Review: Future’s End #18

Review: Future’s End #18

Written by Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, and Keith Giffen

Art by Georges Jeanty, Dexter Vines, Karl Story, and Hi-Fi

It is Future’s End month over at DC so I figured what better way to kick things off than with a review of Future’s End proper. The last time I reviewed this book was a couple months ago and I really didn’t have too much good to say about it. I liked the characters and general story, but felt that things were dragging on for a bit too long. So how does Future’s End fair now? Not perfect, but it is definitely making vast improvements.

The Good

Things happen. Plain and simple. The plot is actually progressed in this issue in an enormous way on multiple fronts. The masked Superman/ Lois Lane story as well as the Emiko/ Big Barda story take big leaps, one capitalizing on the big shocker from last issue and the other one creating a big shocker all of its own. Batman Beyond is finally positioned to where it looks like he will actually do something next issue and Brother Eye’s uprising is in full swing. This is what I wanted from this book from the very beginning. Why couldn’t you have given me any of this earlier?

The Bad

The fact that it took eighteen issues to get this far in the plot is astounding. It almost seems to me like the creators were treading water for a while with this book until Future’s End month started. At this point, Future’s End should be rolling on all cylinders but it feels like, to me anyways, that it has really only just now left the station. It is just frustrating. Readers should not have to sit through so much filler just to get an interesting story way down the road.

The art in this issue isn’t really bad, but it is honestly not that great either. Future’s End has always suffered from having a homogenized DC house style of art, and it just looks plain. Nothing pops out of the page at me. With most books, I can just flip through it and find at least one page or panel that just pops out and begs for me to really look at it.This art is just there. It tells the story fine but refuses to dazzle.

The Verdict

Hopefully we have reached a turning point with Future’s End. The plot has finally started to roll as things heat up in multiple story threads. If this continues, then Future’s End will finally be the book I was promised those many months ago. Please don’t let me down.

Story: 3.5 out of 5

Art: 2 out of 5

Overall: 3 out of 5

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