Greetings from the Odinson,
FOREVER EVIL, the first companywide event of DC Comics the New 52 hit stands this week and OMG!!! After the cliffhanger ending of Trinity War, readers were left breathless wondering what in the world is going to happen next. Well, Geoff Johns (Aquaman, Green Lantern) and David Finch (Moon Knight, New Avengers) have answered that question with Forever Evil #1 and the Odinson has just one thing to say about it – BRILLIANT!
Not since Infinite Crisis and The Sinestro Corps War has the Odinson been this excited about a storyline in the DC Universe. And not since those two amazing events have the stakes been this high. Here’s the set up ladies and gentlemen. In the wake of Trinity War, the World’s Greatest Heroes are no more. Now, with the Justice League out of the picture, a powerful evil arrives in the DCU and they make a big noise. In a matter of hours, they conquer the world, assemble an army of the world’s deadliest villains, and make an example of one of the few remaining A-List heroes left that may have had a chance of opposing them. (Poor, poor Nightwing…)
The revelation of just who these villains are is delicious enough because once that is revealed the DCU (and the readers) are left without a doubt that they have the ability to back up their bravado. In a world taken over by evil and no heroes left to stand against this evil, who will save the day? Bring on the bad guys!
There’s an amazing character arc to be had here by the DCU’s greatest arch villains, and none more so than the King of the Super Villains himself – Lex Luthor. For years he has sought Superman’s death. He has boasted that he is the pinnacle of human achievement. He has more money than Davy Crockett. He’s a genius level intellect, arguably the smartest man alive. He owns half of Metropolis. And has great influence in the business and political arenas. But all that will come crashing down around his ears in this New World Order. And in the face of this new evil, an evil even greater than himself, an evil he never saw coming, Lex Luthor will learn once and for all just what kind of man he really is. I can’t wait to see Luthor’s story unfold!
A few other characters the Odinson will be keeping a close eye on during this event are Deadshot, Deathstroke, and The Joker. Now that he’s no longer under the thumb of Amanda Waller and forced to serve in her Suicide Squad, where will Floyd Lawton’s loyalties lie in a world where money has no value? Deathstroke has always walked the thin line between villain and hero. Slade Wilson is a stone cold killer, that’s for sure, but Slade Wilson also has honor, and the man they call the Terminator is nobody’s slave. Aw, and then there is the Clown Prince of Crime. And everybody knows the Joker plays by his own set of rules. It will definitely be interesting to see where these loose cannons fit into this New World Order.
To commemorate this event, DC Comics has allowed the villains of the DC Universe to take over this month! Every single title released this month is renamed with that of the heroes’ arch foes. For instance, this month Batman is The Joker, Superman is Bizarro, and Justice League is Darkseid! And as if that isn’t cool enough these special issues also feature the most amazing 3-D covers the Odinson has ever seen. Seriously folks, scans do not do these awesome covers justice. Trust me when I say they are spectacular. A definite must-have for collectors.
Hey, here’s some food for thought. What do Forever Evil, Infinite Crisis, and The Sinestro Corps War all have in common? That’s right boys and girls, they are all written by Geoff Johns. DC Comics, give this man a promotion! Oh, wait… 😉
NOTE: Geoff Johns was named DC Comics Chief Creative Officer back in February of 2010. Good job, DC!
This is Odinson bidding thee farewell