Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The New 52: Futures End #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Jesus Merino, Dan Green 
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 14, 2014

Even At A Funeral, Everybody's A Dick In The Future

Last week we saw Batman Beyond come back in time to stop Brother Eye only to find out that he's five years ahead of where he should be, so I guess it's time for a new plan.  We saw Grifter murder a family but it's cool, they were Daemonites.  In the end we found out that Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch's relationship is strained, and due to Ronnie's apathy towards being a super hero the two were late to a meeting with Green Arrow only to find his lab destroyed, and Ollie dead.  So let's see if we can lay on the guilt a little more at Ollie's funeral.  I bet we can.

Explain It!:

It looks like most everybody is showing up for Green Arrow's funeral, and what I get from the heroes featured here before the ceremony begins is, Mister Terrific has become a Twitter obsessed dick, and thinks he's better than everyone else. Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond aren't going to patch things up anytime soon.  Especially since the all Jason did on the way to the funeral was tell Ronnie "this is your fault" over and over again.  I'm sure people love to hear that at a funeral.  

Meanwhile Batman Beyond figures out that since he's too late to make sure Brother Eye never gets built, all he has to do is make sure that the Brother Eye satellite remains offline, like it's been since "The War".  Which is talked about happening four years ago.  So next year in our timeline people, big things are going down.  On a side note, while Batman Beyond was arguing with his A.I. ALFRED we see down an alley where it appears someone has spray painted WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMEN?  Just something I liked and felt I should share.  Moving on.

The funeral has begun and Animal Man is giving the eulogy.  I don't want to get too much into the whole thing, but we see that Ollie and Buddy became friends during their time in the JLU, and we see that Ollie has a big part to play in civil rights after "The War" for all people of the world, even if they aren't from Earth Prime.  So like I said before, big things going down next year.  WOO!  But getting back to the sad business of Ollie's death, Animal Man had some really fine things to say, and being the big lump of emotions that I am, I shed a tear for the fallen Emerald Archer.  It was a very nice eulogy.

Elsewhere it looks like secret agent King Faraday is cleaning up the forensic mess that Grifter left behind on his little Daemonite family killing spree.  It's pretty funny because I almost forgot about King Faraday, and it's nice to see him make his New 52 appearance.  So King poses as an FBI agent, wipes all the info the Baltimore police has collected on the crime scene, then makes sure they're watching when he has someone teleport him out of there.  Not much happens, just Faraday talking to someone on a comm, and that's about it.  Let's get back to the funeral.

Diggle, Firestorm, Arsenal, Animal Man, Adam Strange, and The Flash carry Ollie's casket to the hearse as the world watches, and what could be the worst thing to happen here except them dropping the casket?  Well it's a fight breaking out.  Apparently after Ollie's death, our heroes checked all the video and each other's comms, and found out that Firestorm was an hour late to meet Green Arrow.  So of course Roy loses his shit and starts a fight with the Nuclear Man.  No one's really hurt and Firestorm flies off in a huff refusing to let Jason out to explain the situation, but everyone at the funeral and the world watching saw their heroes have a fist fight at a fallen hero's funeral.  No wonder Mister Terrific cares what's trending so much.

In the end Lois Lane was asked to write the piece on Ollie's death, and after everything at the funeral she's lost for words.  She has a inkling that there's a bigger story here then the loss of the Emerald Archer, and her hunch is assured when a strange package is left at her door containing a note saying "Come Alone", the broad tip to one of Arsenal's arrows, a pack of matches, and what looks like a green pyramid.  This almost feels like a murder mystery like Identity Crisis now, and I dig it.  This has been fun so far, come back next week as we unravel the mystery.

Bits and Pieces:

While we're not any closer to finding out what Batman Beyond is going to do to stop his horrible future, I find myself not caring because of how much I love seeing my heroes of the future.  Yet again we're given an entertaining issue that's one by one building a beat to what is starting to sound like an awesome song.  With a weekly title this big in scope and being this good, I don't know what I'll be able to continue saying about it except, wow.


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