We're three issues into this weekly DC megaseries. It started with chaos and violence in the Free Comic Book Day issue 0. There was a lot of action -- and one gloriously creepy moment -- but with the dystopic 35-year future didn't have a lot of emotional weight. And the OMAC cyborgs of various superheroes were creepy, but the possibility of a reset button was far too apparent in the opening scenes -- in fact, that's what the entire series is about. 

Issue 1, set merely 5 years into our future, wasn't much of an improvement. Setting four plot threads in motion, the book didn't have much cohesion. Grifter kills some Daemonites masquerading as humans; Brother Eye trounces Stormwatch; Batman Beyond fights one last OMAC-borg, and Ron Raymond and Jason Rusch argue about their responsibilities as Firestorm, leading them to be too late to save Green Arrow's life. But remember, this is a possible future, so a shocking death still doesn't have much weight. 

So why, then, did issue 2 suddenly start to click for me? Part of it was the superhero funeral, an event big enough to feel like the issue was about something. We see some heroes inexplicably changed, in the sort of intriguing ways that brought to mind the giant Hawkgirl in 52 (a development that went nowhere, alas). Mr. Terrific is for some reason a Twitter-trending douche. Superman (or Superboy or -girl) is seen in the background in a Wildfire-style containment suit. Animal Man was apparently best friends with Ollie -- he delivers his eulogy. There was an invasion on Earth 2 a while back, and refugees came to Earth 1. Possible futures are at their best when they try to intrigue rather than shock, and that's what's going on here.

Meanwhile, King Farraday is investigating the Grifter killings, Lois Lane gets a mysterious package relating to Oliver Queen, and there's a bartender who seems really disillusioned  with superheroes as a whole. Given his hairstyle and the fact that his bar is named The Wounded Duck, I'm guessing he's Tim Drake.

 I very nearly didn't pick up issue 2, and if it hadn't been such a light week, I wouldn't have. But suddenly, there are puzzles to solve.Suddenly, I'm invested.

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I've been enjoying the heck out of Futures End, but Worlds End drove me away after 2 issues.  I hope it got better, but it strikes me as a big event to rearrange the status quo rather than a big event to tell a big story. (Which is what I find Futures End to be, even if it seems like it will be a largely inconsequential one.)

Thanks, Rob. I guess I'll skip that part then. It's a shame since I have enjoyed Worlds' Finest and Earth-2.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

I've been enjoying the heck out of Futures End, but Worlds End drove me away after 2 issues.  I hope it got better, but it strikes me as a big event to rearrange the status quo rather than a big event to tell a big story. (Which is what I find Futures End to be, even if it seems like it will be a largely inconsequential one.)

I really liked those books, too -- but once World's End started, I realized I wasn't interested in tearing the whole thing down, and figured I could wait until things were back on the upswing.

I'm hoping to pick up Earth 2: Society, though -- at least giving it a try.

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