In these reviews, I make a lot of wild predictions and random spitballing, and it’s not often that I’m right, but with this issue, I was proven to be spot on with my predictions not once, but twice. This either means that I’m a genius, or it just means that Geoff Johns is being really obvious in his writing. But either, way, this was a satisfying conclusion to the surprisingly good Trinity War, and a great set-up for Forever Evil. I know that people have ‘event fatigue’ or some crap like that (how the hell can reading make you fatigued? Some people have weak arms), but I’m excited.
The first prediction that I got correct was that Pandora’s Box was actually the doorway to Earth 3, and that once it opens the Crime Syndicate would come out, and that was correct. I’m a big fan of the CSA, because, well, they are evil versions of the JLA, it’s just a great concept, and it’s going to be interesting to see what these new versions of the characters are like, and how Johns’ take differs from what the likes of Grant Morrison has done with them before. I will say that I’m liking Ivan Reis’ costume designs for them already, but it is a shame that Earth 3 Aquaman had to die so soon, it was cool to see the bearded, hook-hand version of the character return, even as a villain.
The second prediction I got right was that the Atom was The Outsider’s mole in the Justice Leagues, as it turns out that she’s actually from Earth 3, and that she’s the one behind Superman killing Doctor Light and making him sick, because she went inside his brain and stuck some Kryptonite in there. I loved this reveal, as it explains just why this new Atom exists and why Johns didn’t use Ray Palmer or Ryan Choi, and opens the door for them to return. I have seen some complaining online that DC have screwed up by turning a minority, female character into a villain, but it’s worth remembering that just because she’s a villain doesn’t stop her from being a woman or Latina. Diversity should be present in the villains too ya know!
What else, oh yeah, the stuff with Cyborg here is pretty interesting, as Atomica hacks into him and turns his tech into ‘The Grid’ an evil AI that looks to be joining the CSA. It was shocking to see Vic’s mangled body without the technology, and even though I still find it weird that he’s in the Justice League, I’m liking the direction of his story now.
The opening of this issue was pretty great too, as we got to see Ivan Reis show his takes on some classic Silver Age JLA covers and see the likes of Starro and Amazo again.
The pages where the Justice Leagues were going all evil and crazy were kind of boring, apart from seeing Constantine as the only hero left, but once Atomica’s deception was revealed and everything went to shit and the CSA arrived, I was on board.
I think overall, Johns and Lemire have done a damn good job with this crossover, it took 2 seemingly disparate plots, tied them together very nicely, and Forever Evil looks like being a fun story. But then, I may just be praising this story because I correctly predicted some stuff, I am that shallow.