The Titans' weekends are usually a chance to get away from
it all, but this time they're really gone... to the 31st century.
There, they must help the Legion of Superheroes stop a threat
known as the Fatal Five Hundred. Their return trip drops them
off a mere ten years into the future, but it's not a place
they want to stay. Most of the team are horrified at what
they grow up to become and what these adult Titans do to accomplish
their goals. The final story brings them back home to welcome
their newest member - Speedy - who arrives just in time to
oppose Dr. Light. His memory restored, Dr. Light comes looking
for retribution for the humiliating defeats the Titans have
handed him over the years. The dark times of the future appear
to be starting right about now...
Future is Now sounds,
in principle, like a really clever idea - and one that should
be full of exciting plot threads. Sadly, and I really do mean
sadly, it never really seems to get off the ground.
of the problem is that the author, Geoff Johns, is trying
to be a little too clever and just goes too far. The end result
is a not very credible plot. Okay: "How credible a story
are you expecting with a bunch of costumed superheroes,"
I hear you cry. But even fanciful creations need to have their
storylines grounded in a coherent plotline. Personally I felt
as though someone was trying a little too hard to keep my
attention - and that is never a good thing.
also helps if you've read some of the recent Infinite Crisis
series of graphic novels. These explain an unethical deed
which the JLA performed in order to save mankind - a deed
they committed against a villain and one of their own. If
you haven't been following that story arc, some of The
Future is Now may be a little confusing.
artwork is pretty run-of-the-mill - although there are a couple
of excellent Batman illustrations that really stand out. At
the end of the day, though, there is nothing here that really
bit of a let down really. One for serious Teen Titans
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