Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The New 52: Futures End #22 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Patrick Zircher
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 1, 2014

Oh God, What The Hell Is That!?

For your quick recap you'll need to know that Red Robin's girlfriend left him when he came clean about his past, Lois Lane has outed Shazam as impersonating Superman and Jason Rusch is working on a teleportation device with Dr. Yamazake.  Grifter's old friends have been on the run from King Faraday and I don't really know where this story will go.  Batman Beyond broke into Terrifitech with Key, Coil and Plastique and after getting the information about Brother Eye that he needed, he set off an alarm getting Key and Coil caught by the guards, but when he went to take out Plastique, he couldn't bring himself to do it because he saw her staring at her future dead borg self.  Out in space Frankenstein, Amethyst and Hawkman have been held prisoner by Hawkman's old teammate The Engineer, who is now being controlled by Brainiac.  Okay, I think that should do all of you for this issue that haven't been keeping up with the story.  Let's check out what the future holds for us this week.

Explain It!:

Our story begins outside of Columbia University where Red Robin's ex girlfriend Madison Payne is handing out flyers for an Earth 2 rally and Jason Rusch kind of hurriedly talks to her, but doesn't really seem to give a shit and then he makes his way to his job with Dr. Yamazake, who seems to be getting more and more insane about finishing his teleporter and how the superheroes of the world are keeping secrets from the public.  Yeah this might play some role in the future, but as of right now it doesn't seem to matter.  Let's move on.

In Las Vegas Voodoo and her team of gal pals try to elude King Faraday and any trap he might have set up for them and pretty much this entire segment is to just convey to us that the character that goes by the name Mercy, but was called Courtney isn't actually Courtney Whitmore aka Star Girl like I had suspected when we were first introduced to her, but really King Faraday's daughter Courtney Faraday.  So pretty much Voodoo, Mercy, Banger and Mash are just running trying to stay one step ahead of Faraday and Grifter's tech guru Justin is just going along for the ride and wondering if he's going to get killed with these people.  Not a lot going on in this section of the story either.

Back in New York, Batman Beyond tells Plastique about the future and after taking it rather well........  I mean she does flip out a little, but for the most part she takes it rather well, she decides that she's going to help Terry stop the future he's from.  Terry's A.I. Alfred also tells him that the Brother Eye satellite is dead and that the computer's consciousness was transported to Cadmus Island, so it looks like Green Arrow's army might have some help with their assault.

In the end Frankenstein, Amethyst and Hawkman demand to see the thing controlling The Engineer and when their wish is granted, I was left with my jaw agape at what this issue presented me with.  It's a giant fucking Brainiac monster.  

You thought Earth had it bad with their robotic Brainiac monster?  No way, these three have it way worse.  This thing is so massive I kind of want them to call the Power Rangers in with their Megazord to take it out.  But luckily they might have some non Power Ranger help in the form of Black Adam and The Atom.  It seems that Dr. Palmer has taken his new position as leader of Storm Watch to heart and has already started recruiting.  I just don't know if the Phantom Zone was the best place to do it.  

That's it for this week's Futures End and man has it left me wanting more.  We've been on such a good pace with this book that I almost forgot that it likes to have these lulls.  I mean half the book was nonsense that nobody really cares about and the only thing that was somewhat interesting was the last bit with Frankenstein, Amethyst and Hawkman.  Now don't think that this is a complete waste of time boys and girls, we've got Patrick Zircher on this issue and he does such a good job on this that it makes me wonder why the hell he wasn't given an exciting, mind blowing story to work on.  Oh well, maybe next time.  See you next week as we continue the story of Five Years From Now and hopefully it's way more exciting.

Bits and Pieces:

I really didn't like this issue.  I've been so pampered by exciting issue after exciting issue that I wasn't ready for it to make a complete stop.  Patty Z does a great job in conveying the characters and story, but with the exception of the last segment of this book, there wasn't really anything that anyone would care about.  This title was doing so well for so long that I didn't think it would end..........  Hopefully next week it becomes good again and we can get back to the things that matter in the story.



  1. ive really thought from about issue 17 on this just got so much better now with the teasers and the conecting covers cant miss an issue

  2. I've really enjoyed the series for the most part. The only exceptions lately have been this issue and the last one that didn't strike me right. Last issue we had the straight forward narrative which was nice for a change, but they used it to convey information in a way that didn't feel right. All the characters involved knew the story about what happened to Earth 2 and I just didn't buy the idea that no one would stop him and say let's talk about Cadmus some more. As for this issue I really dug the parts with Frankenstein, Amethyst and Hawkman, but the rest of the book was boring and not really needed. I'll still continue to enjoy the series and can't wait to read this weeks.