DC Weekly: 12/17/14

The New 52: Future’s End #33

I guess this week’s issue was a little better than last weeks, but still nowhere near as good as the issues we received last month. Last month gave us two glorious issues in a row that I guess was just diamonds in the rough and now that they are gone, this series is just reverting back to its old status quo. Sure, this issue has it’s moments where it is exciting like during the Frankenstein/ Father Time story and, yeah, this issue does have some interesting ideas in it. Fifty Sue wearing Deathstroke’s mask and a tutu while threatening people is hilarious. The problem is that the book never spends long enough on the good parts of the story and lingers way too long on the bad parts. I totally forgot that Grifter has a sidekick from earlier in the series, why do I have to keep reading conversations between Rock and Faraday when they never actually do anything, and are you only giving me like three pages of Batman Beyond? He was fighting Batman a month ago! Give me more of that, not this crap they keep flinging at us. Basically, Future’s End #33 is the series returning to its old status quo after a month of greatness and it is really disappointing.

2.5 out of 5

Batman Eternal #37

The next act of Batman Eternal starts this week, but with not too much of a bang. Tim Seeley’s script is mostly workman like in nature and since this is the first issue of the next act, there are none of the spectacles that we have come to expect out of this book. Batman Eternal #37 is mainly concerned with moving the pieces of the chessboard into position for the finale. Catwoman takes her place as Gotham’s new kingpin, all of the Arkham gang kind of agree to work together, and something freaky is happening at Batwing’s house. I do like how Batwing is now the character that all of the supernatural stuff happens to. It gives him something to separate him from the rest of the pack. What really drag this issue down this week is the art. Andrea Mutti’s art is really uninspiring and just really dull. The colors don’t help the pencils either. Everything is a dull washed out color. Nothing pops out at you and really makes this issue sort of a slog to get through.

3 out of 5

(Weekly Book of the Week)

Earth 2: World’s End #11

Finally, an issue of World’s End that is great! Darkseid is risen and he doesn’t share page time with other lesser stories. No, the book shall be about him and him alone. I’m exaggerating here a bit. The issue is really about Mister Miracle and his revelation about disappointing fathers, but Darkseid definitely gave this series the shot in the arm that it desperately needed. The confrontations in this issue feel epic. The choices made by the characters feel important. The betrayal in this issue is actually really shocking considering the events that have already occurred in Future’s End so it will be exciting to see how a certain character progresses going forward. There is so much good in this issue and the only reason why the writer were able to do this because they only focused on the story in Apokolips the entire issue. Things flowed naturally into each other and it was great. I highly recommend it.

4 out 5

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