Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis
Forever Evil Event
Spoiler alert! You have been warned!
So this issue sort of took a step backward. Not that it’s bad or anything because, I mean, it’s Geoff Johns writing superheroes. And it’s Ivan Reis drawing, well, anything. But it does feature (almost entirely) a character who has little to no charisma, charm, or interesting characteristics whatsoever. But I will admit one thing (two, to be precise): this issue’s creative team surely did their best job at trying to not only stretch out these crossovers, but also make a character a little bit more likable. Which no matter how you look at it, certainly takes a boat load of skill.
The issue is pretty straight-forward. Johnny Quick and Atomica kill the Doom Patrol and the Chief is shown being all mad-scientisty in all of his “we shall rebuild” glory. So we’re getting a new Doom Patrol, which is okay, I guess. Then we get an entire issue of Cyborg and his dad and Cyborg 2.0 being rebuilt and getting a glimpse at the Red Room, which, though pretty, was pretty underwhelming. The story advances to a place where it has obviously been heading for some time, with Cyborg heading to meet up with Doc Will Magnus, the creator of the “failed” Metal Men. So we’re obviously going to get some New 52 Metal Men and Doom Patrol action in our immediate future. Which is fine, but not exactly something I’m going to phone home about.
All in all, it’s a beautifully-drawn and well-written (both in dialogue and pacing) issue. It is, on the other hand, a filler issue. Much like this week’s Forever Evil: Blight crossover issue, it’s forgettable but gets the job done. It gets us from point A to point B. I didn’t hate it. I didn’t love it. I’m ready for more non-Cyborg action. The ending of Forever Evil would be a great time to incorporate Cyborg into another team. Perhaps a New Teen Titans book? Nah. No one would buy that. Right…
My Rating: 3/5