This week we get to see some forward progression in the many plot-line DC Comic’s Future’s End saga has chosen to take on. This is refreshing after spending all of last week on Earth-2 with Green Arrow and Arsenal fighting over who tells a better recap.
There are at least three or four stories occurring in this issue outside of the main one of Terry McGinnis coming back from 30 years in the future to save humanity from itself.
We get to see some of the reaction to Lois Lane’s breaking news that no one actually knows where Superman is–or if he’s alive–and that Shazam has been wearing the blue suit and a mask to keep up appearances. People aren’t happy when you keep them in the dark. We also get to meet the big bad guy that’s been holding Frankenstein, Amethyst and Hawkman captive, which appears to be a giant-sized Braniac with an interesting savior headed in their direction.
Overall, this issue seems to be suffering from same problem that the book has been–pacing. It appears to have bitten off way more than it can chew. There are so many independent stories going on that there are often times it takes twice as long as it should to get something worthwhile accomplished.
No problems with Patrick Zircher’s artwork at all in this one and the cover art by Ryan Sook is a great image that I’d consider getting framed for my own collection.
Juggling six or so stories in one book that’s being written by four different writers (Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, Jeff Lemire, Brian Azzarello) is no easy task. Which is why I’m giving issue #22 a 6.5/10 for the effort. Hopefully the stories all tie in together smoothly like we can see them beginning to now and things will become more fluid.