hero. Yet in the same way hippies will begrudgingly shop at Wal-Mart, readers cannot deny what Lex Luthor has achieved. It's a disturbing thought, yet it affords plenty of intrigue for everyone not named Clark Kent. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 22, 2014

    Hopefully the next event will be more successful. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry May 22, 2014

    I have mixed feelings about it. There are a lot of cool moments and a lot of predictable moments that I saw readers guess long ago in the comments section right here at Batman News. It also raises more questions than it answers and leaves a lot of loose ends dangling. It's not self-contained at all and simply leads into yet another crisis, and the artwork gets rather sketchy. Then again, Geoff Johns writes the heck out of Lex Luthor and makes it one of the villain's best issues in ages. For the most part I would say it satisfies with the biggest threats resolved, but there's still quite a bit of ground left uncovered. Overall the Forever Evil saga was entertaining, but it seems to have stumbled its way to the finish line. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart May 22, 2014

    Like a lot of finales to the big events in comics, Forever Evil #7's strengths are not in the story itself, but the status quo in the fallout. The issue features a few too many Mortal Kombat-styled finishing moves and final desperate moments that could have used a beat to linger on for impact. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring May 21, 2014

    There's a lot about FOREVER EVIL that was disappointing, even within this delayed issue, but all-in-all, FOREVER EVIL #7 delivers an action-packed, fun issue that does a fine job at telling an over-arcing story. It's a really fun book that will get readers excited about the future of the DCU, but you cannot forget the fact that it leaves loose ends dangling in the wind, especially Dick Grayson. The art is fantastic and the Luthor-driven narrative is well written, but it feels like there's a lot of spite in the writing towards the Bat-characters of the DC Universe. Overall, I recommend this issue though. It is a very fun book with some big problems. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson May 23, 2014

    Forever Evil #7 isn't a complete failure or disappointment though many will inevitably see it as one. Geoff Johns writes an exciting story that is strongest in the little moments and provides some nice twists. David Finch gives his best work of the series, though the delay is still maddening. My worry is if any of this will be addressed further. It's hard to believe Future's End will and it already seems to be ignoring the ending. There's a moment at the end of Forever Evil #7 where Luthor explains to his team of villains that under certain conditions their records will be wiped clean. Their response is to fly away laughing their asses off. Hopefully this isn't DC reaction to readers wanting to see consequences play out. It will no doubt be some reader's reaction to the ending. So is the nature of comic readers. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 24, 2014

    The rest of DC has left Forever Evil in the dust. So this finale really feels like a limp to the finish line. Maybe if it had come out on time, it would be more impactful, but most of the events in this issue feel like Johns just checking them off a list to get them over with. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan May 22, 2014

    While there are a few shining point, overall it's a bland end to Forever Evil Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 22, 2014

    This isn't the greatest DC event, but "Forever Evil" #7 does give readers a satisfying amount of closure to the story that has been driving the line's flagship brand for almost two years now, tracking back to Free Comic Book Day 2012. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Infinite Comix - Chase Magnett May 22, 2014

    Forever Evil #7is a bad comic. The visual narrative is overwrought when it isn't entirely incoherent, and the story it is attempting to tell is nonsensical at best. If this is what DC Comics is publishing to get readers excited about comics, it's no surprise that so few people read comics. Read Full Review

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