Cluttered New 52: Future’s End #37 Takes Us from Gemworld to Watchtower to Smallville to New York City


The New 52: Future’s End was one of my favorite storylines of last year. It was a solid concept. Lately, not so much. DC seems to be jamming too many stories into one comic. Issue 17 alone shoves five scenarios into one book.

The War changed everyone, and not for the better. After last issue’s shocking ending made one hero a murderer, find out how far Constantine went to win, and how Amethyst lost her magic! Don’t miss the return to Gemworld!

The New 52: Future’s End #37 is a hit and miss comic. This issue was a miss… or should I say mess. For example, it opens on a team performing some sort of ritual with Constantine. What this ritual will do, it does not say. The writers don't do a good job conveying what happened in the past issue for those who might just be jumping in.

The art by Art Thibert and Aaron Lopresti is quite impressive. Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, Jeff Lemire, and Brian Azzarello’s writing, however, is atrocious. They jump all over the place from Gemworld to Watchtower to Smallville to New York City. These random leaps all around leave the reader wondering what will happen back at those locations when it’s revisited. However, the constant unfocused writing gets old really fast. Otherwise, the overall characters and development lend a level of humanity to it, as the superheroes are being tested to their limit.

The New 52: Future’s End #37 is a decent issue for the most part. However, as we read the last page we realize that (once again) DC uses another villain who is all too familiar. Instead of Darkseid, it’s the Joker. The Joker is now a cyborg of some sort, though. Future’s End is a story arc that could be legendary in the grand scheme of comic book events. Still, Issue #37 falls short due to its constant messiness. (Review written by Everett Shirey)

The New 52: Future’s End #37 is available now in print and Kindle editions.