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.
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.
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.