Writer: Jeff Lemire, Brian Azzarello, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist: Patrick Zircher
Things are all mucked up in the DC universe as Terry McGinnis (Batman Beyond) accidentally gets sent back in time 30 years in order to prevent a nightmarish and apocalyptic future from ever happening.
The writers assume that you have already read Futures End #0, which was released on Free Comic Book Day. If you happen to be one of those people who missed out on #0, then let me give you a quick recap. Its thirty-five years in the future and Brother Eye has taken over the world by using laser guns that immediately turn whomever it shoots into spider robots, leaving very few heroes left in the DC universe. Without alerting any of the remaining heroes, Bruce Wayne recruits Batman Beyond to go back in time and stop the future from happening. Unfortunately, he only gets sent back 30 years instead of 35 and thus “the future” is already happening.
Futures End #1 begins with Terry destroying a spider-bot while also focusing on the rest of the ensemble cast, including Grifter, Stormwatch, and Firestorm. This issue works as a setup of things to come, putting all the pieces in place for what seems to be an ambitious story. The book takes place in the future, so the writers are not afraid to pull any punches when it comes to killing off characters and turning their worlds upside down. It’s not certain if the changes in this book are going to be permanent; the book sort of reads like an Elseworlds tale or the 1991 crossover Armageddon 2001, but it’s going to be a fun ride nonetheless.
It’s too soon to say that having all four comic writers (Dan Jurgens, Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, and Jeff Lemire) will guarantee a great story, as was the case in 2006 when DC launched 52. The writers work well with one another in this issue, but it’s going to take more than a few issues to see if their chemistry can last.
The art by Patrick Zircher is fantastic and blends together a lot better than Van Sciver’s work on issue #0. I can’t wait to see what the other artists will bring to the table.
Overall, the issue is a definite “must buy”, especially if you are a hardcore DC fan. This issue features characters whose books have recently been cancelled, giving them a chance to shine. If you haven’t picked up the issue yet, I suggest you do so quickly and see if you could beg your local comic book store for a Futures End #0 if you missed out on it during Free Comic Book Day.
+ Zircher’s art is fantastic
+ C-list superheros get the spotlight
+ Big name writers, high potential
– Not the best introduction
– Weekly release hurts our wallets