See all reviews of Justice League United: Futures End (1)

In the Futures End tie-ins, we’ve been looking at a lot of books focusing around solo heroes or even duos. So, how about we switch that up and take a look at a team book and see what these heroes have been up to over these past few years? Is it good?

Justice League United: Futures End #1 (DC Comics)

As Equinox is wrapping up a fight with a C-list villain, she gets a powerful telepathic message from Martian Manhunter. It’s warning that on Mars, they have escaped. The people who escaped are some of the most dangerous villains who needed to be kept off planet and this is bad news. Equinox is going to need to get a team together to face down this threat…

This freeze attack deserves a good old fashioned Arnold Schwarzenegger Mr. Freeze one-liner.

This is a two parter (the second part is in next week’s Justice League tie-in) and I rather like that. Instead of trying to cram in as much story as possible and make this a bloated tale (like Earth 2), the comic is having a second issue to tell the complete story. This allows for much better pacing, storytelling, and character development/world building, making this an enjoyable experience. This probably wouldn’t work for every tie-in this month since they don’t need to be that stretched out, but it certainly helped this particular story.

This story really uses the extra room to its advantage. The comic is able to have both pretty good character development and world building here. We get to check in with some of the characters from Justice League United to see how they are doing and how they have grown these past few years (I especially like the scene with Animal Man, considering how much sense it makes with everything happening). The story gets to build up more parts of the universe with the creation of the Mars prison and the changes with the Justice League lineup. It’s all pretty solid stuff and makes for an solid side story in the Futures End event.

I had a pretty cool outfit ready to go as well! I was so ready to be a superhero!

Jeff Lemire’s writing is, of course, pretty strong. The characterization is good and on point for everyone, feeling fairly accurate to the characters’ portrayal in Futures End and in the regular comics (which should make sense since Lemire is one of the writers on that weekly series). The pacing is good; the comic never feels rushed and the story flows well from scene to the scene. The dialogue is great, with a lot of personality to it. The ending is also intriguing and should be interesting to see how it plays out (and maybe why it’s like that now) in the next issue. Overall, the writing is great here without any hiccups or problems.

What is problematic is the artwork. Jed Dougherty isn’t a bad artist per se, but his characters can look really odd and unusual at times in the facial department and the action can be rather static looking. He’s probably the not the best artist for a Justice League book. When his characters don’t look off, they are rather expressive and well depicted. The layouts here are a bit average, but look nice. The coloring is impressive, almost every panel has a background to it (even better artists have trouble accomplishing such a task). The artwork could be better, but it’s not the worst either.

Gah! The cross-hatching! It’s all over my face and I can’t get it off!

Is It Good?

Justice League United: Futures End #1 is a great issue and tie-in to the Futures End weekly, acting as an enjoyable side story. The writing is solid, as is the characterization. This is definitely worth a look if you have been enjoying this series and the weekly.

Is It Good? Justice League United: Futures End #1 Review
Enjoyable tie-in and expansion on the universe.The characters are fantastic.The writing in general is very strong.
The artwork is problematic in areas.
9Overall Score
Reader Rating 3 Votes

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  • zackvbrady

    I liked the story a lot but there seems to be continuity issues with this book in relation to Futures End proper and the other tie-ins. Some SPOILERS ahead.

    First, Futures End makes it seem like Equinox is a full member of the Justice League already and the headquarters still seems to be the watch tower. With Animal Man, the main question is whether or not he still has his powers in light of the fact that Swamp Thing and the Spectre sealed the rest of the Avatars and Champions away.

    Lastly, Grodd. The Future Flash storyline just seems to be confusing everything. I’m not sure if I should consider what happens in Future Flashes future cannon or not in relation to Futures End.

    • Jordan Richards

      I consider Futures End a what-if story. If the DC Universe was to head down a specific path, there’s where we get Futures End. I don’t believe this is the future honestly and thus, I enjoy it more as a giant Elseworlds tale.

      I remember the Swamp Thing issue. I’m assuming Buddy Baker is no longer the Avatar, but still retains his powers (he is getting some from that planet if I recall, so he has been cut of from the Red, he still has a place to draw his powers from I suppose). I do agree that it feels odd that Equinox here isn’t Justice League member when she was shown to be one in Futures End. I assume this storyline is taking place sometime in the main Futures End tale, so maybe after this story is over, she become a JL member or something.

      There’s some definite headscratchers, but nothing that hurts the issue too badly. I guess we’ll see how this all wraps in Justice League next week.

      • David Brooke

        What if, hmmm, that makes sense!

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