DC Comics will mark the start of 2021 with a daring transfer: Hitting pause on the current day of the DC Universe to spend two months exploring a wierd new future. Throughout a slate of dozens of one-shots, miniseries, and over-sized anthology points, we’ll get a brand new Batman, a brand new Superman, a brand new Marvel Girl, and new, nicely, nearly everybody.
In Gotham, Bruce Wayne is lifeless, and an all new, “most likely” POC Batman steps as much as save town. In Metropolis, Jon Kent steps into the boots of Superman after his father is exiled to house. And within the Amazon rainforest, a brand new Marvel Girl is chosen by the gods. This potential future appears to have its beginnings within the yet-unpublished finale of DC’s present cosmos-shattering crossover occasion, Darkish Nights: Dying Steel, which is able to conclude on Jan. 5, 2021.
“The DC Universe has all the time been fertile floor for brand new and refreshing takes on our characters, and DC Future State positively contributes to this legacy,” mentioned Marie Javins, DC’s government editor, in a press launch. “When the occasion begins in January, some savvy readers is not going to solely choose up on a few of the breadcrumbs which have already been tossed out in our present titles, however they can even discover new hints and clues of what’s to come back in 2021.”
However what about DC’s essential line of books? They’ll resume in March, resuming their normal storylines and introducing new ones — possible a number of that reference Future State occasions. Some Future State books even seem to spin instantly out of present occasions in DC books. Aquaman, for instance, seems to function a teen model of Aquaman and Mera’s currently-toddler daughter.
Future State’s artist lineup — its Future Slate, you may say — is nothing to sneeze at both, together with Mariko Tamaki, Brian Michael Bendis, Gene Luen Yang, Joëlle Jones, Joshua Williamson, Nicola Scott, and John Ridley.
What’s on the longer term slate of Future State?
DC has organized the books in to a few sections: Batman, Superman, and the Justice League.
“On this future, Gotham Metropolis is managed by the Justice of the Peace,” reads DC’s information launch. “This villainous regime has taken management of town, now beneath fixed surveillance. All masked vigilantes have been outlawed and Batman has been killed. However led by an all-new Batman, a brand new meeting of Gotham’s guardians rise to provide hope to all of those that misplaced it!”
The “Batman Household” line will embody two, four-issue anthology collection, that includes John Ridley and Nick Derington on Batman, Vita Ayala and Aneke on the Batgirls, Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora on a “Darkish Detective” story, amongst others. The road can even embody month-to-month miniseries like Gene Luen Yang and Ben Oliver’s Batman/Superman, Stephanie Phillips and Simone Di Meo’s Harley Quinn, and Andrew Fixed and Nicola Scott’s Nightwing, amongst others. That’s proper: Nicola Scott’s Nightwing!
“As a result of his involvement in a world disaster taking place within the close to future, Clark Kent has been rejected by Earth,” DC’s press launch says of Superman, “inflicting him to focus his lifesaving efforts outdoors his adopted residence. He travels to Warworld to rise by the ranks of gladiatorial fight as a way to defeat Mongul with the assistance of some unlikely heroes. Again in Metropolis, Clark’s son Jon has taken on the mantle of Superman. After seeing the horrors that befell Gotham, he bottles Metropolis as a way to hold it protected, placing him at odds with Supergirl.”
The “Superman Household” line can even function Shilo Norman as a brand new Mister Miracle, Yara Flor as a brand new Marvel Girl from “the Amazon rainforest.” Its three anthology collection will function Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad Midnighter and Marvel Girl tales, L.L. McKinney, Alitha E. Martinez and Mark Morales’ Nubia, and extra. Month-to-month miniseries will embody Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage’s Superwoman, starring Kara Zor-El; Brian Michael Bendis and Riley Rossmo’s Legion of Superheroes; Dan Watters and Leila del Duca’s Superman/Marvel Girl, Mark Russell and Steve Pugh’s Superman vs. Imperious Lex, and Joëlle Jones’ Marvel Girl.
The third pillar of Future State is “Justice League Household.” A brand new League “is constructed upon secret identities (even from one another),” and contains the magic-battling Justice League Darkish, Swamp Factor, Shazam, the Teen Titans, the Inexperienced Lanterns, and a Suicide Squad, all thrown collectively by Amanda Waller of Earth-3 — that’s, theEarth the place all the nice guys are unhealthy and the unhealthy guys are good.
Try over two dozen covers from Future Slate’s books, coming in January and February of 2021, beneath.