Forever Evil

Forever Evil

Arkham War

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"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? Arkham and Blackgate face off in this series featuring Scarecrow, The Penguin, Bane, Killer Croc, and more. Writer Peter J. Tomasi (BATMAN & ROBIN) brings you FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR, detailing the battle for Gotham City in the midst of the epic crossover event FOREVER EVIL from comics superstars Geoff Johns and David Finch. Collects #1-6, BATMAN #23.4: BANE, DETECTIVE COMICS #23.3: SCARECROW, and BATMAN AND ROBIN #23.1"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : [2014] DC Comics,
ISBN: 9781401249403
Branch Call Number: YF
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Arkham War

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DBRL_KrisA Apr 30, 2017

Very loosely connected to the Forever Evil crossover event. Assumes you've been following the events in all the bat-books leading up to the event - including, apparently, a mass breakout from Arkham Asylum and its inmates dividing up Gotham amongst themselves. Instead of seeing them fight with each other and against Bane, it would have been nice to see some of them stand up to protect Gotham against the Crime Syndicate since, you know, this is a Forever Evil "crossover".

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mexicanadiense
Jul 13, 2015

Well, then...

In case you ever wondered how life in Gotham would be like if Bane showed up to find no Batman and complete anarchy, thus becoming...Bat-Bane! here's your answer, I guess.

But truth be told, despite panel after crowded panel showing a veritable who's who of Bat-rogues battling other Bat-rogues, and the Court of Owl's Talons (who apparently can regenerate after getting cut in half. Holy Jason Vorhees, Bat-dude!) in order to control a city seemingly now devoid of, em, citizens that is shrouded by the endless darkness of The Syndicate's moon-blocking-the-sun stunt...It is awfully talky! Bane, in particular, just won't shut up with his pseudo-revolutionary claptrap. Which is why, when Bats finally comes back to put him in his place, I breathed an audible sigh of relief to see that the fight sequence was virtually dialogue free- at this point even the writer had gotten sick of his nonsense, it would seem!

I can respect that creative teams on spin-offs from major "events" are required to colour inside the lines and leave things back status quo, but sometimes less is more, and sometimes one arch-mastermind scheming against another is far more compelling than the entire cast of "Gotham" doing a 90 minute improv together on stage. Poor show.

forbesrachel Dec 21, 2014

Madness reigns in this all-out brawl. Don't expect much substance from Arkham War for all that happens is one fight after the next as the various factions try to takeover Gotham while Batman is away. Bane becomes the principal character, and as hard as he tries to validate his cause, he still falls under the "bad guy" category. His plans are sound, although the part where he dresses as Batman, his most hated enemy, does speak to a more disturbed mind than we previously thought he had. The action is messy, with more splashy momentous shots than connecting ones, so while the pacing is consistent, there are big gaps in what is actually happening at any one point in time. Just like the main title Forever Evil, Arkham War's idea is cool, but it falls flat because once it is over, everything returns to the status quo.

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