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Tuesday
May062014

The New 52: Futures End - Issue 1

The future is a grim landscape of Frankenstein cyborgs intent on wiping out humanity. Under the control of the artificial intelligence, Brother Eye, mere mortals and even super-heroes don't stand a chance. The only hope is to return to the past and try to avert the events which lead to this tragic future. As one of the few left standing, Batman Beyond accepts the challenge. Unfortunately, he doesn't travel back far enough, and events are already in place that may doom the future. Issue one is really a series of vignettes to show the unexpected dangers the planet faces as the Future End series begins.

Batman Beyond is followed through time by one of the grotesque cyborgs, and, unknown to Batman Beyond, a mysterious stranger records the battle between the hero and the mindless machine.

Meanwhile, deep in space, the members of Stormwatch are surprised when their flight is interrupted by a alien force far superior to anything they've yet encountered. So superior, in fact, that it may be the last thing they ever encounter.

Back on Earth, it seems that Grifter has decided to declare his own war on humanity, but there's more here than meets the eye - at least the eye of normal people. Grifter can see the aliens inhabiting the bodies of innocents and he's determined to stop this unique brand of alien invasion.

And if that wasn't enough going on to keep your curiosity running rampant, there's been a massive explosion in Seattle and Firestorm answers the call for help. Unfortunately, he answers the call a little late, and now it may be too late for his friend, Green Arrow.

It's impossible to tell where all of this is going, but it's easy to enjoy the ride with the fantastic artwork of Ethan Van Sciver, Patrick Zircher, Aaron Lopresti, Art Thibert, Dan Jurgens, Mark Irwin, Jsus Merino, and Dan Green. Writers include Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, and Keith Giffen. Can't wait to see where all of this is headed, and after you take a look, I'll bet you'll feel the same way.