Future’s End #22 (Comics Review)

DC’s second weekly of New 52, Future’s End has been one of my favourite series all year. Week after week it has thrilled and wowed and amazed and boggled with everything that has been happening on Earth Prime five years from the present main DC timeline. After twenty issues of post-fact storytelling, we finally got the lowdown about the war with Earth 2 in last week’s issue in which Earth Prime’s Green Arrow and Earth 2’s Red Arrow explained it all to Big Barda, or rather, recounted events for the benefit of the reader. And it was glorious.

Coming off of all of that, I was ready for something momentous this issue. But it seems that the writers had something different planned, and I’ll admit that this is the first issue of this series where I feel cheated out and disappointed even. The writers muddle their way through various plotlines here, bringing back several lingering threads, and unfortunately only one of them left an impact on me, when it was fully revealed to Amethyst, Hawkman and Frankenstein who their tormentor was. However, while the writing was less than satisfactory, the art itself was pretty spectacular, as I’ve come to expect from Patrick Zircher and Hi-Fi.

The opening of this issue is the greatest villain here. We meet Jason Rusch and Madison Payne at Columbia University where the latter is trying to organize a rally in support of the Earth 2 refugees who are being treated as less-than second-class citizens on Earth Prime. With hints that the two of them known each other for a while, I kind of expected to see more on that front, but it was all rather boring and then when we got to meet Dr. Yamazake after such a long gap, I was even more disappointed. The character is a completely hatred-driven individual who professes enlightenment but wants only vengeance. The entire dialogue in these 4 pages is stale and boring, leaving little impact on the reader. And I’m really disliking the whole subservient thing that Jason has going on here.

Then we cut to Tim Drake’s bar where there is this awkward meeting between Tim, Billy Batson and Ronnie Raymond. It was kind of fun to see them all together, but once again, it didn’t really do anything other than surface detail, of which there was very little to begin with. Its just a decent fan-service moment at best, to be honest.

Moving on from there we are in Las Vegas as Voodoo, Courtney and two of their friends do something, I’m not quite sure what. The only positive thing about this sequence is that Courtney here isn’t the Courtney I wasn’t thinking of. Other than that, there’s nothing here that makes sense, especially since Faraday is on Cadmus Island, imprisoned by Brother Eye. Whoever is writing this sequence is flying by the seat of his pants, without any thought to proper progression or logic.

The scenes between Terry and Plastique offer some hope though, immensely so. With all that the latter saw in Terrifitech, Terry shares with her the vision of the future he has lived and seen, and there are some good bonding moments between the two of them that give me hope for this plot-line. Plastique has been rather incomprehensible before this, but she’s starting to come around I think, and that’s great.

The final sequence involves Amethyst, Frankenstein and Hawkman as they face off against the mind-controlled Engineer and kaiju Brainiac, which is kind of super-awesome in and of itself. Frankenstein’s own problems continue and it is fun to see his character develop here, especially once we get to the final page of the comic, which is a great twist for fans of a certain anti-hero, fans like me!

Patrick Zircher is the artist here, with Hi-Fi, Carlos M. Mangual and Ryan Sook on their usual duties as colourist, letterer and cover artist respectively. The cover for this one is damn awesome, but unfortunately has nothing to do with the contents of the issue itself, which is a distinct disappointment. Where the internal art is concerned, it is great, as it usually is with Patrick on this title. His Madison is a little weird at first, and the same goes for Jason, but as the issue moves on, he really seems to get in the groove and draws the rest of the cast of this issue really well, with more-than-fantastic colourwork from Hi-Fi, especially with all the different lightning effects and all.

Writing, disappointing. Art, great.

Rating: 6/10

More Future’s End#0-1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13-16, #17-20, #21.

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Posted on October 4, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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