Having proved that linewide cover gimmicks are wildly successful no matter how mediocre the product, DC has announced a new eighteen part crossover called Forever Evil: Blight. No, that wasn't a typo, it's a five month crossover event that will run through Justice League Dark, Constantine, Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger, and Trinity of Sin: Pandora. The event will begin this month and run through March.
Here's a description of the event, straight from Bob Harras's mouth:
Constantine will refuse to believe that his teammates – particularly Zatanna – are dead. Therefore, he casts a spell to locate them … but his search is quickly blocked by a dominant force within the metaphysical world. It seems that the Crime Syndicate’s invasion has significantly enhanced the levels of evil in the universe, and that this evil has a physical manifestation: Blight.
In order to save Zatanna, Constantine will be forced to take on Blight. Along with Swamp Thing, Nightmare Nurse, and the Trinity of Sin themselves – Pandora, Phantom Stranger, and The Question – Constantine will need to defeat Blight if he wants to ever see the woman he loves again. But when Blight becomes aware of Constantine’s quest and draws in a human host to take him down, will Constantine and the army he’s assembled be enough to battle a force that encapsulates all the evil in the world?
To provide some context, Maximum Carnage, which was also spearheaded under the editorialship of Bob Harras, only ran for fourteen issues.
From a creative standpoint, I don't even know what to think. All of these books had tie-ins to Trinity War, and will now be tied up for five months with Forever Evil. Constantine and Pandora haven't had much time to find a voice between crossovers. More importantly, this is just the latest example of mainstream comic books being little more than chapters in an overarching crossover, with no room for individuality or originality. But hey, if linewide lenticular cover gimmicks are a runaway success, this probably will be too, amirite?
Anyways, we've decided to hold off on resetting the counter on this for now. Ray Fawkes and J.M. DeMatteis, the writers of the four books, aren't being displaced, and compared to Villains' Month or the upcoming ten books tying into Year Zero, this is relatively self-contained. However, this all feels very...90s to me, and not in the best way. Just remember, if this turns out to be a success, prepare to see more and more of these five month, six book crossovers over the next few months. You get the comics you pay for.
UPDATE: Oh, for fuck's sake. So, DC announced an eighteen issue crossover on books already plagued by previous crossovers after what was possibly the biggest gimmick clusterfuck of all time in the 3Dnado, and we were WILLING TO GIVE THEM A PASS ON IT because, technically, it WILL increase sales because people will buy it... and then we found out (and confirmed) that they annouced this super-mega-crossover EXTRAVAGANZA...
....four days after the final order cutoff date of the first issue of it.
Hello again, artificially inflated demand! We missed you, old friend, over the course of the week or so you were gone.