Batman And Robin: Futures End #1

Batman And Robin: Futures End #1

Event\Storyline: Futures End Writer: Ray Fawkes Artist: Dustin Nguyen Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 17, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 7
7.5Critic Rating
6.7User Rating

Bruce continues to feel the fallout from his extreme new crime fighting methods - is he ready to face the might of Heretic?

  • 9.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Sep 17, 2014

    Batman and Robin: Futures End #1 gives a brilliant look into the Dynamic Duo's future, introducing a new Robin, and re-introducing a deadly foe. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Sep 18, 2014

    This book oozes emotion and it's a great addition to the web of Futures End. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Latest Pull - Cory Robinson Sep 20, 2014

    This issue is a great look at what's been going on with Bruce and how he is learning to trust other people again. It also gives the reader hope of a really cool Robin in later story-lines as Duke plays an awesome Robin. I can't wait to see more of him as Robin. Ray Fawkes crafts a great story here and adding Dustin Nguyen as the artist makes this an almost perfect issue. The only problem I had with it was some of the unnecessary fights with Modbod and not enough information on the Al Ghuls, which give the issue a few plot holes that might never be solved. Nonetheless, this is an issue that you need to pick up IMMEDIATELY especially if you are waiting for a new Robin. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Sep 17, 2014

    Also, Alfred looks grizzled and awesome… Kinda looks like Brian Azzarrello… Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Sep 17, 2014

    Ray Fawkes and Dustin Nguyen give readers a solid one-and-done with Batman And Robin: Futures End #1. They capture what the event is going for well, giving readers a glimpse of the future and, more so than many other issues, I want to read more of this book set in this time line. The sooner I can see more of this Robin, the better, and broken Batman is an intriguing notion. Hopefully the highlights of this issue make their way into the weekly series because there are some great plot lines to explore from Batman And Robin: Futures End #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Sep 17, 2014

    BATMAN AND ROBIN: FUTURES END #1 doesn't feel like a mandatory or even important read, but it's still a very satisfying and engrossing one. The look at Batman and Robin in the future left me legitimately interested in seeing more and the artwork impressed. The potential return of the Heretic offered a subtle insight into Batman and served as a good way to give us a little bit of focus on Alfred and the new Robin, too. Plus, there's a pretty brutal fight, and honestly, who doesn't love watching Batman refuse to back down, even when the odds are stacked against him? It may not be that compelling or emotional, but it's an adventure that's good for your eyes and it's most certainly entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Sep 17, 2014

    By the end of the issue, you should feel like it was an issue worth reading. Ray Fawkes is able to distill the relationship between Batman and Robin into this one-shot glimpse into the future. Although we're not privy to how Duke became Robin besides a cursory mention and although we don't know the exact details of their relationship as partners, we get all the information we need to so that, by the end, we're rooting for Duke and for them to work out as a team. That's what marks a successful Batman and Robin story: at the end of the issue, it was about the bond between Bruce and Duke, and we really can't ask for more than that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Sep 18, 2014

    Batman and Robin: Futures End #1 is a powerful read, even if the majority of the issue proves a brutal slug-fest. Ray Fawkes shows that the ramifications of Damian's death remain wide reaching and raw, his Batman a walking wound waiting to be torn open. Dustin Nguyen's art effectively emphasizes this struggle, his detailed character work selling the tale just as well, if not better, than the words themselves. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Max Eber Sep 18, 2014

    Solid issue; classic (as in not learning anything) Bruce being stubborn and Robin wanting to help. It's slick and well drawn, better than most of these issues. Pick it up. We might be seeing more of Duke yet. I can't give it 5 out of 5 because it's so…vague. Is this really the future? Is any of this actually going to stick? Or is it all AU that won't come to pass? We shall see. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Sep 18, 2014

    This issue goes to show us that no matter how old Bruce gets hes never going to change. Hes determined to get the job done and keep his allies as safe as possible, even if it means risking his own well-being to do it. The new take on Robin is also a welcomed change, as he proves to be on par with Bats, and know his personality enough to know when its best to ignore him. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Spencer Maxwell Sep 19, 2014

