In this inaugural edition, we at Comicosity want to provide some clarity as to the scope of the event, especially for new fans (perhaps brought in by the New 52) experiencing their first big crossover event. According to Geoff Johns, main series writer and DC Comics Chief Creative Officer, Forever Evil spins out of the recent Trinity War crossover in the Justice League titles, and will cross over to several DC Universe titles, but the effects of the event will not be felt in the larger universe until March 2014. At that point, the rest of the line will “catch up” to Forever Evil, and time will move forward again at the same pace across the line. In the meantime, you will likely see regularly occurring storylines carry on.
So, hang on, enjoy yourselves, and check out our comprehensive reading list for Forever Evil! And bookmark this page to check back for updates as new solicitations become available!
Road to Trinity War
Cyborg takes center stage as events fall into place for next month’s massive new story arc: “OFF THE GRID”! Also, Batman continues to be question the Superman/Wonder Woman alliance and Aquaman’s future with the League.
Who is the one person dangerous enough to use Kryptonite against Superman?
The League uncovers the leader of The Secret Society of Super-Villains—but can such a diverse group of heroes defeat the collective might of the Society? And in the backup story, Manhunter goes behind the scenes to learn more about the Secret Society! [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
The PROLOGUE TO TRINITY WAR continues as a revelation about Batman could destroy Wonder Woman and Superman’s relationship!
Reeling from the traumatic death following issue #4’s cliffhanger, the “world’s most dangerous team” discovers what the Secret Society is ultimately after—and who they are. But can Steve Trevor get this uncontrollable team under control before it’s too late? Plus, a revelation about Stargirl leaves one of her team members out for blood.
The mysterious woman connected to the creation of the New 52 gets her own series! Pandora is on an action-packed, blood-soaked mission to hunt down the horrors she inadvertently unleashed upon the world. Can she save the DCU—and redeem herself in the process? A prequel to the upcoming “Trinity War”! [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
TRINITY WAR, the action-mystery event of the summer, begins with a full-length epic adventure! The death of a hero ignites a violent war among the Justice Leagues! It’s League vs. League vs. League as an impending darkness approaches the DC Universe. But the truth behind it all will lead to an evil that threatens every hero on the planet. And what does the Secret Society of Super-Villains have to with this? Everything. [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
TRINITY WAR CHAPTER 2! The War of the Justice Leagues continues as one hero is arrested and another goes rogue. Who is responsible for the evil that has infected the League? And who is the true killer? Only the Question knows the answer… [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
As “TRINITY WAR” erupts and battle lines are drawn, Pandora finds herself standing alone against The Secret Society of Super-Villains!
As the TRINITY WAR rages around him, John Constantine takes a keen interest in Billy Batson’s power of Shazam! But does he want to mentor Billy or destroy him?
TRINITY WAR CHAPTER 3! A member of the Justice League defects to Justice League Dark. But what does Constantine know about this murder that he isn’t telling? And what dark secret does one of our Leaguers hold that could turn the tide of this Justice League War? [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
The key to ending “Trinity War” may be the soul of a murdered Justice League member, so the Phantom Stranger must lead a covert team—including Batman, Deadman and Katana—into the afterlife to try to retrieve it! But the Stranger made a promise never to return to the afterlife— and when he breaks that promise, he’ll find that the Hosts of Heaven are all too eager to dish out his punishment! [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
TRINITY WAR CHAPTER 4! The hunt for a murder suspect leads Superman and his new teammates to the secret behind the Secret Society, while Batman finds the key to the crime—and one of the Leaguers will be forever changed by it. Plus, who is the Secret Society of Super-Villains and what are their plans for Pandora? [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
TRINITY WAR CHAPTER 5! The Justice Leagues continues to fracture as the murder of a hero is solved—and the line between justice and vengeance blurs as they head off to find those responsible! [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
A “Trinity War” tie-in! As both the heroes and the villains continue to hunt Pandora down, she makes a crucial decision involving the Seven Deadly Sins, one that will affect the entire world…
TRINITY WAR CHAPTER 6! Trinity War concludes! But that doesn’t mean all ends well for our heroes. The secret behind Pandora’s Box is revealed and it means the end of the Justice Leagues! [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
Which Villains Month specials actually tie into Forever Evil is still up for debate, so this section will be updating with our best guesses, and actual knowledge as the issues roll out…
Two-Face is approached to join the Secret Society! Which side will his coin land on? TIES INTO FOREVER EVIL #1. [Check out Comicosity’s exclusive preview now.]
