Futures End continues its journey upwards as the action begins to heat up and the subplots begin to converge in this weeks issue. Writers Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, and Jeff Lemire another well written issue that focuses on Mister terrific, Frankenstein and the agents of S.H.A.D.E, and a newly introduced masked Superman. This issue also marks the return of issue 1’s artist Patrick Zircher. This book certainly has all the right ingredients for a fantastic issue.
This issue really starts moving things forward as several subplots begin to converge. Firstly we have Mister Terrific discovering Batman Beyond’s whereabouts. Using his futuristic camera system mister Terrific easily deduced who the new Batman was. While it appears that Terry has lost the upper hand, I still believe he has a few more tricks up his sleeve that will surely cause trouble for Holt as they head toward confrontation.
Secondly we see Tim Drake and Ronnie Raymond interact. Although he doesn’t appear, fans of Jason Rusch will love this scene since Ronnie finally gets put in his place for being such a jerk. I’m surely i’ll eventually feel sorry for him as its revealing what sacrifices he made during the war were , but for now I’m just going to enjoy him getting beat up.
Patrick Zircher remains to be one of the strongest artists recruited for the series as he knocks this issue out of the park. The highlight for me was his work on the new masked Superman. Zircher does a great job detailed his physique, and creates both a mysterious and intimidating figure.
Overall there isn’t much to complain about except for King Faraday’s outfit, I’m still not sure who thought that looked good. While this issue was entertaining and moved the plot forward it was still missing that big moment to bring it to the next level. I find my self still waiting for that big fight scene or huge reveal that will make my jaw drop. So far the death of Green Arrow has been the only moment that’s rocked the entire series. hopefully we’ll see another moment like that soon.
Overall this was a good issue. The subplots moved forward nicely and it was great to see some of them begin to converge. The introduction of Superman as well as another character whose found in the Phantom Zone, act as great plot twists that will make any fan of the DCU intrigued.The series continues to slowly build the world of 5 years from now from the point of views of very different characters I highly recommend this issue because it has a little something for everyone.