Future’s End: Catwoman and G.I. Zombie (Comics Review)

This is the last and final week of Future’s End one-shots and it seems that this is kind of like the first week where the one-shots were all generally damn good. Most of the ones I’ve read so far have been excellent, such as Harley Quinn or Justice League Dark, thankfully enough. There’ve been a few titles that haven’t made it to my “good” list, but they are kind of insignificant when compared to the good ones. One thing has been for sure though, that much as with last year’s Villain’s Month, a lot of the stories haven’t been planned out properly so that the overall general effect of this event month is one of cohesiveness.

Catwoman: Future’s End #1 and Star Spangled War Stories: Future’s End #1 (alternative, G.I. Zombie: Future’s End #1) are among two of my favourite reads of the week. The former I was hesitant about picking up since I was dreading Ann Nocenti’s vision of Catwoman’s future, but thankfully it turned out that Sholly Fisch was the writer and she wrote a really cool story here. The latter I expected to be great since Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray have been doing some wonderful stuff on the new series and this one is more of the same. Story-wise, they are both two of the strongest titles this month and even art-wise I’d say, with all the artists being quite spectacular.

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The story of Catwoman: Future’s End #1 is a continuation of plot-threads from DC’s ongoing weekly series Batman: Eternal, in which we recently saw that Selina Kyle had taken on the role of the top gang boss in Gotham, thanks to some help from her father Rex Calabrese, who used to be the top crime boss in the city before Carmine Falcone took over. We saw hints of this in a previous issue of Batman as well, where Selina had become quite comfortable in her new role and was used to running things. That’s the vision that writer Sholly Fisch presents in this issue, which is titled “The Death of Selina Kyle“.

Much of the issue takes place in Selina’s war-room, where she meets with all her lieutenants and tries to sort out a difference of opinions between Tusk and Georgie Maroni when we get started. Tusk has been trying to cut deals outside of the organization, this impinging on Maroni’s businesses and things get really heated for a while, which is where the real action kicks in and Tusk is… taken care of. Once Sholly hits that moment in the story, it is as if nothing is holding her back because then a train wreck of sorts starts up and continues on through the amazing ending.

I loved Sholly’s characterizaiton of Selina. She gets the rough-and-tough side of the character down pat and she really makes you feel that Selina is someone who is more than up to the job given to her by her father, and that she can assert herself whenever she wants to. She is lethal and dangerous. The other characters don’t get much to do, except maybe Matt Falcone, who is the heir of the Falcone family, who’ve had a feud with Selina for years, ever since she mauled Carmine before he was forced to leave Gotham several years back. That man’s a sleazy bastard all the way and I liked him, though I wish that more had been made of him.

Still, all good and done with by the end.

And Pat Oliffe’s pencils, Tom Nguyen and Walden Wong’s inks, and Sonia Oback’s colours really make this issue come alive. Lots of great action here between Selina’s lieutenants, though they are mostly B- and even C-listers, but the artists capture them really well. Selina is the star of course however, and she gets the most attention, which is just as well with me. There were a few moments where the art was inconsistent, such as with Selina’s face or her chest area, but overall, pretty solid.

Rating: 9.5/10

More Catwoman#25, #27.

In Star Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie: Future’s End #1, we see a vision of the future where the Black Ice virus has spread to several major population centers and the United States of American has become the United States of the Dead, with zombies like Jared Kabe popping up all over the country and carrying out a zombiepocalypse. It is a really funny story I have to say and it doesn’t just focus on Jared himself, the original G.I. Zombie, but also on his partner Carmen and through their scenes together we really get a good sense of what their relationship is like and the lengths they’ll go to keep each other safe and alive.

Jimmy and Justin have been doing some great things over on the main title of late, of which I’ve read the two issues put out so far, and I have to say that this one-shot is just more of that awesome. The story is self-contained and focuses exclusively on Jared as he fights off armies of “lesser” zombies while keeping Carmen safe and subject to a vaccine/counter-virus for the Black Ice virus spreading through the country. There’s lots and lots of action here of course, which is appropriate since this wouldn’t be a Star Spangled War Stories issue otherwise. A bit light on any grandstanding epic action, but the scope of what Jared is trying to do, and what he is trying to prevent are quite obvious here.

Thing is, Jimmy and Justin really make Jared into a great, likeable character. He is just someone who is trying to make the best of a really crap situation and someone who is devoted completely to his country as well, a true patriot. Carmen unfortunately doesn’t get to do much in the story, and thus the focus is almost always on Jared, but I didn’t mind that since  the story is about him more than it has been about her, even in the solo title. Their relationship in the main title has been one of the best things about it, and we get to see more of that here too.

Scott Hampton is the penciller and colourist, Rob Leigh is the letterer, and Dave Johnson is on the cover. This is a pretty damn good solid team, all things considered and the slight dirty, whitish tone to the main series is reflected here as well. With all that happens in this issue, it’d have been easy for the artists to not put in their all, but that is far from the case as per the reality of things. Incredibly detailed artwork, with the zombie hordes captured nicely as they advance to eat more braaaaaaaaaaaains. You just can’t help but have fun.

This issue could have been a great finale I think. It feels like that well enough. So I suppose it is a good thing that I’l be able to get another dose of the fix in less than a month now so I won’t complain!

Rating: 10/10

More G.I. Zombie#1-2.

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Posted on September 28, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

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