Sort of. Via an EXTREMELY RARE press release from DC, it was suggested you can watch some All Access videos, buy the The New 52: Future’s End Vol. 1 collection and read the three weekly series currently running—Future’s End, Earth 2, and splitting the difference, Earth 2: World’s End. It all culminates in Convergence and comics drawn by Tom Grummett, Phil Winslade and other industry veterans.
I can tell you that a lot of retailers are very concerned about Convergence. Putting the entire DC line on hold for two months while editors move coasts seems like a compassionate move while staffers figure out how to drive, negotiate with the terrorists at Time Warner Cable, and find the location of the nearest Zankou Chicken. But for readers who were maybe a little less than excited about the current New 52 offerings, it’s also an amazing jumping OFF point if you don’t like Tom Grummett and Phil Winslade.
The PR also mentions Blood Moon, which I’m told WAS the official title of the mini-series at some point, until it was changed, mostly likely at the behest of co-publisher Dan DiDio. Persoally, Convergence is a much better title, because Blood Moon sounds like werewolves at best.
Futures End? Blood Moon? Brother Eye? Convergence?
Yes, it all connects. Read below or head over to DCComics.com for more.
Being told in the weekly comic book series set five years in the future, the events of THE NEW 52: FUTURES END play directly into CONVERGENCE—DC Comics’ massive 2 month event taking place in April and May of 2015.
Thirty-Five years from now, Brother Eye, the all-seeing artificial intelligence designed to protect and serve humanity, has turned on its makers. Nearly all life on Earth has been eradicated, leaving only the cybernetically enslaved superheroes Brother Eye has converted into its unstoppable executioners. Led by the Batman—the man who helped create Brother Eye—a small team of heroes fights on. Their last-ditch plan: send a hero back to the past to prevent Brother Eye from ever being created.
Terry McGinnis (aka Batman Beyond) only made it thirty years back during his timestream jump. The technological apocalypse was already in motion and the Earth has become home to millions of refugees from Earth 2.
Now’s the perfect time to catch up and see what’s going on with Batman Beyond, Frankenstein, Fifty-Sue, and a sprawling cast of heroes, rogues, gods and monsters from across the DC Universe—all trying to end the future before it ends them.
We’ve got a couple of ways for you to join in on the action and see for yourself how the threads of time and space are converging:
1) THE NEW 52: FUTURES END VOL. 1 is available everywhere books are sold today. Inside, you’ve got 416 pages (we know you’re not doing anything this weekend!) collecting issues #0 – #17 and it’s loaded with bonus content–Ryan Sook’s character designs, cover sketches, and more!
2) Click here, here, and here for 16 minutes of DC ALL ACCESS’ fantastic cover-to-cover video coverage of the event so far. Who was the Masked Superman? Who killed Green Arrow? What is the Blood Moon?
This is a future you won’t want to miss!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.