As I’ve mentioned in several reviews already, over the course of Bliss on Tap’s Future Proof, we’ve seen our time-traveling heroes kill Kennedy and save Hitler, along with a number of other rather questionable acts, all at the behest of a benevolent artificial intelligence called The Sing. Both the characters and the readers have written these actions off as necessary evils. They have to be done to restore a fractured timeline. If Hitler dies young, or Kennedy lives to be old, a future much more terrible will come about as a result—which The Sing, in its infinite wisdom, has foreseen and wants to prevent.
The further we get into the story, though, the less cut and dried this all seems to be. Is The Sing really working for the good of mankind? How can our heroes really know?
This issue begins with a flashback—sort of. It takes place in 1938, which is further forward in time than our protagonists currently are, but the events are technically previous, from a future perspective. I think. Anyway, it shows another pair of time travelers in the service of The Sing, as they help Hitler during WWII.
Then, we join our heroes in London in 1888. And, merely from the year, it should be evident who it is that they’re there to help. Their assignment falls somewhere between creepy and abhorrent, and it finally starts to get them thinking about whether or not this is really all for the greater good. Only the first inklings, though. If there’s any more doubt to be had, we’ll have to wait until the next issue.
This is a pretty intense issue. In addition to being a great read, it also raises all sorts of moral and philosophical issues. The entire series has done that, but this issue perhaps even more so. At any rate, Future Proof has been a compelling and engaging story all the way through, and this issue is no exception. The time-travel aspect can get a little confusing sometimes (as I demonstrated earlier), but that’s only because the story gets more complex and intricate as it goes. If you enjoy time travel and philosophy, and don’t mind your stories being a bit on the complex side, then Future Proof is definitely a comic you should check out.