DC Comics is in the midst of kicking off their next big event with Future State, which will lead into an all-new era for their superheroes in Infinite Frontier. But what exactly is Future State and Infinite Frontier? Why is it important for veteran readers and newcomers alike? Every few years the two heavy hitters in comics, DC and Marvel, will launch special events that are meant to serve as a jumping-on point for new readers. With over 80+ years of comics, it can be daunting to dive in. Some people feel like it’s too much to catch up.
DC Comics has done this several times over the past few decades with their New 52 line and then again with the Rebirth Era. While Future State and Infinite Frontier aren’t going to reset the universe as they did with Rebirth, it’s still bringing major changes and will alter the face of the heroes we know and love.
What is Future State?
Future State is the start, it’s a two-month-long event that promises to spotlight what lies in store for the future of the DC Heroes. It comes off the heals of the DC Universe-wide event Dark Nights: Death Metal, the finale of the Rebirth Era. Future State is serving as the prelude to Infinite Frontier. DC Comics’ describes the event as, “Spinning out of the finale of Dark Nights: Death Metal, DC Future State will take you on a journey from the near future to the end of time to witness the destinies of heroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Justice League, the Teen Titans, and so many more.”
It promises that the big three, the DC Trinity of Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman will all take on new roles as young heroes take their places. Future State has already begun and will continue through February with 25 mini-series in total. These include heroes like: The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Suicide Squad, the Teen Titans, and many more.
What is Infinite Frontier?
Infinite Frontier is the future of the DC Comics Universe. Despite Future State showing us the future of the DC Comics, it’s still set to have a lasting impact on what we’ve come to know as the DC Universe. Infinite Frontier #0 is a one-issue special that promises to changes everything and show us exactly how Future State is impacting the heroes of the DC world.
Along with the launch of Infinite Frontier #0 on March 2nd, 2021 a new line of series will be launching as well. Below is just a small taste and description of some of the series, new and old, you can look forward to following Infinite Frontier #0.
Infinite Frontier #0
“In Gotham City, The Joker jolts citizens awake with an attack even the Dark Knight never expected. In Brazil, a young woman discovers her destiny and her connection to the Amazons. In Belle Reve, Amanda Waller plots an invasion of Arkham Asylum. In the far reaches of space, Mongul dreams of galactic domination, while the Green Lantern Corps hosts a summit of its greatest enemies. At the Hall of Justice, the League joins forces with Black Adam. Beyond the mortal world, Wonder Woman settles into a new role in the godsphere. And somewhere in the DC Universe—it’s the return of Stargirl, in an all-new tale written by Geoff Johns!”
Suicide Squad #1
“Things have changed for Task Force X. As Peacemaker takes over as field leader, there will be no more avenging or defending for the government’s top-secret task force of killers, thieves, and criminals. Amanda Waller—now back in control of the Squad—sends a new Squad into Arkham Asylum to “recruit” the deadly Court of Owls assassin Talon while she interviews another new candidate: Superboy.”
Teen Titans Academy #1
“Welcome to Teen Titans Academy! Packed with both new, super-powered teens and numerous dark secrets, Teen Titans Academy’s student body includes Shazam; a new Australian speedster; a trio of Goth(am) teen expatriates obsessed with Batman—and one member of this first-class will become the deadly Red X. Original New Teen Titans including Nightwing, Starfire, Raven, Cyborg, and Beast Boy take on the role of teachers and mentors for superpowered teens. Their goal: to shape the next generation of heroes.”
Other titles include: The Joker, Harley Quinn, Superman and Action Comics, Batman and Detective Comics, Batman/Superman, Catwoman, The Flash, Justice League, Nightwing, and Wonder Woman.
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