For forty-seven issues Futures End has been a roller coaster, with ups and downs (mostly downs) dealing with stopping the horrible future our DC heroes have in store.  There have been numerous storylines and many have concluded but there is one issue left.  How does it all end?  Read the Major Spoilers review to find out!

Futures End_48_coverWriter: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist: Allan Goldman, Freddie Williams II, Andy MacDonald, Stephen Thompson
Inker: Scott Hanna, Freddie Williams II, Andy Mac Donald, Stephen Thompson
Colors: Hi-Fi
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Editor: Joey Cavalieri
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.99

Previously in Futures End: After the death of Terry McGinnis, Tim Drake dons the Batman (Beyond) costume to take down Brother Eye.  After traveling to the right point in the future, he blows up the satellite housing the Brother Eye A.I.  With the future changed he makes it back to his normal timeline.  Things have changed…or have they?

EYE AM NOT PLEASED

Working in a comic shop has certain advantages.  For instance, I can read titles that I would otherwise not read or spend money on while keeping up on current events.  DC’s weekly series are a perfect example and while I have read every issue, this final one is the only one I’ve bought.  Futures End has been shaky at best and is certainly not the best weekly book DC has done and has been plagued by many problems story wise.  I stuck with it (reading it for free helped) and I was honestly intrigued in how it would all end.  Well how was it?  If the heading to this section didn’t clue you in, the answer is not well.

What seemed like a victory at the end of the previous issue turns out to be fake.  Tim Drake, the new future Batman or Batman Beyond if you will, sees a beautiful world with statues honoring all the heroes from the series and meets the love he had to leave, Madison.  Of course this is all an elaborate illusion by Brother Eye and Tim is really in the Terrifictech tower with Mr. Terrific.  There is a discussion of what is considered real that makes no sense and a fight ensues as Brother Eye tries to assimilate Tim.  At the last minute, the Atom and his team come in guns blazing and rescue Batman.  How did he fail?  Even though events around him were altered, Terrifitech was the one constant and Brother Eye protected it to realize its vision.  It’s a weak explanation at best and is so quickly glossed over it’s as if the writers were grasping for an answer.  Of course the real Madison is part of the team, only aged and the two share a nice moment as Tim shows he still loves her despite her age.

But to the important part: the ending.  Well, I should say the lack thereof.  The final page is a shot of Madison and Batman looking at a devastated cityscape as the moon, now marked with the Brother Eye symbol, looks down from the red skies.  Madison claims “Brother Eye won” to which Tim replies: “The Hell he has.  Not yet.”  That’s it.  That’s your ending folks.  After forty eight issues of stretching out an already thin story, we are left with no conclusion other than to be right where we started.  This problem has infuriated me with Marvel events and it seems like DC is taking a cue from their playbook.  I’ve got to hand it to DC though, they’ve certainly stuck with a future for their characters that isn’t a bright one and I certainly thought would be erased.  Stories are meant to have endings and while they’re not guaranteed to please all readers there should be a sense of conclusion.  This is only a set up to what I assume will be the Batman Beyond title coming out in June.  Once again readers are shortchanged a good story for a setup of the next big thing.  Futures End has been disappointing almost in its entirety, barely concluding with a whimper and readers deserve much better than this.

THE ONLY CONSTANT IS CHANGE

What I’ve found even more disappointing than the story in Futures End is the art.  Its been inconsistent from the beginning, with multiple pencillers and inkers on an issue at a time.  I believe at one point there were six individual artists on an issue, not including inks and colors.  All styles have been relatively poor and look as though the weekly deadline played a huge factor into the quality of work some artists could put out.  This issue is no different, with the opening being the strongest.  Line work is smooth and objects are bright but as the issue moves on the style gets scratchy, less detailed and downright ugly.  The action scene is laid out well but at a point proportions are so off that characters look like dwarfs and faces have eyes at different levels.  I was shocked to see Freddie Williams II did work on this book.  I love his art but I can honestly not tell which pages are his, that’s how rushed this book seems.  Much like the story, Futures End has suffered from little planning and a need to have a weekly title for the sake of having another weekly book.

THE BOTTOM LINE:  WHAT WAS THE POINT?

From the start I believed that Futures End would have been a good comic if it hadn’t been a weekly.  There was clearly not enough story to fit into a forty eight issue long title and was stretched way too thin with plot lines needlessly drawn out. The artwork was only consistent in its ability to be inconsistent and many times looked poor.  To make matters worse, there is no conclusion to the story and it basically ends right where it began.  So if there was no change, what’s the point and why did I read it?  I’m pretty angry with this title right now and I can only imagine how I would feel had I spent $143.52 on the series.  If you’ve been reading and buying since the start, there is little I can write that will stop you from buying this issue but I strongly advise against it.  DC should be ashamed to have fans pay for a comic of this caliber weekly with a conclusion like this.

