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Justice League #24 - Forever Strong Review

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We know everyone from Earth 3 is a big jerk. What about those on Krypton? Find out about Ultraman's story in the New 52.

The Good

One of the fun parts of the New 52 is seeing how things have changed or evolved in the new continuity. It also allows the chance to establish the backstory or history for 'newer' characters. With the Crime Syndicate now in the DCU, we're getting a chance to visit the New 52 version of Earth 3.

It's no secret that everyone is (or was) pretty much a big jerk on Earth 3. In this issue, we get to travel back to see how Krypton compares along with Ultraman's origin. What we see is a testament to what these characters mean to us (or at least to me). It's almost heart-breaking to see the citizens of Krypton moments before the destruction of the planet. Jor-Il is, surprise, a big jerk. And wait until you see the Earth 3 versions of Ma and Pa. It all feels so completely wrong. And that's the point. The Earth 3 versions are the complete opposite of what we're used to. Geoff Johns does a great job in completely twisting what the characters are supposed to be about in order to show us these alternate versions.

It's not just about Ultraman's backstory. We also see him pay a visit to the Daily Planet where Lois and Jimmy are. If you've read the recently re-released JLA: EARTH 2 Deluxe HC, you'll have an idea what the Earth 3 versions of them are supposed to be like. It's a frightening idea to have Ultraman confront our versions of these characters. We also get a nice lead-in to FOREVER EVIL #3.

How about that artwork? Ivan Reis's pencils and Rod Reis' colors make these unbearable scenes glorious. The issue mainly tells Ultraman's origin but seeing it depicted with this art pushes it over the top. Despite being a darker story, there are some great moments where the colors really pop off the page.

The Bad

It's pretty much just a retelling of Ultraman's origin with an extremely dark twist. You'll probably have an idea how things will go but there are some surprises and we get a great presentation. This issue does serve to set up FOREVER EVIL #3. It may not be absolutely crucial reading for the arc but it was a blast to read.

The Verdict

We know everyone from Earth 3 are big jerks but leave it to Geoff Johns to really drive the point home. Seeing the characters we know in these dark and twisted forms is really disturbing and the more we see, the more threatening the Crime Syndicate appears. This issue acts as a bridge between the previous and next issue of FOREVER EVIL but seeing Ivan Reis' art and Rod Reis' colors will leave you staring in awe. This is a fun ride in seeing the dark versions and you'll be on the edge of your seat as Ultraman traipse around Superman's neighborhood. And the ending is bound to make you hunger for the next issue.

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Edited by The Stegman

That cover is the bee's knees.

Posted by Superbat420

I'm really digging forever evil, I've gotten every tie in so far lol great story and remaining of the csa

Posted by sasquatch888

it looks like black adam is in real bad trouble

Posted by ravisher

when did black adam come back?

Posted by impossibilly

@ravisher: I believe it was in his Villain's Month issue.

Posted by Mrgreenlantern

anyone else starting to think Grid is just Brainiac in disguise?

Edited by UltimateSMfan

At the end of this issue I was literally almost screaming NO NO NOO!! I did not want it to end! 3 beats that it hit so well... The intro to the (quite humorous at the end of the scene) "evil" Krypton and life with the kents etc.. The daily planet scene which was horrifying and awesome, which then leads into an epic battle between Ultraman and Black Adam...Holy Heck!! I really enjoyed this issue! Amped for Forever Evil #3. Art-Spectacular!! Geoff and Ivan totally knocked this one right out of the doomed planet of Krypton :)

Edited by Superbat420

@mrgreenlantern: I don't see that at all...unless its brainiac from earth 3

Posted by Darklexeus
Posted by JLDoom

While I thorughly enjoyed this issue I gotta say I couldn't take Ultraman's origin seriously, at least not completely. I know he's an evil Superman but since everything had an "evil version" some stuff felt predictable or just plain silly (I didn't see the last scene coming, where he orders the Kents to raise him , so that I did like).

Edited by Darklexeus

I swear, the artwork continues to improve in the issues, though I can't exactly get them and can only see bits and pieces online. At least the characters aren't looking too odd now. Though certain things in this issue do look just a little too comedic for me to handle.

