The Flash: Futures End #1

The Flash: Futures End #1

Event\Storyline: Futures End Writer: Van Jensen, Robert Venditti Artist: Norm Rapmund, Brett Booth Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 24, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 5
6.4Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

It's the final showdown between The Flash and his future self for control of the Speed Force - with Wally West's life hanging in the balance!

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Dan Gehen Sep 25, 2014

    Though it has little to do with the main Futures End story, The Flash: Futures End #1 is a must-read for those keeping up Barry Allen's current adventures. Furthermore, it serves as an excellent jumping on point for lapsed readers, as the story should smoothly transition into The Flash #35 without the baggage of previous issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Sep 26, 2014

    Overall, this is a very strong issue, and it is a read as fast as its star. It has some interesting implications for what will happen next, and I can't wait to see what comes next. It's time for Barry and Wally to team up for the first time once again, and I think the future for Central City at least might be a bit brighter than elsewhere in Futures End. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Sep 25, 2014

    The Flash: Futures End #1 may not appeal to readers of the Futures End weekly series, but fans of Venditti and Jensen's opening arc will love this addition which comes highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Sep 24, 2014

    Venditti, Jensen and Booth deliver a strong issue in The Flash: Futures End #1. This issue deals with the concept of Futures End well while not betraying the current series. Get me the next issue, stat….I have a need….for speed. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 24, 2014

    Venditti and Jensen have set up this issue to fit perfectly into the Futures end Event, but because of that, the shock and awe are not there.  It is still a good issue that pushes the regular run forward more than any other book this month, but felt too much like a regular issue of the Flash than a book in the big September Event.  I can easily recommend this issue to Flash readers, but those grabbing it as a Futures End issue will be lost and confused.  Figure out where you are on that scale and buy or don't buy accordingly. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Sep 27, 2014

    Flash: Futures End #1 introduces Wally West's Flash character in an exciting way and it's great to finally see how he gets his powers. The issue has some surprises that will shock and enrage some I'm sure, but I had a blast. Readers who haven't been playing along won't be totally lost but it would help to have some reference before jumping in. There is some wonderful artwork as well, making this worth a purchase. Wally West is finally back people, so lets rejoice. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Mark Majndle Sep 30, 2014

    It pains me to say it, and I'm probably getting kicked out of the Superman Fan Club for this, but Futures End Flash just curb stomped the Kryptonite out of the S man. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Latest Pull - Alex Higgins Sep 26, 2014

    In the end, this might not be the best Futures End one-shot but it's certainly worth the read; doubly so if you're following the current run. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Population Go - Chris Lemmerman Oct 9, 2014

    Despite a little story hiccup, Flash: Futures End is basically essential reading if you're already reading the series. Don't be tempted to take the month off, as the creative team certainly hasn't, and we owe it to them to check out this vital installment of their ongoing storyline. It may be a gimmick for other books, but Flash has embraced Futures End and made it work for its own story, instead of the other way around. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Sep 25, 2014

    Brett Booth draws some nice splash pages from time to time, but generally this artwork continues to suffer from some rushed looking bits and odd expressions. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Sep 24, 2014

    The strong artwork and the character developments make this book slightly better than a mixed bag, although the flaws are still apparent reading The Flash: Futures End. Given the arc this series has been taking for the past few issues, it still feels like a bit of a missed opportunity not to really incorporate the "Five Years Later" mandate of Futures End. That said, the end result does mean there are more opportunities for Venditti, Jensen and Booth to take - just don't expect to see them here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Max Eber Sep 26, 2014

    If you've been following the story and have been engrossed; pick it up. Otherwise pass it. The Flash can be a fun hero but this really isn't working for me. Wally finally gets his powers but his costume isn't great looking so I'm not too excited. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    We The Nerdy - Spencer Maxwell Sep 25, 2014

    We almost always get a sense of what's going on. The only problem with his art is the lightning coming off of the Flashes during their running or battles. It's a distraction that covers too much of the page. It's trying to give life to the panels, but it makes the action appear more disorienting. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Sep 25, 2014

    Venditti and co-writer Van Jensen use this book to further the plot of the present era, though it feels like a confusing trip to get there. Future future Flash will be dishing out even more problems for current Flash fairly soon, and though those adventures may be promising, I can't recommend reading the tale that took him to the present day. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan Sep 30, 2014

    It is somewhat ruined by then having this be the impetus for yet more revenge cycles. Enough Venditti, this isnt an interesting story arc and adding more pathos isnt helping it out. Venditti needs to put this arc to rest and fast, otherwise leave this series to another writer who will perhaps make it enjoyable instead of an angst ridden slog. While not truly terrible, its biggest crime is being boring. Which is probably a bit worse, dont you think? Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Sep 25, 2014

    The Flash and his creative team are really buckling under the weight of their own story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    JBL Reviews Sep 27, 2014

    Not reading the series so I had some questions, but this was really good!

  • 8.0
    DarePool53 Oct 16, 2014

    As a regular reader of The Flash, I greatly enjoyed seeing the stakes upped even further and feel that Venditti and Jensen have taken advantage of DC's temporal gimmick to pave the way for what ought to be a climactic confluence of Flashes (yes, plural!). I would caution new readers to do some background reading to get up to speed with what's going on, as you may find yourselves a tad confused - as the story here is so heavily linked to the current continuity established in the regular ongoing. The art is very much baseline as far as Booth's Flash goes. Some panels/layouts can take a minute or two to take in, with lighting bolts shooting off in any and all directions. However, I do feel Booth handles the kinetic nature of the title well. Another solid offering for DC's September gimmick.

  • 8.0
    Speeding Bullets Sep 25, 2014

  • 8.0
    Redeadhood Sep 29, 2014

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Oct 10, 2014

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