SILENCE WILL FALL | Know where the cracks in the universe come from?
I realise I am fashionably late to my own Tumblr party, but I am sad to announce that I’ve officially outlived the pre-Crisis Helena Wayne today.
Why is it sad you ask? Because Helena Wayne was simply two damn awesome a character to die at age 27 in her respective timeline. In fact, the scan above was the last conversation she had with Power Girl before meeting her own end during the final battle in Crisis on Infinite Earths.
The ironic thing of course is that Power Girl was more worried about losing her cousin than she was of losing her best friend who was more vulnerable to death on a dying Earth than a man of steel. In fact, Helena had a point here about Kal being virtually indestructible. Kal ended up surviving the Crisis while Helena did not. As such, our poor Kara was without her best friend for two long miserable decades.
Fast forward to the year 2014, and history is literally repeating itself. Not because it naturally does, but because DC loves to have their cake and eat it too.
So for my birthday today, DC Comics gave us the first batch of Futures End issues. None of it was pretty. For the two Futures End books that I got today, DC gave me a Brother Eye-possessed Power Girl, a dismembered Red Tornado, two evil Terry Sloans, a Mister Terrific who fails to live up to his name, and an incomprehensible story that told us nothing about why the Earth-2 characters ended up on Cadmus Island following the War with Apokolips. Actually, scrap that. There was no story in today’s Earth-2: Futures End one-shot. Just stuff that happened for no reason at all, really. Not even the explosions were fun to watch.
I will say though, today’s new comic book day wasn’t all bad. I did after all get a Clint and Tash team-up in today’s new Black Widow, which was fabulous. In fact, it actually made my day. :) I can never complain about having Clint and Tash appearing on the same page together as illustrated by the wonderfully talented Phil Noto. I dare say, if you need to throw away $3.99 (£2.49) today, go buy this book. Writing is solid, the art is gorgeous, it’s literally worth every penny. :)
For next week…oooh….we’ll see what happens. If Worlds’ Finest: Futures End #1 isn’t a throwaway story like today’s Earth-2: Futures End #1 was, I may actually review it. If Power Girl does end up beating the shit out of Deathstroke in next week’s Futures End #19 issue, I may cover that as well.
After that, I think I’ll be done with the Futures End one-shots and will just stick to the weekly. Then the month after that, we’ll have another six months of Crisis on Infinite Earths 2.0 to look forward to. I’m honestly not expecting a masterpiece to come out of this new weekly, so it’s a good thing I’m not picking this up for the story. (Especially if today’s Earth-2 was anything to go by).
At this point, I think Earth-2 needs a Doctor. Bad!
How long before a blue police box falls through a boom tube and crash-lands into the current hellhole that is Earth-2?