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Six Developments from FOREVER EVIL #1

The New 52 Universe is taking a dark turn. Check out SOME of the big things that happened in the first issue.

DC Comics has begun the third year of the New 52 with a vengeance. While we're all used to seeing comics where the good guys always win, this event is starting off in a dark place. Picking up an undisclosed period shortly after Trinity War, the unthinkable has happened. The bad guys are taking over.

FOREVER EVIL should not be seen as simply another comic book event. There are some big things that happened in the first issue, things that will cause changes in the New 52 Universe.

There will be some SPOILERS for FOREVER EVIL #1. We will not spoil everything. If you haven't checked it out, you'll want to be sure to rush out and pick up a copy to see how this all plays out and affects the DCU.

Ted Kord is alive?

Maybe. With the New 52, we saw a new beginning for many. A lot of characters have, in a sense, started their careers over. That also means that certain events in the pre-New 52 may or may not have happened. Could this include the brutal death of Ted Kord?

In a "meeting with a Thomas Kord, Lex Luthor was using his ways to try to persuade Kord to turn over his company. Kord mentions his grandfather built the company and he planned on having his son run it one day. Lex did not like this and continued with his negations. With the events that followed, perhaps we will see the full return of Ted in this series. Thomas did have a couple appearances as Ted's father in the pre-New 52.

Also worth mentioning, apparently Lex has been "cleared of all wrongdoings" and owns 90% of Metropolis.

The Rogues powers are messed up

We know the Rogues used to use weapons and devices. In the pages of THE FLASH, we saw hints that they amped themselves up and no longer need those weapons.

In this issue, Captain Cold tries freezing a fence so they can bust through but overdoes it. Weather Wizard mentions Heatwave singing his eyebrows before. He also mentions the thunderclouds are "talking" to him.

Ultraman has a secret about his powers

Lex witnesses Ultraman do some strange things with Kryptonite. After crushing a piece and inhaling it, he says, "I'm the strongest again." This obviously will be the key to his downfall. Later he even comments on the feel of the sunlight against his skin. (Previously he was powered by anti-Kryptonite from the antimatter universe.)

What will Lex do with this information?

The Justice League Watchtower is no more

Because some time has passed between Trinity War and this issue, we're left catching up on some stuff. The Justice League fought Despero in issue #20. We know the Watchtower came down, we just didn't know what the League would do to repair it. Granted they were busy with Trinity War and whatever happened next. The remains of the Watchtower now seems to be under the possession of the Crime Syndicate.

Considering the next development, the lack of a proper headquarters for the League won't be too much of a problem (and aren't they moving to Canada later?).

The Justice League is dead

Yup. "Hell, yes, they are" as Johnny Quick put it.

Are they really dead? Could they really be dead? Obviously not. But we do know they are not around. Something is up. The logical choice is they've been exiled to whatever is left of Earth-3. From the teaser images, Batman possibly manages to escape or turn up. We also know the Justice League is supposed to "die" in order for Simon Baz to train the first female Green Lantern of Earth (as was told in GREEN LANTERN #20).

Things do not look good for Nightwing

If the Justice League is dead (or missing), what about the rest of the heroes? Nightwing gets caught off guard. You'll have to read the issue to see the full result of what happens.

Again, this tells us this issue is happening in some undisclosed distant future as Nightwing is in the midst of his own story arc in his actual title. A minor thing was interesting, apparently Dick has an Illinois license when he wasn't planning on staying in Chicago for long. He was just going after Tony Zucco.

This is definitely a game-changer for the character. We'll save our personal feelings on this development for another place.

And that's not all.

There is definitely more that happens here. Pretty impressive for a first issue of a new event. Things are getting pretty bonkers. Who knows what will happen in the second issue!

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Posted by theTimeStreamer

ok start. nothing great. just like every other time the CS showed up. dark reign vibe to it too.

Posted by braynehurricane

The destruction of the Justice League Watchtower happened back in Issue #20; Despero took it out. That's when Atom(ica) was able to get the sliver of Kryptonite that she used on Superman in Trinity War.