For forty-seven issues Futures End has been a roller coaster, with ups and downs (mostly downs) dealing with stopping the horrible future our DC heroes have in store.  There have been numerous storylines and many have concluded but there is one issue left.  How does it all end?  Read the Major Spoilers review to find out! Writer: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen Artist: Allan Goldman, Freddie Williams II, Andy MacDonald, Stephen Thompson Inker: Scott Hanna, Freddie Williams II, Andy Mac Donald, Stephen Thompson Colors: Hi-Fi Letterer: Tom Napolitano Editor: Joey Cavalieri Publisher: DC Comics Cover Price: $2.99…
Futures End #48 is a hugely disappointing ending to an already lackluster series. In the end, none of it mattered.

New 52: Futures End #48

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Futures End #48 is a hugely disappointing ending to an already lackluster series. In the end, none of it mattered.

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6 Comments

  1. Alisha
    April 1, 2015 at 12:49 pm — Reply

    “From the start I believed that Futures End would have been a good comic if it hadn’t been a weekly. There was clearly not enough story to fit into a forty eight issue long title and was stretched way too thin with plot lines needlessly drawn out.”

    Mostly agreed. I think the story had great potential, but instead of taking the time to make a clear and well thought out storyline, it was just far too rushed. I think it could have gone this many issues with a strong story, but the weekly format seemed to make it a bit too rushed for them to really give it the detail and polish it needed to really shine.

  2. Harry
    April 1, 2015 at 4:08 pm — Reply

    I for one like the direction they have taken, WAIT, before you think I’m an idiot, let me explain. Dan Jurgens and Bernard Chang said that the new Batman Beyond comic will continue from this arc. However, I am annoyed that for some reason they couldn’t make this series a lot shorter, cutting out all of the needless side plots and make it solely about the fight for the future, and the braniac thing was cool too, I feel had it been a 20 issue series it could have been a lot better.
    The second thing I’m a bit annoyed about is that i feel like after all the 48 issues, it was just a way to kill off terry mcginnis and make tim drake the batman of the future… Again had it been much shorter then it would be great as we would then have an awesome lead up to june’s batman beyond and at least it would be not as dragged out and much less expensive.
    Im also glad that BROTHER EYE will continue as the villain as he suits the post apocalyptic world, and also the whole fight against the apocalypse is awesome. Plus had it all ended by tim simply convincing bro eye to shut down then it would have made for an even more anti-climactic ending.
    So before i turn away from this comic i think ill give the BB comic a read and who knows maybe it’ll redeem Futures End’s lower qualities e.g. the dragged out sub stories meaning that the end had to be rushed. HOPEFULLY we get the ending we’ve all been craving for.

    • Chris
      April 2, 2015 at 8:47 am — Reply

      I agree with you. I originally thought the series would focus on Terry attempting to stop the apocalyptic future from occuring but we instead got a long winded story that focused too much on Cadmus Island and other less important things. There was about 20 issues or so of talk/warning about Brainiac coming only for him to show up for 5 issue near the end. I would have preferred a more concise, focused story with an ending that gave some sense of closure.

  3. Jason
    April 2, 2015 at 5:20 am — Reply

    I’m actually furious about the death of Terry McGinnis. My favorite superhero, dead, to make way for Tim Drake!? I have never, and will never, give a CRAP about Tim Drake. They seriously went through the effort of having Terry in the story just to kill him and bring Tim to the future, the same future Terry left to fix in the first place. Blows my mind. This series had its ups and downs, but I enjoyed what they were doing overall, even if a bit hard to follow (in fact, I’ll be re-reading the series now that I have all 48 issues and can read them straight through). Issue 46, however, did more than just kill Terry and my feelings toward this series, but toward DC as a whole. I’m going to read Convergence, and then I’ll suffer through Batman Beyond for a while. But if I get so much as an inkling of a feeling that Terry’s forever removed from continuity, DC will be dead to me; I will enjoy the films, the TV shows…but never again will I spend money on a comic. Terry’s presence was truly my biggest hope for the New 52, and I was overjoyed at his presence in Futures End. Thanks, DC, for crapping all over that.

    • Alisha
      April 2, 2015 at 10:49 am — Reply

      It is comics, so nobody really stays dead forever (except maybe Uncle Ben), and DC does retcons often enough. I would actually be more surprised if they didn’t bring Terry back sooner or later.

  4. Donny
    April 3, 2015 at 9:58 am — Reply

    I’m mostly upset with the way DC continues to treat the Wildstorm characters. It’s clear they just don’t care about them. I love Voodoo and Grifter but they served no point in this story whatsoever. The conclusion to their plot line was laughable and incoherent. I see this book as a giant f-you to the fans. No wonder it ended on April fool’s day.

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