Writer: Jeff Lemire, Brian Azzarello, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist: Art Thibert, Aaron Lopresti
Just as the cover suggests, this issue has a lot of Frankenstein in it, and that’s far from a bad thing. Frankenstein investigates SHADE to find out more information on the spider-bot that tried to attack him, but he finds out much more than he bargained for. Instead of getting the information he wants, Father Time tells Frankenstein more details about the death of Stormwatch, which happened in issue #1.
We also find out more information about the fate of Nina, who was originally a part of SHADE and Frankenstein’s recent lover. It turns out that she died during the explosion that killed all of the members of Stormwatch. This causes an angry but reluctant Frankenstein to re-join SHADE to find out what happened to those who died in the explosion. We also see a new member of SHADE that has a few goals of vengeance on her plate, but you’re going to have to read the issue to find out who it is.
This issue also features Tim Drake in his new life as Cal the bartender. One scene shows Tim jogging with his girlfriend as she grills him on his past life. You can’t help but feel intrigued that Tim may have actually opened up some of his true background to his girlfriend. Lois Lane isn’t too far away as she listens in on his conversation in order to find out what really happened to him and why he faked his death.
Futures End #4 concludes with Grifter killing as many Daemonite-infested bodies as he can while gathering the tech devices he is told to collect. The tech devices will help him find out who is controlling all of the recent Daemonite infections. Grifter finds out that Mr. Terrific might be involved, but before he can get to a conclusion, he gets a threat from King Faraday to work for him or else he’s going to reveal to the world that he is a serial murderer.
The book has been great at renewing my interest in the DCU while shining a light on these small time characters. As a big fan of DC Comics, it’s great to see characters that had their books cancelled get a second shot at redemption. If you haven’t read this series yet, pick it up immediately. It might not be as good as 52, but it’s coming in as a close second.
Written by: Cory Robinson