This week brings the SPOILER FREE review of Forever Evil‘s big finale, and the start of Mark Millar’s MPH!
Forever Evil #7 (of 7) (DC Comics)
After taking “Forever” to come out (sorry, I couldn’t resist), we’ve finally got the double sized final issue of Forever Evil, the big DC event that started back in…September. Holy crap.
Unlike other big events, Forever Evil #7 is actually worth the wait, and filled with non stop action, awesome moments to showcase our heroic villains, and plenty of jaw-dropping reveals. Writer Geoff Johns and artist David Finch have crafted a surprisingly fantastic ending to this event that, for the first time in a while, makes me extremely excited to see what’s in store for the heroes of the DC universe.
Lex Luthor and his team of villains have successfully infiltrated the Secret Society’s hideout, but before they can save the day, they have to deal with one unexpected element: the Earth 3 incarnation of Alexander Luthor, who has the abilities of our world’s Shazam. This secret member of the Society has been kept under lock and key because he’s been murdering his team mates and gaining their abilities. What follows is a pretty spectacular battle where the alternate Luthor (also called “Mazahs”) throws down with Ultraman, then Sinestro and Black Adam, and finally Lex Luthor himself.
Geoff Johns’ script keeps the revelations coming at a quick pace, but it never once feels like an exposition dump. From the Alexander Luthor reveal to the revelation behind the father of Superwoman’s unborn child, Johns sprinkles in awesome revelations that keep you invested from the first page, which features Batman and Luthor fighting over the “dead” body of Dick Grayson (that doesn’t count as a spoiler, Grayson’s fate has been plastered over most major news outlets for a month now). Really the only part that feels rushed is the return of the Justice League, which could’ve been expanded on a little further for those of us who didn’t pick up the Justice League of America tie in issues.
David Finch’s art is the best it’s been during the entire series this issue. As the cause of the delay, that should be expected, but to be honest, I was dreading opening up this issue because I assumed I’d be getting more rushed panels and awkward poses. Thankfully this is not the case. Forever Evil #7 feels like the David Finch of old, and is chock full of incredible scenes of your favorite DC villains brawling with guys that are even worse than they are.
Forever Evil #7 was a damn good comic book, and surprisingly well worth the wait. The fact that some of the fallout of this event has already been shown doesn’t hurt the book at all, and there’s one major, huge, absolutely stunning moment towards the end that is so awesome I yelled out when I got to it, and makes me extremely excited to read the new issue of Justice League (which also came out this week). I know I’ve been critical of it in the past, but Forever Evil definitely stuck the landing, and has made me more interested in the wider DC universe than I have been in quite some time.
MPH #1 (of 5) (Image Comics)
MPH is the latest title from Kick-Ass writer Mark Millar. Alongside artist Duncan Fegredo, the new series focuses on Chevy, a young man from Detroit who’s a drug runner for a local kingpin. After Chevy is set up and gets placed in jail, he comes across a mysterious drug called MPH, which gives him the ability of super speed. Of course, he uses it to stay in his cell and serve the rest of his sentence. Just kidding, he uses it to bust out!
This opening issue doesn’t have a whole lot of information on the MPH drug, but it does do a great job of setting up the world and character that we’ll be following in this miniseries. Like Starlight, this book features a more subdued Mark Millar than we’re typically used to. There’s no over the top violence, and barely any modern slang in the story. Probably the only “shocking” moment of the issue comes from the dialogue between Chevy and his fellow inmates.
Duncan Fegredo’s art is really well done, and captures the “down to Earth” feel of this story perfectly. You can feel the desperation in Chevy’s life just by looking at his surroundings. Fegredo captures the desolate and depressed look of Detroit and his use of facial expressions when Chevy is showing his “dream board” to his girlfriend when she visits him in prison is heartbreaking. Chevy truly believes that if he does the right thing and keeps his head down that he’ll get out in five years. Unfortunately life has other plans for him.
While it may seem frustrating that MPH doesn’t fill us in on the titular drug right away, I found that little bit of mystery made the story more interesting. Those who would prefer to read the whole series at once should probably wait for the collected edition, but if you can’t wait, MPH is great start to what should be a worthy addition to the solid work that Millar is putting out currently.