The Book: FutureQuake 2017 is back to brighten the boring, Inspire the indolent and render the jaded jubilant! Within the 100 page issue witness 18 possible futures including the latest instalment of the astounding epic, “Idea Space”.
The Review: I’ve been promising to finish this review of the latest FutureQuake special for weeks, but other things have kept pushing to the front. I’m not the most natural of reviewers and I’m afraid I have a tendendency to mull over my thoughts on a new comic for far too long.
Which is not what the many creators who worked on this splendid 100-page anthology will want to hear, or hard-working and talented editor Dave Evans, either. FutureQuake 2017 is well deserving of your attention, with a huge line-up of strips for you to savour and enjoy.
My favourites? Well, There are too many, but we can start with “Jamie Evolutionary” (Written by Jeff Bowles, Art by Romain Brun, Letters by Bolt-01) which also features on the stunning cover. Well deserving of cover lead, this is a beautifully realised short strip which captures the “Idea Space” theme of this collection perfectly. A smashing, poignant tale of a far-too-clever super child and a time travel twist that will leave you pondering. Romain Brun’s art on this story is simply stunning, and I’m on the look out for my by this talented creator – and you should be, too. (Follow him on Twitter @nezotholem)
I absolutely loved the short, text-less strip “Conservationists” written by David Tallerman, with gorgeous art by Anthony Summey (Letters by Bolt-01). It’s a simple story of aliens meet humans. I won’t spoil it for you but again the art is terrific.
“Kron“, written by Chris Tresson, with art by Nico Assirelli (Letters by Bolt-01) is another gem of a take (a hapless alien invader totally bemused by humankind’s reaction to him/it) and another story easily on a par with a 2000AD Future Shock, as I thought is “From Tiny Acorns” written by Alexi Conman with art by Richard Waugh.
There are so many delights in this Special it’s impossible to list them all (but I will mention “From Tiny Acorns”, “Jungalow” and “London Rocks”, creator information and sample art below) – all good stuff!
If I had one criticism, it would be the inclusion of the ongoing story “Idea Space: All Good Things” (written by JJ Robinson with art by Darren Stephens) in this “Special” issue. The story itself is heady stuff (and I’m not even going to try to bring you up to speed on its many twists and turns, it’ll make your head spin!), but as part of a larger tale it sits uneasily, I felt, with the rest of the one-off stories in this book, especially given it takes up 14 pages of the whole.
Edited by Dave Evans, 100 pages of great strips costs you just £6.50 – As always, available through the FQP webshop, I heartily recommend this book (and accept the rockets from Dave for taking so long to do so). But some back issues while you’re on their site – or track them down at one of the many conventions the dedicated team behind this book attend.
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Strips This Issue
• FutureQuake 2017 – 100 pages of great strips costs you just £6.50 – As always, available through the FQP webshop
• Check out the FurueQuake Press blog at https://futurequake.wordpress.com