By: Cynthia Ayala
Superman: Futures End #1 (RELEASE DATE: SEPT 24, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $3.99)
If you’ve been following Futures End – I skim them at the comic shop, not written well enough to deserve my money – then you should already know that Superman is actually Shazam, Billy Bastion, masquerading as Superman. Now we know why. Confronted by Lois yet again, Shazam shares his story.
You know, this is what bothers me about Lois Lane. Before, she used to pull punches when it came to superheroes, the people who put their lives on the line to save the world around them. She doesn’t do that anymore. Superman has always been a symbol of hope and it’s respectable that Billy took on the mantle in order to keep hope alive. Lois shattered that hope when she revealed the truth. Not only that, she didn’t do it because people deserved the truth, she did it because she could. That is not respectable as far as characterization goes.
Lois is a much colder and rougher character around the edges, a hardened journalist who only wants to reveal certain truths not because it would be right – and revealing secret identities isn’t right – but because she can, because she would be the one with the scoop, the first person. That’s her rush. Some of her integrity is lost in that respect, and Jurgens seems to realize that when he puts Lois and Billy face to face in order for Billy to share his story, the why behind the “S”.
An overall well written story that connects directly with the Futures End series if not the future beyond that.
WRITER: DAN JURGENS
ARTIST: LEE WEEK
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS