Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The New 52: Futures End #18 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Georges Jeanty
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: September 3, 2014

Look Into My Eye

For our quick Futures End recap let's talk about how last issue we saw that the Helmeted Superman was really Shazam filling in the Man of Steel and it looks like Lois Lane might have gotten the scoop on that bit of info.  Green Arrow was killed in the beginning of this series and we still don't know who was really behind that, but Emiko with the help of Big Barda plan on finding out.  Last issue we saw that Cadmus Island was experiencing some glitches in it's system and this point really hit home when the OMACs suddenly went ape shit and the Earth 2 captives were released from their cells.  Finally we've been seeing a robotic Brainiac monster killing everything in it's path as it searches for something and it seems like Constantine has found it first and that thing just happens to be the real Man of Steel, who appears to have given up the cape and now farms in the Horn of Africa.  So let's get into this week's issue and see if we can get some more answers to our questions.

Explain It!:

Our story simply begins with Constantine following Superman around asking him to get back into the super heroing business and Superman pretty much just saying "Nah".  But after Constantine tells him that the great evil's name is Brainiac, I'm sure that Superman will Super the hell up, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.  Also I just want to say that while it looked like Superman just emerged from an underground watery hidey hole, I guess what he was really doing was finding another water source for the people of the village he's helping out.  It all makes sense now.

Now we'll move back to Metropolis where the Helmeted Superman just took down Rampage with a Shazam lightning bolt.  Yeah, Helmeted Superman is Shazam and now Lois Lane knows that this young man in front of her is really Billy Batson and that the real Superman's been gone for a long time.  But before she can stop the presses, Rampage comes to and would have destroyed both Billy and Lois if Stormguard hadn't come to the rescue.  Stormguard contacts the authorities and geneticists after knocking Rampage out and then transports Billy and Lois to the Justice League Defense Station Omega, to get billy patched up and to sternly ask Lois not to run this story.  Man I really hope she takes Stormguard's advice.

As we check in on Emiko, Diggle and Big Barda we see that their freighter has finally arrived at it's destination and while I thought last issue that they were heading to Cadmus Island, it turns out they were going to the island that made Oliver Queen into Green Arrow.  We find out that Oliver bought the island and has secretly been using it to get ready for a secret war that is brewing.  As the trio make their way to a clearing, we see that Green Arrow is still alive and him and someone wearing a Red Arrow costume are suited up and ready as he welcomes Barda into his Green Arrow army.  I'm saying someone wearing a Red Arrow costume and not Roy Harper, because I really don't know if it's Roy or not.  He doesn't seem to be sporting Roy's tattoos so I'm saying it's someone else.  But yeah, Green Arrow's alive!!!!

At the last bit of the issue we find out that the OMACs aren't the only thing on a rampage on Cadmus Island.  No it seems that all of the Earth 2 heroes are under the control of something as well, do to their strange implants that we were told were somehow growing.  As Deathstroke and Dr. Lang keep out of sight of the chaos on the island it seems that Fifty Sue knows what's up and talks to the perpetrator of the glitches itself.  It seems that stored inside the Cadmus systems, Brother Eye has been hold up and waiting for an opportunity to come forward since the Earth 2 war.  So it looks like Batman Beyond is searching in the wrong place for his foe from the future.  Oh to clear things up to from a question I had in earlier issues, it seems that Brother Eye was the thing that King Faraday has been talking to in his comm.  

In the end we head back to New York, where Batman Beyond and his trio of baddies begin making their way into Terriftech, where our hero believes he can finally take down Brother Eye.  Man is he ever going to be disappointed.

That's it for this week's issue of Futures End, but don't fret too much, because it's Futures End month and you'll be getting more than your fair share of Five Years From Now stories.  But man, what another great week for answers in this book that out of nowhere has decided to become very generous in what it's giving us.  See you next week as we continue the fun.

Bits and Pieces:

While the reveals aren't exactly as mind blowing as the previous weeks, this certainly is a must have issue for the series.  It seems that Futures End's stingy ways have ended, because this has become the book that keeps on giving.  I'm really digging the direction that we're heading and I hope that it doesn't have a relapse and keeps up the pace of giving us everything we've asked for since the series began.  Very cool issue.


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