Writer: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist: Keith Giffen, Jesus Merino, Dan Green
Things are not looking good for Ronnie Raymond. He finally snaps back into sanity (for a few moments) but Jason does not have any sympathy left for him. The Firestorm team aren’t the only ones in trouble, we start hearing more about the Earth 2 war while Fury attacks OMAC-like drones on Cadmus Island. Grifter is now basically putty within King Faraday’s plan as he is now forced to do Faraday’s bidding, or else he gets to live the rest of his life paralyzed from the neck down.
Michael Holt, aka Mister Terrific, is showing the world his newest invention known as the uSPHERE, which is supposed to be used as a backup hard drive for the human brain. Holt presents himself as a Steve Jobs-like creator who comes across as a Billy Mays/Vince Offer type of sleazy salesperson, which begs the question on what his ulterior motives really are. It is likely that he’s possessed by the Daemonites and he’s going to use the uSPHERE as a way to possess more people and take over the world.
The story slows down and really doesn’t pick up after the beginning. It feels like nothing happened, other than Grifter making a bum deal and that Firestorm is basically over with. After Jason and Ronnie part ways, Jason gets a do over and pretty much goes back to his regular life. Jason’s mentor, Dr. Yamakaze, has a way to get rid of all Super-Heroes after the events of the Earth 2 war. Dr. Yamakaze talks about what happened to Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, but before that happens, he begins to reveal his secret weapon to end the Super-Heroes.
Futures End is a good series, but of course, some issues are going to be duds and unfortunately, this is one of those issues. It’s probably due to so many characters being introduced, making it difficult to focus on everyone at once. This issue is pretty boring compared to the last five, but we still have a long way to go.
Written by: Cory Robinson