Searching for Fourth World titles during DC Comics’ New 52 era was a struggle.
While Orion, Darkseid, and other New Gods had prominent roles, there were not many regular titles that were committed to Jack Kirby’s Fourth World characters.
The Forever People in particular have been relegated to obscurity. A young group of New Gods from New Genesis, they have been largely absent in recent years.
Fourth World fans were cautiously optimistic when DC Comics first announced a new title in early 2014. Infinity Man and the Forever People was supposed to update Kirby’s Forever People title from to early 1970s for today’s audience.
Led by Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen, DC put some quality talent on the book. The synopsis promised that it would take serious inspiration from the Fourth World saga:
Four of the best students from New Genesis arrive on Earth to study and aid in the advancement of humanity-but they soon discover a darker purpose to their mission: a threat so great that it may bring the multiverse itself to its knees.
While the book had it’s fans, it was critically mixed and poor sales led to cancellation in early 2015. The series only lasted a total of 10 issues. This included Infinity Man and the Forever People #1-9 and a Futures End tie-in.
Infinity Man and the Forever People Vol. 1: Planet of the Humans was announced for a June 2015 release date. After the poor sales of the comic, the collected edition of the book was cancelled, with no plans to resolicit.
Personally, I hope DC Comics decides to release the collection in a hardcover or at least a trade paperback version. I want everything Fourth World related to be in a collected edition, and I prefer collecting them in hardcover.
While the series was not a critical darling, this is the only New 52 version of the Forever People. I would love to be able to add it to my shelf as a collected edition.
DiDio did make some updates to the characters, besides modernizing the dialogue from 60s flower children. Serafin was gender swapped and became Serafina. Also, Beautiful Dreamer’s name was changed to Dreamer Beautiful, for whatever reason.
The rest of the team is more similar to Kirby’s original vision. Big Bear, Vykin, Mark Moonrider and more have had fewer changes to them.
Hopefully, DC Comics will decide to release this collected edition eventually. Fourth World fans are desperate for as many collections as they can get. There is only a small handful of New Gods specific collections out there. It would be nice to be able to add one more to the list, especially with a modern interpretation.
In the meantime, we are limited to searching for back issues or reading digitally. We can also hope that the DC Rebirth era is kinder to the New Gods and Forever People than the New 52 was.