Week 41 2014 | Part 1 | Comic Book Reviews


By: Cynthia Ayala

This weekend I am continuing some of the Futures End, but seeing as how I’m finally catching up on my reviews, well mostly caught up.  Anyway, I hope that everyone is having a splendid Monday.  In this review I am covering Booster Gold: Futures End #1 and The Flash: Futures End #1, both of which were incredibly well written and structured.  Happy reading folks.

Booster Gold: Futures End #1
Booster Gold: Futures End #1

Booster Gold: Futures End #1 (RELEASE DATE: SEPT 24, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $3.99)

Pressure Point

Yay for Booster Gold! This was a great issue that has brought back a character that is so central to the DCU. Here, Booster is going back and forth between worlds and time looking for something. He’s being Booster Gold I guess you could say, the protector of time. However, this is a much older Booster Gold than fans are familiar with, and is, in fact, the Booster Gold from the Pre-52. How do I know that? It’s all there in the text. Jurgens did a great job presenting this story and writing the dialogue in such a way that not only is it a compilation of fun fantastical outrageous story that is classic Booster Gold, full of outrageous misadventure after misadventure, but it also includes so much detail in such subtle context.

Jurgens has unveiled some of the mysteries behind the new 52 and has really brought back Mr. Gold back into the New 52 as more than just a guest appearance. Not only that, but this story is the only one that actually has a direct connection to Futures End and the dark future that the Borg – I mean Brother Eye – offers readers. This really is the only story that has any connection to Futures End.

Overall, Jurgens has redeemed himself since his fiasco with Justice League International…to a degree.

WRITER: Dan Jurgens

ARTISTS: Will Conrad, Brett Booth, Ron Frenz, Mark Irwin, Stephen Thompson, Steve LightleMoritat & Dan Jurgens

PUBLISHER: DC COMICS

The Flash: Futures End #1
The Flash: Futures End #1

The Flash: Futures End #1 (RELEASE DATE: SEPT 24, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $3.99)

Impact Velocity

I like the fact that Daniel is the Reverse Flash. He’s such an interesting villain and what makes him an even better villain is the depth that it is based on, his anger and rage against wanting to undo his own past, no matter the costs. Of course, this just allowed his darker side to get the better of him and turn him into a monster. Then there is Future Flash who isn’t much better. Both are racing against Barry, one to save Iris and Wally another to cause utter destruction.

This well-written issue paints another series of events from the opening of the Future Flash story line. Future Flash reveals himself to Iris and Wally after he kills Daniel in front of them, as though it’s good thing. This story is reminiscent, a twist, of the last time story when Barry killed the Reverse Flash. Of course, Future Flash is not the type of character who has any redemption now. Therefore, it’s Barry versus Barry at the moment and that is a very interesting story.

Once again, while this story was interesting, it really holds no other connection to Futures End, to the dark future. In fact, Future Flash’s existence also contradicts that timeline. Contradictions aside however, this has been, thus far, a well-structured story arc. It flows and connects to each issue perfectly. As the story unfolds, readers are able to follow it.

This story also shows that readers are probably not going to get another Kid Flash for a while, unless events unfold in a different way. So we’re going to be kept waiting for a bit, however this was a pleasant tease.

WRITERS: Van Jensen & Robert Venditti

ARTISTS: Norm Rapmund & Brett Booth

PUBLISHER: DC COMICS

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