New 52: Futures End #7 Review

Is this a worthwhile release? Read on to find out.

The official description from DC:

The two halves of Firestorm encounter big troubles: some personal, some potentially deadly! And Plastique comes face to face with the DC Universe’s horrifying future! Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse? Find out in this new weekly series that will forever alter the direction of The New 52!

New 52-Futures End 7_Preview PageWhen it comes to this specific franchise I’ve found that I’m a bit mixed. Due its schedule each outing usually results in pseudo whiplash as the book takes a few steps forward but slides back just enough to elongate its own plot. That’s not necessarily an entirely bad feature but it does seem rather disconcerting especially considering the serious situation our protagonists now face.

Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens and Keith Giffen work together to pen this title and they do a solid job balancing the currently running arcs. But between the Phantom Zone shenanigans of Frankenstein and the slight repeat performance regarding Red Robin and his true identity there’s certainly room for success and error. Don’t get me wrong because fans have been offered enough to get involved but they might be turned off by a few lackluster instances that honestly took up too much time.

The illustrations done by Aaron Lopresti complement the written word by yielding a detailed display that perfectly renders these characters and their dilemmas. With a wide array of panels at play and stellar colors turned in by Hi-Fi the finished visual component absolutely looks fine tuned. It’s not perfection by any means but as far as weekly series go these pages and panels ultimately fit this superhero bill.

New 52: Futures End #7 is not all it could be but it’s still an outing that does enough right to remain on the proverbial radar. In other words it still earns a recommendation.

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