Sunday, September 28, 2014

Aquaman and the Others: Futures End #1 Review

Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Sean Chen
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 24, 2014

The Other

This issue is a continuation of the Aquaman: Futures End title earlier this month and if you haven't read my review for that (here), let me fill you in...I hated it.  It basicaly ruined everything I love about the regular series run and was an exposition filled crap fest.  I would say I don't mean to sound harsh, but I do.  As far as the Others go, I haven't been a fan of the series, so if Dan Jurgens wants to ruin them, I won't stand in his way.  However, he redeems himself a bit in this issue.  It's not great, but at least I didn't want to punch anyone after reading it.  I guess that's something.

It may be five years in the future, but some things never change.  Atlantis hates Land Dwellers and doesn't trust Arthur because of it. Yea, there are slight diferences that would make you dig it the most (not), like the Seas being destroyed by the Earth 2 War and Aquaman cheating on Mera, but if you read the regular run, you'll be right at home.  Atlan, the now alive again Dead King is after the Atlantean Relics, but the Others really don't want to give them up.  So they fight.  And fight.

Dan Jurgens does an okay job creating tension that builds until the big finale.  Atlan was a pretty tough costumer back in the regular series and Aquaman had the foresight to destroy the one weapon that he could kill him with.  As the Dead King gained more relics, i really started believing that Aquaman might not survive.  I know that's silly, but in a Event like this, who knows?

The action is pretty good throughout and I really enjoyed seeing Vostok go all Tackleberry (look it up) on the Atlantean forces.  There was also a hilarious part with Prisoner of War that may be the best example of having the worst timing ever.  However, the ending seemed a bit too convenient and the "can't we all get along" message at the end was just plain cheesy.  I guess if it stuck, I could finally remember everyone on the team.

Sean Chen's art was hit or miss.  A few panels looked stellar while some of the faces looked off. I did seeing more of Aquaman's sleek future outfit and the group pic at the end looked good.  Cheesy, but good.

Bits and Pieces:

Aquaman and the Others: Futures End #1 wraps up the two part story with lots of action, a bit of cheesy dialogue and some silliness.  In the end, it's going to be another forgotten story that does nothing for the series or Event in general.  Thankfully, this event is over and we can get back to the regular series.


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