FCBD 2014: The New 52 Future’s End #0 (DC)


Rating: 4/5 – Required Reading to Kick Off DC’s Weekly Event.
by ComicSpectrum Reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

DC has been known to be pretty dark in the past with story lines such as Blackest Night, Identity Crisis, and even Kingdom Come. I’m a fan of each of those stories so it’s not necessarily a bad thing, but reading DC’s Free Comic Book Day book, The New 52: Future’s End, I was surprised at just how dark the book got for a free comic that will be handed out to tens of thousands of fans. DC has certainly set the tone for this new weekly series by not pulling any punches. DC does a great job in giving you everything that you need going into this weekly series, so much so that this seems like required reading for this event.

The story opens up 35 years in the future with just a few heroes left fighting for hope against the all-seeing Brother Eye. The future is anything but bright as multiple heroes make appearances battling Brother Eye and the heroes that it’s converted. Right off the bat it’s tough not to make comparisons to Marvel’s recent Age of Ultron event, but with this being a weekly series I’m confident we’ll see much more depth and exploration into the world. It’s great to see the Terry McGuiness character make his first “DC proper” appearance, and I can’t wait to see how he interacts with the vast amount of DC characters, especially the Bat-Family.

This is a great setup issue issue as DC uses the entire issue to tell the story. At times FCBD comics will be light on new content, or just have previews of pages that will appear in the upcoming main title. Here DC gives us a complete package; although there are plenty of writers and artists splitting up the workload. Ethan Van Sciver, Aaron Lopresti, Dan Jurgens, Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire and plenty more all have credits in this issue. The writing seems fluid and natural, but the art suffers from frequent switching between the many inconsistent styles throughout the issue. That being said, it’s free so I shouldn’t complain too much! Future’s End is a complete and important story that does what it needs to do by providing a hook for potential readers and will hopefully get many fans interested in reading the upcoming weekly series.  I know that I, for one, am hooked; I’ll be onboard weekly!

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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