On the surface, Future Proof sounds like a fairly standard time travel story. History has become somewhat fractured, and a group of time travelers has to go through history, fixing key events and putting things right. The story, or ones like it, have been done a hundred times before. Only with Future Proof, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Beneath the standard story is a bizarre and somewhat frightening existential quandary.
The device that allows them to travel through time, and which tells them how to fix the historical events they’ve messed up, is a quantum supercomputer called The Sing (short for Singularity). The Sing is, essentially, God. It knows everything. It can do anything, as long as it’s not impossible—and, at the quantum level, a surprising number of things are possible. Human beings no longer have free will but are now essentially pets of the Sing—lovingly treated pets, but pets nonetheless. In fact, the only reason that history became fractured is because humans didn’t do what the Sing told them to do. And now, the Sing has to help them fix it.
In Issue #1, we see two agents trying to fix the Kennedy assassination—by causing it, rather than preventing it. We also flash back to their recruitment/training and get a glimpse of just how much the Sing is in control of the fate of every single person on Earth.
In general, this is a good beginning to the series, and it promises some interesting, if uncomfortable, things in the future. The exposition explaining the creation of the Sing and the time travel problems they’re trying to fix goes on a bit long, but other than that, this is a pretty solid issue. If you’re a fan of time travel, you’ll probably enjoy this issue—though if you tend to shy away from deep existential and philosophical matters, this might not be the comic for you. Like I said, it’s just a bit frightening in that respect, but if that IS your cup of tea (as it is mine), then jump right in and enjoy!