Futures End #4

by F.D. White on May 28, 2014

Written by: Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, and Jeff Lemire
Art by: Aaron Lopresti and Art Thibert

As someone who shares the name Frank with a certain Agent of S.H.A.D.E. member I’m glad to say that this issue of Futures End is full of great Frankie moments. Frankenstein’s section propels this issue forward leading into great moment after moment, making this easily the best issue of the series so far. It’s great to get some lesser known characters into the fold as well. I’m enjoying seeing Red Robin in a world without Batman, and seeing characters I’ve never seen before. This book makes DC feel more like a complete universe and not just one that revolves around the Justice League and other major players.

Even though most of this issue is set up still, it feels like the story is finally going somewhere. At the end of the first month Futures End seems to finally be starting its stride. No character feels unnecessary, and each section moves like a piece in a well-oiled machine.

Part of this is due to Aaron Lopresti and Art Thibert’s beautiful work on this book. I’ve been a big fan of Lopresti ever since reading Justice League International back when the New 52 started. I’m glad to see that not only is he working on Futures End, but he’s also doing great work. Together, they make this comic feel alive in a way that it hasn’t felt since issue #1.

Futures End #4 recaptures the goodness of Issue #1 and proves that this series has potential to be something very interesting. Long live Frankenstein!

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