As near the end of any given week, time for a good old Rhymes With Geek roundup of what I’ve been up to there. A lot of fun stuff, a lot of cool things, and it is all nifty. Look at these roundups as a way of me giving you bonus material as I process out my thoughts after the review. Enjoy.
Just posted up today on May 8, 2014 is my review of New 52: Futures End #1, which you can check out here to learn my further thoughts on that one. If you’re curious I’m likely going to check out the first month. Futures End intrigues me just enough that the first month might be worth it. I call this week my toughest two reviews to write, yes this is in the week following my most brutal review on the planet in Uncanny Avengers Annual #1. Of course considering the second review I did this week, while Futures End was a positive one, at least mostly, this one was a bit tougher to handle than I imagined.
The second review was Burn The Orphanage: Reign of Terror #1, and that you can see here as well. I’ve been processing that one, I think in my eyes that the Born to Lose trilogy in Burn The Orphanage was so strong that the monthly series had more to live up to. As this is a five issue series I am going to try out the next issue, confirmation from me on that one. Any kind of premise could have the potential to grow on me. I really want to like this though which is why I’m giving it another go. I still like the core concept so at least Burn The Orphanage hasn’t turned me off completely.
As for the final bit of Rhymes With Geek goodness, a crosspost of my Ant-Man piece from here onto the Rhymes With Geek express. Do read this one too, which if you want to check it again it lies here, and reads smoother too. Give a round of applause to editors by the way, Dante Jordan has been working with my stuff a lot when he can and he makes it sing. He’s a cool dude and I appreciate his chats with me. He’s helped my writing a lot even linking me things to help me out. If you have an editor out there fellow writers, tell them they’re awesome because they are.
That is the Rhymes With Geek roundup for this week. Thanks for catching up with my stuff there, I appreciate each and every one of you that reads my stuff.
As I’m reviewing Future’s End #1 for Rhymes With Geek, what better time to look over Future’s End #0. The Free Comic Book Day Future’s End #0 is the beginning of this new weekly series showing the New 52 DCU five years later. It is a weird book and starting out thirty five years later in the New 52 DCU is a sight to behold. The story goes is that Brother Eye is in full command and the holy s-word has hit the fan. We get to see the DCU at the worst point possible and why Batman Beyond (Terry McGinnis) is going to play the role he’s going to play. Before we get to Terry McGinnis and Batman Beyond we get an immense amount of weird DCU mania just thrown at us. In this intro Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, and Keith Giffen embrace madness alley and we are along for the ride.
If I were to say much of anything right now as to the quality, it’s got me curious. Future’s End piqued my interest without any doubt. We have Batman Beyond five years in the future, again I don’t consider that a big spoiler because it was revealed in the preview pages for Future’s End #1. If I were to spoil Future’s End, it was spoiled by Bleeding Cool and many other venues but I won’t go to that point here. There’s really nothing to spoil though in Future’s End #0, lots of horrible stuff is happening and now Batman Beyond is five years into the future to prevent that. From what Future’s End is showing, nothing is that simple but this looks like it could be fun as to how dark the future is. In a weird way these weeklies DC is doing may be a great way to bring a bit of energy back to the DC Universe. Energy that DC Comics has been lacking for a long time.
Strange to say but true, DC Comics coming out of Forever Evil is showing some life. Now don’t take this as me being all flailing arms like Kermit the Frog, I’m cautiously optimistic if anything. Future’s End has ideas and they could be cool ones, Future’s End #1 coming out this Wednesday will give me a further idea as to how this will go. If you’re wondering another reason why I chose to do Future’s End as my review this week is simple; I like Batman Beyond and time travel stories. I’m a sucker for a good future shock story and time travel in general is a selling point for me, you got me for at least the first couple issues DC Comics.
Keep an eye out Thursday on Rhymes With Geek for my further thoughts on Future’s End #1, will I love it, will I hate it? At this point I’m at least interested and a free comic isn’t a bad way to get into the door. Let’s see if I want to visit Future’s End on a weekly basis after Thursday.