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Did anybody else read Futures End #1 today? (spoilers)

Postby ElijahSnowFan » Wed May 07, 2014 8:01 pm

Again, there might be spoilers to come in this thing. Be warned!

But really, I'm just curious if anybody else picked it up.

I did, and I have some thoughts, but it's only one issue in -- two, if you count the Zero issue which I do not have -- and I don't want to be overly negative early.

But I am curious who might be reading this thing, for the purpose of future discussion.
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Re: Did anybody else read Futures End #1 today? (spoilers)

Postby IvCNuB4 » Wed May 07, 2014 8:03 pm

I read it.
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Re: Did anybody else read Futures End #1 today? (spoilers)

Postby ElijahSnowFan » Wed May 07, 2014 8:07 pm

IvCNuB4 wrote:I read it.


Quick question: Do you have any clue if the Zero issue is online anywhere? It's free, so I wouldn't feel guilty about reading it somewhere. It's not on Comixology or the DC website, which makes no sense to me -- it's freaking free.
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Re: Did anybody else read Futures End #1 today? (spoilers)

Postby AngusH » Wed May 07, 2014 8:10 pm

I'm not reading, and to be honest, I think DC are making a mistake with Batman Eternal and Futures End.

Why reboot the universe if you are going to already have "near future" events? They should be building new stories and developing characters in new and interesting ways, rather than creating 'Age of Ultron'-esque crap that will not end up coming to pass, otherwise are we going to be reading references to events in these events across all DC books over the next 3-5 years? Or will all books just have a "5 years later" intro at some point?

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Re: Did anybody else read Futures End #1 today? (spoilers)

Postby ElijahSnowFan » Wed May 07, 2014 8:18 pm

AngusH wrote:I'm not reading, and to be honest, I think DC are making a mistake with Batman Eternal and Futures End.

Why reboot the universe if you are going to already have "near future" events? They should be building new stories and developing characters in new and interesting ways, rather than creating 'Age of Ultron'-esque crap that will not end up coming to pass, otherwise are we going to be reading references to events in these events across all DC books over the next 3-5 years? Or will all books just have a "5 years later" intro at some point?


Got me on that one; I wouldn't be doing it for the exact reasons you just stated.

I'm reading it, TBH, in the hopes that it helps pull together some of the lesser characters who are going to be in it like Grifter, who is a longtime favorite, as well as Mr. Terrific, who is also a favorite.

DC...maybe I'm interpreting it incorrectly, but I just have this basic feeling when I read DC books that they're jittery. Like they don't really know what they want to do, now that the relaunch is a fading memory and they are 30 issues or more into this thing.

Shared universe? Separate stories? How much interaction, or how little? Continuity? No continuity, as in do we ignore everything that a previous creator did?

I just get the feel that DC, with Futures End...I think they desperately don't want to end up where they were with the previous version of the DC Universe...but they don't really know where they want to go, either. So you keep "Crisising" the line until you figure it out.

That's just my feel.
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Re: Did anybody else read Futures End #1 today? (spoilers)

Postby HNutz » Wed May 07, 2014 8:37 pm

AngusH wrote:I'm not reading, and to be honest, I think DC are making a mistake with Batman Eternal and Futures End.

Why reboot the universe if you are going to already have "near future" events? They should be building new stories and developing characters in new and interesting ways, rather than creating 'Age of Ultron'-esque crap that will not end up coming to pass, otherwise are we going to be reading references to events in these events across all DC books over the next 3-5 years? Or will all books just have a "5 years later" intro at some point?


Well, I have heard something along those lines...

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Re: Did anybody else read Futures End #1 today? (spoilers)

Postby AngusH » Wed May 07, 2014 8:51 pm

ElijahSnowFan wrote:DC...maybe I'm interpreting it incorrectly, but I just have this basic feeling when I read DC books that they're jittery. Like they don't really know what they want to do, now that the relaunch is a fading memory and they are 30 issues or more into this thing.

Shared universe? Separate stories? How much interaction, or how little? Continuity? No continuity, as in do we ignore everything that a previous creator did?

I just get the feel that DC, with Futures End...I think they desperately don't want to end up where they were with the previous version of the DC Universe...but they don't really know where they want to go, either. So you keep "Crisising" the line until you figure it out.

That's just my feel.


I agree with you. I think they rebooted, and then they've thought "OK, we have a clean sheet and 10,000 characters to work with, let's catch up ASAP."

The problem is, these characters came in to existence and evolved over a period of decades (or more), organically. Trying to force feed them all into the new 52 as quickly as possible has led to a glut of big, epic-sized events over, you know, actual stories. The idea shouldn't be to just try and advance everything to how it was pre-New 52 as soon as possible. Grow it.

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Re: Did anybody else read Futures End #1 today? (spoilers)

Postby alaska1125 » Wed May 07, 2014 9:33 pm

The zero issue kind of creeped me out. I haven't read the current issue, but I have a pretty uneasy feeling about where this is heading.
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Re: Did anybody else read Futures End #1 today? (spoilers)

Postby Juan Cena » Wed May 07, 2014 9:38 pm

AngusH wrote:I'm not reading, and to be honest, I think DC are making a mistake with Batman Eternal and Futures End.

Why reboot the universe if you are going to already have "near future" events? They should be building new stories and developing characters in new and interesting ways, rather than creating 'Age of Ultron'-esque crap that will not end up coming to pass, otherwise are we going to be reading references to events in these events across all DC books over the next 3-5 years? Or will all books just have a "5 years later" intro at some point?


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Postby guitarsmashley » Wed May 07, 2014 10:04 pm

AngusH wrote:I'm not reading, and to be honest, I think DC are making a mistake with Batman Eternal and Futures End.


The first 4 issues of Batman Eternal have been really good. Like Nu52 didn't happen good. I for one am enjoying it massively.
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Re: Did anybody else read Futures End #1 today? (spoilers)

Postby Lord Ice » Wed May 07, 2014 10:28 pm

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Re: Did anybody else read Futures End #1 today? (spoilers)

Postby fieldy snuts » Wed May 07, 2014 11:47 pm

I got the zero issue and I thought I was reading "DC Comics presents: How we'd do Age of Ultron with DC characters in the New 52!!!". Felt that way too.

The spider legged robotized heroes were even dumber than I expected btw.

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Re: Did anybody else read Futures End #1 today? (spoilers)

Postby Chessack » Thu May 08, 2014 8:58 am

AngusH wrote:I agree with you. I think they rebooted, and then they've thought "OK, we have a clean sheet and 10,000 characters to work with, let's catch up ASAP."

The problem is, these characters came in to existence and evolved over a period of decades (or more), organically. Trying to force feed them all into the new 52 as quickly as possible has led to a glut of big, epic-sized events over, you know, actual stories. The idea shouldn't be to just try and advance everything to how it was pre-New 52 as soon as possible. Grow it.


^^^ This.

They should have introduced the characters gradually.

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Re: Did anybody else read Futures End #1 today? (spoilers)

Postby Amoebas » Thu May 08, 2014 11:42 am

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^^^ This.

They should have introduced the characters gradually.


People want Justice League today and not have to wait months/years for enough characters have been introduced for them to form. Given this, Teen Titans couldn't be published for that much longer. And Nightwing even longer from there.

People cry and bitch about Wally West, Donna Troy & that Stephanie girl not showing fast enough. Imagine what the fans of Guy Gardner, John Stewart & Kyle Raynor would be doing if they had to wait and wait and wait for the favorite characters to appear and eventually/maybe get a ring.

The only way a company wide reboot works is setting it at a time when enough of the pieces are in play. Anything else is just unrealistic.

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Re: Did anybody else read Futures End #1 today? (spoilers)

Postby IvCNuB4 » Thu May 08, 2014 12:00 pm

ElijahSnowFan wrote:
Quick question: Do you have any clue if the Zero issue is online anywhere? It's free, so I wouldn't feel guilty about reading it somewhere. It's not on Comixology or the DC website, which makes no sense to me -- it's freaking free.


I haven't found it yet either.
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