Five years in the future, Bruce Wayne still dons the cape and cowl and stalks the streets nightly as the Batman. He’s also continues to be obsessed with the death of his son, Damian. Old wounds are opened when a monstrous assassin resembling the Heretic shows up. Could he be the same Heretic or another creation of the league of Assassins sent to rid the world of the Caped Crusader and his new sidekick?
Ray Fawkes pens an engaging and explosive single issue that both ties into the rest of the Future’s End mythos as well as standing on its own. Of course it’s easier to understand if taken in the context of the whole title-spanning epic saga. However, there’s plenty here to enjoy if you just jump in for a quick ride.
Dustin Nguyen provides the artwork for Batman and Robin: Future’s End #1. His inspiration for the Batman found in this issue is easy to pinpoint as soon as you see his first appearance. He very much resembles the Caped Crusader we see in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Robin’s new costume is reminiscent of RoboCop’s recent robotic get-up from the remake. Nguyen definitely knows how to bring panels full of tense action to vibrant life as he accents Fawkes’ script through images.
Batman and Robin: Future’s End #1 is rated T for Teen. There’s nothing found here except the typical comic book violence we get week in and week out from DC Comics. If you’ve seen any of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films, you’re safe to read this.
I can’t say that I’m convinced everything we see in Batman and Robin: Future’s End #1 will end up staying canon, but it makes for fun reading now. I’m sure at some point the DC Universe will once again suffer through some sort of intergalactic tragedy that will shift the timeline and free up writers to explore other avenues. That doesn’t mean we can’t have a good time with the whole storyline right now.