Rating: 3/5 – A bit messy in both story and art.
Forever Evil number three jumps around quite a bit, paying off many of the stories introduced in the other titles that carry the Forever Evil Banner. Because it jumps around quite a bit, it does read and feel a bit chaotic. It moves the main story forward, but also finishes stories the reader may or may not care so much about if they’re not reading those other titles. Overall I felt as though it was the weakest of the three issues so far, but the cliffhanger at the end has me excited for what’s next.
As the story jumps around a lot, so does the art. It fluctuates from good to well…not so good. I really enjoyed David Finch’s art in issue number two, but here I feel the same way I did with the first issue. The art feels rushed. It looks as though at times Finch is not quite able to handle all the different characters that this book calls for. The fight sequence between Ultraman and Black Adam in particular looks ugly. Some of the facial expressions look weird and abnormal, and the action scenes fall flat. It’s disappointing that the art on DC’s major crossover doesn’t deliver. Johns will have to really deliver on the writing in the parts where the art fails.
Writer Geoff Johns ultimately delivers a pretty solid issue in terms of the writing, but there’s a lot of story still left to be told. We’re just about half way through the series and so far Forever Evil has been good, not great. But because there’s so much story still waiting to be told, I’m confident that Johns will deliver.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas – email@example.com
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