Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Future's End #1 Review (Brian Azzarello, Patrick Zircher)

Second issue (counting the #0) and Future’s End is already coming off like an obnoxious brat screaming “LOOK AT ME, LOOK AT MEEE!!!” over and over.

Batman Beyond has travelled back in time from the dystopian future run by Brother Eye and is in pretty much the same place as we left him in the last issue - and he’s still there at the end. Unfortunately Terry barely gets any time because the writers have to introduce the “DCU’s finest”: Stormwatch, Grifter and Firestorm. “Finest”? More like the B-team! 

Who knows why The Authority are called Stormwatch in the New 52 but there we go – another New 52 conundrum. Anyway, the line-up in this issue is classic Authority. They’re on the Carrier in the Bleed before the Carrier and the Engineer are infected with Brother Eye’s virus and things go south for them. It looks like they were introduced just so that we could see them die! 

Back on Earth and Grifter is literally murdering a family, but it’s ok because they’re evil aliens or something? I seem to remember something about him chasing aliens from his (now cancelled) series so maybe this is a continuation of that. Alien or not, nothing says “hero” than a panel where he’s seen shooting a child in the face! 

Firestorm gets some pages but if there’s one character in the DCU I could go without ever reading, it’s this guy(s). He puts out a fire (from what few Firestorm comics I’ve read, he’s always doing this) and discovers a dead well-known hero. I’m starting to feel sorry for the dead guy – besides his own bad series, he wound up in Intensive Care at the end of New 52 JLA #1, and he was mocked quite openly in the pages of Justice League. I’m not sure why he gets crapped on so much in the comics when his TV show’s doing gangbusters in the ratings!

Two issues in and I’ve already lost interest in Future’s End. I suppose they’re still laying the groundwork for the long run but, besides Batman Beyond maybe doing some cool things, there’s not much about the series I’m excited about. Future’s End #1 is a dreary comic – as Shakespeare wrote in MacBeth, “Future’s End is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing – what the hell, DC?!”. Wise, wise playwright.

Future's End #1

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