Is it a death wish that makes Floyd Lawton put on the mask of Deadshot? Or is something more sinister pulling at Floyd when he becomes a relentless assassin who feels nothing for his victims? Discover the truth behind Deadshot’s secret history in this issue! LEADS INTO SUICIDE SQUAD #24. [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
Lex Luthors’ sinister plan to manipulate Superman’s genetic material to create a mindless soldier under his control results in the monster known as Bizarro: opposite of Superman in every way, with no compassion, no remorse and no mercy! LEADS INTO FOREVER EVIL #2.
Set loose as the Secret Society’s plan unfolds, Black Manta is shocked to learn that Aquaman may be dead! Without the object of his hatred, how will Manta claim his final vengeance against the man who killed his father? Where will one of the most lethal villains alive turn his rage when he begins a new mission? COINCIDES WITH FOREVER EVIL #1.
If Dr. Harleen Quinzel wasn’t crazy when she fell for The Joker at Arkham Asylum, she sure was messed up afterwards! Find out more from Harley’s time with her beloved Mr. J. and see what got her into so much trouble that she was “recruited” for the Suicide Squad! LEADS INTO SUICIDE SQUAD #24.
Not every villain is grateful to the Secret Society for ridding the world of the Justice League. For Killer Frost, only one thing matters: feeding off Firestorm’s energy! But with Firestorm gone, a desperate Frost is forced to decide whether she should search for the missing hero or find a new source for her power fixes. COINCIDES WITH FOREVER EVIL #1. [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
Evil genius, sadistic businessman, sociopathic inmate—Lex Luthor is all this and more. Now released from prison, there is nothing to stop Luthor from getting his way…not even Superman! LEADS INTO FOREVER EVIL #1.
It’s the biggest audition of Clayface’s life as he attempts to impress the Secret Society and join their ranks. Desperate to prove himself more than a monster, Clayface sets a scheme into motion that quickly unravels! Will he make his mark—or dig his own grave? COINCIDES WITH FOREVER EVIL #1.
See the new Gotham City through the eyes of the Scarecrow! It’s Arkham Asylum unleashed on humanity—and it’s all the Scarecrow has ever wanted! LEADS INTO FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR #1.
The Rogues have their rules and their ways of doing business—so what do they think of the Secret Society’s claims that the Justice League is dead, and that the world’s villains need to unite? It’s a culture clash that won’t end quietly! LEADS INTO FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION #1. [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
WONDER WOMAN #23.1: THE CHEETAH
Written by John Ostrander
Art by Victor Ibenez
Release Date: September 18, 2013
The Cheetah has clawed her way out of Belle Reve, and is hungry for blood—but before she steps up as one of the Secret Society’s most powerful generals, she has a personal score to settle! Learn the truth about the cult of Hippolyta, her vendetta against Wonder Woman, and just how far she’ll go to prove that she’s the most dangerous predator on Earth! COINCIDES WITH FOREVER EVIL #1. [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
Batman is gone, and the inmates of Arkham Asylum are running wild in the streets! Bane is in Gotham City with one goal…to take it over no matter who he has to break! LEADS INTO FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR #1.
