REVIEW: Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2

Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2 is finally here and I have been eagerly awaiting it’s release. The dynamic between the two title characters is excellent and I have loved getting to know Jon Kent and Yara Flor that little bit more.

But before we get into the issue itself, let’s take a look at the covers. The standard cover is by Lee Weeks and Brad Anderson and it is magnificent! The textures are phenomenal and that is only accentuated with the vibrant colours that Anderson provides. There is just something about seeing Superman riding a horse into battle that is just epic to me. I am completely here for it.

Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2 Review - The Aspiring Kryptonian
Photo Credit: DC Entertainment

The variant cover is by Terry and Rachel Dodson, and I adore it. Both Superman and Wonder Woman look powerful and confident on this cover and I have to say they make a great team! Yara Flor’s armour looks heroic here, the pair have perfectly texturised and coloured the different materials in the costume. They look almost god-like in their stance and I feel the use of colours really add to that.

Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2 Review - The Aspiring Kryptonian
Photo Credit: DC Entertainment

Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2 picks up right where we left off in #1, as Superman regains consciousness with the help of Wonder Woman. The pair both have individual battles and tasks that must be done which could see their demise, instead the pair come up with a plan to end it once and for all.

I really enjoyed this issue, not only did it tackle some of the struggles that Superman faces, it also highlighted the importance and efficiency of teamwork and friendship. This issue was inspiring I thought. We see two half human heroes embrace their humanity in order to take on gods. As human readers (I’m assuming), that is something that makes both Superman and Wonder Woman extremely relatable, and it shows how we can also make a difference.

Writer Dan Watters perfectly handles the “does the world need Superman” theme. Based on Jon’s previous experiences he doesn’t know or believe humanity can be entirely trusted to do the right thing and essentially save the planet. Yet Yara has a totally different take on life, humanity managed just fine before there was a Superman, now they have become reliant on heroes and Superman. He is literally saving a planet from its doom each and every day. Imagine that responsibility. That dependence is the burden that he has inherited from his father, it’s the burden he now has to carry and that is a lot to deal with.

One thing I loved was Yara’s attitude towards that notion. The pair have a great dynamic with one another and it’s great to see, they perfectly compliment each other. The trust that they have with each other has allowed them each to have a bit of fun and downtime whilst the other is keeping watch. I love that sense of teamwork, and the fact that pairing up and putting their heads together allowed them to take on their challenges effectively just goes to show what people can do together.

As I’ve highlighted there are a few underlying themes within the issue, but with that said it is still a fun, action packed and satisfying finale to this story line. That action is perfectly brought to life by artist Leila Del Duca and colurist Nick Filardi. The artwork is full of detail and vibrancy, each and every panel is accentuated perfectly.

There are some smaller panels that have such intricate details, especially when it comes to Yara Flor’s armour, it is expertly done. Sometimes details can be skewed when it comes to background images or small panels, but that is certainly not the case here. My personal favourite panel is that of Superman literally punching the sun. The use of colours on that page is phenomenal, you can literally feel the heat emanating from the page.

Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2 is an action packed, satisfying and inspiring ending to the mini-series. Unlike some of the other Future State series’, this one has shone a light on the personalities and traits of these characters, which I’ve adored.

Haven’t picked up Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2 yet? You can get the standard cover by Lee Weeks and Brad Anderson here (UK), or here (US). Or if you prefer the variant cover by Terry and Rachel Dodson, you can get that here.

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