Future’s End #32 Review

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Writers: Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, Jeff Lemire, Brian Azzarello
Pencillers: Drew Geraci, Scott Eaton

When DC first introduced their “Future’s End” series a few months ago, it appeared that it was just going to be another throw-away where they got to live out fantasies that were to risky to contribute to actual canon. Cutting off Batman’s arm, the elderly Justice League becoming homicidal cyborgs and traveling back through time to avoid a horrible future were all stale attempts at delivering shock and novelty.

Now that it’s over 30 issues in, I can say that “Future’s End” has grown past that stale delivery and gotten more comfortable in its role. This is where DC Comic’s most experimental ideas come to play. There’s actually a universe where we get to see Terry McGinnis go talon-to-talon with a young Bruce Wayne, Shazam impersonate Superman (which shows how much he’s actually capable of, in case anyone doubted it) and the deaths of old characters giving birth to new ones.

Issue #32 continued to conclude storylines from the “Cadmus Island” saga and set up what appear to be major plots in the next venture.

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Mr. Terrific finally gets his time in the spotlight, announcing the introduction of the u-sphere (the invention that could lead to Terry McGinnis’ horrible future) to all of New York City via billboarded-sized flat screens. I probably wouldn’t like him as a person, I tend to have a low tolerance for douchery, but I love Terrific as a character and how he can be used to keep a story going. He’s goal driven and won’t let anyone change his mind, not even Bruce Wayne.

Fifty-Sue, is one of my favorite characters in the series due to her strength and lack of regard for anyone, except for Slade Wilson. Believing him to be dead, Sue took this as a defining moment to continue the legacy of Deathstroke (It looks like we get to see her in a black and gold ballerina-inspired outfit next issue– how adorably intimidating is that?).

Up until to this point, it felt like Doctor Yamazake was placed here just to annoy me. He was grieving a severe loss, but he’d gone so far over the edge that I couldn’t find the strength or patience to empathize with his character. Now that he’s gotten past his awkward “mad scientist” stage and exploded out of his cocoon to become a being of pure energy, I expect a lot more. He’s got everything it takes to become a decent villain. A personal vendetta, the belief that he’s doing the right thing, interesting powers and a cool costume made of metal!

Grade: B+

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