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Forever Evil #5 Review

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.”



JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #14NIGHTWING #30, SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #9, STORMWATCH #30 (A “FUTURES END” prelude), TEEN TITANS #30…. All I hope is that DC Comics does not go and Pull an "All-New Now" on us and just start relaunching #1s for sales. [TO END IN APRIL]

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Detective Comics #27 Review

Review by Alexander Moser

In celebration of hitting issue 27, Detective Comics gives us an extra-sized issue, with many stories that chronicle the legends of the Dark Knight. If you didn’t know, #27 celebrates the first appearance of Batman in the original volume, 75 years ago.

The first story is a retelling of the original Detective Comics story with Batman in it. Brad Meltzer, who has written novels in addition to many DC comic books, teams up with superstar Bryan Hitch. Overall, the story isn’t great, but Meltzer’s use of multiple narration boxes does create a strange parallelism between the present Batman, and the Batman of later on. Hitch’s artwork isn’t what one would normally expect from the artist of Ultimates or Authority, but the layouts are still quite nice.

Some of the other stories are hit or miss. Gregg Hurwitz and Neal Adams do a story that delves into Batman metafiction, but falls apart with a sad cliché on the final pages. On the other hand, Peter J. Tomasi and Ian Bertrand’s story about a 75-year-old Bruce Wayne fighting crime is beautifully drawn, even if it is short. Francesco Francavilla’s story is like Bertrand’s—short, but looks nice. Francavilla’s story was actually so short, I wondered why it was even included. The Mike Barr and Guillem March story following is an “It’s a Wonderful Life” story on why Batman needs to exist. We’ve seen hundreds of these stories over the past 75 years, and honestly, this one isn’t quite as memorable.

The main highlight of this issue is the Gothtopia storyline. It stands as the longest story in the book, running at a full twenty pages. It shows us a world where crime has been nearly eradicated thanks to Batman, and he is a celebrated hero. By the end of the book, we see that paradise is not real, and it’s really a collaboration by a deadly handful of foes.

The story also closes off with a Batman future storyline, by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy. The story is short, but sweet, and the two really make a fun futuristic story that plays out like Doctor Who with Batman.

Detective 27 is an oversized jumble of odds and ends celebrating all things Batman. The eight dollar price tag is worth it if you’re a fan of all things Gotham, but this obviously isn’t a good spot to jump onto the series. After all, the majority of these stories are largely out-of-continuity.

If you’re following any other Bat-books, I do recommend checking this out for the Gothtopia storyline, as there will be spinoffs and crossovers into other titles, a la Death of the Family.

So now, read Batman, and enjoy. The comic is overall fun, if you have the cash to drop.


-Some stories are amazingly written and drawn

-Superstar creators are all over this anthology book


-Some stories too short for their own good

-Gothtopia doesn’t excite me


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Power ringsby kylewfaucher

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