Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The New 52: Futures End #31 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Jesus Merino,Dan Green, Hi-Fi
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 3, 2014

Life Goes On

For our quick recap this week, well there's a lot going on so it might not be so quick but here goes.  Green Arrow, Red Arrow, Big Barda and The Outsiders stormed Cadmus Island and shut down Brother Eye.  Only problem is on their way out after rescuing Lois Lane, we saw that Brother Eye had transferred itself into Green Arrow's phone.  Well there's that problem and the problem that Power Girl was turned into some kind of Brother Eye robot and Big Barda and her didn't escape the self destruct blast that finished off the island.  In other news, Superman and Constantine have been trying to handle the Brainiac robot monster situation and even though Superman seemed to destroy the monster, Constantine believes it was a test and that there will be more and finally we saw Dr. Yamazake go through with his human trial of his teleportation machine.  It's not as cool as it sounds because he kidnapped Tim Drake's ex-girlfriend Madison Payne for it and when Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond tried saving her before the machine activated, it malfunctioned and exploded; killing Ronnie and fusing Madison Payne and Jason Rusch making them the new Firestorm: The Nuclear Woman.  So that recap wasn't so bad, let's check out what this week's issue has in store for us and see what Futures End looks like in a post Cadmus Island world.  Let's check it out.\

Explain It!:

Our story begins with Lois Lane keeping her promise to her Earth 2 counterpart Red Tornado, to tell the story about what went down on Cadmus Island.  Not only is there video and an article on "The Fast Lane" (Lois's news feed), but to make sure that everyone finds out about what Cadmus was up to, she arranges a press conference complete with the Earth 2 heroes that were rescued from the island.  So as they say, the press is having a field day with that one and since I was a fat kid growing up, field day at school was never a good time so I don't know what's up with that saying.  One of the things omitted from the news coverage is Green Arrow's involvement in the rescue mission, so Ollie gets to remain dead and happy about his retirement.

We see that he's very happy indeed on his Green Arrow Island as the entire Baker family show up for a vacation and we find out that Animal Man knew about Ollie faking his death all along and the eulogy he gave him was the last performance of a award winning actor.  Now it might sound boring, but this is the stuff I love in comics.  Superheroes just being people and enjoying each others company.  I can't tell you how satisfying it was to see Buddy and Ollie just sitting back in their beach chairs clinking their drinks to retirement as Buddy's family goes swimming.  This is what I really want to see in Earth 2, but I guess the war won't ever allow me to see those characters fleshed out as actual people.  A lot of good stuff in this issue, but this has to be my favorite purely because I love a good happy ending........... But then I remember that Brother Eye hitched a ride on Green Arrow's phone last issue and I'm suddenly sad that this scene will turn sour in upcoming weeks.  Oh well, it's nice right here and I'll take it.

Next we move to Siberia where the Tungusta event took place in 1908.  If you're not familiar with this event, a giant asteroid crashed down and blew the area all to hell and it's still feeling the affects of the impact today.  So Superman wants to know what they are doing there and Constantine kind of makes it sound like the object that hit here was a space ship like Superman's own, but before we can talk about that anymore, Constantine's friend Midge, who was attacked by the Brainiac robot monster before, seems to be having some adverse affects from it.  She's in Siberia and strips down to her underwear and begins to slap Constantine and Superman and starts rambling....... Yeah, she's got a touch of the crazy going on.  So as if she was calling to something, gigantic explosions begin happening all around them and now our heroes are face to face with a Brainiac energy bear........ Yeah, if a robot monster wasn't weird enough, now we've got an energy bear.  The future's weird.  So the bear starts spouting some gibberish about how Superman will be spared since he came to this spot and how his father was admired by the father and how the father's heart burns hot............ Nonsense.  Constantine and Midge run away as the whole place explodes and Superman picks them up and flies them away before the explosions can consume the whole area.


Finally we have Madison Payne and Jason Rusch still doing the Firestorm thing, but apparently not by choice.  No matter what Madison does and no matter what Jason tells her to do since he's the pro at this, they can't seem to separate and Jason is faced with the same imprisonment that was forced upon him by Ronnie, causing the two to have their falling out.  So since separating isn't happening, Firestorm flies off to Ronnie's funeral, where Jason's father says some nice words and I'm left being pissed off because even though Tim Drake is right there, Madison doesn't want to see him the way she is and our favorite Robin is left thinking that the woman he loves is dead and there's nothing he can do about it........... That's fucked up.  He confided in Madison that he was Red Robin and she broke up with him because of it and after he tried to save her from Dr. Yamazake, you just let him wallow in grief.......... I'm really not liking Madison Payne right now and I'm beginning to wish she actually died and Ronnie survived.  Ronnie wouldn't do me like that.


That's it for this issue of Futures End and while we're back to jumping around to different stories, I found the Lois Lane and Green Arrow parts really satisfying and I guess a bit of the Firestorm part, I'm just not really liking the character at this moment, but I'm sure I'll get over it.  My only problem with this issue is that I'm really not liking any of the bits with Superman and Constantine, because it's so out there and instead of making the story easier to understand they just keep making it more cryptic and thus more annoying.  Goddamn Brainiac Energy Bears.........I don't get it.  Jesus Merino's on art this week and I wish I could find a problem with any of the art of Futures End, but it's all really solid no matter who gets on this book, so no faults with Jesus Merino and Hi-Fi because it all works and it all looks great.  See you next week as we travel back to the land of Five Years From Now and hopefully see some Frankenstein and company action.  See you then.

Bits and Pieces:

Since we had those two big endings over the past two weeks, we actually have a bit of a lull here and while that might sound boring, it was really satisfying to read and to see our heroes get a chance to relax and the villains get what's coming to them.  We're back to jumping around to different stories and I think that the straight forward story telling over the past two weeks have spoiled me because now that's all I want for this title and found myself annoyed every time the story would go somewhere else.  I guess I'll just have to get used to it again and for the most part I'm cool with that because the majority of the stories told here I really liked.  Go check it out and continue your foray into the future.


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