DC Comics revealed their second weekly series of 2014 yesterday, with The New 52: Futures End joining Batman: Eternal.
The first installment, a #0 issue, will be released on Free Comic Book Day in May. Issue #1 will also come out that month. In an article over at ABC News (via AP), writer Jeff Lemire is quoted about the themes at play in the time-hopping weekly:
“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,” Lemire 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.”
Flash fans might note that the 2013 Justice League Beyond series featured a future-Flash named Danica Williams, who has the ability to consult with past speedsters (including Wally West, as well as the “original” Jay Garrick and Bart Allen). It remains to be seen if the Batman Beyond featured will be from the same continuity as the Batman Beyond Universe comics.
For those who haven’t been keeping up with the web-first comics in the Beyond-verse, Batman Beyond Unlimited provides a monthly round-up of the “Beyond” titles (Batman Beyond, Superman Beyond and Justice League Beyond). The latest issue brings the Justice League’s recruitment drive around to Central City…but how they get there is half the intrigue…
SOME MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD – PLEASE READ THE ISSUE BEFORE CONTINUING!
BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #13
Written by ADAM BEECHEN, J.T. KRUL, DUSTIN NGUYEN and DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art by DUSTIN NGUYEN, HOWARD PORTER, LIVESAY, NORM BREYFOGLE and JORGE CORONA
Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
On sale FEBRUARY 20 • 48 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The first time in print for these digital first adventures!
Don’t miss the shocking conclusion to Batman Beyond’s epic “10,000 clowns”!
The Justice League heads to Central City, where they encounter a deadly new enemy—and a speedy new ally!
Now a prisoner on the planet Trillia, Superman bears witnesses to his role in the planet’s civil war!
Thanks to @LeeHiley & @BlueValleyKid for pointing it out!