Future’s End #3 (Comics Review)

Despite my very, very low expectations, Future’s End has come out of nowhere to challenge those expectations and it has actually been a great title so far for its first three issues. Sure, this weekly event comic is very dark and grim, considering that about twelve or thireen named superhero characters died in these three issues and that the future being portrayed is extremely grim for all the people of the planet. But, at the same time, the story itself has been rather gripping and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far. There’s tension here that feels real and there is still a light at the end of the tunnel, far though it may be.

Future’s End #3 is the fourth issue of this series and this time we see what Terry McGinnis aka Batman of the future is up to in the past, the “present” of the DC comics-verse, where he has to prevent certain events from playing out so that the future he comes from can be avoided altogether. So that his friends, his fellow superheroes, can still be alive. At the same time, we also see a bit more of how Firestorm is falling down the rabbit hole, and see some cameos from other characters as well, all of which serves to really enhance the whole mystery of what is happening here.

Future's End 03The issue starts off with what I consider to be quite a badass intro, for we see what Frankenstein is up to. Have to remember that this entire story is set 5 years into the future, which is a bit complicated, I admit, but it is the “present” timeline of this series. And in these five years, lots of things have changed, not the least of which is that there is a mention of a war with Earth-2 and Mister Terrific seems to be back on Earth-1 now. Anyway, this Frankenstein of the future is quite a bit different than the Frankenstein we’ve seen so far in the pages of Justice League Dark and the writer(s) give him a good turn here. I honestly am excited to see what happens with the big guy.

Then we are off to have a chat with Firestorm as Ronnie still acts like an absolute jerk and we see how he is pretty much emotionally molesting his partner Jason without doing anything overt or even covert. He just doesn’t care. I really grew to hate the character at the end of the last issue and this issue doesn’t predispose me to him at all. Can’t wait to see this king of jerks get some payback that is due to him.

Once we are past all that though, we get to check in with none other than the Grifter and we get some really nice exposition on what is happening in this series and get some nice exploration of who Grifter is as a character. I never really cared about the character, except when he was in the pages of the short-lived Team 7 and he gets an extremely good turn-out here. Loved it.

After that we move into one of the more disappointing bits of this issue: Batman Beyond breaks into Mister Terrific’s HQ to carry out his mission but we don’t get anything from his perspective. Rather, it is Mr. T himself. It was weird to not see Terry again, but carried over from the previous issue is the other hero’s character, and he seems to be sort of skipping around the line between hero and anti-hero/possible villain, which is most interesting.

We end things with Lois Lane doing what she does best: investigating a story that can have some huge repercussions for the superhero community. That was an absolute killer ending to this issue and was another thing that I loved.

For this issue we have Dan Jurgens on the art layouts with Mark Irwin doing the finishes. Keith Giffen serves as art consultant, Hi-Fi does the colours, Taylor Esposito does the letters and Ryan Sook does the cover itself. There has been a lot of switching around of artists on this series, and while it can get a bit tiresome as the artists all have varying styles, this issue was consistent with what we’ve seen before. There is very little action however, so the artists don’t get to go all wild and all, but have to be restrained. Still, the mood and atmosphere are built up nicely, and that’s the first priority.

I liked that there was a clear division of all the subplots in this issue and while it can feel a bit too much at times, the story threads are weaved in well enough that this is not a problem. For now. So in the end, a fairly good issue, one that moves things forward and even provides a lot of context for the intervening years between the events of this series and what is happening in the rest of DC’s various books.

Rating: 8.5/10

More Future’s End: #0-1, #2.

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Posted on May 21, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

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