If Futures End is a crystal ball meant to show us what will come, then the swirling clouds in the center are starting to take shape. We’ve still got (as my grandmother would say) a “ways to go” but things are becoming more and more interesting. With so many different story lines it can get confusing. Thankfully subtle and not-so-subtle reminders of what has happened are sprinkled throughout so you shouldn’t feel too lost.
The issue picks up with Frankenstein and Lady Amethyst battling it out in the Phantom Zone with Black Adam. This was a shocker for me in the last issue. It seems like there isn’t going to be much competition as Black Adam is one powerful dude. I’m not sure if it’s just the odd physics of the Phantom Zone that allow such an equal competition here but the fight between Frank and Adam is pretty cool. I wanted to cheer as I watched the two swap blows.
Here we get to peer into Lois’ shrewd tactics. We also get exposed to more, I don’t know, stuff to try and figure out or at least remember, for when we see it again in two or three issues. These seeds of mystery sprinkled throughout so many different story lines can be daunting to keep track of. I say “can be daunting” because for some readers they have to note every detail and every “clue” that might exist to further a story. Other readers will just continue reading and unless that little odd detail is thrown back in their face later, they won’t care. It’s the difference between those who have to snag every last coin in Mario versus those who rush to finish the level as fast as possible: they both enjoy the game if only for different reasons. In one panel we hear Lois’ internal monologue say, “I need to find out what all this means.” And so do we.
More characters are introduced later in the issue.
- You’ve been following Futures End
- You’d like to see Terry play a bigger role in the New 52
- You’re starting to like Frankenstein
The story is progressing with only a few lulls. The whole issue isn’t firing on all cylinders but there are a couple cool moments you’ll want to check out. The mystery nuggets are numerous (What is that? Who is she? Where are they?) and the series continues to plow forward.