The New 52 is on the verge of a troubling future, but should you really care what happens? Read on to find out.
The official description from DC:
Did Firestorm kill a member of the Justice League? Who is watching Batman Beyond? And why is Frankenstein living in an igloo?!
There’s a lot of worthwhile elements here, but the key thing that easily garnered my attention is how the creative team kept a more or less fluid tale even with a tight release schedule. There are noticeable hiccups that prevent it from being a top tier release but for the most part what gets accomplished within this comic is enough to keep but not gain an audience.
The story moves forward, as the authors behind it bring in a new player and slightly shift focus toward a familiar face that’s been hidden in plain sight. Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens and Keith Giffen each do a commendable job continuing to fuel this future. The world following the Earth 2 War has some issues that need to be dealt with, but considering what’s coming there are more pressing details along the way. The text does what it needs to do but there are times that the conversation pieces feel forced as a retread of details flows out more often than not.
With page layouts by Dan Jurgens and finishes by Mark Irwin there’s a lot of worthwhile moments during this cinematic yarn. From Grifter to Firestrom, there’s a cast that’s worth paying attention to but a couple of instances came off rushed. It’s an understandable byproduct considering the schedule of this series. Even so when the pictures need to be dynamic and hit the right notes for dedicated fanboys and fangirls they do for the most part. Add in the colors by Hi-Fi and the whole package feels strong enough to be a part of this ongoing narrative.
New 52: Futures End #3 is not a groundbreaking example of why this industry remains relevant. It no doubt contains some off moments and worthwhile ones as this comic book skates by with a light recommendation.