The New 52: Futures End #1

by F.D. White on May 07, 2014

Written by: Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, & Jeff Lemire
Art by: Patrick Zircher

Futures End should no doubt draw some comparisons to Rick Remender’s “Uncanny Avengers”; both draw from their respective publishers deeply rich cast, both seem to have been given free rein over what they want to do with their universe (in Futures End’s case it’s because it’s set five years in the future), but most importantly, the strongest comparison is that the writers attached to these projects seem to be having a hell of a lot of fun. That’s the best way to describe Futures End #1, it’s a summer blockbluster from some of the best talent in the business.

The issue is broken up into four parts following Batman Beyond, Stormwatch, Grifter, and Firestorm. To fully enjoy Batman Beyond’s part it’s somewhat necessary to read the Free Comic Book Day issue #0. Good thing is it’s free; bad thing is if you can’t get your hands on a copy your shit out of luck. The rest of the stories can be enjoyed on their own as is, and are used to begin to set up the “Five Years Later” New 52. The Grifter story line was particularly entertaining, and I’m very much looking forward to his next part. One gripe about this book is that each part never feels quite long enough. I understand why, but I’m glad this is a weekly because of it. If I had to wait a month for the next issue I’d be quite mad. But overall, the stories go quick and it leaves me wanting to read again. I’m not sure which writers are writing which scenes, but maybe it’s for the best to just read them as is, and after it’s all said and done see which writers wrote what so I don’t play favorites.

Patrick Zircher’s art is very good here. It’s nice and clean, and I’m particularly fond of his BB. It fits in line with the DC “House style”, which I’m not a huge fan of, but still maintains a uniqueness that separates itself. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more from him. On top of having great interior art, we’re treated to Ryan Sook’s AMAZING cover art. Seriously, I might hang this issue on my wall.

This is the first of 52 issues so it’s really hard to dig deep, and draw out a meaningful conversation about the book just yet, but that being said, I had a hell of a time reading it, and I’ll definitely be back for the next issue.

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