The New 52: Futures End #48

The New 52: Futures End #48

Writer: Keith Giffen Artist: Patrick Zircher Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 1, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 13
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  • 10
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Apr 1, 2015

    Its difficult to properly express why this issue worked so magically without ruining its final moments for you, but heres a quick try: Futures End #48 gave priority to emotional beats over physical ones, brought the series full circle without losing what made it special along the way, and opened up what will hopefully be a fascinating stage of further exploration. A proper send off to the New 52 branding, this issue is undoubtedly my favorite of the week. Heres to whats on the horizon. Eye cant wait. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Apr 1, 2015

    The ending was interesting enough for me to want to go back and see what I missed, it seems like it's a time-traveling head trip, but standing on its own, the issue is decent, and what stands out is its rather bleak ending. To see a comic end on a somewhat downer (I don't consider that a spoiler) is interesting, and almost welcome in a weird way. For DC, which I'd consider a bit sunnier than rivals, it's an odd tone, and one I welcome. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Roberto de Bexar Apr 7, 2015

    This issue really shouldnt be the final issue. As soon as you see where they are going with the next story arc, Futures End #48 ends on a cliffhanger thats nothing short of a disservice to the reader. The final page gives you a variety of comic book covers with the tagline Into the future on to the End, which is awesome, but it should have been given one or two more issues. Look, this is the new comic book business plan: Give the reads the readers a really good story and before you get the ending KAPOW! If you havent yet read this 4-year saga, go TPB. It read almost like The Walking Dead, as single issues dont give you enough information and, yet, read completely awesome in bunches. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Apr 2, 2015

    The future has ended! Oh the inhumanity! Cats and dogs living together! Or, or not. With an ending that's something we might see serve as a lead in to Convergence it misses its mark atbeing a satisfying stopping point for Futures End,but does serve to teach a valuable lesson about time travel (Don't time travel).Third pocket, Tim third pocket. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Apr 1, 2015

    As a finale, this book was kind of weak and didn't seem like anything was resolved, nor did it seems as conclusive as the above title. It's also not made clear where readers should go next; Convergence or June's new Batman Beyond title (also written by Dan Jurgens)? Still, those looking to keep up to date with the grand DC scheme owe it to themselves to give this at least one read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Apr 2, 2015

    Futures End is at its end, and unfortunately it isn't a very resolute one. Tim Drake makes it to his final destination, and this is the probably the best shock that this issue provides. While it certainly makes for some fun and emotional reunions, the reveal leaves one with the impression that we've been here before. Mainly because we have. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Apr 1, 2015

    Futures End #48 is a disappointing way to end this weekly series, really providing no resolution for the story and just kind of abruptly ending. There are moments in here that are good, but as a whole, this was a lackluster way to wrap things up. I know this will be continuing on into Convergence, but the series could have at least given us something a bit more than this for our final issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Apr 2, 2015

    Futures End was a nice concept pulled down by its own run length and inconsistency. The finale was an average read, with a serviceable story and art and an ending that effectively says what we all know – no matter what you do to try and change things for the better, nothing will change and everything you do is ultimately, crushingly pointless. Fin. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Apr 8, 2015

    The echoing threat is an old, in fact a traditional, aspect of dark storytelling. True, there are some stories, such as Dracula, in which evil is vanquished at great cost. There are others, such as most of Lovecraft, where evil is so alien and so powerful that no victory is possible. But probably the most common pattern in darker stories is for the monster to be beatenonly for the reader to be reminded thatevil is never entirely vanquished, darkness never entirely destroyed, and terror will return someday. After all, thatis our experience of the actual world. The best visual representation of this storytelling tradition would be a spiral, where the forces of good make two steps forward and one back, each tale contains the roots of its sequel. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Apr 1, 2015

    For all of us that have been following this story for it's entire run, this finale comes off as a smack in the face.  Nothing is resolved, the explanations for it are nonsensical and all it accomplishes is being a prologue to the Batman Beyond series in June.  This was really one of the most underwhelming, face palming endings that I've ever read.   Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Apr 2, 2015

