Batman: Futures End #1
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Batman: Futures End #1

Event\Storyline: Futures End Writer: Ray Fawkes, Scott Snyder Artist: Aco Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 10, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 14
8.0Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Its five years later and Bruce Wayne is using dangerous science to help him continue his war on crime. What is it, and what forced Bruce to resort to such extremes?

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Sep 11, 2014

    Batman: Futures End #1 is what a one-shot should be, being an isolated tale, that doesn't feel overly rushed, and is packed with intensity. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - F.D. White Sep 11, 2014

    Batman: Futures End #1, terrible title and confusing numbering aside, is a phenomenal issue. Somehow , within only 40 pages Snyder and co-writer Ray Fawkes have crafted an action-packed by psychologically dense portrait of Bruce Wayne in his twilight years. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Sep 10, 2014

    Ray Fawkes, Scott Snyder and Aco deliver a killer one shot with Batman: Futures End #1. This is a great single issue for anyone to pick up and enjoy, and showcases the strength of the characters involved in this issue. Readers will be compelled to find out what leads to this state five years in the future and, more than anything, I can't wait to see what Snyder is going to cook up for readers next. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 10, 2014

    Batman: Futures End #1 is a special issue that fans of the current Batman need to read.  Ray Fawkes ties so much together and leaves so many stories to be told.  While it's not essential to the Futures End story and I was not a fan of Aco's art, I still loved every minute reading this comic.  At the end, Bruce says, "Gotham must always have a Batman" and you know what?  He's right. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Sep 10, 2014

    While admittedly this issue has its moments of feeling rushed, there's something so pure about Batman: Futures End #1, something that speaks to the power and longevity of DC's most popular character. You don't need crazy setup, you don't need explanation - you just need action. Even when he's at death's door, Batman is always ready for war. And that's a thrill that five years could never touch. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Sep 11, 2014

    Any Batman fan should not hesitate in picking up this book. So many things that make Batman cool are highlighted that it is hard to comprehend the level of awesomeness that this issue has been expected to contain! Just go buy it! Now! What, you're still here reading? What are you waiting for? Just go! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 10, 2014

    A good ride in this Mission: Impossible style sequence that has a disturbing twist ending that'll make readers itching for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Sep 16, 2014

    Speaking of Scott Snyder, he did co-plot this issue, but writing duties were handled by a more than capable Ray Fawkes. Art is provided by ACO, who also put forth a valiant effort and has an art style that vaguely reminds me of Paul Pope. It's also hard to pass up a 3D cover provided by Jason Fabok. If you like Elseworlds tales, I highly recommend this book. It's probably my favorite issue since Batman #28. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Sep 11, 2014

    The issue also offers a lot of insights of the futures and explores Batman's mythos further. How Batman comes to be this way is very exciting, and Futures End might just be what DC needs to finally shake things up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Sep 11, 2014

    A one-shot that minimally ties into the weekly series. Recipie for a good issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Latest Pull - Eric Tillirson Sep 12, 2014

    While it might not have a whole lot to do with the actual plot of Futures End, from what I can tell, this is a serviceable addition to this months event. Perhaps not key in the overall tableau of Futures End, but a must read for anyone completely sold on Snyder's take on Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Adam Sep 12, 2014

    Future's End Batman #1 is an extremely solid tale with great art and an interesting story. This isn't a perfect book by any means, but definitely one worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Sep 12, 2014

    Its nice to see Bruce keeping busy in his old age, even if Alfred doesnt seem to think it a good idea. But as hes well aware, theres no reasoning with Batman, Gotham needs him and thats that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 10, 2014

    The future is here for Batman and it doesn't look too good for him. In the ultimate portrayal of what lengths Bruce is willing to go to ensure his legacy lives on, we see him put it all on the line to complete a crucial part of his planning process. We get to see a beaten Batman go to great lengths and put to the test to try to make this happen. This isn't the Batman you're used to. It might only be five years in the future but Batman looks like he's been through quite a bit. If you dug the Scott Snyder/Sean Murphy story in the recent DETECTIVE COMICS #27, you'll want to check out what events may have lead to making that happen. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Sep 13, 2014

