The Forever People were a crucial part of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World epic with DC Comics. Now, his entire run with those characters is available digitally.
DC has released all of Kirby’s work on Forever People as a digital comic for services like Kindle and Comixology. The entire run is now available.
Kirby’s work on Forever People debuted in early 1971 and lasted for 11 issues. It was a key part of his Fourth World story, which also featured New Gods, Mister Miracle, and Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen.
New Gods has also recently been made available on digital formats. Kirby’s runs on Mister Miracle and Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen are not currently available digitally and no release date has been announced.
Forever People might be Kirby’s oddest work with Fourth World characters. They are actually a young group of New Gods who come from New Genesis. The team is a unique group of characters who fight Darkseid and his followers. The members include:
- Vykin – is able to project magnetic energy
- Beautiful Dreamer – skilled fighter with psionic powers
- Big Bear – very strong and can store atoms for power
- Serafin – has some telepathic powers
- Mark Moonrider – very strong with the power of a Megaton Touch
- Infinity-Man – the team can combine forces to become this hero
The quality of these digital comics is fantastic. You can see in the picture below that they are very crisp and clear, helping to bring Kirby’s epic vision to life. The Forever People are a colorful bunch and the colors really pop in the digital format.
Being able to read the comics digitally is big for Fourth World fans. Previously, they could only be read by searching for old back issues or an out-of-print trade paperback of Fourth World Omnibus.
These 11 issues are Kirby’s only work on Forever People. The team has shown up sparingly in various DC Comics titles over the years. Most notably, they had a 6 issues series in 1988 and a brief New 52 run title Infinity Man and the Forever People.