Darkseid sends Devilance to destroy the team in Forever People #11.
This sadly was Jack Kirby’s final issue of Forever People in his Fourth World saga. He didn’t get a chance to write an epic conclusion, but this is a pretty fun final issue to see the New Gods in action.
Where to read Forever People #11:
- Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 4 or
- Jack Kirby’s The Forever People trade paperback (black-and-white)
- Forever People digital comics on Kindle and Comixology
Previously – Mister Miracle #10
This final issue quickly introduces us to Devilance the Pursuer. He is set on destroying the Forever People and attacks them using his super weapon of choice, a lance.
The team is narrowly able to defeat him by buying some time and phasing out with the help of Mother Box. This becomes a recurring plot point. The team phases to multiple locations, with Devilance always right behind them.
Meanwhile, Infinity Man is still stuck in the undefined realm that Darkseid sent him to with his Omega Effect several issues ago. He realizes that he needs the team to be able to return to Earth. Since he has gone missing, they have never tried to unite as one unit.
After trying to fight Devilance on their own, the team finally realizes that they need to come together to get rid of them. They then transform into Infinity Man, returning him from the unknown realm. An epic fight between Infinity Man and Devilance ensues on a deserted island.
The struggle centers around Devilance’s lance. Eventually, the lance explodes when Devilance no longer controls it. This explosion causes the entire island, including Infinity Man and Devilance, to disappear.
We then learn that Darkseid and Desaad were watching the entire battle from afar. Darkseid notes that the explosion should cause the Forever People to disappear for eternity and never be a problem for him again. However, we quickly see that is not the case.
The Forever People have in fact landed in the same realm that Infinity Man was sent to. They feel a sense of peace, like their Earthly mission is completed. They note that they are happy to be where they are, although they may find their way back to Earth eventually.
Was the ending a hint towards Jack Kirby’s Fifth World? It almost seems like a new realm of Gods was to be created on this unknown land. Were the Forever People, as the youth of the New Gods, meant to lead the future of this new world.
Unfortunately, we never get to find out as issue #11 was Kirby’s final work on Forever People. He did get to return to the Fourth World many years later, with a couple issues of New Gods, but I don’t think there were any significant references to the Forever People included in those.
It would be nice to know how much time Kirby had to prepare for this final issue. From the looks of it, he was only given a single issue to wrap up the story line. It would be a real challenge to wrap up everything with these characters in one issue. It doesn’t cover everything that needed to be covered, but it does have an interesting ending.
My ideal Fourth World “ending” would probably some epic war between New Genesis and Apokolips. It would have Orion, Lightray, Mister Miracle, Big Barda, and the Forever People uniting to take down Darkseid’s force. Obviously, this would take a multiple issue crossover event.
Kirby didn’t have the time to do something like that even if he wanted to. As he titled the sage the Fourth World, it’s not crazy to think that he might have had plans to eventually replace it with another world.
Unfortunately, Kirby’s Fourth World mostly ends with Forever People and New Gods #11, the next comic in the review series. Mister Miracle would make it all the way to issue #18, and he would do a little more New Gods work, but I’ll always wonder what Kirby might have had in store for this epic saga.
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Up next – New Gods #11