An army of super villains has been built throughout The New 52 during 2013—but for what purpose? Learn about the villains that have paved the way for the world of FOREVER EVIL. LEADS INTO FOREVER EVIL #2. [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
Where is Black Adam? And what series of events is triggered when the Secret Society attacks Kahndaq? Discover all of this and much more in this issue! LEADS INTO JUSTICE LEAGUE #24. [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
FOREVER EVIL #1
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by David Finch and Richard Friend
Release Date: September 4, 2013
The first universe-wide event of The New 52 begins as FOREVER EVIL launches! The Justice League is DEAD! And the villains shall INHERIT the Earth! An epic tale of the world’s greatest super-villains starts here! [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
The villains have taken over the world! The Teen Titans fight back! Can the inexperienced teen heroes do what the adults could not? (Answer: Nope. It goes very poorly.) [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
Gotham City! Madness and mayhem hit the streets as both Arkham Asylum and Blackgate Prison unleash their prisoners upon the helpless citizens of Gotham. And with no Dark Knight to protect the city, what horrors will follow? [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
The Rogues call no man boss, but a new evil threat might not leave them much choice! Will they fall in line, or refuse and risk certain death? The answer will tear the Rogues apart! [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
The villains have killed the Justice League and decimated A.R.G.U.S.’s headquarters. Only Steve Trevor and the surviving A.R.G.U.S. agents can pick up the pieces and save the civilian populace from unthinkable evil! [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
The first universe-wide event of The New 52 continues to explode across the DC Universe! With the world under the rule of the mysterious and deadly Crime Syndicate and our greatest heroes dead, it’s up to the unlikeliest of defenders to rise up to save us—humanity’s only hope—Lex Luthor?! Plus, a startling revelation about the dark secret of the Syndicate’s mission on Earth—and what it means for the future of the DC Universe and its heroes and villains. [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
As Scarecrow tips the balance of power between Arkham and Blackgate, The Penguin is made an offer he can’t refuse. Who will be Gotham City’s protector now? One word: BANE!
FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION #2
Written by Brian Buccellato
Art by Patrick Zircher
Release Date: November 20, 2013
Separated from their leader Captain Cold and trapped in Metropolis, the Rogues must fight for their lives against the Secret Society’s secret weapon: the horrifying Parasite!
As the world adjusts to its new status quo, Col. Steve Trevor and A.R.G.U.S. go on the offensive to stop the rise of evil! The first obstacle in Trevor’s path? Deathstroke! [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
As the battle for control over Gotham City escalates, a new protector rises. But first, it’s the face-off you won’t want to miss: Killer Croc vs. Bane!
FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION #3
Written by Brian Buccellato
Art by Scott Hepburn
Release Date: December 18, 2013
The Rogues continue their flight from the ruthless Crime Syndicate, who have put a bounty on their heads. But en route back to Central City, Mirror Master’s powers malfunction, and they land in the middle of the events of ARKHAM WAR with pretty much every Bat-villain around going after the bounty!
It’s all-out chaos as the DC Universe continues its march through darkness! War erupts across the Earth between the villains! Allegiances are formed! Rivals are murdered! And at center stage it’s Lex Luthor versus Batman—and their fight couldn’t come at a worse time as Deathstroke’s Hunting Party closes in on the world’s only hope against the Crime Syndicate!
Steve Trevor and his small band of surviving A.R.G.U.S. agents track down the deadly Cheetah, who has Wonder Woman’s lasso in her possession. That lasso could be the only hope of freeing the Justice League!
As the freed villaIns from Blackgate and Arkham continue to wage war, an all-new, all-deadly Dynamic Duo hits the streets of Gotham City! It’s Bane and the Talon known as Cobb as you’ve never seen them before!
FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION #4
Written by Brian Buccellato
Art by Scott Hepburn
Release Date: January 15, 2014
The Rogues just can’t catch a break! On the run from the Crime Syndicate and the Secret Society, the Rogues are forced into a showdown with an army of escapees from Arkham Asylum!
With everything to lose, Lex Luthor and his Injustice League raid the stronghold of the Crime Syndicate with consequences so devastating, the DC Universe will never be the same!
Steve Trevor’s quest to learn where the missing heroes are leads him to an unlikely ally—Killer Frost—and to one of his most deadly enemies: Cheetah!
Bane must face Scarecrow’s army of criminal psychopaths who have been enhanced by his Venom toxin! The fate of Gotham City hangs in the balance as Bane faces odds even he might not be able to beat!
FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION #5
Written by Brian Buccellato
Art by Scott Hepburn
Release Date: February 12, 2014
The Rogues against the might of The Royal Flush Gang! Guess who just got dealt a losing hand? Do the boys have any more tricks up their sleeves, or will this be the end of their run?
