Thursday, September 25, 2014

Batwoman: Future’s End #1 Gives Us a Bleak View of Our Heroine in Five Years

Batman is fresh on everyone’s minds as he’s in the news almost daily because of his 75th Anniversary and a new movie on the horizon. Let’s take the focus off of him a little and give some limelight to one of his reluctant comrades in the fight against crime-ridden Gotham City. Batwoman: Future’s End #1gives us a peek into what our heroine is up to five years from now… and it doesn’t appear to be anything good.

Kathy Kane has transformed into a bat, no doubt thanks to an unhealthy dose of Doctor Kirk Langstrom’s Man-Bat formula. She flies around Gotham with her army of bats wreaking havoc on the city she once vowed to protect. Her sister takes on the responsibility of either killing her or finding a way to reverse the effects of the serum. One way or another, the mutated Batwoman must be stopped before she destroys everything in her path.

Writer Marc Andreyko does a wonderful job creating an emotional tie that draws readers into Batwoman: Future’s End #1. He strives to establish as much plot and groundwork as he can in a 20-plus page one-shot. Andreyko successfully gives us action, drama, and tragedy all in that limited amount of space.

Artist Jason Masters has a unique style which separates him from the Jim Lee and Ivan Reis school of illustration used so much these days. He pours his heart and soul into the detail we see in every panel. Masters is very creative when it comes to his layouts and that adds extra depth to each page.

Batwoman: Future’s End #1 is rated T+ for Teens Plus. I take that as saying there’s material inside which might not be suitable for readers under the age of 15 or 16. The only things I saw questionable were a couple scenes where Batwoman tears away the flesh from a victim’s throat.

Although it’s not as easy to jump into Batwoman: Future’s End #1 if you’re not following the monthly title, there’s still a lot to enjoy here. You just have to take the tale at face value and go with the flow with little backstory. If anything, it will spark your interest and make you strive to find out what’s really going on in the grand scheme of DC Comics’ latest epic event.

Batwoman: Future’s End #1 is available now in print and Kindle editions.

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