Future’s End #9 (Comics Review)

Undeniably, DC’s Future’s End weekly comic series has dealt with some huge events in its first two months. We’ve seen several heroes murdered in cold blood by vicious alien intelligences. We’ve seen friendships and relationships sundered by petty egos and a refusal to accept compromise. In the midst of all that the series has dealt with so far, it hasn’t lost sight of its primary objective, the story of Terry McGinnis stepping back in time to prevent a most horrible future, a future which hinges on a very basic element. All very Terminator-esque.

Today’s Future’s End #9 finally gets around to making some important revelations that are capstones for a lot of the different arcs that have been going on in this series of late, especially in the last four weeks. We see just what is going on at Cadmus Island with Deathstroke and Grifter, while Terry McGinnis makes some solid inroads into breaking back into Michael Holt’s base of operations, even as his target studies the alien lifeform that Terry brought back with him, and the story of Lois Lane being ever on the hunt of a story continues as ever.

By now, it isn’t really a surprise that one of the big bads that the series is developing towards is Brainiac. The last 3 issues or so have been quite heavy-handed in that respect, telling a rather epic story that somehow has its origins in the recent war with Earth 2 that Earth-Prime suffered, and which saw the death of the Teen Titans, with most of the heroes being killed off in this war. This is a very important plot point in the series and it has to do with Tim Drake apparently being alive and well, living a low-brow life as a bartender these days and having completely given up on the idea of superheroes and his family of friends the Teen Titans and his identity as Red Robin. The new issue doesn’t deal so much with that, but it does present some intriguing opportunities for Terry and Tim’s paths to cross each other’s and I for one am really excited to see what is going to happen on that front.

On the flip side, everything that is happening on Cadmus Island has really got me interested now since Deathstroke and Grifter make for rather interesting companions in crime and the revelations in this issue are a real kicker in that regard. I mean, I’d thought that Cadmus Island was really spooky and mysterious and all but I had no idea that this is what was going on here. And it puts into perspective something that happened a couple issues or so ago, when Fury of Earth 2 (apparently the daughter of Earth 2 Wonder Woman?) somehow ended up on the Island, running from its guardian OMACs.

That’s not all of course, for we also get to touch base with Amethyst, Frankenstein and Ray Palmer out in the depths of space as they continue their investigation into who and what killed the Stormwatch superhero team. At the end of last issue, Ray had cut off the dead Hawkman’s left arm and was attempting to graft it on to Frankenstein to replace his missing arm that had been taken away by Black Adam. There are some startling results on that front now and we get to see the entire mystery deepen, even as we are made aware of something duplicitous happening back at SHADE.

There are a hell of a lot of things going on in this issue as always and the way that all the different writers are feeding into each other’s work here is really making this story worth a read right from the start and I’m not giving up on it any time soon.

Patrick Zircher is the main artist on this issue, with colours by Hi-Fi, letters by Taylor Esposito and the cover by Ryan Sook as always. As much as I’ve enjoyed Scot Eaton and Aaron Lopresti’s pencils in this series, I’ve enjoyed Patrick’s work as well and he really delivers a home-run for much of this issue. The only deviation happens in Michael Holt’s storyline, where the style kind of changes and it is as if there was a secondary penciller here, but there are no credits. And as ever, Hi-Fi’s colours are top-notch here, which isn’t much of a surprise anymore.

Want more, more, more!

Rating: 9/10

More Future’s End: #0-1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8.

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Posted on July 3, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

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