Posted by Lvenger

I'm not the biggest fan of Final Crisis despite being a massive Morrison fan but now I really appreciate the symbolic and metaphorical significance of that event over Forever Evil. This event is too hammed up for me and the storytelling seems like nothing special from the premise of the event.

Edited by Quintus_Knightfall
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Posted by DecoyElite

Ultraman is powered by Kryptonite, it's nothing new there. :/

Posted by G-Man

@decoyelite: For a time, he needed anti-Kryptonite to power himself. Not regular Kryptonite. Now it's back to regular Kryptonite in the New 52.

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Posted by DecoyElite

@g_man said:

@decoyelite: For a time, he needed anti-Kryptonite to power himself. Not regular Kryptonite. Now it's back to regular Kryptonite in the New 52.

Oh. I didn't know that. Well now I feel silly.

Posted by G-Man

@decoyelite: It flip flopped. I added a sentence to clarify what I meant. SO MUCH CONFUSION. Guess that's why the different Crisis keep coming along to clean things up.

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Posted by DecoyElite

@g_man: Alright thanks. Although I have a feeling I was the only one who got confused by the whole thing. XD

Posted by Outside_85

@lvenger said:

I'm not the biggest fan of Final Crisis despite being a massive Morrison fan but now I really appreciate the symbolic and metaphorical significance of that event over Forever Evil. This event is too hammed up for me and the storytelling seems like nothing special from the premise of the event.

Well FE is by Johns, so you shouldn't expect much.

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Edited by ravisher

nightwing got peter parker'd

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

How can Lex just be "cleared of everything"?

Posted by OmgOmgWtfWtf

I hope Owl-Man is cool like in the movie. One BAMF.

Posted by mightyrearranger

A pretty good start to the event. I miss the old personalities of the CS, though Quick is still amusing (just never let any writer get away with letting a character say "cray cray" again, editorial staff).

Only other gripe was not seeing The Key in the Society group shot. He was one of the first recruited along with Scarecrow, if I'm not mistaken.

Sh*t's gonna get real for Nightwing. Seems more likely now that he'll end up as part of Luthor's resistance, though he needs to get free/be freed somehow. Gonna do a full review of week 1, a lot of the villain titles impressed me quite a bit. Looking more like a DC gang war than Dark Reign, which is a good thing. :)

Posted by noj

@jonny_anonymous: I have a feeling the government had something to do with it. Perhaps with the possibility of Superman going rouge becoming a very real possibility after the death of Doctor Light they released him to have a weapon against Superman.

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Posted by DADDY_XERO

i hope mr grayson gets a real push. he is actually my face character in dc.

Posted by darkrider

i really want to see ted kord in the new 52

Posted by Ninjablade09

@ravisher said:

nightwing got peter parker'd

He was killed and his second biggest for took his body? Nah I'm kidding, I know you're referring to the Civil War thing. Hey maybe now Nightwing will make a deal with the devil and will make it so that him and Babs never got together.

Edited by batsymyplaything

@g_man The Rogues new powers were explained in The Flash Annual 1. Where Dr. Darwin Elias confronted Captain Cold and offered him the genome changer, so that he and his members can have superhuman powers as the Flash. whereas having weapons.

Edited by Shallbecomeabattoo

@lvenger: what did you dislike about Final Crisis, especially as a Morrison fan.

I am a huge Morrison nut and at first I was a bitlet down by Final Crisis, because it was much too dense and bigthings didn't got enough time, but after a couple of rereads I came to really love it. But I do have to say that the "directors cut" of FC in the absolute edition is the way to read it. Its got 10 pages or so extra, which add a few things that really make the climax of the story muuuuuuuch better.

Posted by Captain13

I go to school with Ted Kord.

Posted by Nicklantern2814

I don't know if i'm right but i think the reason the people in the comics will think Jessica Cruz is a villain is because Power Ring will die and his ring will go to her

Posted by batfan_avery

I'm slightly confused by this statement:

"From the teaser images, Batman possibly manages to escape or turn up."

Where is this?

