This week’s issue of Futures End continues to trudge along and slowly unveil the secrets of the future to readers everywhere. The cover of the issue alludes to the introductions of a mysterious new robotic organism that resembles the animated version of Parasite (though nothing has been confirmed). Along with his introduction the issue focuses on some of the more exiting sub plots of the series, including the disappearance of Stormwatch, the secrets of Cadmus Island, and also Lois Lane’s next adventure.
Previously I have said that at times this series feels like four separate stories, but this issue takes steps towards rectifying that. Having Superman appear at the lab Jason Rusche is at not only connects their storylines but helps develop the overall continuity of the series. Superman’s reference to the Justice League and Jason’s involvement with Firestorm allow the reader to truly believe this is the future of the current DCU. With the series focus being on lesser known characters, it’s harder to makes noticeable ties to the past. Hopefully this scene alludes to more involvement of the Justice League in the future.
One of the great things about this series is its sense of mystery. Each issue introduces new concepts and delivers a few more hints to what happened during the past five years. This issue contains tons of mystery and excitement that will surely leave fans wanting more. Specifically, writers Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, and Jeff Lemire have developed John Constantine in a way that makes every mysterious thing he says carry weight. His words really make you feel that all of the little mysteries may be leading to one big moment that has the power to doom us all.
The stand out moment of this issue is easily when Ray Palmer suggests a solution for Frankenstein’s missing arm. His actions are sudden and out of character which makes the reader wonder, how much has the Atom changed over the past five years? This is also one of the first ties to the zero issue released on free comic book day, so it helps build up the series continuity as well.
Artist Scott Eaton does a very detailed job on some scenes but others feel rushed. Specifically, the scenes with Slade and Faraday seemed to fluctuate in quality from panel to panel. While the overall issue was handled well it would have been nice to see the book to feel more consistent.
While I understand it is hard to remember the continuity of the entire New 52, I find it odd that Slade and Wilson still refer to each other as if they’re strangers. While Grifter’s comment last week could be considered questionable, Slade’s comment this week adds to the confusion. He refers to him as “this Grifter” and appears to be unfamiliar with his abilities even though they have been teammates in the past. Hopefully this is all part of a larger plot point and not just an error that eluded editing.
Overall this was a good issue. We’re now two months into the series and things are truly underway. Expect the action to ramp up as we move past introductions and towards the next part of the story. I definitely recommend this issue to anyone already enjoying these tales from the future.