    It's rough to find fault in the series for not living up to expectations, but the expectations themselves got a little more slippery as the cast expanded. "The New 52: Futures End" #48 fills space and marks time but never really feels substantial, even in regards to the characters who have darn near an entire issue of spotlight. Other than two characters reuniting and the story left hanging, this was rather unsatisfying and left me ambivalent towards the next event, "Convergence." Too bad DC has left us no time to reflect on this prior to serving up the next one. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Apr 2, 2015

    And, so this is how the world ends, not with a bang, but with a thud. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    Batman-News - Jesse Kennedy Apr 3, 2015

    As a final issue, it does what it was meant to do: make you spend money. The entire 49 issue series is/was a setup for something else. For me, I wish it was actually good in and of itself, but it's not. A prequel for what will come doesn't have to be disjointed and unsatisfying. It can lead readers to the next big event or story and still make themfeel like what happened actually mattered. For me, it was a huge waste. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 1, 2015

    If you have to guess what happened at the end of a 48-issue series, something's gone wrong. If you have to hope that a 48-issue series will be resolved in another ongoing series, something's gone wrong. And if you wind up doing this much of a disservice to an enduring character - one that could easily bring in more readers to a struggling market share, like Batman Beyond - something's gone wrong. And it's a shame to say that - this is a series I wanted to give the benefit of the doubt, and indeed, did give the benefit of the doubt 48 times. After awhile, the message is inescapable - you've been had. And in many ways, that might be the final legacy of The New 52: Futures End. The heroes have lost - and any readers faithful enough to stay through this entire series are just losing with them. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    JBL Reviews Apr 4, 2015

    Didn't feel like an ending.

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Apr 8, 2015

    The final issue which is absolutely not a final one.

  • 6.0
    MyNameIsNotJohn Dec 1, 2016

    If you treat this as an elseworld story you'll much likely be less frustrated as those who wanted a satisfying conclusion. And it's completely understandable to be upset with this ending, an ending to a series that already faced a number of problems, but given the current status quo of Batman Beyond hopefully it can be forgiven for the missteps that occurred during its run. It's technically a story where the villains win and I can live with that.

  • 4.5
    Supes' soups Apr 2, 2015

    Future's End has its moments but overall the payoff was more of a slap in the face than anything else. I felt like I was duped. First they kill off Terry McGinnis, who just might be as cool or cooler than Dick Grayson as Nightwing, for no apparent reason and then proceeds to end with how we are in a post-apocalyptic world where the heroes lose and Eye has won. I'm at a loss for words. Maybe after we read the 8 issues of Convergence, we get a better resolution but if you've read Future's End since issue #1, you've already invested roughly $160 on this story and now they want you to shell out around $40 to read Convergence with no guarantee of a satisfactory ending? Thank God, my local comic shops provide chairs and that the owner is friendly enough to let you read entire comics on the regular without buying. On top of that if you read the sister book, World's End which is arguably even worse, you just paid roughly $300 for a spectacular kluster-phuck of an event that leaves your wallet as drained as your soul. Kudos DC, you are the true villains, perhaps Brother Eye is a metaphor for you guys as a company...

  • 3.0
    Slayer666 Apr 6, 2015

    Very disappointing ending to a decent series.

  • 2.0
    El Chapulin Colorado Apr 3, 2015

    Nothing changed from issue 0

  • 1.0
    Novirtue Apr 8, 2015

    The most honest review I can give is that this is the last DC comic I'll ever buy, they had the opportunity to do something so much better, yet the entire series was so slow, the zombies disguised as killer robots got old fast, none of the real war was shown or explained at all through all 48 issues. I kept waiting for some of the major superheroes to be shown as being assimilated by brother eye, and some of the struggle, but all we got was a "terminator" feeling of going back in time and constantly running from killer machine, there was nothing original about it, all major "plot twists" were completely expected, some of the characters in the island were so completely shallow, and it kept expanding so many story lines at once that they ended up just a bunch of loose ends that made no sense whatsoever. All in all a major disappointment by DC comics, first they killed the movies, now they killed the comics.

  • 9.0
    Deni-K Apr 1, 2015

  • 7.0
    Redeadhood Apr 3, 2015

  • 7.0
    MichaƂ Dziewit Apr 6, 2015

  • 6.5
    havok1977 Apr 25, 2015

  • 5.5
    Rotivv Apr 2, 2015

  • 4.0
    Jason The Dude Apr 7, 2015

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