This week, DC kicked of “Villains Month” along with “Forever Evil” #1, the first issue of the highly anticipated miniseries that promises to “reshape the scope and characters of the DC Universe forever”. The Justice League are dead, not likely for very long, but until then things are going to get ugly in the DCU. Below you can take a look at David Finch’s pencil work for “Forever Evil” #2, which drops on October 2nd, 2013.
“One of the things that’s at the root of it is that they’re our world’s greatest heroes, but turned inside out. We wanted to present them and explore them in ways that would completely contrast like, say, Green Lantern and Power Ring. What are the differences and what are the similarities? The Crime Syndicate is a great way to explore our heroes through a different lens and say, ‘This is how our world could have been,’” writer Geoff Johns explained. “Throughout the series, in both FOREVER EVIL and the JUSTICE LEAGUE books as well, we’ll get to see how the Syndicate formed and why they’re here and what they want. And in contrast to the question of how Ultraman and Superman are different – how are they similar? So it’s not just a matter of good and evil. It’s much more complicated than that. And you’re going to see why the laws of nature and the laws of humanity and laws of life are different in this other world that has led to this dark, twisted Justice League.”
“Honestly, what appealed to me with this project, and what appealed to me with JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, was working with Geoff Johns. That was what I wanted out of it, first and foremost. Being able to draw a whole book full of villains and something as dark as this that goes to the places it does was a huge bonus, obviously. And drawing the Crime Syndicate was a really nice treat. I’m a big fan of Frank Quitely’s version that he did a number of years ago [in the graphic novel JLA: Earth 2],” said Finch.
“I think some of the original costumes from years ago are pretty cool, so I wanted to take some elements from both of those, and talking to Geoff especially about who the characters were. No writer I’ve ever worked with has been more succinct about getting down to what the character’s aspect is, and I think that really affected the look of the characters for me.”