By: Cynthia Ayala
Hey there avid readers! I know, I’ve been kind of awol in regards to my comic book review but here they are. O woo! It’s Futures End month, or at least it was and here I’ve got Batman: Futures End #1 where a very broken Bruce goes head to head with Lex and Justice League Dark: Futures End #1 where Zatanna rules over the JLD with an iron fist, making all the had decisions.
Batman: Futures End #1 (RELEASE DATE: SEPT 10, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $3.99)
Certainly a very entertaining issue but I will admit that this whole Futures End confuses me. At first everything seemed to be about Brother Eye becoming the Borg and assimilating everyone. Now it just looks like a directional tool for the writers to use in order to give readers a clue of where the stories are going. As a whole, I am quickly growing tired of the whole Futures End arc. It’s tedious.
This issue in particular was not very astounding either. The 3D motion cover depicts Batman with a broken back so readers are teased into an issue that might be reminiscent of the last time Bruce broke his back. Of course, Bruce is already broken in this issue, so that shows readers that sometime in the next few years, something drastic is going to happen to him.
Storyline aside – that isn’t really developed well – the dialogue was okay. It was just a mediocre issue that showed readers those same character dynamics without adding anything more.
WRITERS: RAY FAWKES & SCOTT SNYDER
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS
Justice League Dark: Futures End #1 (RELEASE DATE: SEPT 24, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $3.99)
Another issue that was not really spectacular. This futures end issue showed a very strong and very different Zatanna than readers have ever seen before but, again, it brought nothing to the table besides a lot of action. Nothing about this issue really ties it to the past, or even hints at what has happened to cause the situation these superheroes are in right now.
This was another lackluster story that really didn’t build up the character dynamics. However, the only redeeming quality about this was the dark tone and the direction that Zatanna’s character has gone in. Her characterization and narration is darker and the way that she interacts with all the other characters. This is a totally different Zatanna that ever, a darker version than readers have seen her.
While the overall character dynamic was entertaining to read, it was still something I’ve already read before.
WRITER: J. M. DeMATTEIS
SCRIPT: LEN WEIN
PENCILLER: ANDRES GUINALDO
INKER: WALDEN WONG
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS