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The New 52: Futures End #14 Review

Writers: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen

Artists: Aaron Lopresti, Art Thibert, Hi-Fi

Futures End #13 Recap

At the Wounded Duck bar in New York City, a robber takes Madison’s necklace and Cal (who is actually Tim Drake) doesn’t intervene.  Though Madison is glad that Cal didn’t risk his life, she has already begun having suspicions that he’s Red Robin.  On Cadmus Island, Fifty Sue and Grifter discover that Earth 2 human beings are being experimented on.  Back in New York City, Cal has tracked down the original robber and successfully recovers Madison’s necklace.  At the Key’s Workshop, Terry is double-crossed by The Key, Plastique, and Coil.  In Montreal, Big Barda learns from Emiko that her Earth 2 companions are still alive.  Tricked by Fifty Sue, Big Barda and Emiko are led to Deathstroke whose mission is to bring them back to Cadmus Island.

Spoiler-Free Reaction

This week’s issue gets right back into action and delivers each plot at the pace we’ve been accustomed to for this series.  More mysteries and events push things forward.

Plot Details and Spoilers and Deaths: Oh My!

Montreal: Refusing to go with Deathstroke and Fifty Sue, Big Barda and Emiko fight back.  We find out that Fifty Sue is able to be at two places at the same time because she created a copy of herself that’s still back on Cadmus Island.  Fifty Sue then gets the better of the two, but Emiko is able to stab Deathstroke in the throat with an arrow — causing him to bleed profusely.  Big Barda grabs Fifty Sue and tosses her into the air, where Emiko hits her with one of her explosive arrows.  With Deathstroke and Fifty Sue down, Big Barda and Emiko make a run for it.

The Key’s Workshop, New York City: A.L.F.R.E.D. administers an adrenaline boost to Terry — waking him up and transforming him into Batman Beyond.  The Key wanting to kill Terry, is stopped by Plastique — she still wants to use Terry to break into Terrifitech.  Coil agrees with The Key, but wants to kill Terry in his own fashion — by using the magnetic field around Terry’s suit.  As Terry grabs The Key, all hell breaks loose.  Plastique then threatens to create an explosive force great enough kill all four of them if they don’t agree to work together.

Columbia University: Cal (who we know as Tim Drake) visits Madison and gives her the necklace, but under the guise that the police caught the criminals and recovered it.

Cadmus Island: Still spying on the Earth 2 scientists, Grifter falls through the vent.  An OMAC activates and is about terminate Grifter when Fifty Sue uses her powers and completely tears it apart.  She then kills one of the scientists, Kevin, by causing his head to explode.  The remaining female scientist is spared by Fifty Sue and we find out that she’s an Earth 2 Lana Lang.  Still questioning about the invisible OMAC that originally attacked Grifter, Lana reveals that she has information about the situation.

Fast Lane Office, Metropolis: Lois reviews all the evidence and information she’s gathered — including the clues left in the mysterious box.  From Lois’s thoughts, we find out that Clark has also been missing for some time.  This probably has something to do with the masked Superman.  As she ponders on the green pyramid-shaped object, it activates.  The room is flooded with holographic images of Earth 2 heroes.  In one disturbing image, she sees a female Red Tornado and it’s revealed that her previous designation was Lois Lane.

Wrapping It Up

I very much enjoyed this week’s issue.  Although Fifty Sue’s antics are growing a bit tiresome, they don’t overshadow some of the good plot development.  The only filler I found was seeing Tim Drake give Madison her necklace back.  I’m not sure what the purposes of that one page served.  They could’ve combined that with some other plot development within the Cal/Madison story arc.  Overall, we get some good fight scenes and we finally get to see what one of the items left for Lois Lane actually does.

Tags: A.L.F.R.E.D. Batman Beyond Big Barda Coil Comics DC Deathstroke Emiko Fifty Sue Futures End Grifter Lana Lang Lois Lane Madison OMAC Plastique Red Tornado Terry McGinnis The Key Tim Drake

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