Review: Future State: Gotham #3

by Carl Bryan
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Review: Future State: Gotham #3


[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer:  Dennis Culver, Joshua Williamson

Artist: Giannis Milonogiannis

Letters: ALW’s Troy Peteri

Reviewed by: Carl Bryan




“Once we get out of this…you are under arrest.” – The Red Hood aka The Red Magistrate to The New Batman
Future State: Gotham #3 – The event that was DC Future State continues in its own ongoing title starring the Bat-Family, beginning with the epic story “Hunt the Batman.”
Red Hood comes mask to mask with Gotham’s most wanted, the Next Batman, as the future of the Bat-Family continues!
It’s a deadly showdown made worse by the horde of psychopathic criminals who want to kill them both! And finally, the new Gotham villain Warmonger reveals himself!
This black-and-white series will showcase the brutal world that’s around the corner in Future State Gotham!


This comic has really accelerated in its pace and it’s a good thing.  We do know that Red Hood is working with Bruce on this particular caper unbeknownst to the rest of the Bat Family.  How they will take that remains to be seen.  But this particular issue gives way to a meeting of Red Hood and the New Batman.

It also provides Warmonger…a new villain who is akin to a Scottish warrior of some sort makes an appearance.  But in a surprise, we do get a newer villain in the Rogue’s Gallery that is apparently still around for Future State.  Not to be a spoiler, but this is one of the highlights of this issue!  I’ll not mention who SHE is, but it was very cool to turn the page and she that SHE was in this!

The art has gotten sharper in this book.  Earlier issues looked to be rushed, but this current issue has a great feel to it in terms of shading and pencil work.  I like that the issues have evolved into finer pieces of work and are not just sketch forms!  Kudos to the artists for making this transition!


The series has definitely evolved as earlier issues seem to be no different from Batman: Black & White.  However, on a grander scheme, it appears that Future State is here to stay.  I just wonder how the catch-up will occur in the current timeline.  Readers are juggling with what is in the main time line and switching gears to Future State.  For this reader, I want to see how this all shakes out instead of altering timelines.


This series is growing on me as it has elements of Tom Taylor’s work as well as Sean Murphy…call me a sucker for either one of those, but this has strong hints of what they do in a comics.  While it is gaining some traction, I would have enjoyed this being a bit more timely in its release.  is this the future?  It’s all very Charles Dickens to me.  



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