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DC teases ‘Futures End’ with new Escher-inspired image


Timed to coincide with the lunar eclipse, DC Comics last night released a teaser image for its new weekly series that promises, “When Futures End … the Blood Moon Shall Rise!”

Launching with a zero issue on May 3 as part of Free Comic Book Day, Futures End propels the New 52 storylines ahead five years for an exploration of the nature of heroism as well the past, present and, yes, future of the DC Universe. The series is written by Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens and Jeff Lemire, with a roster of artists that includes Ryan Sook, Ethan Van Sciver, Jesus Merino, Aaron Lopresti, Jurgens and Giffen.

An homage to M.C. Escher’s famed lithograph Relativity, the Mikel Janin-drawn teaser plays up characters who’ve already been identified as major players in Futures End — Frankenstein, Firestorm (with fighting alter egos), Grifter and Batman Beyond – while also giving some prime real estate to Mr. Terrific, who appears to have his own Marvel Family-style entourage in tow (the Terrifi-T-tec U-Sphere signage would seem to underscore his importance). And it’s impossible to miss those two prominent Brother Eye, um, eyes.

Also present: Lois Lane, Robin, Hawkman, Apollo, Booster Gold, Amethyst — and is that Earth 2 Batman at top-center? Who else can you identify?

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That Batman is from the #0 issue, he’s Batman from the shitty Brother Eye future.

I feel at some point that DC will try to retcon the New 52. You know it’s going to happen at some point. It’s just a matter of when. Either all at once in a event or some kind of piece meal approach like Marvel Now.


Marvel Now hasn’t retconned anything.

Enrique Montero

April 15, 2014 at 8:44 am

Is that Tim Drake from the pre-Flashpoint DC Universe? That Robin is wearing the same costume that Tim Drake used to wear on his early days as The Boy Wonder

Apollo and midnighter, hell yeah

I stand corrected. Marvel Now isn’t a retcon. More of a face lift. Which is what DC really needed rather than the New 52’s slash and burn approach.

Do I see Amethyst in there? Can’t wait!

Why are folks still sitting around complaining about the New 52? Get over it already. You act like this is the first time they’ve done something like this.

Anyways, looks like Booster Gold behind Robin. And what version of Supes is that?

The teaser is beautifull with lots of interesting characters… But will the story hold? I hope we get something more like “52”…

This looks like fun.

Bill Williamson

April 15, 2014 at 9:45 am

@ lewis4510: Of course they will. New 52 has been mostly a failed experiment for DC. They haven’t been able to increase their sales or beat Marvel’s market share, at least in the long term. Plus, fans seem to hate it and the only book that both fans and critics have consistently praised is Scott Snyder’s Batman, which DC could have easily done without rebooting the continuity.

Of course, undoing the New 52 won’t fix DC’s real problem, which is and always has been their management policies.


April 15, 2014 at 9:49 am

lol i have no idea who half of these people were…
so i guess it’s a pass for me?

Finally where going to get the follow up to what was teased in the JLI Annual. Great creative team, interesting mix of characters. Can’t wait.

broski in the bottom right corner looks kinda like Golgo 13, that would be one hell of a crossover

It looks good but it pisses me off every time I see the Wildstorm characters mingled with DC’s. They deserve their own universe. That’s one of the many mistakes made with the new DCU.

Is that Baron Winters on the right hand side?

I might collect this digital….might. FYI Ik who all these character’s are. Ik there are a lot Geoff Johns haters, but I blame Dan & Grant for the debacle DC has been in since 2005.

Bill Williamson

April 15, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Unit99: Morrison? What did he do?

DC’s problems go all the way back to the 1930s. While I might agree that Dan Didio is an idiot, he is just one in a long line of idiots at DC stretching back to when Action Comics #1 came out.

Also, Bob Harras is clearly more to blame for DC’s current situation. He ruined Marvel in the 90s and now he’s come over to ruin DC in the 2010s, not that they needed much help.

Grant Morrison was the best thing to ever happen to DC. He wrote the best Batman epic there ever will be, the best event in Final Crisis (even if one needed to read Batman to totally get it), and Seven Soldiers of Victory, one of the best things ever in comics. DC should have used the latter as a springboard for new series, and they should have let him run the whole show. He created so much that they didn’t use, and it looks like he’s going to do it again with Multiversity. What DC needs is balls and to make the intelligent, original comics they are capable of instead of rehashing tired cliches from stupid movies. Or they could retcon the New 52, which doesn’t make any sense, and go back to the world they had before. DC was solid from 52 all the way to Flashpoint, which was good except of the ending.

No, doesn’t look like Booster to me. Maybe the Guardian?

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