Convergence #0, Futures End #48, and not Multiversity #2 review
As do many of DC Comics New 52 big conclusion, or prologue title, Multiversity #2 was delayed to April 29 so I am unable to review it this week. However, I got my hand on Marvel latest OGN (Original Graphic Novel), Avengers : Rage of Ultron which is totally worth to read. So as similar to the one I did during the conclusion of Forever Evil, I'll review each title separately. So, lets start with Futures End #48. Also there might be possible spoiler along the way, you have been warned.
Futures End #48
Futures End 48 takes off from the last issue where Tim Drake was thrown back to an unknown future by Brother Eye with a promised that it would self-destruct after that. While it did a good job of presenting the idea of time is fixed, whatever you do time will find its way to make sure it happen, it still left me baffle by the end of the issue. There is so much unanswered question by the end of the issue and even the issue itself doesn't seem like a complete end, which makes me wonder if it will continue either in the future or during Convergence. If you read from the book from the beginning, you know that, the other sub-plot was introduced so that they can introduce the main player of the main plot (Braniac, Superman, and Brother Eye) and other than the abruptly and awkwardly concluded Fifty Sue sub plot, none of the other get a proper conclusion. Heck, I don't think the book get a proper conclusion (I peek Batman Eternal #52, and that's a proper conclusion). Coming from Jeff Lemire and Brian Azzarello, I was a little bit disappointed.
The art is inconsistent as usual, but that's a given for all the weekly series, so I don't really care about that. I know that Futures End will be one of the city in Convergence, there is no Futures End title set for it, and up until now I only know that the main title will focus on Earth 2 Superhero. So there is a possibility that the storyline will be concluded in Convergence, however, I feel like there should be at least at tease or cliffhanger that lead to that than just a weird Terminator Salvation style ending.
Overall, I was a little bit disappointed on the concluding issue and the title overall. It has such a great storyline and was ruined by one single issue. While I might change my mind by the end of Convergence, but for now the jury is out. For Futures End #48, I give it 3.0 out of 5.0. It is not a good concluding issue, not a good leading into issue, but it does give you a different taste of time travel storyline. For Futures End storyline in genera, I give it 4.0 out 5.0. It manages to stretch out such a simple story for 48 issue and there is some great moment but again unsatisfying conclusion.
To be honest, if you pick up this issue without any prior knowledge of Superman : Doomed , Futures End or World's End, you will be confused at several spot. While it doesn't really affect the plot that much, it does really well taking what happen in Futures Ends as the catalyst of what will happen in Convergence. Also, unlike Multiversity, this is less meta and it is probably it is Grant Morrison.
Art wise, it looks good though Rugged Superman looks a little bit weird. Overall, it is just a good kick off for Convergence. How much it will affect the story is unknown but it is good to pick up this issue to know the origin of the villain. I give Convergence #0 4.0 out 5.0. A good issue to kick off the event, might be boring to some and confusing to those who just picking up the issue without prior knowledge.
Marvel OGN : Avengers :Rage of Ultron
Avengers : Rage of Ultron is a one-shot storyline written by Rick Remender who some of you might know that I was pissed off by his writing in AXIS and illustrated by Jerome Opena. The story revolves around the conflict between Ultron and his creator/dad ; Hank Pym and touches on who is to blame for Ultron's action. To start off, I really really like this book and I feel like Rick Remender redeem himself from AXIS. There is a lot of dialogues about guilt, rage, and soul especially when it comes to The Vision, and Ultron. It is a very fascinating book and full of ideology . The story is simple enough that you can just pick up and have no need to know the character's back story. There is some explanation of Ultron, Hank Pym, and Vision complex relationship that might help readers to understand better.
The art is beautiful. Jerome Opena is one of my favorite artist, so I rarely have any issue with it. However, the inker and colorist change throughout the book and sometimes it bother me a little bit but it didn't take you out of the story. If I have any issue with it, it is just that while it doesn't complicate you with the back story, it does complicate you with the line up. If your haven't been keeping up with the main title, you would be confused of the line up. While it seems like this is The Unity Squad line up, it does make you wonder when is this set in the Marvel timeline despite it is a stand alone story. However, I do glad Rick Remender decided to include Spiderman into the rooster as that allow him to give the one-liner tendency to him.
Overall, this is a great book and if you like a very complex story and great story of Ultron, be sure to pick this one up. To be honest, Avengers : Age of Ultron (the movie) has something to live up to know .For this OGN , I give it 4.5 out 5.0. Solid story and ending, the art bothered me a little bit but didn't do enough to take me out of the story.
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