The Flash: The Future’s End #1 Review

Posted September 25, 2014 by Spencer Maxwell in Comic Books

Publisher: DC Comics

Writers: Robert Venditti and Van Jensen

Artist: Brett Booth

The main complaint I have with Future’s End is that there is no context or no build up to the events in the current comics. The Flash: Future’s End has a set up to the events of this issue, it feels like it has actual ramifications to the current story and future stories. If we see the progress being made rather than jumping in from nowhere, a sense of tension can be created. This can better keep the reader invested and have the sense of a  shocking future that has a weight and a purpose. Unfortunately, the material is full of logical holes so it feels like a wasted effort.

This issue presents us with the electrified Flash of the further future killing the Reverse Flash of the not-so distant future while the normal Flash of the not-so distant future steps in to see what’s going on. Comics can be confusing kids. Eventually, the future Flashes come to blows trying to defeat each other to complete their rather unclear goals.

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Robert Venditti and Van Jensen co-author their weakest issue yet. They paint the further Future Flash as a villain, and it’s really unclear why. He attacks the normal Flash for no reason when it only makes sense for them to aid each other in trying to help people. It never explains his struggle or his transition into a hardened anti-hero. He’s just bad so an action scene can ensue. The end of the issue shows the protagonist pointlessly sacrificing himself over a quick struggle. This is not something the hero of the past issues would have done and it feels like a cheap way to give an impact to the story. And, also unnaturally forces Wally West to become a superhero. Much of the issue is covered with action to cover up the lack of narrative. This comic could’ve been free of dialogue and nothing would’ve been lost.

Brett Booth’s art is great, but overdone. He does a fantastic job of producing a sense of speed. His frantic panels displayed around splash pages help us ascertain that so much can happen in a split-second. Booth uses disjunct panels when speed is being utilized and standard panels when at a normal pace. The reader is given a clear indication as when the Flash is in motion and in a state of super speed.

We almost always get a sense of what’s going on. The only problem with his art is the lightning coming off of the Flashes during their running or battles. It’s a distraction that covers too much of the page. It’s trying to give life to the panels, but it makes the action appear more disorienting.

The art saves this comic from being dreadful. The dialogue serves no real purpose and the story is a mess. Too much happening on the page prevents Booth’s work from being exceptional. Though the overall content isn’t very good, I appreciate that the story is strongly connected to the current content of the comic.

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Spencer Maxwell

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