DC Comics launches its exciting Futures End event this September. Futures End will take readers five years into the future of the DCU. According to Jeff Lemire, this event explores the nature of what it means to be a hero, set against storylines where the past, present, and future collide. This event marks the third anniversary of the New 52 DC Comics Universe. Comic fans can get a sneak peek in the special edition zero issue on Free Comic Book Day – Saturday, May 3.
DC will create both 2D and 3D covers for Futures End titles. The September solicits were released two months early to give retailers enough time to order their 3D motion covers. Creative teams have not yet been announced for the 41 Futures End Titles. Futures End marks the return of beloved characters, like Booster Gold, and the introduction of new characters, like Batman Beyond, into the DCU continuity.
The 41 Futures End titles for September:
On sale SEPTEMBER 3
“Action Comics: Futures End #1”
With the Man of Steel missing, ordinary people around the world start to mysteriously exhibit his strengths and abilities…
“Aquaman and the Others: Futures End #1”
The Dead King leads the Others in a final assault on Atlantis to end Mera’s reign forever!
“Batwing: Futures End #1”
Luke Fox has rejected his father, which leads him to rebuilding a more deadly and dangerous Leviathan!
“Detective Comics: Futures End #1”
Batman takes his war on crime to the next level, but he needs the help of his greatest ally – The Riddler?!
“Earth 2: Futures End #1”
Michael Holt has survived the war between the two worlds he’s called home. Now, he’s taking drastic measures to ensure that there will be no more war – regardless of the cost!
“Grayson: Futures End #1”
Branded a traitor, Dick Grayson has become the most powerful hero in the newly resurgent and dominant Mother Russia – and now, he must battle the Beast from the East in one final struggle for supremacy!
“Green Arrow: Futures End #1”
Green Arrow is dead – and his replacement finally stands revealed!
“Green Lantern: Futures End #1”
Across the universe, the dead are rising — the Black Lanterns are back! Only one being knows what it will take to destroy them this time…the one who understands the spectrum inside and out: Relic! But there’s no way Hal Jordan is prepared for the part he’ll have to play in order put an end to the Black Lanterns once and for all!
“Swamp Thing: Futures End #1”
The Avatars of the Green, Red and Gray go to war with the avatars of Bacteria and Metal! It’s five years later, and Alec Holland is trying to mediate a ceasefire that could also be his last stab at reconnecting with humanity!
“Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger: Futures End #1”
With one coin of redemption left, the Phantom Stranger faces his final challenge – in front of the new Council of Eternity!
On sale SEPTEMBER 10
“Batgirl: Futures End #1”
It’s five years later, and Barbara Gordon has become Bête Noire – a.k.a. The Black Beast! Part Batman and part Bane, she leads a squad of female agents through the Gotham Underground!
“Batman: Futures End #1”
It’s five years later and Bruce Wayne is using dangerous science to help him continue his war on crime. What is it, and what forced Bruce to resort to such extremes?
“Birds of Prey: Futures End #1”
Free of Ra’s al Ghul’s control at last, Black Canary claims her rightful place as the head of the League of Assassins!
“Constantine: Futures End #1”
After a desperate five-year quest, John Constantine has claimed the ultimate occult prize: the Helmet of Fate!
“Green Lantern Corps: Futures End #1”
John Stewart makes a fateful decision – will he choose to take his last shot at redemption? Or will he pull the trigger and kill any chance of a life worth living, in the name of saving the Corps?
“Infinity Man and the Forever People: Futures End #1”
Five years from now, the New Gods are missing, Infinity Man is trapped on Earth, and all is not as it seems in Mark Moonrider’s life. Is he living some beautiful dream, or is he stuck in a never-ending nightmare?
“Justice League: Futures End #1”
The mystery of the Martian Manhunter is revealed at last as his decades-long plan for world domination comes to fruition! Continues in this month’s JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED: FUTURES END #1!
“New Suicide Squad: Futures End #1”
Amanda Waller’s covert war against the United States reaches the boiling point as the Suicide Squad takes the White House!
“Superboy: Futures End #1”
Kon has a final, fateful confrontation with his clones and finds help from some unlikely allies!
“Superman/Wonder Woman: Futures End #1”
The battle between the God of War and Nemesis can only spell doom for humanity – but can Kal restore Diana to her senses before it’s too late?
“Worlds’ Finest: Futures End #1”
Power Girl must break into Cadmus Island to free Huntress – but she ends up a prisoner herself!
On sale SEPTEMBER 17
“Batman and Robin: Futures End #1”
Bruce continues to feel the fallout from his extreme new crime fighting methods — is he ready to face the might of Heretic?
