The New 52: Futures End #17
By Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen, Patrick Zircher, Hi-Fi
“You think I want to pound you?”
This is the issue of Futures End we’ve been waiting to see (or at least I have). A lot of big moments come around in this issue, some involving the antics taking place on the island and some BIG events taking place in Metropolis.
Writer Brain Azzarello along with Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, and Keith Giffen give us a story that finally reveals one of the big mysteries that’s been revolving around this storyline – Why is Superman wearing a mask? – Without giving the answer away in this review the reveal is done in a great way and will most definitely satisfy readers (did anyone see it coming? – say so in the comments!).
This issue also brings us back to Constantine to remind us what he’s looking for – He’s after something big, something powerful, and something he’s definitely going to need help with.
Artwork this time around is done by Patrick Zircher with great color work once again done by Hi-Fi. Some great play with the panels by Zircher comes from a scene taking place in the holding cells on the island. Grifter is overcome by a force that causes him to get a cheap shot on Deathstroke (which seems like an unlikely event, but let’s go with it anyway); the following scene shows Slade wiping his mouth before being attacked once again by another assailant. The top of the page is in blue but turns to red by the bottom, showing off Hi-Fi’s color work as he uses Grifter’s punch panel to separate the color differences and blend into the transition.
This week gave us a few answers instead of adding more questions to the ever expanding plot. We were brought back to a character we’ve seen rather sparsely, Constantine, and even got a satisfying trip back to the island. This issue also gives us a final page that is sure to please fans.