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Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen Art By: Allan Goldman, Freddie Williams II, Andy MacDonald, Stephen Thompson, Scott Hanna, Hi-Fi Cover Price: $2.99 Release Date: April 1, 2015
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*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
This is it all you future fans, it's time to wrap up this year long event and see what all the hubbub was about showing us the events of Five Years From Now. It's been a strange year filled with ups and downs, badassery and boredom. Hopefully this issue will be able to find a happy medium as we close the book on Futures End. In the last issue, Tim Drake took the mantle of Batman Beyond and went back in time to........ Well, our present and stopped Brother Eye from sending out a signal to our Earth 2 refugees, stopping the people from Earth 2 ever coming to New Earth. If that wasn't enough to keep the future from happening, Brother Eye obeying his programming to make sure the Earth is safe, began his self destruct sequence and somehow sent Tim Drake back to his own time....... But was it Tim's time or the Batman Beyond suit's time? Let's find out as we dive into this final issue.
Our final story begins with Batman Beyond standing in the middle of a garden that appears to be a place to honor heroes because it has statues of various heroes throughout the DCU and if that wasn't a happy enough future from what we've seen this past year, Madison appears to be this area's gardener and has been waiting for Tim to return. It's all very emotional and it seems that our hero is actually getting rewarded, but then the two hug and we see that Madison is trying to reenact the final scene from Michael Jackson's Thriller because she has herself some monster eyes and all I hear in my head is Vincent Price laughing............ Is everyone still following?
It appears that this whole beginning to the story was just a ruse and Tim finds himself thirty five years in the future (where Terry McGinnis started off in issue #0) and that he made no difference whatsoever and Brother Eye still controls the world......... Well that's depressing. Tim and the defeated prisoner version of Mister Terrific banter for a bit with the ruler of the world: Brother Eye and things seem like they're about to get worse when Brother Eye starts talking about assimilating Tim into the collective and all that. It's a good thing that a bunch of freedom fighters barge in and save Mister Terrific and Tim from their horrible fates. After escaping and regrouping in a subway station, we find out some bullshit reason why Tim didn't affect the timeline when he went back to our present last issue and I don't get it.......... Something about how the timeline was affected, except for the events going on in this series at Terrifitech......... Now time travel is a odd thing to try and explain sometimes but this really comes off as one of the cheapest explanations about why shit didn't turn out that I've ever seen.
In the end, we find out that Madison was one of the freedom fighters that saved Tim and the two reconnect with their lips and I'm just sitting here thinking gross, but that's just me...... Maybe all of you out there are into that sort of thing but all I know from this issue is that Tim digs them old. As the issue closes we find out that there is nothing that Tim can do to stop this future now because Brother Eye controls everything and apparently that includes the moon as well........... Oh and before I forget......... THIS BOOK HAS NO ENDING! I've been an excited reader and sometimes a patient reader all this time and nothing is resolved in this book. I guess this year long event was just a way to lead to the Batman Beyond comic in June and I feel really ripped off.
That's it for the Futures End series and after all we've been through, we were robbed in the end and I'm totally disappointed. The time travel elements that birthed this series made absolutely no sense and this was just one of the worst finales that I've seen from this sort of event. The art left much to be desired and at the end of all this I realize that following this series for this long wasn't worth it at all. The only things that remain that kind of come as a consolation is that this has affected what we'll get in the Earth 2: Society title and is the beginning to the Batman Beyond title both starting in June........ That's all though. I really dislike being negative but I truly hate this ending.
Bits and Pieces:
For all of us that have been following this story for it's entire run, this finale comes off as a smack in the face. Nothing is resolved, the explanations for it are nonsensical and all it accomplishes is being a prologue to the Batman Beyond series in June. This was really one of the most underwhelming, face palming endings that I've ever read.