DC is getting back into the weekly thing later this spring with a Batman weekly comic, and they’ve just announced Futures End, which will feature writers Jeff Lemire, Keith Giffen, Brian Azzarello and Dan Jurgens and artists including Ethan Van Sciver, Jesus Merino, Aaron Lopresti and Jurgens, among others.

Among the characters being explored; Batman Beyond, making his New 52 debut, Firestorm, Frankenstein and, based on the art released, other dark moody characters who seem to have things in their mouths. New characters will also appear on the scene. The series will debut on Free Comic Book Day with a zero issue and soon be available weekly after that.

Lemire is taking point in the PR:

Lemire calls the new weekly series an exploration of DC’s past, present and its future.

“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,” he 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.”

Add it all up and it appears some lesser known DCU characters will be getting the weekly spotlight, perhaps as they are developed more for that TV and movie stuff going on. More details will undoubtedly be revealed by the time you read this, so we’ll update accordingly.


  1. So.. it’s going to take the New 52 DCU and make it *even grimmer* than it already is? Yuck, no thank you. As long as the “real” Batman Beyond is in his own DCAU-based series, I will be content to read his adventures (and Justice League Beyond’s) there.

  2. I haven’t really been able to latch onto the New 52, and wasn’t a fan of the last weekly book DC did (Countdown if I recall), so am probably not in the target demographic for this. Although I concede that the creator line up is pretty good, it will be interesting to see how they can work together (or even if that is the intent). That was the relative strength of 52 versus Countdown. The creators on 52 seemed to gel. Countdown was (in my opinion) a car crash of a comic despite the talented creators involved.

  3. The “alternative” universe has to be darker.
    Otherwise, if it’s better than the regular “New 52”, it will shine a bright batsignal onto all of the flaws from the past two years, and people will begin to question their reading habits.

    Myself, I saw the cover and thought “Age of Ultron”.
    Did Amalgam ever meld the two together?

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