Thursday, May 22, 2014

The New 52: Futures End #3 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Dan Jurgens, Mark Irwin, 
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 21, 2014

Back To The Futures End.  Yeah I Went There

From what we saw last issue, apparently our heroes of the future can't stop being dicks long enough to get through a friend's funeral.  While Animal Man gave a sad meaningful eulogy, the rest of the lot just seem to bicker about who's fault it is that Green Arrow died.  The majority feel it's Firestorm's fault in case you were wondering.  King Faraday made his New 52 debut making sure that the police had nothing on Grifter's daemonite massacre, but his reasons for doing so are still a mystery.  In the end of the issue we saw Lois Lane trying to write up the events at Green Arrow's funeral and finding it very hard to find the right words.  But the real story comes in the form of a mystery package left at her door that will take her on an adventure of her own.  Let's travel to five years in the future and see if our heroes can stop being dicks, and if Batman Beyond can save his future from Brother Eye.

Explain It!:

We begin by seeing an Eskimo being attacked by a polar bear, and having his life saved by the original dead man himself, Frankenstein.  But one thing I didn't learn in biology class is that apparently certain types of polar bears have awful robots inside them that attack you when it's host is killed.  No wonder I didn't do well in science classes.  Frankenstein takes care of the robot, and finds that it's from S.H.A.D.E. and gets his angry on at a possible all seeing eye that he believes is watching him.  I hope we get to see if Father Time's body ages or if he stays a little girl until regeneration.  Now that I wrote that it seems like I want to see a slightly older little girl, and now I feel dirty.  I probably should erase this.  So Frank's pissed and plans on going back to S.H.A.D.E. and showing them why you always let a monster and a wookie win.

Elsewhere Firestorm has been flying around ever since Green Arrow's funeral doing the hero thing.  That is Ronnie won't stop being Firestorm so that Jason is trapped within the Firestorm matrix, and in turn can't tell the rest of the heroes that it's Ronnie's fault that they were late in meeting Green Arrow before he died.  So yeah it looks like Ronnie and Jason's relationship has gone from bad to kidnapping.  Man I love Firestorm, why does the future have to turn him into a dick too?  Lousy future.  

Elsewhere Elsewhere Grifter is listening to jerks talk about superheroes being a menace, and even though he defends them, (don't worry he used his words this time) he pretty much believes the same thing the jerk was talking about.  He goes back to his secret base, and we find that he has a bit of a tech guru sidekick named Justin, who's been working on a weapon that will be able to take out many Daemonites in a single attack, but it's still in it's not working faze.  It's kind of boring, and Justin's a bit of an odd ball "I live in my mother's basement" type, but Grifter seems to think that his secret base and sidekick are alright so I guess that's all that matters.  We also get some more information on Grifter's powers in this future.  While we know that he can see Daemonites, his power has evolved into being able to see all disguised aliens, and even know if someone is from a parallel Earth.  So I guess we know how Grifter can become pretty handy in the future.  If anything else he can always fall back into a career in airport security.

Now for the meat of the book that I've been waiting for.  We find out that Batman Beyond broke into Terrifitech, (I really don't like that name) and before he could do anything, he was chased off by the army that Mr. Terrific has as his security team.  Now this is the fun part.  Even though Batman Beyond thought he took care of the security cameras with all this future tech and advanced sciencey stuff, Michael Holt still had a double secret security system monitoring him.  Now one of the smartest men in the world has to figure out what this Batman lookalike is up to, and whether or not he was sent by Batman himself to look into Terrifitech.  It comes off a little more ominous when we find out that Mr. Terrific has a secret project in the building called the Usphere.  But I don't know anything about that and Michael Holt is keeping his mouth shut for the moment.

In the end we sit down with Lois Lane who's used one of the items in her mystery package to lead her to a bar, where some college kids are joking about Green Arrow's death.  The bartender seems to have a short fuse because before the kids can even piss themselves, he's beating the scholarship right out of them, and tossing them into the street.  I guess this could be normal in some bars, luckily none I go to, but Lois Lane seems to be on to something with her first clue that led her here.  She looks up the death of Red Robin, who apparently died in Paris during the war, but she believes this young bearded bartender just might be one of Batman's boy wonders.

That's it for now, but even though this was the weakest installment to this series so far, it's still so much fun, and I can't wait for more.  See you next week for our scheduled time travel adventures.

Bits and Pieces:

Well it was bound to happen eventually, especially after an issue dealing with Green Arrow's funeral, but this was the worst issue yet.  Now calm down, I still loved it, but momentum can't go on forever, and I'm happy to take a short breath before more excitement is thrown in my face.  I think I'm just going to start saying the same things at the end of each one of these reviews just to make it easier to fluff the creators, and still keep my rep intact.  "It's a great story, and has some great art.  What more could you want?"  Yeah I probably won't say that each week, but it will be close.  Go check out this weekly title and fall in love with it like I have.


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