Here Is Your Jetpack – The Five Years Later Future Of DC Comics Today, From Futures End, Action Comics, Aquaman, Detective Comics, Batwing, Green Lantern, Grayson, Green Arrow, Phantom Stranger, Swamp Thing and Earth 2

Today sees every DC Comics New 52 title jump forward five years. Naturally there's a bit of middle age spread as every book costs $3.99.

But what else? Well the Futures End series has already shown us that a war with Earth 2 took place,  plenty of "refugees" ending up on Prime Earth as well as a bunch of superheroes, held prisoner by Cadmus. Stormwatch and Green Arrow got deaded. Billy Batson did an impression of Superman, while Superman did… what?

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No, and neither do we. From the actual New 52: Futures End weekly comic there. But it must have been something pretty bad.

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As Action Comics: Futures End #1 basically has him back to being a farmer. And not one willing to use his superbreath to bring rain, or whatnot.

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Aquaman went to war with Earth 2 in Aquaman: Futures End, though at odds with his isolationist Atlantenas, things didn't go well…

Batman has also been in the wars, from Detective Comics: Futures End #1,

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Is he man or is he cyborg now? As to the future of Batcrime…

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It looks like Leviathan has been busy in the last five years, taking over the operations of a bunch of more familiar – and less familiar – criminal organisations, in Batwing: Futures End #1.

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Hal Jordan appeared to sit the Earth Prime/Earth 2 war out, in Green Lantern: Futures End #1.

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In Grayson: Futures End #1, the KG Beast is now the Russian President… and also worth noting what a great comic book this is, using the Memento mode of storytelling to tell its tale backwards in time, from Five Years Later all the way to Five Years Before.

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Oliver Quinn has basically been a mean bastard for five years (no change there) in Green Arrow: Futures End #1 – and in this tale is Not Dead Yet.

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The angel Zauriel, recently seen in Phantom Stranger looks like he – or is that she – will be dying in three years time. Though what that means for an angel, clearly we don't quite know, from Phantom Stranger: Futures End #1.

Image (23)Well, Swamp Thing is going to spend the next five years preparing for a battle to come. Expect lots of training montage comic books forever going on, courtesy of Swamp Thing: Futures End #1.

But this is the future right? And there's only one question ever worth asking about the future.

they_lied_to_usWell Earth 2: Futures End #1 is totally on that, amidst the Earther racism…

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There you go folks. This is your future. Here are your jetpacks.

Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London. With an exhibition and launch of David Ziggy Greene's original art from Scene & Heard, the acclaimed illustrated reportage as published in Private Eye magazine since 2011.


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About Rich Johnston

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.
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