And here comes the final mini-series spinning out of Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. The first two mini-series showed a lot of promise and were pretty enjoyable. Can this series be just as good or at least enjoyable on some level? Is it good?
Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. #1 (DC Comics)
Steve Trevor is woken up at the ruins of the A.R.G.U.S. base by Etta Candy, another operative. Since he has been out almost all of A.R.G.U.S. and its operatives have been wrecked or killed. While all of this is happening, we get flashbacks of Steve’s past and the very start of this government agency.
The days before Wonder Woman decided to go with a simple one-piece.
Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. #1 was overall a pretty decent start with many good facets therein. Writer Sterling Gates has established Steve Trevor as a well rounded and likeable character; we get a bit of backstory and fleshing out for him here, along with why A.R.G.U.S. got started in the first place. The setup does a fine job establishing what Steve and the survivors will be doing throughout the mini-series and throws in two or three mysteries to keep you curious to find out more. We don’t get much from them (we basically just get hints at something else), but it’s a start (and has me interested in finding out what happens next).
The biggest problem with Forever Evil A.R.G.U.S. is that it ends before it gets started. Most of the issue is just setup and a couple of flashbacks, with some good character beats admittedly. However, the action and real excitement starts picking up at the tail end when villains start showing up and cuts off abruptly. It’s a bit disappointing, but hopefully, the comic will get back to that next time.
There are three different artists with three different inkers and three different colorists on this single issue and it certainly shows. There is really no consistent tone or feel throughout this book with these many people on art duties, so it can feel a bit off as you read. None of these artists are bad by any means and it’s fine with one of the artists just doing the flashbacks (helps separate the now from the past), but regardless the book always feels inconsistent in the art style because of that.
We have two different artist working on the same page at once with different styles.
- Enjoyable setup and main character.
- The flashbacks were interesting and used well.
- There are too many artists working on this one book.
Is It Good?
Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. #1 showed that this mini-series has potential. It’s good at getting everything setup and establishing our main character well. It falters in the art department and by not being very exciting. If the next issue can fix these problems, this mini-series could be a lot of fun and enjoyable while it lasts.