Writers: Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, & Jeff Lemire
Artist: Allan Goldman, Andy MacDonald, & Alberto Ponticelli
Futures End has been a wild ride that is about to reach its conclusion in the next issue. The problem that this weekly series has seemed to have had was the pacing. It’s understandable for a weekly series to take its time but sometimes the story would drag, and drag, and drag. They seemed to have fixed that in the past few issues.
This issue picks up right where the last one ended. If you do have an intention of reading this book please stop reading now. Really stop reading, trust me.
In the previous issue, Brother Eye has unleashed his zombie-eye creations and in an attempt to slow them down Batman Beyond (Terry Mcginnis) dies. Now it is up to another hero to take up the mantle of Batman Beyond and save the day. This issue focuses solely on the characters that have been in the Batman Beyond party, and that may have been one of best parts. There wasn’t any jumping around to different storylines, this issue served its purpose with moving the story along. The only problem I see with this is that it is the second to last issue. It took way too many issues for the writers to finally move the story.
This was one of my favorite issues in the weekly. This issue felt like a tv show, giving you so much information and fun that you can hardly wait for the finale to air. I do wish that we got some more background on what happened to these characters during the five year gap.It leaves a lot up to interpretation and I wish I had more definite information. I really wanted to know why everybody hates Batman.
The writing in this issue was very well done. Azzarello, Giffen, Jurgens, and Lemire did a great job. I didn’t want to slow down and I was actually upset when the issue was over. They do leave us on a Bendis or Kirkman-esque type cliffhanger which I hate, but it is to help bring anticipation for next weeks issue.
The art was just bad. The faces and the backgrounds just weren’t good. It has been a problem that most weekly’s suffer from and I won’t hold it against DC too much, but sometimes it was hard to look at.
Overall good issue, looking forward to next week’s finale. If you haven’t read this series pick up a trade and see if you enjoy it. I know I have. I’m sad to see the end coming up, but I’m assuming convergence will help fill that void.