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Aquaman: Futures End #1 - Long Live the Dead King Review

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Five years in the future, Aquaman is trying to unite nations

The Good

Five years in the future, the world is very different. Aquaman is trying to unite the world, but there are rebels working against him.

There's lots of loose ends in the current run of AQUAMAN that all come together here. Mera is still in Xebel. The Dead King is still around. Aquaman is still trying to unite Atlantis and the surface world and now Aquaman is enjoying the company of Ya'Wara. Folks who have been following the regular AQUAMAN book will enjoy the fact this so closely follows that series. Writer Dan Jurgens does a wonderful job connecting this 5 years in the future world to Jeff Parker's run. Seeing these ideas played out in full is easily the most enjoyable part of the issue. However, because of this, a lot more problems arise.

While the overall art was a bit of a miss, Aquaman's new outfit is pretty awesome. The new costume is sleeker and this is the costume that is a lot more suited to the character, rather than the classic design we've seen for quite some time. What I'm getting at is that the costume Aquaman is wearing in this issue is what he should be wearing in main continuity.

The Bad

The biggest problem with this issue is that because it's five years in the future and giving the reader so much info about how so many things wrapped up in Aquaman's stories, it makes me not want to read the main AQUAMAN book because I already know how everything is going down. It's hard to assume what's going to happen after this Futures End is over, but whether they just reset the story lines or continue on, either way really screws over the main book. This really isn't a reflection of Jurgens as a writer though.

The artwork is a bit underwhelming. There's a few problems in the coloring department, where eyes, covered in the shadows, stick out like a cartoon. The background disappear from time to time, and as a whole, the artist style for this issue is just ok. Sometimes, it looks pretty solid, but overall, it's a bit of a disappointment. The Dead King doesn't have the same feel to him. He's no longer a intimidating looking character.

The Verdict

What this issue does well with jumping forward into the future and giving the reader a "where are they now" update is the same thing that hurts the main series. Aquaman's new outfit is really the highlight here and while the book was just ok, this is one of two parts and I'm intrigued to see how this plays out in the Aquaman & the Others issue. If you're an Aquaman fan and reading the main series, you'll want to pick this up. However, if you're not, pass this one up.

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Edited by Fallschirmjager

Haven't read it yet but Ya'wara? sigh. Predictable.

I don't know why people think leaving a couple happy is a bad thing. You don't need drama to make it interesting.

Comics are so soap opera sometimes.

Edited by StarBrand1

@fallschirmjager: whats wrong with yawara? i dig her. I also like her drynamic with arthur. Its a funy mix, a woman of the earth, and the water guy and i like it

Edited by MarcosVergara14

@fallschirmjager: Wait wasn't Ya'wara a lesbian?

That was heavly implied on the early issues of Aquaman whe she said she loved Kahina in a particular way, but she didn't told her beacuse she respected her husband and sons.

What exactly happened in those 5 years?

Posted by The Average Bear

My whole issue with Futures End is that it's only 5 years in the future so we're seeing who isn't gonna die between now and then. I know comics never really let the villains win, but the suspense that comes with whether or not the heroes will pull through is a significant part of why I buy the books. Looking five years into the future is like spoiling every story we get for the next five years

And another thing, is Futures End doing so poorly that they needed to make another Villains Month sort of thing? I don't care about Futures End (mostly cause of what I said above) so this unexpected and unwanted pause in the stories I've been keeping up with for a while is really lame

Posted by Bsaa
Posted by inferiorego

@bsaa said:

@marcosvergara14: Do you even grammar?

The ex-English teacher in me knows that's a "thing" on the Internet, but I'm grammar-raging right now in my head right now.

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Posted by MarcosVergara14

@bsaa said:

@marcosvergara14: childs? Do you even grammar?

I speak spanish, english isn't my native language.

Posted by Bsaa

@inferiorego: raging right now in my head right now? Double much?

Posted by Fallschirmjager

@fallschirmjager: whats wrong with yawara? i dig her. I also like her drynamic with arthur. Its a funy mix, a woman of the earth, and the water guy and i like it

Nothing is wrong with her, but Aquaman is married. He has been since the 1960's.

They all ready tried once to introduce drama into that relationship and it was a pile of fail. I have no interest in seeing it again.

@marcosvergara14 I don't remember.

Posted by inferiorego

@bsaa said:

@inferiorego: raging right now in my head right now? Double much?

I should have said right now raging right now in my head right now

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Posted by MuyJingo

@the_average_bear: The future we are seeing will likely never come to pass so nothing is spoiled.

Posted by AWeekInGeekdom

I kinda want this in 3D simply because Aquaman is my favorite DC character. Are the issues better looking than last years September event?

Posted by kivatt

@fallschirmjager:

It's comics. People can't be happy. Just look at the Dibnys.

Posted by Justthatkid

Would strongly rage if that became his suit... He's not a diver he's a king of a ancient civilization.

@fallschirmjager: Wait wasn't Ya'wara a lesbian?

That was heavly implied on the early issues of Aquaman whe she said she loved Kahina in a particular way, but she didn't told her beacuse she respected her husband and sons.

What exactly happened in those 5 years?

Don't get why people think she's lesbian.. She loved Kahina the same way Aquaman loved Vostok brotherly/sisterly love. I will admit maybe a bit more since she said she would of done anything for her which might be said for various reasons.

Early issues she and Mera were off to a bad start and probably might be some tension there cause both have been shown to care for Arthur.

Its been heavily shown with how defensive Ya'Wara is about Arthur in Aquaman and The Others.

Posted by TDK_1997

Pretty disappointed by this issue. I expected something more from it rather than more than obvious plot twists and stuff like that. I mean literally, every single thing that happened here that was supposed to be shocking actually wasn't.

Posted by kivatt

Seriously though. Why can't people let Aquaman and Mera be happy, and have an Aquababy?

Posted by dondave

Ugh, this issue alone makes me pray that Terry is able to go futher back in time and prevent Futures End from happening

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Posted by BlueBeetle1

Yea, im sure there will be another time travel and futures end will never happen. Im not only tlaking about the 35 years in the future, futures end, im talking about this 5 years in the future, futures end.

Edited by Fallschirmjager

@dondave said:

Ugh, this issue alone makes me pray that Terry is able to go futher back in time and prevent Futures End from happening

Yes. Lets make sure this doesn't happen.

I wouldn't mind seeing the Dead King again, but everything else about the story pissed me off.

Posted by Koays

I'm sorry, usually crazy jungle cat girls would be fine by me, but old Artty better get his self together and apologize Mera....smh Get her a whale, chicks love whales

Edited by BlackWind

@marcosvergara14: Just because she was in love with Kahina doesn't mean she was a lesbian.

That said, I definitely was not feeling this issue. It feels like this wasn't an issue 1, but rather an issue at least five chapters ahead. It feels like there is so much information and contacts that we have no idea about and we are just being introduced to it in the middle. Hope to god this future doesn't happen.

Did they really need to bring back Atlan? He seemed happy to die and be with his wife and children. He didn't need to be brought back so soon and resume the same tyrant role he had before. Why did they think this was a good idea?

And for the worst of it. Arthur and Ya'Wara? Soooo predictable. This is like a lame, half passed rebound. If there was any relationship that was stable and equal, it was Arthur and Mera but this comic did what I was hoping would never happen anytime soon. I won't be reading anymore of this because it made a very ugly first impression.