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DCU Spotlight: Review: The New 52: Futures End #3

I know it's early on, but I feel like this weekly comic series is taking the opposite approach of Batman Eternal. Futures End has done well carrying plot points from issue to issue, but still putting the focus on the story that each of the writers are doing. Batman Eternal focuses on one character (or story) per issue with exception to the first three issues. I would actually prefer that both series focus on on character for several issues before moving on to another, but maybe that's just me. I feel like this is the weakest of the series so far. The reason being is that it focuses mostly on Grifter. I know next to nothing about Grifter, and I want to be interested in him. This accomplished neither of those points. Which is sad, because I feel like he could be a really cool character (kinda like DC's version of Punisher). So this dragged the series down for me, and was kind of a bore. Hopefully it picks back up next week.


Spoilers ahead…


Of the five different plot lines, the opening sequence and the last were my favorites. The ones I am most interested in. We open up with Frankenstein saving a boy from a polar bear, of course in this series, by cutting off its arm, as it seems to be a running theme. Suddenly, a robot comes out of the bear, and Frankenstein destroys it, revealing to him that S.H.A.D.E. has been keeping tabs on him. He, no longer working for them, is angry, and declares that he will destroy them.


Then we get more of Firestorm arguing with himself. -ugh- Jason won't let Ronnie out, because he doesn't want to be blamed for Oliver's death. Firestorm hits on some girls, and Ronnie says that when he gets out, he will kill Jason.


Next, we see Grifter shopping at the grocery store, argue with a guy about their stance on the superheroes. Grifter goes to his own hideout, where his 'partner' is studying some of the aliens. He then gives Grifter a hit list.


Mr. Terrific, or Mr. T, is working out, flexing his muscles, and showing off his back tat, while watching security surveillance of Batman Beyond trying to break into Terrifitech. He didn't succeed, and escaped out the window. But Terry is now disguised as a bum, and is gathering more info outside of their doors.


And lastly, we see Lois is at the Wounded Duck bar, and watches the bartender, who hates superheroes, beat some guys up and throw them out of his bar. Lois connects that this is actually Tim Drake, who she reported of dying in a fight in Paris with the Titans.


The story seems to be moving at a slow pace, because it's broken up so much. Dan Jurgens did the art on this issue. I've never seen his work before, but I can now say, that I'm not a fan. His art really is dated. Especially during the Grifter section of the story. Next issue seems to have Frankenstein as the main focus, and with him being my favorite part of this issue, I'm looking forward to that.


The New 52: Futures End #3:


2.5 out of 5 Batarangs


Posted by Corbin Dallas Pool

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