Future’s End #8 (Comics Review)

What happens when you combine grimdark with comics? Well, one answer is that you get Future’s End, DC’s two-month old weekly series that has been gaining a lot of traction of late, and for some very good reasons. Personally, I’ve been very surprised at how well this book has turned out, especially given the double experiments going on with it with respect to the New 52, and I’ve been hooked on this series from the beginning, so that’s my excuse for sticking with it so far when I’ve kind of lost interest in its sister series, Batman: Eternal.

After all the epicness of the previous issue, we delve a bit more into some of the character relationships this time, and also get exposed to a couple of big twists in the story that really turn things around. The sort of violence that has been common to the series from the start is present here as well, and while I kind of liked it, I also thought it was a bit too much. Still, neither of the four writers are taking steps back this month, and neither are the artists, with Scot Eaton coming on board as a penciller and doing a wonderful job with the artwork.

The first story here deals with events on Cadmus Island as Faraday and Slade Wilson exchange some cryptic remarks that also reference the potential danger that Cash Cole aka Grifter could be to them should he prove useless to their objectives. It is a rather cold-hearted discussion but I’m not surprised in the least by either since Faraday deliberately hospitalised Grifter previously and because we are talking about the Terminator here, Deathstroke himself.

The second story involves a double special that sees us touch base once more with Lois Lane as she investigates the mysteries handed to her previously and then later with Jason Rusch as he helps Dr. Miyazake with the latter’s teleportation array. A most unexpected hero makes an entrance here, and I got really excited since I can’t wait to find out just what’s going on with him. There’s been a big arc that recently ended with the hero, and that alone has my curiosity curbed, for now.

The third story involves Ray Palmer, Amethyst and Frankenstein run into the graveyard that is home to the fallen members of Stormwatch. Not a whole lot goes on here but it is nonetheless exciting for the fact that there is a lot of character development packed in here and because we get some really upbeat moments here, moments that contrasted quite well alongside the more grimdark elements of this series in particular.

The fourth and final story here deals with the consequences of the war between Earth 1 and 2. We get some nice commentary on the recently concluded war and learn some interesting things that weren’t quite so apparent the previous time around. And in addition to all that we also meet with one of the villains of the series, someone who has me confused since I can’t decide whether or not I’ve already run into said character in the New 52, so there’s that nice bit of mystery.

And given all that we see in these pages, the comic ends on a very dire and enjoyable note, bringing back as it does John Constantine, who was last seen in a brief cameo a couple issues back. It wasn’t the best way to make his Future’s End debut, but this week’s issue is all kinds of awesome, so I’m ever-more excited for what is coming up next. Throughout all this, the consistency between the different writers really strikes me as something special and great, and I don’t want it to end any time soon. Not at all.

Scot Eaton, one of my favourite comics artists, does the internal art on this issue and he is joined by Drew Geraci on the inks. Hi-Fi is still doing the colours with Ryan Sook doing the absolutely gobsmacking cover art and the letters being handled by Carlos M. Mangual and Dezi Sienty, not something that you see in normal. The pencils and inks and colours in this issue are brilliant, and they are much better than the last time even, which I didn’t think was all that possible for the series, going forward that is. But Scot Eaton and Co. manage to provide a big surprise, so major points for that.

The ending makes it quite clear that things are about to get worse for everyone involved, no mistakes and I’m most definitely along for the ride.

Rating: 9/10

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


Posted on June 25, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

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