By Staff Reports
DC is starting 2021 off with a bang, giving fans a glimpse into futures both near and far, full of current and new characters as the publisher announced plans today for DC Future State, a two-month, line-wide event beginning in January. Through February 2021, the full title lineup will feature a combination of monthly and twice-monthly oversize anthologies, as well as a monthly schedule of miniseries and one-shots.
DC Future State spotlights the World’s Greatest Super Heroes in fresh new roles, with all-new characters taking up their iconic mantles. DC Future State features an incredible array of creative talent, combining award-winning writers and artists with new voices from the worlds of TV, movies and animation. In March 2021, the regular DC title lineup resumes, continuing existing story lines from 2020 and introducing new arcs for the year.
In DC Future State, the Multiverse has been saved from the brink of destruction, but the triumph of DC’s heroes has shaken loose the very fabric of time and space! The final chapter of Dark Nights: Death Metal (on sale January 5, 2021) brings new life to DC’s Multiverse, kicking off this glimpse into the unwritten worlds of DC’s future!
“The DC Universe has always been fertile ground for new and refreshing takes on our characters, and DC Future State definitely contributes to this legacy,” said DC Executive Editor Marie Javins. “When the event begins in January, some savvy readers will not only pick up on some of the breadcrumbs that have already been tossed out in our current titles, but they will also find new hints and clues of what’s to come in 2021.”
A stellar array of writers and artists are on hand to deliver this unique look at beloved DC characters, including fan favorites such as Mariko Tamaki, Brian Michael Bendis, Gene Luen Yang, Joëlle Jones, Joshua Williamson, Nicola Scott, Cully Hamner and John Timms, along with new voices such as award-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), Brandon Vietti (Young Justice), Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, DC Super Hero Girls), Brandon Easton (Thundercats, Transformers: War for Cybertron), Alitha Martinez (REPRESENT! It’s A Bird!), L.L. McKinney (Nubia: Real One), Paula Sevenbergen (Stargirl) and Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), among others.
In this future, Gotham City is
controlled by the Magistrate. This villainous regime has taken control of the
city, now under constant surveillance. All masked vigilantes have been outlawed
and Batman has been killed. But led by an all-new Batman, a new assembly of
Gotham’s guardians rise to give hope to all of those who lost it!
- by John Ridley, Nick Derington and Laura Braga
- , by Brandon Thomas and Sumit Kumar
- , by Paul Jenkins and Jack Herbert
- , by Vita Ayala and Aneke
- by Paula Sevenbergen and Emanuela Lupacchino
- , by Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora
- , by Matthew Rosenberg and Carmine di Giandomenico
- , by Joshua Williamson and Giannis Milonogiannis
- , by Gene Luen Yang and Ben Oliver
- , by Ram V and Otto Schmidt
- , by Stephanie Phillips and Simone Di Meo
- , by Andrew Constant and Nicola Scott
- , by Meghan Fitzmartin and Eddy Barrows
Due to his involvement in an international crisis happening in the near future, Clark Kent has been rejected by Earth, causing him to focus his lifesaving efforts outside his adopted home. He travels to Warworld to rise through the ranks of gladiatorial combat in order to defeat Mongul with the help of some unlikely heroes. Back in Metropolis, Clark’s son Jon has taken on the mantle of Superman. After seeing the horrors that befell Gotham, he bottles Metropolis in order to keep it safe, putting him at odds with Supergirl.
Connecting the two oversized Future State: Superman titles, Shilo Norman, the man known as Mister Miracle, finds himself caught between the city he grew up in and the battle-torn planet that could be his downfall.
Meanwhile in the Amazon rainforest, Yara Flor is chosen to be the new Wonder Woman. Years later, the new Superman and Wonder Woman join forces to save their cities in a new superhero team-up the likes of which the world has never seen.
- , by Sean Lewis and John Timms
- , by Sean Lewis and Cully Hamner
- , by Brandon Easton and Valentine De Landro
- , by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Mikel Janin
- , by Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad and Gleb Melnikov
- , by Jeremy Adams and Siya Oum
- , by Brandon Easton and Valentine De Landro
- , by Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad and Jen Bartel
- , by L.L. McKinney, Alitha E. Martinez and Mark Morales
Monthly Miniseries and One-Shots
- , by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Scott Godlewski (one-shot on sale February)
- , by Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage
- , by Brian Michael Bendis and Riley Rossmo
- , by Dan Watters and Leila del Duca
- , by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh (3-issue series ending March 2021)
- , by Joëlle Jones
A thread of great change runs through the Justice League heroes: a new League is built upon secret identities (even from each other), but an old and evolved enemy will use these secrets to try and overthrow the world. For the supernatural heroes of Justice League Dark, the very fabric of reality has shifted, and heroes are being hunted.
For Flash, Shazam, and the Teen Titans, it all begins when the four Riders of the Apocalypse unleash hell in a battle at Titans Academy, Barry Allen is cut off from the Speed Force, a Famine-controlled Wally West may be beyond saving, and Billy Batson makes a deal with the devil that will change Shazam forever. Off-world, John Stewart and the remaining Green Lanterns are stranded in the shadow of a dead power battery; Jackson Hyde and Andy Curry are separated across the galaxy; and Amanda Waller executes her ultimate plan with a new but terrifyingly familiar Suicide Squad on Earth-3.
At the end of time, Swamp Thing reveals its true intention, ruling supreme until a remnant of humanity launches a rebellion, and Black Adam looks to the past as the only way to save the future of the Multiverse.
- , by Joshua Williamson and Robson Rocha
- , by Ram V and Marcio Takara
- , by Geoffrey Thorne and Tom Raney
- , by Josie Campbell, Ryan Cady and Ernie Altbacker, with Sami Basri and Clayton Henry
- , by Robbie Thompson and Javi Fernandez
- , by Jeremy Adams and Fernando Pasarin
- , by Brandon Thomas and Daniel Sampere
- , by Brandon Vietti and Dale Eaglesham
- , by Tim Sheridan and Rafa Sandoval
- , by Tim Sheridan and Eduardo Pansica
- , by Ram V and Mike Perkins
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