Greetings from the Odinson,
Forever Evil is racing toward the finish line and the DCU is rocking from the repercussions of the event. The story running through the main title, handled by Geoff Johns and David Lynch, has been glorious. The tie-in tale, Arkham War, is setting up another epic showdown between the Dark Knight and his monstrous foe, Bane. But when it comes to Forever Evil tie-ins, without a doubt, the cream of the crop is Forever Evil: Blight.
This tale sweeping through the supernatural titles of DC Comics is every bit as epic as the story happening in the flagship title. When the wizards, witches, and monsters around the DCU suddenly begin to disappear for some unseen nefarious purpose, John Constantine and a small group of mystics assemble to find out why, but before they can solve the supernatural mystery and find out how it ties into the Crime Syndicate’s assault on their world, the Justice League Dark must try to deal with the demonic force that has been unleashed upon the world known simply as the Blight. But how can they destroy such a powerful force for evil without killing the innocent boy the demon is using as its host?
Who is DC’s Justice League Dark?
John Constantine is a world class conman, a wily magician, and an anti-hero with enemies, and allies, in both Heaven and Hell, and he just may be mankind’s last line of defense against the things that go bump in the night. The enigmatic Phantom Stranger is cursed to walk the earth for eternity to atone for the ultimate betrayal. He is a powerful sorcerer with knowledge of the arcane that knows few rivals in the DCU. Pandora is another immortal also cursed to walk the earth for it was she that unleashed Sin into the world of man. She is a powerful supernatural warrior whose true power and purpose has yet to be revealed. The Swamp Thing is the mighty avatar of the Green, an elemental force with the power of Mother Nature backing him up. Deadman is the ghost of a murdered acrobat with the ability to possess the bodies of the living. Boston Brand is a wisecracking spirit and an astute investigator. The Nightmare Nurse is a scarred mystic with the uncanny ability to heal the supernatural wounds of others, but at great cost to her own health. Zatanna is the Mistress of Chaos Magic and one of the most powerful magic-users in the DCU. And, Zauriel is an angelic warrior with a fiery sword and the heavenly power to smite evil wherever it may rise.
Forever Evil: Blight is so entertaining that it could have been its own mega event all by itself. But reading this glorious walk on the dark side of the DCU got the Odinson thinking – How would the Marvel Universe handle a “blight” like this? What if the Squadron Sinister (evil doppelgangers of the Squadron Supreme) invaded the Marvel U, declared the Avengers dead, and took control of the world? As notorious Marvel Big Bads like Doctor Doom, Magneto, Norman Osborn, Doctor Octopus, and the Leader team up to fill the void left by Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and take down these usurpers, who will assemble to deal with the unseen supernatural threat?
Who is Marvel’s Justice League Dark?
Daimon Hellstrom, a.k.a. Hellstorm, is the infamous Son of Satan, a half-breed prince who focuses his demonic might on saving mankind instead of damming it. Doctor Strange is the Sorcerer Supreme and Master of the Mystic Arts. He is the most powerful archmage in the multiverse and the mortal realm’s greatest supernatural defender. Next to Buffy Summers, Blade is the greatest living vampire slayer. The Daywalker possesses all the supernatural strength of the undead but none of their weaknesses. He is a relentless and cunning warrior armed with an arsenal of weapons designed to destroy monsters. Johnny Blaze is the spectral Ghost Rider, cursed to scour the earth as the devil’s repo man and hunt down demons and dark souls that have escaped hell. He uses his supernatural strength, hellfire, vicious mystical chain, and Penance Stare to send evildoers screaming back to the fiery pits. The macabre Man-Thing is a monstrous, shambling mass of muck and moss and is the silent protector of the mystical Crossroads, a pathway to all realities. Brother Voodoo is a master of the Haitian dark arts and a magic-user whose abilities made him the successor to the Sorcerer Supreme. Lilith is the daughter of Dracula, Lord of the Vampires. She possesses powers and abilities different from most of her undead brethren. She is a supernatural beauty whose allegiances can sway from evil to good depending on her mood. Jack Russell is the Werewolf by Night, a man who under the light of the full moon becomes a creature of pure instinct and supernatural rage. Morbius the Living Vampire is a supernatural predator, a monster created by science. Dr. Michael Morbius is a brilliant man cursed to walk the earth struggling with his undying thirst for blood and his want to do what is right. And, the Scarlet Witch is the daughter of the most notorious mutant terrorist in history and a member of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. She is a living conduit of Chaos Magic and her Hex powers allow her to alter physical events and even manipulate reality itself.
The DCU has the Justice League Dark to handle mystical threats like Blight, Felix Faust, Neron, Eclipso, and Trigon. Luckily, the Marvel U has the Midnight Sons (and Daughters) to take on the supernatural threats of Dracula, Loki, Morgan Le Fay, Mephisto, and the Dread Dormammu.
This is Odinson bidding thee farewell