The Forevers #1 is a character driven murder mystery.

The story takes place in our own, celebrity obsessed world. It revolves around seven individuals who are determined to make it big, and decide to play with forces beyond their understanding to achieve global fame. This is definitely an extreme case of ‘be careful what you wish for’. The writers detail to the audience that it’s not all as it’s cracked up to be. Seeing these characters we barely know in states of euphoria, rage and compulsion certainly leaves a lasting impression.

The narrative of The Forevers #1 plays with the celebrity driven world we live in, and warps their experience of it. We seem them have it all, only to lose it 5 pages later. It’s a fast paced issue, that’s mainly conversation based. The majority of the issue is set after they’ve achieved their fame – but that is by no means the end of the story. As the first issue begins to close, the writers introduce a masked character that looks to change the entire dynamic of the story. In an already volatile and unpredictable comic, it looks as if this could be one game changer of a story.

We can’t review The Forevers #1 without mentioning the beautiful artwork. It feels almost real when reading it. People forget that comic books are a form of art. And this story features some of the most incredible pieces of art that blend seamlessly with the plot. It’s mesmerisingly intense in some places. Some of the characters are visually based on popular celebrities – it’s hard not to picture this as a movie. Overall, The Forevers #1 is an artistic take on our own celebrity driven society. When it explores what the seven are up to, it feels like a dark exploratory reality tv show. Blend that with some violent mysticism and we can’t help but fall head over heels for it. Well played, Black Mask Studios, well played.

9.2 Brilliantly intense
  • Artwork 10
  • Plot 9.1
  • Characters 8.5

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Eammon bounces between the North and South of England – investing his time in films & telly (when he's not writing for Heroes Direct)