The Forevers #1 Review

Written by: Curt Pires

Art by: Eric Pfeiffer

Publisher: Black Mask

Black Mask are quickly becoming a publisher that demand your attention. I’ve praised their comedy comic 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank earlier this year, and now The Forevers has launched, a uniquely fascinating comic with an interesting hook and some gorgeously experimental painted art.

The series is about a group of friends on the cusp of stardom who evoke a black magic ritual in order to guarantee them fame and success. This issue picks up years later as the magic is beginning to fade and the harsh realities of stardom begin to set in. There’s not much of the central plot actually on focus in this issue, instead it’s mainly a character study between two of the members of the group and where they are now, though it really grabs you by the throat from start to finish. It’s a brutally sad and frank (if occasionally heavy handed) view of stardom that really sucks you in. It’s perfectly paced and draws you in well with tight dialgoue and well handed exposition. I was worried the series was going to throw too much at you at once, but it manages to take it slow enough to be digestible, but also gives you enough to go on to make you want to follow the series. If it weren’t for the blurb on the back I’d have been a little confused as to where the series was going, but there’s definitely enough quality in the script to get me invested and want to see where we go from here.

The really impressive feature in this issue though is the painted art from Eric Pfeiffer. It’s a bit of a gamble, and there are certain problematic features due to this that I’ll get to, but when it works it really is gorgeous. There’s a neon grittiness that it brings across that really sell the underbelly of fame. There’s also some really cool experimental designs and layouts towards the end of the books when the two characters’ stories begin to mirror each other. While this is all gorgeous and definitely worth checking out, it’s the characters themselves that can occasionally look off. They really dip into uncanny valley levels at times and are pretty stiff and hard to get emotion across on. It can sometimes make tone of voice confusing, which while not distrubting the script too much can definitely be an issue. It’s also quite clear at times where the human characters have been painted using photo references which could be very distracting. Other than this though, the art was pretty damn ambitious and definitely wowed me on more than one occasion, so I definitely recommend the book to check out the style.

Overall, there’s a lot to like in The Forevers, not all the parts are there right now, but there’s enough intrigue and solid talent to let me give it the benefit of the doubt and recommend it. I’m excited to see where the book goes from here and will definitely be back for more. If gritty crime books with a twist of the supernatural are your thing, then you’ll definitely feel at home with The Forevers.