Review: Justice League United: Futures End #1
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Like I’m not going to review a comic featuring a member of the Legion on the cover.
I was surprised to discover that this story is a continuation of another comic, since it reads like it stands alone. It definitely has that going for it, and set “five years in the future,” it lays out all of the mystery that teases a reader, much less a fan. At first glance the Futures End concept seems intriguing enough to get me involved, until I stop to think about it and realize that I read something like this before in Armageddon 2001. Sure, it’s supposed to seem different, but I can’t help but wonder when all of the foreseen changes will be undone or completely ignored.
I get that the point is to shake things up a little bit. It’s also to create a mystery as to what is going to happen. With the inclusion of Dawnstar, it also sets up the storyline starting next month reintroducing the Legion of Super-Heroes. Previously, Dawnstar had been one of seven Legionnaires trapped in DC’s present and not seen since their series ended. She mentions Wildfire and the 31st century, letting us know that she is indeed Dawnstar of the Legion and not a character like her. I just wonder why she doesn’t fly to Mars under her own power, except to facilitate the conversation about Batman and Green Arrow.
The artwork looks a little muddy at times, but overall it seems consistent, except for times when the likenesses don’t seem quite on target. At least Dawnstar’s nose is drawn correctly, which lesser artists seem to get wrong going for a stock “button” nose. The battle scene seemed confusing, requiring most of my concentration to plot out in my head, and seemed unimportant to the real story of finding Martian Manhunter and revealing the real orchestrator of the escape attempt. That falls more on Jeff Lemire, whose responsibility is to take a plot like that and not make it seem like a video game scenario.
Essentially, It starts off well, but dissolves in quality as the issue goes on. I’m going to buy it because I’m a collector of the Legion, but if it’s representative of Futures End, I don’t want any more to do with it, and this copy will sit in a box.