“Batman/Superman: Futures End #1”
A new super beings seeks out Batman: a creature born of hate who the broken Bat may not last long against!
“Futures End #1”
Now a creature of the night, Batwoman turns against her former lover, Nocturna, in final, deadly conflict!
“Green Lantern: New Guardians: Futures End #1″
The power of the white lantern power has brought Kyle to the brink of death! Now, he must decide whether to release that power into the universe, or find another unsuspecting soul to take it on.”
“Justice League United: Futures End #1”
In the concluding chapter of the epic story that began in this month’s “Justice League United: Futures End #1” the armies of Mars rise against the unsuspecting population of Earth – and only the combined might of the Justice League and the Legion of Super-Heroes can stand against them!
“Red Hood and the Outlaws: Futures End #1”
Red Hood rides solo in the future as he reveals hints to how the Outlaws and his partners Starfire and Arsenal parted ways and how that lead to Jason Todd’s new mission of retribution and brutal justice.
“Supergirl: Futures End #1”
At last, Supergirl reconciles with her father, Cyborg Superman – in the most horrific way possible!
“Teen Titans: Futures End #1”
With the Teen Titans dead, a new group of young heroes seek justice in the future DC Universe!
“Trinity of Sin: Pandora: Futures End #1”
Pandora’s box has been reformed – but it can only be sealed from the inside! How can she make the ultimate sacrifice to safeguard the world against the deadly evils it holds?
“Wonder Woman: Futures End #1”
Her humanity lost forever, Wonder Woman embraces her true nature as the God of War to battle the armies of Nemesis!
On sale SEPTEMBER 24
“Aquaman: Futures End #1”
Mera has claimed the throne of Atlantis for herself – and she’s sentenced her unfaithful husband, Aquaman, to death!
“Booster Gold: Futures End #1”
Trapped out of time on a world that defies reason, Booster Gold struggles to escape the fate that has held him and so many forgotten heroes captive!
“Catwoman: Futures End #1”
Catwoman’s battle to be kingpin of crime in Gotham City takes an unexpected turn when Selina and Black Mask are revealed to be one and the same!
“The Flash: Futures End #1”
It’s the final showdown between The Flash and his future self for control of the Speed Force – with Wally West’s life hanging in the balance!
“Harley Quinn: Futures End #1”
Harley and The Joker make it legal at last! Follow the happy couple to their secret honeymoon spot, where it’s literally till death do they part!
“Justice League Dark: Futures End #1”
An emotionally and physically scared Zatanna struggles to find a way to return her team and the House of Mystery itself to our own dimension – but the cost might doom them and our world!
“Red Lanterns: Futures End #1”
The ranks of the Red Lanterns have grown to monstrous numbers, and with no Blood Lake to restore their sanity, they’re terrorizing the universe. It’s up to Blue Lantern Guy Gardner to correct the deadly mistake he made!
“Sinestro: Futures End #1″
Sinestro has been imprisoned by a powerful new intergalactic force with ideals based on a twisted version of his own code! Lost in a super-max prison on the far side of the universe, he orchestrates an escape…and his revenge!
“Superman: Futures End #1”
There’s a new, much darker Superman prowling the streets of Metropolis! But who exactly is he?
From the AP article by Matt Moore:
Nearly three years after its debut, DC Comics is pushing its New 52 five years into the future with writers Jeff Lemire, Keith Giffen, Brian Azzarello and Dan Jurgens to examine how heroes change with the passing of time and technology.
Lemire calls the new weekly series an exploration of DC’s past, present and its future.
“Really, what we’re trying to do with this book is to explore the nature of what a hero is and we’re doing that, obviously by playing with the future of the New 52 timeline,” he said. “Past present and future all colliding in this story line.”
That means exploring the past with a character like Frankenstein, the present with Firestorm and the future with Batman Beyond who is, Lemire said, making what is his first “in-continuity appearance. He’ll become part of the New 52.”
Those three, however, are not the only characters who will have a place in the series.
“That’s definitely one of our mandates, too,” Lemire said. “To create new characters and new concepts that will hopefully have a life beyond the series.”
Artists on the series include Ethan Van Sciver, drawing the zero issue, along with Jesus Merino, Aaron Lopresti and Jurgens, among others who will be added as the series goes from one issue to the next, every week.
The writers, all of whom have deep and historical ties to DC Entertainment and its roster of heroes and villains, have been working to craft a story that focuses on the past, present and future that will have implications across the DC universe, says Lemire, calling it a “high concept” work.