Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The New 52: Futures End #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Patrick Zircher
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 7, 2014

Fight The Future.... Oh God Please Fight The Future!

Alright we're already in the thick of things and issue #0 only came out last Saturday.  Last issue we saw thirty five years into the future, where a handful of resistance fighters tried to survive in a world controlled by Brother Eye.  Brother Eye assimilates every meta it comes across, and turns our heroes into the Borg mixed with the bugs from StarShip troopers, only metalier.  The issue ended with Batman (who planned on traveling back in time to stop himself and Mr. Terrific from ever creating Brother Eye) being fatally wounded, and sending Terry McGinnis (Batman Beyond) back in time in his stead.  But when Terry arrives to what is supposed to be our present, the world doesn't seem to look right.  He didn't travel back far enough, and our story begins five years in the future.  Let's get to the weekly event Futures End.

Explain It!:

Terry McGinnis arrives on a rooftop in Times Square, but he didn't come back alone.  One of Brother Eye's monsters traveled back with him, and after a terrifying fight, Batman Beyond comes out on top.  But as Terry finds out from his A.I. Alfred that the reason he traveled to the wrong time is because the time machine was calibrated for Bruce Wayne's mass, so wrong weight wrong time, we see that someone was watching his fight with the mechanized monster.  But I have no idea who it is so let's move on.

Next we jump to the farthest reaches of space to see the future Storm Watch team.  Somehow their ship "The Carrier" is pulled out of "The Bleed", and we see the members of the new team go on high alert.  Jack Hawksmore, The Engineer, Hawkman, Apollo, Midnighter, and Mermaid (you know, Frankenstein's old squeeze from Agents of Shade).  Engineer has a problem talking to the ship, and for a second goes haywire when a entity takes her over and tells the team that this is the storm they've been watching for.  Well how do I say this delicately?  We see Apollo flying around, and we see through what I would assume is Brother Eye, and it deems Apollo and "The Carrier" to be a threat and to be terminated.  So Storm Watch is dead.  Yup.

Back on Earth we see Grifter go through a house and murder an entire family............  Oh don't worry we find out that he hasn't gone off the rails too much, they were Daemonites, but this time Grifter realized they knew his name, so he's pleased that he's finally getting to them.

In the end we see that Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond's relationship has been strained for a long time.  Jason is pleading with Ronnie to become Firestorm because Green Arrow called for them forty five minutes ago, and finally Jason forces himself on Ronnie.  Not like that.  So the two bicker all the way to Seattle, only to find that Ollie's lab has been destroyed.  Firestorm saves the people still alive, and we see that because Ronnie wouldn't answer his phone, and doesn't care about being a hero anymore that it cost Green Arrow his life, and we see the Emerald Archer lying dead on the last page.  I don't know if the DCU roster of characters can actually continue the length DC wants this event to go to if we continue to go through heroes this way.  Well that's the beginning, see you in a week.

Bits and Pieces:

Being the beginning of an event is one thing, but this issue will grab ya by the boo-boo.  Some might find the shift in characters and story distracting or annoying, but for me it was fun seeing a DCU as a whole in the future, and see some of the B and C list characters doing there thing, even if it's not the characters we remember them being.  With the Free Comic Book Day #0 and now this I'm certainly on board for this event, and really..... REALLY hope that it doesn't just become tedious and burn me out.  For now though, I'm a happy fanboy.


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