Posted by Superbat420

So are they running from darkseid? What else goes boooooooom

Posted by UltimateSMfan
Posted by BumBurger

It's going down! Black Adam has arrived!

Posted by frankcal460

This issue is great, such a solid read and it makes me even more excited for Forever Evil. When Ultraman is at the Daily Planet causing havoc I found myself quite worried for Lois and Jimmy, and even more shocked when Black Adam shows up. I'd say if you're reading Forever Evil, you need to pick this up.

Edited by tomlikesfries

There needs to be a Earth-3 book that is set before the events of Forever Evil! Please DC, that'd be awesome!

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Posted by Superbat420

@ultimatesmfan: lmao true but Forreal what else appears through boom tube? It has to be darkseid

Posted by August_Macias_1988

Did anyone else got memories of The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck during the Krypton bit? Everyone fighting for a rocket reminded me of Negaduck's parents doing the same.

Posted by syoungkeezy

im loving the new ultraman hes extacly the reason why everyone should be afraid of superman, i also like the excuse as to why he hasnt killed superwoman yet, cant wait to see what the writers use as an excuse for not killing owlman, overall this ultraman is already showing why he is the leader hes ruthless enough to deal with things as they should be

Posted by CheeseSticks

Go get him Adam!!!

Posted by laabitres

definitely the best comic this week

Posted by Dernman

Nothing but good things to say about this. One thing that concerns me is the length of time this event will go on for. When did Black Adam get super hearing?

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Edited by manwithoutshame

Need more Power Ring!

Edited by Star_Boy616

By far, the best Justice League issue of Jonhs. I was on the brink of my chair with every page.

Edited by Captain13
Posted by comicbookfan93

Well absolutely loved this issue, baby kal and the Kent's was a personal highlight but the ending man am I super excited for Forever Evil #3 now

Posted by ptigrusmagus

My dick is so hard for this event

Posted by TDK_1997

@jldoom said:

While I thorughly enjoyed this issue I gotta say I couldn't take Ultraman's origin seriously, at least not completely. I know he's an evil Superman but since everything had an "evil version" some stuff felt predictable or just plain silly (I didn't see the last scene coming, where he orders the Kents to raise him , so that I did like).

That was like the most unexpected thing I saw in this issue.It was really awesome to see a baby do such a thing.

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Edited by detective38

Good stuff tie ins for FE have been hit and miss so far but this was definitely a hit

Posted by JLDoom

@tdk_1997 said:

@jldoom said:

While I thorughly enjoyed this issue I gotta say I couldn't take Ultraman's origin seriously, at least not completely. I know he's an evil Superman but since everything had an "evil version" some stuff felt predictable or just plain silly (I didn't see the last scene coming, where he orders the Kents to raise him , so that I did like).

That was like the most unexpected thing I saw in this issue.It was really awesome to see a baby do such a thing.

I agree, it totally redeemed the rest of Ultraman's story for me.

Posted by tec79

Post Forever Evil instead of three Justice League books DC should publish one each of

Justice League

Earth 2

Earth 3

4th World

Edited by deathmedal

@dernman: I was wondering that too. Both BA and SHAZAM's power sets haven't been fully revealed in the new 53, they seem to be much more magic based. it's very possible they have super hearing or some sort of clairvoyance. it's also possible BA never heard it at all since he wasn't concerned with Jimmy at all. I am very excited for next issue as it will give a better idea to where both BA and SHAZAM rank in power.

Posted by Mxyzptlk_CV

Great issue can't wait for Forever Evil #3

Posted by Primebonnick

well i guess when ultraman finds out that super woman has cockholded him he will have a good reason to kill her.

Edited by lifeboy

I loved the art in this. Some stand out stuff was Lara, ma and pa kent, jimmy taking a picture of ultraman (freakin scary!) And how awesome Black Adams hair is !

Posted by braynehurricane

@jldoom: I loved how over-the-top it was. I was downright gleeful at moments such as "Shut up and die, Lara," "You are my parents now." I mean, that little baby Kal-Il scene was written very tongue-in-cheek, imo. :P It felt like it was giving into some Golden/Silver-Age, mustache-twirling evil.