The New 52: Futures End #35
The new Firestorm faces off against Polaris, which advances the story of the New 52 Universe sliding into a dark future. Lana Lang teaches the strange, omniscient “Fifty Sue” discipline. Ray Palmer talks to Amethyst about preserving the long life of Frankenstein’s monster, who has been contaminated by Nth Metal from Hawkman. The alien metal is at war with the dark magic keeping the creation alive.
The Batman/Joker Hybrid creature from the future – another being at war with itself and brought back from death – realises that killing Bruce Wayne in the present day will wipe out it’s personal future.
The battle against Polaris and Firestorm has some strong artwork. The story is a small part of a far larger reaching narrative, however, which makes identifying characters, and their motivations difficult.
Phil Coulson’s history plays out across the opening pages. He was a data analyst, before becoming a field agent. Invited to play poker with the Avengers the night before starting his new job, Coulson uses his knowledge of all the Marvel Universe heroes to predict how they will play the game.
The comic continues to drive the character forward. Coulson’s role is to act as a SHIELD/Super Hero liason, and direct the right people and abilities to solve specific problems. He heads out with a team consisting of characters from the TV show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D to target the source of an Asgardian incursion. There’s some excellent artwork of Valkyrie and The Black Knight. Heimdall later stands heroically with the agents.
There’s some inconsistency here: Tony Stark is the Superior Iron Man. Despite his recent personality inversion, he is courteous, and heroic. Further, the Superman-like hero Hyperion is shown to be easily knocked down by a single troll from one of the nine realms.
The Multiversity: New Thunderworld Adventures #1
Published on December 17, 2014,The Multiversity: New Thunderworld Adventures #1 offers an interesting science vs. magic theme worth discussing. This is despite the fact the comic was published several weeks ago.
Themes are expressly brought out when Doctor Sivana and Captain Marvel share a moment discussing the topic. Marvel says science and magic are the same, which is a lot like Arthur C. Clarke’s quote: “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” This is the third of Clarke’s three laws of prediction. Technology from the future is indistinguishable from magical events by present day standards.
The comic builds toward this moment of science and magic by placing smaller discussions along the way. A cave setting in nature is placed in opposition to a sterile, organised office. Earlier, Sivana states he has a scientific explanation for Captain Marvel’s magic powers. Subtract wonder, add reality. There’s no room for imagination, or creative ideas not based in facts on Doctor Sivana’s world.
Artwork of Captain Marvel flying through the subway passage that links Fawcett city to the Rock of Eternity is stunning. Alternating bright and dark scenes show off the Marvel family, and the Monster Society.