Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The New 52: Futures End #8 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Scot Eaton
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 25, 2014

The End Is Nigh..... Five Years From Now

Last week when we traveled Five Years From Now, we saw Frankenstein fight off Black Adam in the Phantom Zone and escape with Ray Palmer and Amethyst without a single escapee.  Go Frankenstein.  Grifter's spine was fixed and he was recruited into a team with Deathstroke and a creepy little girl named Fifty Sue on Cadmus Island.  We had a little bit of argument between Lois Lane and Red Robin's girlfriend Madison that led to nothing, and in the end Mister Terrific cornered Terry McGinnis who retreated to fight another day.  Only problem with that is he left the dead Borg/Brother Eye body of Plastique from the future behind and we can only guess that it will lead to some Cyberdyne type madness in the future.  So let's jump back into this strange future world, and see where this week takes us.

Explain It!:

The story begins with Cadmus Island conversations.  First it's King Faraday and Deathstroke going back and forth between how Grifter aint shit, to how he might be needed, and then it goes to Grifter and Fifty Sue talking about how he better watch himself.  She proves to him that she's more than a pushover little girl when she telepathically throws him into the ocean, and then teleports him back.  I don't know who this Fifty Sue is but she scares the hell out of me.  Let's move on to Jason Rusch at Columbia University where he attempts to help his colleague Dr. Yamazake get his teleportation pods in working order.

We find out that the inspiration behind the teleportation pods is the death of Dr. Yamazake's wife during "The War".  It's strange but it seems like there's a parallel between this and the towers falling on 9/11.  Hear me out here, Dr. Yamazake talks about how many people would have been saved if these pods were in use, and even talks about his wife not able to escape the burning towers.  I don't know if this is just me taking this and turning it into something relatable to me, but it sure seemed that's what they were going for when writing this section of the story.  Anyway the teleportaion pod fails, and Dr. Yamazake is sure that Jason did something wrong during the test.  Dr. Yamazake walks away like a sad dog with his head down, and Jason is left wondering if he did make a mistake.  But it's all cleared up when jerk off Superman from the future breaks through the glass ceiling to ask Jason why Firestorm wasn't at the last two JLA meetings.  Jason tells Superman that Firestorm is done, Superman accuses Jason of stealing JLA tech to make these teleporters, and then Superman flies away telling Jason to get Firestorm back.  Jason is left assuming that Superman sabotaged the experiment, and I'm left knowing that all my heroes are really just jerk offs in the future.

Out in space Ray Palmer makes a telepathic log about what's going on with him, Amethyst and Frankenstein now that they've recovered the bodies of Storm Watch.  Now this log should be picked up by the psychics at SHADE, but there's no way to know at this point.  Frankenstein and Amethyst collect the bodies of the team but mysteriously The Engineer and Apollo's bodies are missing, and Ray Palmer plans on beginning the autopsy on Storm Watch, but first we have to do something about Frankenstein's arm he lost during his fight with Black Adam.  Ray takes Amethyst's sword and cuts off Hawkman's arm.  I know that Frankenstein is just a collection of body parts, but damn that's my Hawkman.  Just doesn't seem right.  Oh I also finally got to see Frankenstein in space, and I don't know if I hyped it up in my mind too much, but it was anticlimactic.

In the end a team of treasure hunters are in Southeast Asia where a temple was uncovered during "The War".  But where they thought they'd find fortune and glory, they found the god of the temple, which with the markings on the wall, I'd have to assume that it's Brainiac, but he looks more like a robotic Parasite.  If it is Brainiac or some form of him, what the hell is he doing in a century's old temple?  Yeah so all those treasure hunters are dead, and we move to Constantine who had inspected the crop circles in the shape of the same symbol a few issues back saying that the end is coming, and he's going to need help to stop it.  So possibly a age old Brainiac Monster and Brother Eye destroy the future?  I don't know just getting my exercise by jumping to conclusions.  Make sure you're here next week to explore this strange world of tomorrow.

Bits and Pieces:

I swear at some point we're going to start getting some answers to all these questions we're given each week, but so far it's a no go.  I guess I should expect this from a weekly event title, but each time I read this I expect some revelation that will blow my mind.  I'm still hopeful for the mind blow, and will continue to enjoy this title for all the potential it holds, but damn is this a lot to throw at a person each issue.  It's a fine issue nonetheless, and you shouldn't miss any of this series.


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