The heroes are still being held captive in the creepiest amusement park around in Forever People #4.
In the previous issue, Darkseid was able to capture the team by returning Infinity Man to the original 5 Forever People. This issue show’s Darkseid’s follower Desaad begin to torture the children.
Where to read Forever People #4:
- Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 2 or
- Jack Kirby’s The Forever People trade paperback (black-and-white)
- Forever People digital comics on Kindle and Comixology
Previously – Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #139
This entire issue is set at an amusement park called Happyland. It isn’t happy for everyone there, though, especially if they are against Darkseid.
Hidden in the amusement park are holding cells for each member of the Forever People. Desaad and his minions have planned out every way to make sure there is no escape. Having lost Mother Box in the previous issue, the Forever People are at a lost.
This issue shows Desaad in his natural habitat. He enjoys playing with his captives and making them uncomfortable. He has trained his followers in the way of the Forever People. There is no way to escape, because their every move is anticipated.
This Happyland is certainly a creepy place, but it wasn’t quite what I was anticipating from the previous issue. The previous issue kept referencing a “camp” that they were going to, which immediately invoked thoughts of Nazi Germany’s concentration camps.
Seeing Darkseid walking and standing casually with humans is an awkward sight. It is made even more awkward since it is at an amusement park. He appears to be walking aimlessly around the park, laughing maniacally at frightened children.
It appears Desaad is looking to get some information out of the Forever People. Beautiful Dreamer was previously believed to know the secret to the anti-life equation. Could she still know something. And what is Desaad’s interest in the rest of the group.
Darkseid continues to reference the anti-life equation in vague terms. Obviously, whoever is impacted by it will lose their free will, but how is Darkseid able to use it? We do learn that Darkseid believes it is a word. Does he have to speak it directly to whoever he wants to control? Does it last for a long time or does it expire?
These are all questions that we are asked by the presence of the anti-life equation, but I don’t believe we will be getting specific answers soon. Darkseid has been very meticulous with his plans thus far and I see no reason for that to change.
Mother Box is a very important part of this issue’s sub-plot. Desaad had previously taken it from the Forever People, However, when investigating the Box, Desaad believes it has disintegrated. He thinks he made the Box commit suicide. Darkseid thinks he is a fool and the Box merely disappeared.
We learn that Darkseid was correct, as the box quickly reappears. It falls into the hands of someone named Sonny Sumo, the Banzai Express. He must be important, as were are told he is a name we won’t forget. We’ll find out soon enough, but next up on our journey through the Fourth World is New Gods #4.
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