The team has another run-in with the anti-life equation in Forever People #8.
This team the team is at the mercy of the anti-life as they are taken prisoner by Billion-Dollar Bates’ villainous sect.
Where to read Forever People #8:
- Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 3 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 #147
Early in this issue we see the Forever People in new surroundings. Believing they are a threat, a military group attacks them. This was a fun way to show the power of each individual character. Big Bear in particular had a chance to stand out, as advanced weapons technology was barely able to impact him.
The main villain of this issue is that Mister Bates. He is a member of “The Sect”, a group of people who appear to worship the anti-life and all that entails.
When the Forever People run into this sect, they immediately fall victim to the workings of the anti-life. They can no longer fight against it. We soon learn that Bates has learned how to use the anti-life equation to get what he wants.
Of course whenever the anti-life equation shows up, Darkseid is never far behind. He is revealed to be among The Sect towards the end of the issue. This leads to brief verbal confrontation with the Forever People.
The Forever People tell Darkseid that they will never stop fighting him wherever he goes looking for the anti-life equation. You would think this would anger Darkseid and cause a fight. However, Darkseid prevents an attack and calmly walks away.
Darkseid later tells Desaad that he has no interest in harming the young. He prefers to wait until they are older. This is interesting in that it makes Darkseid a more complex villain. Most bad guys would have no problem eliminating anyone who stands in opposition.
This shows that Darkseid rarely acts out of emotion. He can get angry, sure, but other than a few backhand slaps, he rarely is seen fighting. It’s clear that he is very patient and logical in his pursuit of the anti-life equation. In many ways this makes him scarier, because he is planning something bigger.
I’m still waiting to see more of Darkseid in action anyway. We have been told many times how great his power is, but we rarely get to see it in action. I would assume if we saw it anywhere, it would be here or in New Gods. Considering Darkseid has been mostly absent in New Gods, Forever People might make the most sense.
Next on the journey through the Fourth World is a review of New Gods #8. While I’m not expecting to live up to the quality of “The Pact”, I’m still eager to get an update on what Orion and Lightray are up to on Earth.
Follow along my Fourth World review – The Jack Kirby Fourth World reading order
Up next – New Gods #8