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Justice League #23.4 - The Wild Card Review


What's the deal with the Secret Society and the Outsider? This is where we start getting some answers.

The Good

Trinity War ended and FOREVER EVIL started up right away. With the slight gap in events, we were left wondering what happened and how everyone fits into the story. We've been seeing hints of the Secret Society for some time and finally discovered the identity of the Outsider. His identity wasn't quite what we expected and this issue reveals his backstory and the purpose for creating the Society.

Geoff Johns and Sterling Gates give us a glimpse into this other world. Despite seeing other alternate realities in the past along with other Earth 3/Crime Syndicate stories, it's still fascinating to see what it was like. Being the New 52, even though there are some similarities, we still can't fully be sure of what to expect.

Szymon Kudranski's dark and mysterious art is perfect for the ominous atmosphere from this world. There's something almost eerie in seeing a certain scene in a certain alley take place with the dark twist present here.

Seeing what transpired before the Outsider's presence in the New 52 world is pretty big. This issue offers some explanation into the reasoning for some events we saw in FOREVER EVIL #1, the use of Nightwing in particular.

The Bad

Because this is just one issue, some of the events in the flashback feel a little chaotic. We get a bunch of different glimpses. It does succeed in making us want to see more but you have to pause to see what's going on and think about what it could mean. In some ways, seeing this backstory fleshed out more would have been nice but would have obviously taken away the surprise as Trinity War played out.

The reason for creating and needing the villains in the Secret Society makes sense but almost feels a little separate from what's going on. I'm looking forward to seeing actual interaction between the Society and the Crime Syndicate.

The Verdict

After four weeks of Villains Month books, we've had a mix of different kinds of issues. This issue does provide an origin for the Outsider and the Secret Society but it also plays a big role in FOREVER EVIL. We may have seen parts of this world in the past but seeing how they exist in the New 52 is pretty interesting. There is a sense of familiarity yet you're still not quite sure what to expect. Szymon Kudranski's art captures the dark tone of the story and really makes you happy you don't have to live in that world. It's unclear whether or not we'll see more of this world or if we need to. Other Villains Month may have told interesting stories but this one makes you eager for the next issue of FOREVER EVIL.

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Posted by Superbat420

I thought it was one of the best issues

Posted by Med

@superbat420: me too. really liked this one. between seeing Earth 3 Gotham and the twist at the end, it was one of the best this week.

Posted by HeckTate

I have a sneaking suspicion that this is going to be one of those issues that will be sold out by the time I get out of work.

Posted by Superbat420

@hecktate: I walked in the comic shop at the exact time it was open. And there was only two issues left lol

Posted by Superbat420

@med: did you read doomsday? That was the most depressing issue of the whole new 52 I thought.

Posted by superior_prime_maybe

@med: did you read doomsday? That was the most depressing issue of the whole new 52 I thought.

Depressing? It did give me an odd sensation.

Posted by Superbat420

@superior_prime_maybe: really, I was real let down, they didn't explain anything I thought of it as more of a zod issue

Edited by HeckTate

@superbat420: Still 2 left at opening? That's better than I expected after the last 3 weeks of frustration trying to get these at cover price on release dates.

Posted by Nightwing_Beyond

The mysteries this issue brings to the forefront are quite intriguing. I wish the comic showed Talon's body since I was curious to see what his costume looked like.

Posted by manwithoutshame

This issue was awesome, 5/5. Not only did this explain a lot about Earth 3, but it seemed like a pretty essential issue for anyone following Forever Evil.

Posted by Booster_Bronze

Answered a few questions for me, like the Outsider's tendency to randomly laugh, but did anyone else notice how Joker got his fingers back after getting them blown off?

Posted by Jake Fury

This was my favorite issue of the week. Ocean Master and First Born were right up there also.

Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg

We need an Earth 3 book

Posted by detective38

This was my favorite villians month issue. Ive always liked earth 3 ever since I got their first appearance ( Justice league of America vol.1 #29 in case anyones curious) Very interested in seeing how nightwings story develops

Posted by KidChipotle

I thought this book was pretty good until we found out Earth-3 Dick Grayson was dead. Booooo. Also, it seemed like more of an Owlman/Alfred origin story rather than a Secret Society origin. That part was just kind of meshed together at the end. It did leave me wondering WHAT the cause was so bad that made them have to jump UNIVERSES.

Posted by Saren

Kudranski's art is always so stiff and shadowy. I'm not really a fan. It works if he's doing a dark environment like Gotham or Santa Prisca, but I think it would be unappealing anywhere else.

Posted by anthonygiu

I liked this issue and Metallo from this week. It makes me interested in reading what is going to happen in Forever Evil.

Edited by TheFirstLantern

So it looks like Darkseid attacked Earth-3. Really good issue. I loved that twist.