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Earth 2: Futures End #1 - Power To The People Review

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The future’s so bright, you gotta wear transdimensional being-identifying shades.

The Good

With the forces of Apokolips finally stopped, apparently Earth 2 got no breathing room because we jump ahead five years and see that, apparently, there was some kind of mass exodus from that dimension into Earth Prime. Authorities are now armed with special goggles that allow them to see dimensional origins and prejudice and xenophobia against those of Earth 2 abounds. Daniel H. Wilson shows us an amazing snapshot of a world in absolute turmoil with a whole new slew of slang and technology as a result of this dimensional transference. And while it may seem absurd that the prejudice would go so deep and so thoroughly, they make it clear that the populace of Earth 2 often look and even behave like their Prime counterparts, which would definitely create some seismic shifts in both perception and reaction to these outsiders. In just one issue, we get all of this established and fleshed out with an incredible economy. We see what happens to a well-known, well-liked celebrated presence like Mister Terrific who is suddenly “accused” of being from Earth-2 and how quickly it ruins him. We see a vicious, horrific team-up from two of the most brilliant minds from either dimension, unshackled by morality or conscience and see a relationship that spans two worlds. This is a grandiose, sweeping epic of an issue.

Eddy Barrows handles pencils and the panels themselves, the visuals they communicate, look great. The detail level is extraordinary, the character designs are interesting and the sense of having captured a moment in time is perfect. Eber Ferreira handles the inks and sharpens every panel with little touches that bring out the grim tone of the story and that brings us to the colors by series regular Pete Pantazis. Though he’s no longer working with the Scotts, the previous EARTH 2 artists, Panatizis still brings his trademark dark, grim tone to a book that definitely benefits from it in big ways. His colors are bombastic without being bright, giving the book an action feel while grounding it in darkness.

The Bad

While the visuals and the writing are great from one panel to the next, when taken as a whole this book is incredibly difficult to follow. Its pacing is all over the place, time stretches and shrinks at the whim of the creators and there were a number of times I couldn’t have told you what was happening or why. The entire issue feels like it was a story arc compressed into a single issue with characters practically hurling themselves from one page to the next like they’re trying to beat the clock. The person on the cover is also featured for a grand total of one page, and it’s a page that adds absolutely nothing to the story and tells us nothing about the universe, especially since we’re not even guaranteed that this is anything more than a self-contained one-shot.

The Verdict

I love the concept of this book and I really enjoyed the visuals as static images, but taken in aggregate this book is all over the place and extremely difficult to get into. I would have actually preferred if this were just a blueprint or a snapshot of this world with an overarching narrative rather than focusing on the few characters it does. Those characters give us a glimpse into the world, but the pacing is such that they’re almost impossible to follow and wind up working against the strength of the issue rather than with it.

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Posted by TheRyanHimself

I have to agree with this review. I had no idea what was going on and have absolutely no investment in Holt's problems because there was no time to breathe or even let events sink in. The art was good, but that's the only thing that I found appealing.

Posted by The Stegman

...I think I'll just skip all these Future issues. Save money instead of wasting it on one shots.

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Posted by cmd735

@the_stegman: The green arrow and detective comics books were good. Action comics issue was a little preachy but enjoyable. Haven't read any of the others though.

Posted by andreww154

I really enjoyed this issue.

I think it helps if you are reading the Futures End weekly book as many of the characters and plot points tie into that storyline.

I get the feeling many people dropped off Futures End pretty quickly but its really hit is stride and in my view is one of DC's top books at moment. In terms of the weeklies I'm actually liking it better and Batman Eternal!

Posted by RaggedScarecrow

It was okay. Not mind-blowing, but it certainly wasn't wretched by any stretch.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

Confusing as f**k

Posted by HolySerpent
Edited by AllStarSuperman

@holyserpent: I honestly could not spoil it, cause I didn't understand it.

Posted by BrotherEye

Pacing was a HUGE issue. It was very difficult to get ones bearings and Holt and Katos role as protagonists was just... barely existent. Only redeeming feature for me was Terry Sloan and perhaps the scope of the threat he might pose. There were nice elements in the book but these were disorganised and taped together which is a shame as I think the writer had some very interesting ideas.

Posted by Kal'smahboi

I thought this deserved more than a 3/5. It almost definitely helped that I'm caught up on both Earth 2 and Futures End, though.

Posted by TheIndecider

I haven't been following Futures End, and I had absolutely no idea what the hell was happening during this issue. Now I'm really glad I'm dropping Earth 2 from my pull list.

Edited by BlueBeetle1

Great issue. This, swamp thing and phantom stranger were my favorite futures end issues.

Posted by neiliusprime

I would give it 3/5 stars as well. This issue was all over the place and it there wasn't enough for me to feel some sort of interest with the setting in this issue. I like the characters and the idea of what's going on in this issue, but again there wasn't enough to grab me to like it. The art probably was the one made me say 3/5 instead of 2/5.

I haven't been reading the Futures End weekly series, so maybe that's why I didn't enjoy it.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

I haven't been following Futures End, and I had absolutely no idea what the hell was happening during this issue. Now I'm really glad I'm dropping Earth 2 from my pull list.

This exactly. Earth 2 has gone down the pooper (Used to be one of my favorites). Issue 26, and this are the dingleberries that finally made me drop this.

Edited by Red_Robin212

I AM reading futures end and even I was lost.

It feels like reading a grant Morrison story, it doesn't make sense now but it might in a few weeks time.

It seems a few of these are like this, Swamp thing's was like reading a final issue of a story arc that hasn't even started yet.

I know it's part of the 5 years later gimmick but it's damn irritating.

Edited by Justthatkid

Yay Holt isn't a Assholt. Wonder what the 8 means for the Earth 1 Sloane...?

Posted by KASPERCOLE

Some parts of this issue were a little confusing. It might have helped if they had setting captions throughout the story (e.g. 5 minutes later in San Francisco). If the Grayson Futures End did not have this, I would have been completely lost (especially since each scene took place in time prior to the previous scene).

Does anybody know if this war discussed in this one-shot and the Futures End series will take place all through the Worlds End event? I don't know if my wallet and short attention span can handle another weekly event. Overall I'm liking both the Batman Eternal and Futures End series. I'm kind of getting sick of Earth 2. The only thing keeping me around is that I'm a big Mister Terrific fan.

Edited by Mangakid1995

I'm reading Futures End and this issue made no sense. For starters the Mister Terrific in this book looks nothing like the Michael Holt featured in Futures End. In this book he has Fair Play tattooed on his arms like he has since the relaunch but in the Futures End weekly his arms are clean and he has Fair Play tattooed across his back. All I ask for is consistency.

Posted by Cave_Duck

This was a completely rubbish issue, I couldn't make sense of any of it. If I needed to have read the rest of Future's End to understand it, they could have at least mentioned that. (Not that I'm going to, but still...)

Like someone previously mentioned- captions of when things were occurring would have been brilliant; "2 months later..." , "meanwhile at STAR Labs", etc.

But the biggest thing for me was- Why was a book named Earth 2 set on earth 1??? If 5 yrs from now there's a huge war- show that in your one shot special.

Really disappointing...