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Superman/Wonder Woman: Futures End #1

Superman/Wonder Woman: Futures End #1

Scheduled to arrive in stores: September 17, 2014

Cover date: November 2014

"War & Peace"

Writer: Charles Soule
Penciller: Bart Sears
Inker: Bart Sears

Michael Bailey Reviewed by: Michael Bailey

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The Superman from present day helps the Diana of five years from now fight their way to Olympus. Along the way Wonder Woman sees her fellow Amazons and on Olympus she speaks with Apollo before using the scrying pool. In the end Superman holds off an army of monsters to allow Diana to ascend to a higher level of power.

3Story - 3: Full disclosure: I did not read the Wonder Woman that this issue continued from. I really regret that now because I felt very lost during the entirety of this issue. I just didn't know what was going on and because of that this story felt more like a bunch of random scenes thrown together than a more linear story.

I want to make this perfectly clear; this is totally on me and not on Charles Soule. It's not his fault that I didn't know about the connection to the Wonder Woman issue and thus didn't buy it.

At least that is what I am hoping is going on here and to be fair there were things about this issue that I liked quite a bit. Well, one thing. The interaction between present day Superman and Five Years Later Wonder Woman was very strong. This is what I have come to expect from Soule as a writer so this isn't a surprise. The only thing that kept me going here was how the Superman that seems to be from the present was helping the woman he loved even though something obviously happened in the ensuing five years.

I kind of wish that this issue had been written to stand on its own more. I don't buy WONDER WOMAN on a monthly basis. While I enjoyed the first two trades it is not a book I want to read. It's just not for me. I buy this title because Superman is in it (first) and Charles Soule has grabbed me as a reader (second, but nearly as important). If more exposition had been given maybe I would have had an easier time of it but that first scene going right into Superman and Wonder Woman hugging threw me off and I never really recovered.

Again, this is not Charles Soule's fault. I mean I guess I could blame him but I am not going to. I probably would have gotten a lot more out of this issue if I had read the WONDER WOMAN installment, but I didn't so I am kind of left hanging and feeling like I missed something important.

2Art - 2: Wonder Woman looked amazing through most of this issue. I liked the redesign of the costume and I think the pants look pretty good. I was more than a little disappointed back at the start of the New 52 when they changed the design of Diana's costume from one with pants to the more traditional look. This may seem silly but I just think it looked better. I also liked the costume on the last page. Superman looked awful through the entire issue. His face was inconsistent from page to page and sometimes from panel to panel on the same page. Maybe it's Sears' style but I didn't like it. I was surprised to see his name in the credits but given DC's penchant for bringing back artists and writers and editors and editor-in-chief from the '90s I guess I shouldn't have been too surprised. I'm glad Sears is getting work. I just didn't care for what he did in this issue.

3Cover Art - 3: Like all of the other Future's End covers this month the cover to this issue came in two flavors; Superman and Wonder Woman kissing morphed into Wonder Woman punching Superman via a weird cover or just Wonder Woman punching Superman. Either way I wasn't a fan. It just doesn't look good. The figure work on both Wonder Woman and Superman is off and even though there is some violence depending on which cover you bought or how you hold it the image isn't all that dynamic either.

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