GeekMom: Comic Book Corner — DC’s Futures End Event

Green Arrow, Shado, Jeff Lemire
Cover to Futures End #1: Green Arrow, copyright DC Comics

Happy Comic Release Day! Welcome to another installment of GeekMom’s Comic Book Corner, where we recap our adventures in comics for the week. This week, we take a look at a few of the Futures End one-shots from DC Comics.

Corrina–Futures End #1 Special issues. 

Grayson Futures End
cover copyright DC Comics

September has turned into a month for DC gimmicks, er, events, to entice readers to buy comics they wouldn’t normally try. Last year was Villains Month, but this time DC heroes get the spotlight back in Futures End spotlights. This is based five years in the DC future when, presumably, things have gone very bad because of refugees who came from a dying Earth-2.

Except few of these heroes seem like heroes to me. To paraphrase Syndrome from The Incredibles, isn’t murder a little dark for them?

I read the Futures End #1 issues for Green Arrow, Grayson, Green Lantern, Detective Comics, and Earth-2.

The most hopeful of them was, oddly, Green Arrow because he was the hero who died in the first issue of the Futures End weekly comic. Green Arrow joins forces with his enemies and plays a trick on the world in a fine story by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino. It’s too bad Lemire is off this book because his run has been the best this title has been in years.

Lois Lane, Red Tornado, EArth-2
Cover copyright DC Comics

Then there’s Grayson and Detective Comics. Grayson is told ending first, then into the past, ending with his first appearance as Robin. It’s imaginative storytelling but it has Dick Grayson, the most hopeful hero in the DC Universe, outright murdering an evil dictator in front of witnesses. Not a trick, Dick somehow feels if he does nothing, then he becomes responsible for every evil the dictator does after that. Yes, we are five years into a dark future but it feels all wrong for Dick, plus the ending is literally left hanging.

And Batman isn’t much better in Detective Comics, abandoning another villain to be murdered/tortured by another group of villains. Yes, he just walks away, unconcerned. That was the point where I shook my head and eyed the other comics in front of me warily.

Earth-2 wasn’t much better. Less villain murder but plenty of killing, plus a plot that ties in so heavily to Futures End that I didn’t understand much of what was happening. Let’s just say that Mr. Terrific, in any incarnation, isn’t so terrific these day.

And Green Lantern? I dislike Hal Jordan as a rule so I saved it for last. Happily, all Hal does is help slaughter some Black Lanterns, who aren’t really alive, so that was a good change. And there are tender moments between Hal and his Black Lantern father, who’s trying hard not to be evil. There is a big epic battle, as always happens in Lantern comics, and a bittersweet ending that would otherwise seem dark but Hal’s been dead a couple of times before, so that’s also standard protocol for him at this point.

Corrina received these items for review purposes.  

Curious to know what I’m pulling this week? Check out my pull list on Comixology.

Looking for something else, readers? Check out this week’s listed books:

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Action Comics Futures End #1
Aquaman Futures End #1
Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet #4 (Of 6)
Batman Essentials Batman And Son Special Edition #1
Batman Eternal #22
Batwing Futures End #1
Batwoman Vol. 4 This Blood Is Thick TP
Detective Comics Futures End #1
Earth 2 Futures End #1
Fairest #29
Forever Evil HC
Grayson Futures End #1
Green Arrow Futures End #1
Green Lantern Futures End #1
Hinterkind #11
JLA Earth 2 TP (New Edition)
Justice League #33
Martian Manhunter Rings Of Saturn TP
Mr Punch 20th Anniversary Edition HC
Names #1 (Of 8) New Mini-Series
New 52 Futures End #18 Weekly Series
Scooby-Doo Team-Up #6 Kid Friendly
Swamp Thing Futures End #1
Tiny Titans Return To The Treehouse #4 (Of 6) Kid Friendly
Trinity Of Sin The Phantom Stranger Futures End #1
All-New Doop #5 (Of 5) Final Issue
All-New X-Factor #13
Avengers World #12
Black Widow #10
Captain America #24
Daredevil #6
Dark Tower The Drawing Of The Three The Prisoner #1 (Of 5) New Mini-Series
Deadpool Minibus HC
Deadpool Vs X-Force #4 (Of 4) Final Issue
Death Of Wolverine #1 (Of 4) New Mini-Series
Figment #4 (Of 5)
Hawkeye Vs Deadpool #0 (Of 4) New Mini-Series
Infinity TP
Inhuman #4
Iron Fist The Living Weapon #6
Kick-Ass 3 HC
Legendary Star-Lord #3 GeekMom Recommended
Miracleman #10
Moon Knight #7
Original Sin #5.2
Original Sin #8 (Of 8) Final Issue
Oz Omnibus HC Kid Friendly
Punisher #10
Revenge The Secret Origin Of Emily Thorne HC
Rocket Raccoon #3 New Series
She-Hulk #8
Spider-Man 2099 #3 New Series
Superior Foes Of Spider-Man #15
Uncanny X-Men #25
Wolverine #10
X-Men #19
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Angry Birds Comics #4 Kid Friendly
Dungeons And Dragons Forgotten Realms Classics Omnibus Vol. 2 TP
G.I. JOE Origins Omnibus Vol. 2 TP
Indestructible #8
Judge Dredd Mega-City Two TP
Judge Dredd Vol. 5 TP
Mars Attacks First Born #4 (Of 4) Final Issue
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #23 Kid Friendly
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Vol. 5 TP Kid Friendly
Rocketeer Jet Powered Adventures SC
Rogue Trooper Classics #5 (Of 12)
Silent Hill Downpour Anne’s Story #1 (Of 4) New Mini-Series
Squidder #3 (Of 4)
Star Mage #6 (Of 6) Final Issue Kid Friendly
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures Vol. 3 TP Kid Friendly
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Original Motion Picture Special Edition HC
Transformers IDW Collection Phase Two Vol. 1 HC
Alley Oop The Complete Sundays Vol. 2 1936-1938 HC
Angel And Faith Season 10 #6
Aw Yeah Comics And Action TP Kid Friendly
Concrete Park R-E-S-P-E-C-T #1 (Of 5) New Mini-Series
Fear Agent Vol. 6 Out Of Step TP
Finder Third World TP
Furious Vol. 1 Fallen Star TP
Ghost #1 (#1 For $1 Edition)
Grendel Vs The Shadow #1 (Of 3)
Jaybird HC
Legend Of Korra The Art Of The Animated Series Vol. 2 Spirits HC Kid Friendly
Marvel Classic Characters Uncanny X-Men #94 #3 Cyclops
Michael Avon Oeming’s The Victories #15
New Lone Wolf And Cub Vol. 2 TP
Pariah Vol. 2 TP
Terminator Enemy Of My Enemy #5 (Of 6)
Usagi Yojimbo Senso #2 (Of 6) Kid Friendly

Acronym Key: HC = Hard Cover / TP = Trade Paperback