Sunday, September 7, 2014

Batwing: Futures End #1 Review

Written by: Jimmy Pamiotti and Justin Gray
Art by: Eduardo Pansica
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 3, 2014

Unnecessary Fun

We are only into the first week of the Futures End event an it's been a bit disappointing.  Most of the titles were forced into the event too much for my taste.  While this may also be the case here, it didn't bother me as much.  Yes, it has it's problems, but as a fan of Batwing, I was just glad to see him in his own book for one last issue.  Plus, we get a little Batman, Inc. action and I'm always up for that.

I really enjoyed Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray's earlier issues of Batwing.  You know, the ones with crazy villains and fun action. This feels a lot like those.  Batwing starts the issue by infiltrating "Tokyo Mechastomp" and yea, it's pretty cool.  It seems that five years in the future, Luke is gathering Mecha and weapons for...Leviathan?!?!  Man, things do change in five years.

Of course, things aren't what they seem, but it's such a nice setup.  The World's C-list villains are pissed and have gathered to take care of Leviathan themselves.  The scene reminded me of a rejected version of the Bounty Hunter scene from "The Empire Strikes Back" and I loved it.  Together they head off to Dinosaur Island and one big battle.  Seriously, Dinosaur Island.

The rest of the issue is a love letter to Batman, Inc fans.  The gangs all here and if you liked them as much as me, you're bound to have a smile on your face.  Sure, it's more flash than substance, but it's all good fun.

The issue ends with the Fox Family gathered at Tam's grave.  Yea, Tam has passed away in the five years since we last saw the family and while the Fox Family drama wasn't my favorite parts of Palmiotti and Gray's run, this was a nice way to end it.

You'll have to forgive me.  I have ripped a bunch of this week's Futures End tie-ins because they didn't fit in the Event.  Well, this issue doesn't fit at all.  Seriously, if you only want to buy crucial Futures End issues, you can pass on this one.  However, you'll miss out on some good fun that Batwing and Batman Inc. fans are sure to enjoy.

You'll also miss out on Eduardo Pansica's art.  I always thought he was at his strongest when he gets the opportunity to draw crazy characters.  Well, he gets it in this issue and does a really good job.  Also, I'm a bit sad that we may never get to see him draw Batwing's costume in the dark again.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue is by no means a necessary story in the Futures End Event.  In fact, you can skip it and really miss nothing.  However, you would be missing out on an issue that is sure to put a smile on Batwing and Batman Inc. fans' faces.  Palmiotti, Gray and Pansica end Luke Fox's story the way they started it, with some good fun.


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