The final fate of Nightwing! The most unlikely of allies have set the Crime Syndicate in their sights — and they’re playing for keeps while the life of a hero hangs in the balance! Plus, the identity of the mysterious man in the hood is finally revealed!
A.R.G.U.S. leader Colonel Steve Trevor has struck a deadly alliance with Killer Frost in order to find Wonder Woman’s lost lasso! Only one problem: the lasso is in the hands of the deadly Cheetah, who doesn’t mind soaking it in Trevor’s blood!
The final battle for Gotham City starts now! The Scarecrow has unleashed a mutated army of Arkham’s worst killers, and only Bane can stop them! It all leads into FOREVER EVIL #7!
FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION #6
Written by Brian Buccellato
Art by Scott Hepburn
Release Date: March 12, 2014
The Rogues battle to full strength as they play out a crucial role in the carnage that awaits them in FOREVER EVIL #7! How can these blue-collar criminals defeat the Crime Syndicate?
The grand finale of Steve Trevor’s bid to save the Justice League! How can one man turn the tide against the Crime Syndicate? It all leads into FOREVER EVIL #7!
It’s evil versus evil in the shocking “take-no-prisoners” conclusion to FOREVER EVIL! What will be the fate of Lex Luthor and his Injustice League? Who will live – and who will die? And why is The Hooded Man the most feared being from the Syndicate’s world? Do not miss this startling finale that will leave the DC universe reeling and reveal the secrets to the future!
Forever Evil Tie-ins
A “Forever Evil” tie-in! THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA IS DEAD. But in the aftermath, one of the team’s members uncovers the JLA’s darkest secrets! [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! Belle Reve has been turned to rubble and the inmates are on the loose! Alone, Amanda Waller must fight her way out and form a new Suicide Squad! Or is a new team already in place?
JUSTICE LEAGUE #24
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
Release Date: October 16, 2013
A “Forever Evil” tie-in! THE JUSTICE LEAGUE IS DEAD! But who’s at the top of the food chain now? And what does BLACK ADAM have to say about it? [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT Part One! THE JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK IS DEAD. Not even the JL Dark can escape the evil that’s invaded the Earth—except for John Constantine! But why has he alone survived? And will he try to stop the villains—or join them? Long live the NEW Justice League Dark! [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
As Forever Evil spreads across the world, where have the Teen Titans gone? Find out when they are and why the Titans definitely aren’t together!
A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! Martian Manhunter literally claws his way out of the fire, with one other member of the JLA at his side. But what are their chances of survival on a world being run by the deadliest Super-Villians? [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! A villain from the early days of The New 52 has taken over Belle Reve, and he’s formed the Reverse Suicide Squad! But who—or what—is the Reverse Suicide Squad? Harley Quinn is about to learn the hard way that Power Girl is one of its members…
FOREVER EVIL continues as the Crime Syndicate hunts down the few heroes left foolish enough to challenge them—including Batman’s protege, Dick Grayson. But Owlman has other plans for Nightwing…and Owlman’s teammate: the most deadly being on the planet: Ultraman!
FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT Part Two! Alone in a world where Super-Villains reign, John Constantine must enlist the aid of Swamp Thing in order to turn the tide. [Check out Comicosity’s review.]
A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! The Titans’ fall through the time stream is stopped by Echo! But is this the help they’ve been looking for, or are things about to go from bad to worse? Plus: The secrets of Kid Flash’s origin begin here!
FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT Part Three! John Constantine, Swamp Thing and Nightmare Nurse have a plan for how to stop FOREVER EVIL—to destroy the embodiment of Evil Itself—and they intend to draft Phantom Stranger into their war. But the Stranger has no intention of joining the new Justice League Dark—until Constantine opens a door into the Stranger’s past, revealing secrets that make him question everything he’s ever believed about himself…
FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT Part Four! Who is John Constantine? Lost and confused now that he’s sold himself out to the Cold Flame, John becomes vulnerable to attack by Spellbinder! What secrets will be revealed when John is forced to travel though his own mind?
A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! The survivors of the Crime Syndicate’s attack now face a world where Earth’s most dangerous criminals are in charge. Can they bring a new team together in time to combat them?
