DC Setting Up Future State In Second Son, Batman and Green Lantern

Don't think that Future State was a two-month aberration. Intended to be a possible future of the DC Universe, it is clear now that 5G was meant to be the bridge that joined the DC Universe to that eventual reality, or broke the link. So yes, Jonathan Kent would be the new Superman, and Tim Fox would be the new Batman, and you would then follow their stories as young men, with the potential of their future selves ahead – or not. Pretty much the state that Alan Moore suggested with the Twilight Of The Superheroes proposal – but then again, aren't they all?

And today's Batman #108, Green Lantern #2, Suicide Squad #3 and The Next Batman: Second Son #10 take big steps in that direction. First, Batman #108 sees Mayor Nakano preparing a new kind of hero in the wake of A-Day…

DC Setting Up Future State In Second Son, Batman and Green Lantern
Batman #108

While in The Next Batman: Second Son he is facilitating the meeting between Simon Saint and Lucius Fox for the first time.

DC Setting Up Future State In Second Son, Batman and Green Lantern
The Next Batman: Second Son

In the Future State, Nakono is still Major, Saint Industries runs the Magistrate program using Foxtech technology, as the Fox family provide legal cover while Tim Fox is the Next Batman.

DC Setting Up Future State In Second Son, Batman and Green Lantern
Batman #108

But there is also Peacekeeper-01 of the Magistrate…

DC Setting Up Future State In Second Son, Batman and Green Lantern
Batman #108

Now confirmed as Sean Mahoney, Arkham Asylum guard who survived A-Day, heroically.

DC Setting Up Future State In Second Son, Batman and Green Lantern
Batman #108

How much of Future State Gotham will come to pass? Suicide Squad #3 crosses over with Teen Titans Academy, setting up Bolt for Future State: Suicide Squad to be led by Conner Kent, as well as Red X for Future State: Teen Titans.

DC Setting Up Future State In Second Son, Batman and Green Lantern
Suicide Squad #3

While in Green Lantern #2 today, mas the Lanterns get split up and sent around the galaxy in new and unfamiliar fashions, we are reminded of Future State: Green Lanterns, where they are all abandoned without any Green Lantern power after the big battery on OA blew up.  Today we see why they ended up where they ended up, but then also…

DC Setting Up Future State In Second Son, Batman and Green Lantern
Green Lantern #2

… Future State is getting closer and closer.

DC Setting Up Future State In Second Son, Batman and Green Lantern
Green Lantern #2

There's one Green Lantern still operating though.

DC Setting Up Future State In Second Son, Batman and Green Lantern
Green Lantern #2

 

Well, she does have a Future State: Justice League to join…

The Next Batman: Second Son (2021-) #10
Tensions in the GCPD run high as Mayor Nakano's anti-mask policies are dividing the force…and a brutal round one between Jace Fox and Eabha O'Roark doesn't go the way anyone expects! Written by John Ridley, Pencils Travel Foreman

BATMAN #108 CVR A JORGE JIMENEZ
(W) James Tynion IV (A) Jorge Jimenez, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz (CA) Jorge Jimenez
Batman goes undercover to infiltrate the transhumanist gang known as the Unsanity Collective and learn more about their sudden appearance in Gotham. And what nefarious plans does Simon Saint have for Arkham Day survivor Sean Mahoney? How does it connect to the Magistrate? And in part two of the action-packed, bone-rattling Ghost-Maker backup story…can our hero stand up to the horror of Kid Kawaii? Plus, don't miss the debut of the mysterious Miracle Molly!
Retail: $4.99

GREEN LANTERN #2 CVR A BERNARD CHANG
(W) Geoffrey Thorne (A) Dexter Soy, Marco Santucci (CA) Bernard Chang
A Guardian of the Universe lies dead, and the universe teeters on the brink of war. As the summit of the United Planets and the Green Lantern Corps falls into chaos, an even bigger threat looms. With John Stewart reassigned to the role of an ambassador, a surprise appearance by one of the newest Green Lanterns may be all that stands between the Corps and oblivion. (Spoiler: it's Far Sector's Jo Mullein.)
Retail: $4.99

SUICIDE SQUAD #3 CVR A EDUARDO PANSICA
(W) Robbie Thompson (A/CA) Eduardo Pansica
Don't miss this crossover with Teen Titans Academy! Task Force X finds a new target, and it leads the clandestine team right to Teen Titans Academy. The devious and driven Amanda Waller continues her quest to form a more powerful Squad, and next on her list: the Titans' new speedster, Bolt. But when the mysterious Red X gets in the way, he becomes Waller's next target.
Retail: $3.99

 

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Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.