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?
No, and neither do we. From the actual New 52: Futures End weekly comic there. But it must have been something pretty bad.
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.
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,
Is he man or is he cyborg now? As to the future of Batcrime…
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.
Hal Jordan appeared to sit the Earth Prime/Earth 2 war out, in Green Lantern: Futures End #1.
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.
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.
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.
But this is the future right? And there's only one question ever worth asking about the future.
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.