Review: Future's End Batman #1
Review: Future’s End Batman #1
Plot by Scott Snyder
Written by Ray Fawkes
Art by ACO and FCO Plascencia
Last week we saw how the five year time shift has affected Batman in the extremely disappointing Future’s End Detective Comics. So does the Batman proper title fare better or is it just as bad as some of these other tie-ins? Well, good news. Its actually pretty good and serves as a prequel to Snyder’s and Murphy’s clone story from Detective Comics #27.
The art for the most part is spectacular in this issue. ACO and Plascencia really knock this one out of the park. Sure, there are a few hiccups here and there that hold the art back from a perfect score, but I would by a book that looked like this any day. It is dark and gritty, but still able to convey the exciting action scenes clearly. Really solid stuff.
Snyder’s and Fawkes’s story is pretty great too. Fawkes has already shown me that he can write a great Batman story in Batman Eternal so I wasn’t worried about him dropping the ball at all, and he doesn’t. The story is extremely dark, but completely humorless. There are a ton of little cameos from characters you would not expect and these characters inject a very needed sense of humor in what is otherwise an extremely grim affair. The humor isn’t distracting, though, because it comes organically from these characters.
Honestly, all the things I have to complain about this book are little nitpicky things. Why does Batman look so old after only five years? Same goes for Alfred. Hopefully Batman’s back issues are explained in Snyder’s Endgame story because that looks really cool. Like I said earlier, there are some hiccups here and there with the art. Sometimes it is a little too hard to make out what is going on. Really that’s about it.
Future’s End Batman #1 is an extremely solid tale with great art and an interesting story. This isn’t a perfect book by any means, but definitely one worth picking up.
Story: 4 out of 5
Art: 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5