Future’s End #10 (Comics Review)
The comics format doesn’t always work so well for developing mysteries and thrillers. A large portion of this is dependent of course on the quality of the writing but the format still makes a difference, because you can’t let the mysteries stew for too long or develop too quickly. This is where the weekly format appears to have a bit of a leg-up. And DC’s Future’s End has done a fairly good job of it so far I think, even though the four writers on this weekly have been intermingling several different plot threads together. The issue we come back to is that of quality and Future’s End has been fairly satisfactory in that regard..
Once again we have two of my favourite artists, Aaron Lopresti and Art Thibert on this weekly series, with this week’s Future’s End #10 and they both do a superb job as penciller and inker respectively, as they’ve done previously. With all the different plotlines going on presently, the variety is all up for grabs and I think that Future’s End #10 is one of my favourite issues of the series, partly because it features a really awesome scene where Amethyst smacks down Hawkman. And a lot of the other plotlines are also moving towards a resolution, so I can’t wait to see what happens next week.
Amazingly enough, the issue starts off with giving us some more of a look-see at the Superman of this future, five years from the present DC timeline. Superman is after a prison escapee who had some superhuman help and he trashes an abandoned building in Metropolis looking for this villain. His monologue is very revealing and part of the charm is that this most certainly is not Clark Kent. Because Clark Kent as Superman just doesn’t talk like this Superman does. Most intriguing. And his interactions with Lois Lane later on are also revealing in that whatever has happened in the last five years, Superman has changed significantly.
After that we are on to another great sequence as Terry McGinnis breaks up a meeting between three supervillains who are planning a heist into Terrifitech and in the process he runs into Tim Drake, who has been under the radar since the end of the war with Earth 2 in which most of the Teen Titans died/were killed. The villains themselves are a really eclectic and eccentric bunch, good for a bunch of laughs, but the brief scene between Tim and Terry is definitely worth the price of admission, setting up something that I’m sure is going to bloom very soon, if the entire arc goes as I expect it to.
Then we move on to the best part of the comic. Amethyst talks with Hawkman about the Nth metal that is in his blood/genes and how it is repairing his severed arm (which Ray Palmer attached to Frankenstein a couple issues back since they all thought Hawkman was dead and wouldn’t need it, whereas Frankenstein did). Most curious development here, and then when Hawkman talks smack at Amethyst, she really lays him down. Amethyst was quite an interesting character in her solo and I think she is developing well here, given the increased focus of her story, despite all the changes, cosmetic or otherwise.
The fourth arc here is about Cole Cash aka Grifter and an assassination attempt on his life while on Cadmus Island. We saw last week that the big secret of the island were all the Earth 2 superhumans kept there as prisoners of war, and perhaps this assassination attempt has something to do with that. I’m very curious as to how this arc is going to play out, and up until now I haven’t really been disappointed.
The final arc in this issue brings back one of my favourite DC female characters, and it is a big, big surprise to see her return in DC comics, considering that when I was reading Earth 2 by James Robinson last year, she was just being introduced and seemed to be heading in a good place. I haven’t really read what Tom Taylor is doing on that series since taking over from Jim, but seeing this character in this series is most, most rewarding.
As I said, the art is by Aaron and Art, with colours by Hi-Fi as usual and the letters by Taylor Esposito, with Ryan Sook doing the cover. The art in this issue is really good and there are lots of subtle panels here and there which add to the overall effect. You can blink-and-miss a few things, so it is important to take a careful look at each page, to see how the story is being developed visually as well as prose-wise. Definitely among the best issues in the series as far as the art is concerned and that’s no idle claim, not at all.
Superb stuff all around. Bring on next week!
Posted on July 10, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged Aaron Lopresti, Agent of SHADE, Amethyst, Art Thibert, Batman, Batman Beyond, Big Barda, Brian Azzarello, CADMUS, Cadmus Island, Cole Cash, Comics, Comics Review, Dan Jurgens, DC Comics, Deathstroke, Earth 2, Emiko, Fantasy, Father Time, Frankenstein, Future's End, Gemworld, Grifter, Hawkman, Heist, Hi-Fi, Jeff Lemire, Keith Giffen, Lois Lane, Mister Terrific, Mr. Terrific, New 52, OMAC, Princess Amethyst, Ray Palmer, Red Robin, Review, Review Central, Ryan Sook, Science Fiction, SHADE, Slade Wilson, Space Opera, Stormwatch, Superheroes, Superman, Superman: Doomed, Supervillains, Taylor Esposito, Teen Titans, Terry McGinnis, Tim Drake, Weekly Comics. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.