Future’s End is what I like to call the latest “Final Crises”. A little over the top I’ll admit, but it certainly starting to feel that way consider almost every series will be venturing down the Future’s End road. Future’s End is a new weekly series set to premiere on May 7th. Below is the synopsis of the issue provided by DC Comics:
“Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse? Find out in this new weekly series that will forever alter the direction of The New 52! In this debut issue of The New 52’s weekly series, Batman Beyond arrives five years later! Grifter turns against humanity! And a Justice League member DIES!
– DC COMICS
This Saturday was Free Comic Book Day, and one of the Free Comic books was a preview into Future’s End. The world five years into the future has been taken over by Brother Eye. Some of the scenes were very twisted, highlighting the dark reality that has become the future. For anyone who doesn’t know, Brother Eye was essentially created to watch. The entity has gone though many changes and creations, first being created to assist OMAC then created by Batman after Light invaded the satellite station and raping Sue Dibny. In the New 52 Brother Eye is a rogue sentient satellite developed by Project Cadmus. DC is still showing that Batman was involved in his creation, but the extent is unclear. Brother Eye does not work for anyone’s agenda and instead manipulates people independently towards his own means. In OMAC: Omactivate! it is still stated that he was imprisoned by Checkmate’s leader Max Lord.
So it’s clear that Brother Eye is not a good guy and if not stopped will destroy the future, hence why Batman Beyond Terry must venture into the past to stop the coming war. He should probably seek out Max Lord. I hate him, I do, but he figured it out the first time, and he was a decent good guy in the beginning…before he killed Blue Beetle.
Future’s End is exploring an apocalyptic future, much like Final Crises did with Darkseid, but it’s taking a sentient creation and turning it into this fearsome villain that needs to be stopped. Some of the heroes that have been assembled for this series are not the typical golden or Silver age heroes, but are Grifter, Frankenstein, Amethyst and Batman Beyond to name a few. This is certainly a good story arc for Terry, building the strength in his character and his role at Batman. He’s taking on a big responsibility by going to the past to stop the future.
I’m a little intrigued.