DC Comics Forever Evil is the first major event of its universe after its “New 52” reboot. Despite the fact that I read more comics than I do anything else, I don’t cover a lot of them on the site, but I think we’ll follow this one because for once, the “things will never be the same” tagline seems to be true. Now, I’m telling you, if you’re waiting for the trade or don’t want spoilers, get out of the rowboat!
The heroes of the world are mostly absent (we’re not going down the rabbit hole of “why”) and Earth has been taken over by the Crime Syndicate. The CS, for the 99.9% of the population who didn’t spend their teenage years memorizing the history of a fake universe, is an alternate version of the Justice League from a world where they’re evil conquerors and just a leeeetle bit different than their counterparts. For example “Ultraman” who is the Superman of his world spends a good deal of issue one snorting ground kryptonite like it was lime cocaine. Then they pretty much stomp the rest of the world’s heroes flatter than a cheap pizza, but no one more so than Nightwing. Ah poor Nightwing, let’s just show it:
This was both televised worldwide and in person to the majority of the DCU’s villains as kind of a “shank the biggest guy in prison on your first day” statement. The promotional materials suggest that over the course of the series the DC villains are going to hate these whack-a-doodles so much they’ll want the Justice League back and fight, but for right now it’s Christmas in baddieland.
The unmasking of Dick Grayson is a hard genie to put back into the bottle. Comics are extreeeeeeemly good at undoing seemingly DONE things. Dead? Not a problem. Show me someone who hasn’t died at least once. Married to Mary Jane? Magic deal with the devil and it never happened. Everyone knows your secret identity? Have the literal manifestation of the vengeance of God mindwipe everyone on Earth (this totally did happen). But for the immediate future, this creates a bit of a crisis in the Bat-world. It’s not too hard to unravel the tapestry back to Bruce Wayne from his adopted son and former partner. More immediately, Bruce isn’t around at the moment and all of his villains are, many of whom have had their brightly colored behinds handed to them by Robin or Nightwing. So issue #2 is out today and we’ll see how the fun goes from here!