    Futures End Batman is a good book. It misses in a lot of spots, but it works well for the individual story it needs to tell. I would have preferred a little more explanation as to how Bruce Wayne aged so much in just five years but it's a personal preference. The cover is among the worst in this 3D event but that's just a gimmick. Overall, this is a good comic book to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Sep 10, 2014

    Aco's art looks really great here, as we see him take advantage of the futuristic setting. He gives Batman an new, cool suit. Bizarro looks cool, even having trunks for the old school fans. The Bat symbol looks like the new Batfleck symbol. And there is a scene showing us the Batfamily. And let me just list them off, as I found this interesting: Red Hood (normal?), Black Canary (in League of Assassins getup), Strix (still a Talon), Batgirl (Stephanie is Batgirl), Batwoman (a vampire), Bane-Babs (see the Batgirl Futures End), Nightwing (that's right. Nightwing, not an agent), and Catwoman, Bluebird, Batwing and Red Robin (all seemingly the same). So are any of these red herrings, or are they just pointless filler images? Someone ask these guys, because I don't know. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Sep 10, 2014

    Batman: Futures End #1 by Fawkes and Snyder is a very fun, energetic, and entertaining story. It features a lot of funny dialogue that really helps to liven the whole issue up and some surprising cameos to boot. Overall, the pencils and coloring by ACO and Plascencia, respectively comes together quite well despite a few hiccups. Lastly, though seeing such an old-looking Bruce is odd, this issue is a great addition to the "Twenty-Seven" story that helps to give fans an interesting peek into the future of Batman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Infinite Comix - Dan Gehen Sep 11, 2014

    Minor issues aside, Batman: Futures End #1 is an enjoyable issue. Those that have been reading Futures End are encouraged to pick this up, as it further builds the world with something some of the other tie-ins have lacked: competence. Those that haven't and just want a solid Batman story could do much worse than picking this up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Sep 11, 2014

    "Batman: Futures End" #1 succeeds the same way some of the better "Elseworlds" comics did back in the day; readers get an intriguing look at mostly familiar characters in an environment that is definitely not so familiar. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Sep 12, 2014

    The art here is by ACO, with colours by Fco Plascencia, letters by Dezi Sienty and Carlos M. Mangual, and the cover by Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson. The cover is good, but it also gives away the point of the story too much I feel, especially the ending. The art itself, it is a bit more stylized than the art on Batman has been to date, with the inking effects being minimal. A bit more ink on the pages would have helped immensely, helped define the panels even more, but on the whole, not that bad of an effort! Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Sep 13, 2014

    Despite that wonderful scene, there is still a lot of problems within this issue. It is sadly one of the weaker Future's End tie ins. Batman fans will find plenty of interesting points but a casual fan may have a hard time wrapping their head around a lot of what happens. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Population Go - Chris Lemmerman Sep 17, 2014

    Batman's trip into the future could have been worse. It also could have been better. As it is, it kind of just sits middle of the table and doesn't do anything to set itself above or below the rest, except with its artwork. The storyline rubs me the wrong way because there seems to be no consistency with the other Bat-titles, and the fact that I kind of lost interest halfway through the issue because it was fairly clear what would happen by the end. I'm guessing that this issue is probably not important in the grand scheme of Scott Snyder's Bat-Epic, but that doesn't excuse it from being just a little bit halfhearted. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Sep 12, 2014

    Sure, seeing Batman going through LexCorp's multiple levels of security is really cool, but that's just Batman being Batman. It's not necessarily a setting we've seen him in before, true, so that at leastgives the book one almost redeeming quality. It's odd to see him doing the things he normally does in other Bat books, however, because his characterization is just so off. Maybe this is how Ray Fawkes interprets Batman, and it is different, just not in a good way. Read Full Review

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