Review by Alexander Moser
In some ways, Forever Evil 5 is a huge payoff. We finally get a hold on the plot thus far and more developments have been made. It isn’t perfect, but #5 is one of the better issues so far.
The villains of the DCU have now joined together, and they are ready to kick some major tail. Everyone gets a piece of the action in this comic, including Batman, whose team-up with Luthor and the others are more exciting than you’d think. On a whole, this is a decent chapter of the story, even if it is bogged down with some meandering here and there.
Geoff Johns portrays less of the DC villains as bad guys, but more like rivals to their super counterparts. The comic gives a strong characterization to Lex Luthor, Sinestro and Black Manta, but leaves a few of the others out. The pacing of this comic, like the remainder of the series, is a minor issue that should be tackled. But gladly, four and a half issues give way to what should be a strong and clear finish by Johns.
I am not impressed with David Finch’s artwork. It’s filled mostly with bulky bodies, generic poses, and analogous panels that don’t always connect quite as well as you think they should. If you like superhuman action, then this art could be for you. I only wish Johns, along with Friend (inker) could take a little more time on actualizing the faces, fleshing them out and also making them look uniform on page to page.
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.
-Johns portrays the villains well
-Building to something big
-Artwork isn’t a good representation of “Finch.”