Mind Capsules – Avengers #32 and The New 52 Futures End #10

Avengers #32

Writer – Jonathan Hickman
Artist – Leinil Francis Yu
Inker – Gerry Alanguilan
Colours – Sunny Gho

The Avengers, or what is left of them including Captain America, Starbrand and Black Widow, end up 5045 years in the future and meet up with Franklin Richards.  Franklin of course is known as one of the most powerful beings in all of the Marvel Universe so it is no wonder that he is still around, though Widow of course is doubtful until he proves himself.  So Franklin takes our heroes on a tour of the future, to see what mankind has accomplished and to perhaps help Cap decide, or not decide, on what he has to do about the Illuminati and the incursions.  There also happens to be a literal Avengers World which police and protect the universe.  So if Cap got his answers, it remains to be seen as they jump once again in time.  This issue has been the best part of current story-arc so far and it has done so without any action or explosions or superheroics of any kind.  Filled with Hickman’s big ideas and with the perfect narrator to put them across in Franklin Richards, this book painted a better portrait of the future than what we had seen up until this point. Future Franklin has been seen in a number of incarnations over the years and Hickman seems to understand the character a bit better than some writers and sees him more than just an action figure.  Captain America is a man of morals and he is of course troubled by the deception of his friends and disconcerted by what he might have to end up doing.  It is a situation we have seen Cap in many times over the years, but this storyline by Hickman and company has the man a little more worried than normal and they do a good job of showing the man wrestle with the problem and understand the complexities of Cap and the problems he faces versus his character.  To top it all off, there is a surprise cameo at the end of the issue which is the icing on the cake to a perfect book.  A really, great book.

5 out of 5

The New 52 Futures End #10

Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist – Aaron Lopresti
Inker – Art Thibert
Colours – Hi-Fi

Superman seems to be going crazy with the strange way he is acting, Batman Beyond meets up with the rogues in Red Robin’s bar, Red Robin and Batman Beyond have a moment, Hawkman and Amethyst have a moment, another member of Stormwatch might be alive – probably Apollo, Grifter gets taken out and there is a reveal at the end which some people might find exciting and others will just find a little bland.  So far, Futures End has been dipping up and down in quality and this issue seems to have kept it almost status quo with the last one which is a good thing.  Keeping so many storylines running must be a tough job so kudos go out to the writing team.  The problem is that by having so much going on all the time, perhaps by not having so many threads running concurrently, especially as not every one of them gets featured in any given book, might be hurting more than helping.  The Constantine plot thread is a good example with only a couple of appearances and no direction made apparent by it.  The Stormwatch angle and the Batman Beyond/Red Robin/Mr. Terrific story are the better two in the book and seem to be headed somewhere tangible.  The Grifter/Deathstroke plot is interesting but just seems to be spinning its wheels a little bit.  It is a little bit frustrating as it had a big reveal in the previous issue which made it much more intriguing so a little forward movement would be nice.  Still worth picking up as overall it is an interesting look at DC’s future.  A good issue, but not great.

3.5 out of 5

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