Posted by G-Man

@batsymyplaything: Uh huh. I even reviewed the issue. What's said here is their powers are messed up.

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Posted by Kraya
Posted by ViperKing

Forever Evil is going to be a great event, especially since Lex Luthor seems to a main character in this storyline. It seems to be that recruits of the Secret Society of Super-Villains will join the Crime Syndicate as they take over the universe. I would actually like seeing Ted Kord back but would he be a Blue Beetle? Nightwing seems to be dead soon though. By the way, does anyone know the dates of when the upcoming Forever Evil issues are coming out?

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@viperking

#2 at the 10th of October,

#3 at the 6th of November.

Posted by Dark_Guyver

I thought forever evil was just this month. So I'm assuming from solicits its gonna spill over until next year. Is that correct?

Edited by batfan_avery

@kraya: ohh okay, I hadn't of seen that. Thank You!

Edited by Jake Fury

Brian Buccellatto had a great interview where he discussed the Rogues being metahumans now instead of just carrying weapons.

Posted by Kraya

@dark_guyver: Villain's month is only in September, but Forever Evil has 7 issues.

Posted by Dstick88

I'm slightly confused by this statement:

"From the teaser images, Batman possibly manages to escape or turn up."

Where is this?

i would also like to know this

Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

@dark_guyver: and 4 issue tie-in forever evil argus,forever evil rogues rebellion,forever evil arkham war,and the justice league(america and dark too)book i think suicide squad as well

Posted by blkson

Ted Kord will be Canadian and a member of the Justice League Canada.

I'm calling it now.

Posted by Kraya

@dark_guyver: and 4 issue tie-in forever evil argus,forever evil rogues rebellion,forever evil arkham war,and the justice league(america and dark too)book i think suicide squad as well

Waaait a minute. Weren't Argus, Rogues Rebellion and Arkham War 5 issues each?

Posted by cobra88king8

I find it kind of insane that this is going to be a monthly series.

Edited by Herokiller12344

Well, I am a big fan of the Mirror Universe aspect of earth-3. This might not be horrible.

But just one gripe: "Hell, yes, they are" Am I the only one that thinks that was totally unnecessary?

@thetimestreamer said:

ok start. nothing great. just like every other time the CS showed up. dark reign vibe to it too.

Dark Reign, eh? Dammit DC.

@g_man

"From the teaser images, Batman possibly manages to escape or turn up."

Why does it always have to be Batman?

Edited by darknightspideyfanboy

@kraya: i just wiki it we're both wrong it 6 issue ill be back im going to prepare my wallets funeral

Posted by Kraya

@darknightspideyfanboy: That would actually make sense. They all start next month and being 6 issues each lets them end at the same time as Forever Evil.

Posted by Black_Claw

@jonny_anonymous: Lex has one of the best lawyers in the entire DCU. How do you think he was able to get out of prison so easily everytime Superman put him in there?

Posted by TheFirstLantern
Posted by saoakden

Wow, Forever Evil looks like its off to an interesting start. Poor Nightwing.

Posted by Master_Thief

Oh come on is this not dc's version of dark reign

Lex is the new norman osborn

And the crime syndicate are the dark avengers.... oh anf obviously ultraman is sentrg

Posted by ULTRAstarkiller

@ravisher said:

nightwing got peter parker'd

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

I just saw two things here that really caught my eye of interest...Ted Kord...and kryptonite cocaine! F$^k yes!

Posted by G-Man

@dstick88 said:

@batfan_avery said:

I'm slightly confused by this statement:

"From the teaser images, Batman possibly manages to escape or turn up."

Where is this?

i would also like to know this

Sure it might not be Batman. But sure does look like his jaw/face.

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Edited by G-Man

@g_man

"From the teaser images, Batman possibly manages to escape or turn up."

Why does it always have to be Batman?

Some say "Batman always wins." So of course he'd be the one Leaguer not to "die."

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Edited by Mezmero

The stuff with Ultraman's powers was so creepy and unsettling I love it. You missed the biggest development of them all which is that The Monocle is dead. Lol. Yeah I know, who cares? This event is off to a good start.

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