That was…a lot
This two-story comic has a lot going on. The first story features the Suicide Squad, the Justice Squad and the Crime Syndicate. The second story features Black Adam, the Unkindness, the Justice Legion A, the Seven Deadly Sins and the Quintessence. And I didn’t even name all the separate individual characters who show up Future State: Suicide Squad. It’s a lot.
A good team-up comic
In one of my previous Future State reviews I discussed how poorly team-up comics can go. I find that they can end up watering down characters for the sake of the narrative. They can also feel contrived and uncomfortable. But I’m glad to say Future State: Batman/Superman is an example of how a team-up can go really well.
A really great comic
Sometimes a story suits the comic book format perfectly. Future State: Aquaman is definitely one of those stories. The art is amazing and the idea of a great ocean that connects all time and space is pretty damn cool. I thoroughly enjoyed this comic.
Is there a reading order?
If you’ve read any other comic review on this blog, you’d know that I’m fairly new to this. Comic books have always interested me in theory. In practice however, I’ve often found them deeply unsatisfying. That’s definitely changing the more I read. Unfortunately, Future State: Superman: House of El is a perfect example of an unsatisfying comic. Maybe there’s a reading order I missed somewhere. Maybe the Superman symbol was supposed to get me through this read. Or maybe this was just a bad comic.
Good Gotham-centric comic
Future State: The Next Batman provides answers to some lingering questions in this comic event to-date. We find out what the Magistrate is; where the masked heroes and villains are; and who this new Batman is. The comic is an anthology of stories that actually works in Future State. Each story revolves around the same threat and, for the most part, serves a purpose to the overall Gotham City plot.
More commentary than comic book
In my review of All-Star Superman I mentioned that Superman is difficult to present in comics. He often comes across as a goody two-shoes. So it takes a little more effort to make him interesting than it would with other characters. Future State: Superman Worlds of War uses commentary to tell a story about the character. Unfortunately, the end result feels more like an op-ed than a comic.
An epic story
I’m glad Diana Prince made it into the Future State event. So far, I’ve reviewed three comics in the event with Wonder Woman in it, and all have featured Yara Flor as the titular character. I’m glad to say that Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman maintains Diana as the superior version of the character. In fact, Diana’s story feels far bigger in scale and scope than any of the other comics I’ve read in Future State to-date.
An entertaining read
The better short comics tend to focus on an urgent, time sensitive threat. I’ve said as much in a few of my most recent reviews. Future State: Nightwing can now be added to this group of comics. It’s a fun little adventure with a modern twist on a classic team-up.
A decent read
I haven’t always been a Catwoman fan. Her open romance with Bruce and her heroic deeds in more recent years have watered her down in my opinion. She was always more interesting to me as an antagonist. Future State: Catwoman definitely leans in to those aspects of the character I’m not a fan of. But the comic smartly takes place within a two hour timeframe, which builds tension and distracts from the more soap opera elements.
This is how it’s done!
Future State: Shazam! does what Future State: Teen Titans failed to do. It expertly sets up future storylines while remaining a truly entertaining standalone comic. This 2-issue comic immediately follows the events of Teen Titans. But unlike its predecessor, Shazam! has clear focus and tells its own story.