Title: Forever Evil # 2
Series: Forever Evil
Writer: Geoff Johns
Illustrator: David Finch, Richard Friend
Source: Borrow From Friend
Publisher: DC Comics, Oct 2013
Buy Links: DC/Amazon
Blurb from DC: The villains have taken over the world! The Teen Titans fight back! Can the inexperienced teen heroes do what the adults could not? (Answer: Nope. It goes very poorly.)
Case File: Pregnancy/ Batman/ Mysterious Guest/ Love Triangle/ Commissioner Gordon
Rating: 5 out of 5
The comic doesn’t pick up on the action much but man, does it lay the foundations for great future scenes. Like a surprise pregnancy and a love triangle. Normally, I don’t like love triangle but apparently, adding a baby really makes me excited for them. It’s more than that though. But let’s backtrack a little bit.
It picks up with Luthor realizing that he is going to have to stand up to the Crime Syndicate and he is going to need help to do so. He reveals his secret weapon called Creature which is a clone of Superman but because he needed ten years instead of five years to be fully grown, he is a little messed up; big, gray, and kind of dumb (he put his suit inside out). He is willing to follow some orders. But just to prove that Luthor is still a villain, he orders the death of the security guard who still has faith that Superman will solve the problem.
The comic provides us more of an insight into the Crime Syndicate’s dynamics. Alfred is helping them and running background checks on everything. There is something wrong with Power Ring’s ring (he’s Dark Green Lantern) because the ring is hurting him. Power Ring seems really weak and he occasionally stutters when he speaks. It is possible that the ring is rejecting him but I can’t say for sure. Power Ring and Deathstorm set off to deal with the Rouges in Central City while Johnny Quick (Dark Flash) and Atomica cause problems for the Teen Titan; defeat them really badly. More importantly, the Crime Syndicate brought someone back from their world that could defeat them (I believe it is Superman) and is a source of division between them. It turns out that something force the Crime Syndicate out of their homeworld and it was quite destructive. I’m looking forward to finding out who it was.
The most exciting thing about this comic, in my opinion, is the pregnancy of Superwoman (Dark Wonder Woman) who appears to be in a relationship with Ultraman but is pregnant by Owlman (Dark Batman). It’s like WHAT. It’s thrilling. The relationship between Superwoman and Ultraman seems almost abusive because he was upset when she sided with Owlman about what to do with their guest. “Never disagree with me in front of him again” is what Ultraman tells Superwoman. There is a power struggle between Owlman and Superman where the price is Superwoman because he lifts her chin as to reinforce his message about disagreeing with him, he needs to show that they are a power couple to him. It’s interesting. The later scenes show Superwoman and Owlman together and the power relationship is different because he seems to care more about her. He tries to calm down her fears about Ultraman discovering that he is not the father but rather Owlman is. They seem to have a more equal relationship and it shown in the panels where they are together, they walk next to each other (whereas Ultraman isolates her from the group by physically blocking her) and she calls him by his first name (which is not Bruce).
In the end, there was a surprise entry by Batman and Catwoman. He does confirm that the Justice League is dead (but here is to hoping he is wrong). They end up in S.T.A.R. Labs in Detroit where the scientists are protecting the Red Room to the best of their abilities. The scientists have some funny moments. Forever Evil # 2 is a great continuation of the series though.