Join the Future #2

Writer: Zack Kaplan Artist: Piotr Kowalski Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: June 10, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 1
8.2Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

The Future. Where ultramodern megacities flourish while rural American towns strug-gle to survive. After an attack by high tech mercenaries, the small community of Frank-lin vacates its township and starts moving its people to the city. This sends the Mayor's strong-willed teenage daughter, Clementine Libbey, on a quest of revenge and re-sistance as she challenges the city's control, while clinging to her small town princi-ples. Come join her adventure in this sci-fi western. Come join the future.
Written by Zack Kaplan (LOST CITY EXPLORERS) with art from Piotr Kowalski (Sex, Marvel Knights: Hulk, The Dark Tower), JOIN THE FUTURE is a sci more

  • 9.8
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Jun 29, 2020

    Join the Future is a series that feels both uniquely relevant and timeless in a way you just don't see often. There is a coming of age story coming to fruition within an exploration of much grander societal shifts, and issue #2 delivers on all of these fronts. and more. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Jun 15, 2020

    This comic really has me in a very different place than most science-fiction stories move me to. I want the future NOT to win for a change! I can tell you, that's very odd for me when I'm reading science fiction. I have always felt the future is unavoidable, so we must embrace it. I want the opposite to happen in Join the Future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 12, 2020

    The opening installment of this had me sold when it hit a few months ago and I'm glad to finally be able to start moving forward with this again. Kaplan's a writer whose works I generally like a lot, though some I've struggled with, but when they click with me I'm pretty all-in on them and this is definitely one of those. Piotr Kowalski nails the visual design of this perfectly and the color design is perfect in bringing us that kind of cleaner and clearer look of the countryside in the future even where man exists. I do hope we'll see more of the future city stuff itself and explore it and its history a bit more but right now Clem's journey looks to be a lot of fun, if familiar, with the potential for some neat execution to it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 11, 2020

    I liked this second issue because it blends sci-fi with the western themes well. It also stands to offer a strong statement on how much we're willing to do as a society to ensure everyone gets the same pleasures it has to offer. At what point are we forcing our ideas and ideals on others and actually doing more harm than good? It's questions like this that prove this, and all sci-fi is more necessary than ever. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jenna Anderson" Jun 10, 2020

    Even as both parties in the central conflict still have some promising qualities, there's a sense that Join the Future is teeing up a dystopian epic that just might rival The Hunger Games. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Comic Crusaders - M.R. Jafri Jun 10, 2020

    The limited scope of the story might change in future issues, but as of now this feels like a very familiar tale with slight twists in setting and conflict. Comics can take us places film and television simply cannot, both in story-telling and scope. This book simply feels like it was created to sell as a script rather than trying to give us something with depth and character work. The story might benefit from an expansion of the cast, more focus on the villains and some time spent in the city. Thus far it is a beautiful book with very limited imagination. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comics Bookcase - Keigen Rea Jun 10, 2020

    This issue has me more on board than the first issue did, and Im fully intending to read the next one, but I am a tentative about where the series is going. If you like pretty horses or westerns focused on social progress, Id recommend this. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Liem Duong Jul 10, 2020

    This issue bangs right from the cliffhanger from Issue 1. And it delivers. Everything that was set up about the relationship between rural towns and this utopia is spilled out on the pages. The art and colors are gorgeous, that alone makes this book so compelling. Kowalski's detail on both lifestyles is very well done and he manages to effortlessly blend them both while keeping them distinct.

    But this issue would not be so great if it wasn't for the writing as well. Our main gal Clem has suffered a unexpected tragedy and now is going on a road of revenge for her family and town. The character work, while predictable, is done excellently. Clem has a very headstrong attitude even despite her asthma and weak aims.

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