The young New Gods are still stuck in the unhappy amusement park, Happyland, in Forever People #5. We also get our first glimpse of the anti-life equation in action in this issue.
I know a lot of DC Comics characters, but apparently not all of them. I can’t believe I had never seen “the most incredible man on Earth”. You may know him as Sonny Sumo, the man tasked with helping the Forever People.
Where to read Forever People #5:
- 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 #141
The Forever People have been stuck in Happyland for nearly 2 issues at this point. Desaad is taking his time with them and has yet to show urgency to finish them off. He seems to be enjoying torturing them.
Sonny Sumo, who made a cameo in the last issue, is the main focus of the story. We find out that he is a samurai who is part of what appears to be an underground fight club. His fight is with Sagutai, who appears to be an unbeatable robot.
Sumo is able to defeat Sagutai, but suffers serious injuries. Luckily, he has Mother Box, who he “found” in the last issue. Sumo collapses, but Mother Box is able to heal his wounds nearly immediately. He quickly begins to see the power of Mother Box.
Mother Box is able to communicate with him and tasks him with a mission, which he eagerly agrees to. Mother Box wants him to go find and rescue the Forever People. With the assistance of Mother Box, he is quickly able to find them and set them free. Sumo’s strength and fighting ability come in quite handy.
We also see the first use of the anti-life equation in this book. Sumo uses the power as part of the breakout, although he doesn’t know anything about it. Darkseid and Desaad are going to be going after Sumo and the Forever People even more now that they have this knowledge.
The power of Mother Box continues to be pretty vague. For some reason, she needed Sumo to help break the Forever People out. But while she was at Happyland, she was able to break Vykin the Black free by herself. She proved in the last issue that she could disappear and reappear wherever she needed.
I get that you have to suspend your disbelief in comic books. I like the idea of Mother Box and the mystery surrounding her. But it might be nice if there was a set of rules of what all she could. Right now, she is just doing whatever the story requires.
The issue is a special long edition. It includes a short story introduction to Lonar the New God by Kirby. He is described as one of the Young Gods of Supertown. The story shows him doing some exploring some of the wreckage from what I believe is the Old Gods. Lonar uncovers War Horse, who appears to have super powers.
I’m interested to see what the Forever People do now that they have been set free. Will they ask Sonny Sumo to join the team. And does he get to keep Mother Box since he found her? I’m assuming the team will want her back, especially if they want to see Infinity Man again.
As our journey through the Fourth World continues, we next see what Orion and Darkseid are up to in New Gods #5.
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