A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! With a murderous King Shark on her tail, Amanda Waller must go deeper into the depths of Belle Reve to free a mysterious prisoner so dangerous that only she knows of his existence! Meanwhile, it’s a battle royal between the Squad’s two Gotham City psychos: Harley Quinn and James Gordon, Jr.!
FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT Part Five! Pandora seeks answers from the one man who seems to have them…Earth-3’s The Outsider! But first she must make it past a rabid Vandal Savage, who wants revenge for what Pandora has done to him! All this, and an unexpected visit from the Hellblazer himself, John Constantine!
A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! Why has the Crime Syndicate really come to our Earth? What are their darkest secrets? And how will their actions fundamentally change the Justice League as we know it? Meanwhile, Grid controls the world’s power and communications, but what does he truly want from the Syndicate? Plus, a member of the League struggling to survive plots a path of return…and revenge.
FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT Part Six! The Crime Syndicate’s Sea King, last seen at the end of “Trinity War,” has cheated death and plagues the JL Dark team!
FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT Part Seven! With the secret of the Sea King revealed, the Phantom Stranger is faced with an impossible choice: Let the villains win or destroy the last true friend he has!
FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT Part Eight! Brought low by the evil of Blight, Constantine struggles to rally his mystical allies and turn the tide of battle. Only one thing stands in his path: the righteous wrath of The Spectre!
A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! Survivors Martian Manhunter and Stargirl make a perilous trek across a Super-Villain occupied United States. Their first stop may be the last as they enter Gotham City and Clayface-occupied territory!
A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! As Amanda Waller and James Gordon Jr. fight for their lives in the bowels of Belle Reve, Deadshot and the Squad struggle to survive a deadly trap that one of their own sprung on them!
FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT Part Nine! A major turning point for Pandora, who reluctantly joins forces with John Constantine’s team of mystical underdogs to confront the personification of all evil: Blight!
A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! With the Justice League still missing, a barely functional Cyborg will need help if he’s going to take down the Crime Syndicate! To do that, he must find Doctor Will Magnus!
FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT Part Ten! There is now only one final obstacle John Constantine’s ragtag team must vanquish…and its name is Blight!
FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT Part Eleven! The Justice League Dark infiltrates the Crime Syndicate – by striking an unholy alliance with Aquaman’s evil doppelganger: The Sea King!
FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT Part Twelve! Project Thaumaton revealed! The Crime Syndicate has twisted the world’s greatest mystics into something horrible – is this the beginning of the end?
A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! A devastating battle against Despero begins as Manhunter and Stargirl arrive in San Francisco to save Stargirl’s family from Firestorm’s fallout!
A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! The Thinker unleashes OMAC on the Suicide Squad at the doors of Belle Reve! In this epic clash, not all will survive!
FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT Part Thirteen! Pandora and The Justice League Dark race to save the world’s mystics from The Crime Syndicate!
A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! With the Justice League gone, new heroes continue to rise up throughout the DC Universe! The Crime Syndicate tried to kill him, but now Cyborg is back to settle the score — and with him are The Metal Men!
FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT Part Fourteen! What has The Crime Syndicate done to the world’s most powerful mystics – and what is Project Thaumaton? The world continues to grow darker before the dawn and Constantine will be forced to do the unthinkable!
FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT Part Fifteen! The Justice League Dark tries to free the captured mystics of Project Thaumaton!
FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT Part Sixteen! John Constantine versus Nick Necro for the soul of Zatanna!
A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! The fate of the Justice League revealed! Will Manhunter and Stargirl be alive long enough to learn the truth?
A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! The Squad must stop The Thinker from delivering OMAC to the Crime Syndicate, but with Belle Reve in ruins and the team betrayed by one of their own, do they really stand a chance?
FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT Part Seventeen! On the brink of victory, the Justice League Dark is betrayed…by John Constantine?!
A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! The Crime Syndicate couldn’t kill him, but will Grid destroy him? Cyborg heads directly for the Syndicate with the Metal Men at his side. But can Vic Stone stop his cybernetic half? And how will this battle against the most brutal and evil beings in the universe change Cyborg and the Justice League?
FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT Conclusion! Witness the self-destruction of John Constantine, who might just be more vile than any of the villains in FOREVER EVIL!