The Justice League is DEAD! And the villains shall INHERIT the earth! In a flash of light, the world's most powerful heroes vanish as the Crime Syndicate arrives from Earth-3! As this evil version of the Justice League takes over the DC Universe, no one stands in the way of them and complete domination...no one except for Lex Luthor. By New York Times #1 best-selling creators Geoff Johns and David Finch, FOREVER EVIL is the first universe-wide crossover of The New 52.
This collects a seven-issue "event" that finds the Crime Syndicate alternate-reality "evil" versions of the Justice League taking over our world. Soon after they arrive, the group mysteriously (and unbelievably) gets rid of most of the heroes on Earth, leaving it to unlikely bad guys like Lex Luthor and Black Adam teaming up with Batman to save the world. Johns delivers a few cool superhero moments, but they're not nearly enough to overcome the story's gimmicky-ness and its lack of emotional resonance. Bizarrely, despite the large number of characters, only two women get anything resembling legitimate page time. Catwoman is Batman's glorified "arm candy," while Superwoman is apparently sleeping with three of the primary Crime Syndicate villains Ultraman (alternate-reality Superman), Owlman (alternate-reality Batman), and Alexander Luthor (alternate-reality Shazam) all of whom think she might be having their baby. It's painfully embarrassing that the only two female characters featured in the book are relegated to such awful stereotypes. The art is overworked and relentlessly dark, every page filled to bursting. Though there are too many characters for any artist to handle easily, the art never finds a way to breathe or to give any of them a moment to shine.