The Forevers #1 – Review

I love getting previews of Black Mask’s new books. Since We Can Never Go Home, I have been hooked on the quality of the stories that they put out. I may not like the style of the art, or the subject matter may not impress me, but the quality is usually undeniable. This new series from Black Mask had me eager to sit down and give it a read.

foreversTHE FOREVERS #1

Written by: Curt Pires
Art by: Eric Pfeiffer
Lettered by: Colin Bell
Cover by: Eric Pfeiffer
In Stores: September 14, 2016

Five friends struggling on the brink of stardom sacrifice everything in a black magic pact that brings them all the wealth and glamour they ever wanted. But now, years later, the glow is fading. When one of them is killed in an accident, they each feel a pulse of magic rise in them. They realize the glow is spread evenly among the group, and if one dies that power is passed along to the rest. Suddenly, they are being hunted. One of them has decided to kill the rest and harness the remaining power.

As they search for the killer, each of The Forevers will be confronted by the macabre reality of the lengths people will go to be adored, to make sure the spotlight never fades.

Curt Pires (The Fiction, Mayday, Pop) and Eric Pfeiffer (Arcadia) will lure you into a world of twisted decadence where selling your soul never seemed so enticing.

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The story is intriguing, although I think that the cast is a little too large for my taste. However, according to the solicitation and the ending of the first issue, the cast size will not be an issue for very long. The story can best be summed up as a cross between Highlander and I Know What You Did Last Summer, although a little more Highlander.

The art is something that I will take issue with. Technically, it’s quite adept, although the characters never quite seem to be actually saying the dialogue. More troubling for me is the reliance of photo reference, especially of celebrities. This is just something that I don’t care for. I find it to be a conundrum because if you’re really good at it, everyone can tell whose photos you’re using. If you’re bad, then you still have the problem of very static expressions not meshing with dialogue, that you have to make up with everything else being extraordinary.

For the most part, Eric Pfiffer does an admirable job of storytelling with everything else. The best example of his skill with this is the last preview page. He’s very technically adept, but the celebrity likenesses are a distraction for me. I like the story, and think it is the stronger part of this comic. Good comics start with a good story. Excellent comics also have good art. Great comics have a wonderful meshing between story and art. This comic falls somewhere between the first two.