Forever Evil: The 1st Major Event in DCnU & What Does It Tell Us?

by Brendon Lane Carlson
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As previewed earlier on DC News with Villain’s Month, Forever Evil was announced today, it tells a lot about what is upcoming June thru August for the DCnU.  First Forever Evil is starting in September by Geoff Johns and artist David Finch.  It leads into an all villains month of 3D covers.  It is also mentioned coming out of Trinity War that the Justice League is “out of commission” even mentioned in the interview as “dead” and that the Society of Super Villain play a major role in Forever Evil.

Also coming out of Forever Evil is tie-ins and mini-series:

The goings-on in Forever Evil will spill into other comics such as Teen Titans andSuicide Squad, and in October, three five-issue tie-in books will launch:

Forever Evil: Rogues. Writer Brian Buccellato (The Flash) and Patrick Zircher (Suicide Squad) put the spotlight on the Flash’s colorful and infamous gang of Rogues, led by Captain Cold — a particular favorite of Johns, the former Flash writer, as well as Finch. “I just love his mask,” the artist says. “He looks very steely and a little bit dead in the eye, which is very evil.”

Forever Evil: Arkham War“The biggest story with Bat-villains you’ve ever seen,” as Johns describes it, features the creative team of Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps) and Scot Eaton (X-Men).

Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S.Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) pens a title featuring the government agency Advanced Research Group Uniting Superhumans. DC comic fans have seen increasingly shady things the group’s been doing, and Steve Trevor will be learning about those as the audience does. “His heart is good,” Johns says, “and if ARGUS has a chance of rising above what it is right now and becoming a heroic force in the future, it’s up to Steve Trevor.”

However the interview, covers and beginning solicits share more including spoilers of last week’s events:
-Catwoman is basically confirmed to “live” with her on the cover of the Deadshot #1 cover, and playing a part in Forever Evil which basically shows that Catwoman comes back to life after the end of Justice League of America #4 or she is not the one dead at the end.  Geoff Johns even goes farther by talking about upcoming stories with her:

Catwoman, an antihero in her own series and a recent addition to Steve Trevor’s JLA group, also has an integral part in Forever Evil and in stuff Johns will be working on for the future, according to the writer.

“She’s a sexy character who uses that like a weapon but she also has a more vulnerable side to her that Geoff showed off so well in Justice League of America,” Finch says. “It made me believe in her as a character.”

Johns has been surprised by how after starting to write Catwoman that everything began to revolve around her due to who she is, the mysteries behind the Batman femme fatale and what she wants in her relationships.

“She is the ultimate thief. She can break in anywhere, she can break out of anywhere, there is no place that can hold her and no place that can keep her out,” Johns says.

“In my mind, she is unstoppable. Her longing for finding out answers about some things in her past that we’ve set up is key for her drive over the next big story.”

-With the Desaad #1 cover, Power Girl and Huntress are either confirmed to go to Earth 2 (in the Earth 2 title) or something happens to connect Earth 2 and Worlds Finest

-Joker returns in Batman & the Riddler issue appears to tie in to Zero Year

-Joker’s Daughter will have recruits

Batman and Robin is “back” for the Two-Face issue backdrop

-The 3 Batman titles (Batman, Detective Comics, &  Batman The Dark Knight) go weekly with .1 thru .4 and 12 villains showcased.

-Appears with the 3D covers shown so far, $3.99 will be either the standard or lowest price point for this event.

-And of course more to come

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Source: USA Today

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