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Graphic Novel Review: 'Forever Evil'

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'Forever Evil' Graphic Novel

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Two worlds collide again in DC Comics’ event graphic novel “Forever Evil.” The book collects all seven action-packed issues of the limited series. Although many might say they’ve tread familiar ground before through Grant Morrison’s “JLA: Earth 2,” there’s a lot of intrigue and excitement to take in here.

Reports are coming in from all corners of the world that the Justice League is no more. A villainous group calling themselves the Crime Syndicate claim responsibility for their demise and ownership of the Earth. The surviving super heroes must join forces with a formidable army of foes fronted by a man who can't be trusted. His name is Lex Luthor and he's leading the Legion of Doom to battle alongside our planet's greatest protectors.

Geoff Johns once again gives comic book fans a reason to jump for joy with “Forever Evil.” With all the drama, danger, and surprises you can muster in seven issues, he gives readers an enduring tale to latch on to. It’s a delicious celebration of villainy and a perfect study of the saying, “The enemy of your enemy is your friend.”

David Finch handles all the penciling for “Forever Evil.” He certainly knows how to bring out emotion in an illustrated form. He also loves a strong jawline that emanates an extremely serious scowl, which gives the book a no-nonsense feeling that accents Geoff Johns’ writing. You can tell Finch was thrilled to be able to work with so many “A” and “B” list super heroes and super villains for the same project.

“Forever Evil” is packed full of beautiful bonus material. Variant covers for the single issues take up twenty-four pages. Artists who contributed include Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver, and Gary Frank. RC Stoodios designed a Robot Chicken one as well. There are also three pages of Crime Syndicate character sketches by David Finch.

I would give “Forever Evil” a rating of “T” for Teen. As is usual with super hero comic books, there’s a ton of action violence and a few mildly graphic scenes. A few swear words can be found in some places, too.

For long-time DC Comics readers, “Forever Evil” might feel like a light re-visit to a land we’ve gone to before. That doesn’t mean there’s no pleasure to be found. How many times have you been to an amusement park and rode the same rollercoaster? Younger folks who missed out on “JLA: Earth 2” or the “Earth 3” storyline from the 1960s will enjoy every page and panel of this power-packed graphic novel.

"Forever Evil" is available now in hardcover and Kindle editions.

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