    Dustin Nguyen does a good job on art. His future Batman is reminiscent of The Dark Knight Returns costume which is a great nod to what may be in store further on. I'm mixed on the new Robin costume, it looks appropriate for the character and while still keeping with the history of the costume. But, it is too high-tech to the point where it's a little silly. He uses a lot of shadows which keeps the tone dismal and creates a better sense of atmosphere. The action sequences are really strong and have a great sense of weight to them. Rather than do a splash page of a battle, he has most of the battle on small panels. It keeps it feeling confined and gives it a stronger sense of progression.Nguyen'sart does suffer greatly in terms of the background. Many panels have non-existent backgrounds, and it definitely feels like something is missing. More detail would've made the book more engaging. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie Sep 18, 2014

    The reality is that this issue probably raises more questions for readers than it gives answers as far as the Robin situation goes, but im sure that was probably the idea. For my part, Im certainly interested in seeing how all of this is going to play out, and I was on the verge of dropping this book not too long ago. But I want to learn about Duke and see him become Robin. I want to get the story of the Heretic. Just please DC, dont make us wait three years as this issue implies before we start getting those stories. I may go insane if you do that. Nearly five years real time would be far too long for Batman to be without a Robin. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Oct 16, 2014

    So what you get for most of this book is a highly detailed but almost mute fight scene, no links to Damians fate, no direct consequence to the Futures End arc. All this One Shot succeeds in doing is providing some great imagery and proving that an adult Robin can also be bad ass! This issue is an enjoyable read but one that has no impact on the current and future events brought on by the events of Futures End. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Rhymes With Geek - TJ Heilman Sep 19, 2014

    I am not saying this was the worst Batman and Robin issue, but it was close. The cover was what really stole the show and didn't even have to try. I just want to leave it at that, I am just frustrated now thanks DC. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Jesse Kennedy Sep 18, 2014

    AsFutures Endtie-ins go, this one's above average. It has great artwork, some fun "whoa" moments, a sprinkle of heart, and a staple of tradition. It isn't monumental but it should provide you and your friends with some good talking points going into the rest ofFutures Endas well asBatman and Robin,and what more could you ask for? I say thumbs up. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 21, 2014

    No surprises here. Regardless of the time and person, Robin is always there for Batman. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Doom Rocket - Gavin Rehfeldt Sep 18, 2014

    There is truly not much to recommend in this issue. However, Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs make beautiful art and should be praised for continuing to be fantastic collaborators, especially after their recent work on Li'l Gotham, which made the strongest statement about theo worth of Damian Wayne after Grant Morrison left the Bat-books. Li'l Gotham is the "event" book one should read alongside Peter Tomasi's Robin Rises arc because it depicts the love between Damian and Bruce convincingly and with warmth, which is far more demonstrative than Batman And Robin's continually exaggerated upset concerning the tragedy of Damian Wayne. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 17, 2014

    I began this issue so pumped up to learn something new about the fate of Damian and to check out the Robin of Five Years From Now, but all I got was a slap in the face as I read a gigantic mostly silent fight scene that led to nothing.  No answers, not even any hints to who The Heretic might be and the only thing good about the issue was seeing the new Robin not wanting to take any of Batman's shit.  Just a giant disappointment to an issue I had such high hopes for.  Even the art which seemed like it was trying to convey the Dark Knight Returns style didn't stay consistent and I was left really disappointed after reading this meaningless issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    WhiteLantern Sep 19, 2014

    This story does exactly what the "Future's End" event is supposed to do: show you where the DC universe could be in 5 years. Having a new Robin is intriguing enough, but connecting it back to Scott Snyder's Zero Year story was a nice touch. This Robin, named Duke, wants to prove to Batman that he's capable of being Robin. That alone is enough for a good story. Add to that the return of Heretic, and his battle with Batman, and the story goes from good to great. The fight seems a bit rushed and, while I like Nguyen's artwork usually, the inking was a bit too dark to make things out clearly. Overall, this is a good book, but I hope this isn't the direction this book goes, since I want Damien back as Robin. But if this is ultimately the future, I think I'll be OK with that. I can recommend this book if you haven't gotten it already.

  • 2.5
    Big Brother Sep 17, 2014

    These Futures End comics are one-note and utterly disposable. Batman & Robin, like many of the others, is just one long fight scene that leaves you with nothing to take away. Scorched earth comics that don't entice me in the least to read their monthly series.

  • 8.5
    havok1977 Oct 5, 2014

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Sep 28, 2014

  • 7.5
    Serverarbengan Dec 18, 2014

  • 7.0
    Redeadhood Sep 23, 2014

  • 6.0
    DarePool53 Sep 21, 2014

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