DC Future State: Your Guide To Everything You Need To Know

A few days ago, DC Comics announced Future State. This exciting new publishing initiative will see DC’s regular comics take a two-month break to give readers a glimpse into the future landscape of the DC Universe. As part of this, there is a big batch of brand new comics, which sees familiar and new heroes in very different situations.

While it’s temporary, Future State is a big shift in direction for the publisher. As a result, you probably have a lot of questions. This all-in-one guide is here to answer them all!

Read on to find out what Future State is and isn’t, which comics are involved, and heaps more.

Table of Contents

Future State promo image by Dan Mora.
Future State promo image by Dan Mora.

What Is Future State?

Future State is a glimpse into the DC Universe many years into the future through a series of comic book miniseries, anthologies, and one-shots. Readers get to see a possible future, which contains new versions of some heroes, existing characters in new roles, new villains, and much more.

Because it’s set years in the future, it allows the publisher to try out new ideas and explore possibilities. DC has also used it as a way to bring new voices into the mix. Some of these are comic book writers who are more known for doing work in the creator own space or at Marvel. Others are from other creative fields such as TV, film, books, and animation.

Is This DC 5G?

If you’re a reader of Bleeding Cool, then you might’ve heard about DC’s 5G. While it was never fully confirmed, the idea of it was that most of DC’s heroes were to be replaced by the events of some crisis and that the next generation of heroes would step up and take the mantles. While the DC Universe is built on the idea of legacy heroes, with different incarnations of heroes over the decades, this would have happened all the same time. This would’ve been the 5th generation of heroes, hence the name 5G.

It was said that this was a project that ex-publisher Dan DiDio was pushing hard until he was let go from the publisher earlier in the year. Future State shares some similarities of what Bleeding Cool had reports, including new incarnations of heroes. As a result, it appears that some elements of 5G’s original plans have made their way into Future State.

Is Future State An Event?

When DC announced Future State, it was called an event. In reality, I would position it more as a thematic publishing initiative. I say this as there is no core series that acts as a spine for other stories to tie into, nor to all these comics crossover in a strict order. Instead, the comics are thematically connected but can be read on their own.

So why is it being described as an event? It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot when a publisher wants to make something feel like a big deal. Events are seen as important milestones in a shared universe and ones that readers will flock to due to their importance.

Further to this, DC putting their regular comics on hold for two months is a big gamble for them. They need readers to be interested and invested in Future State for it to be successful.

The Next Batman concept art.
The Next Batman concept art.

Do I Need To Read Everything?

No. While DC Comics would love it if you bought all of the Future State comics, they understand that most readers’ budgets don’t stretch that far. There are a lot of comics!

The best advice I can give you is to read the comics that appeal to you the most. This could be based on the characters involved, the stories, or creators attached to them.

Is There A Reading Order?

As you will see below, the Future State comics are made up of many different miniseries and anthologies. All of these are connected thematically, but shouldn’t rely on you reading one before the other to understand. As a result, you should be able to read these comics in any order. (As long as you read issue #1 before issue #2.)

I have added note in the rare exception where there is some stricter connectivity between titles.

What Is DC Doing Differently?

Beyond putting the current DC Universe comics on hold, the publisher is experimenting with the publishing format. Some of the comics being published as anthologies, which have multiple stories in the one comic.

While the anthology format is quite popular in manga and British comics, it’s not something that has had a major role in US comics for many decades beyond the occasional special. The advantage of the anthology format is that you get a few different stories. In the context of Future State, it quickly expands the world as you get to see different corners and perspectives.

Do I Need To Read Anything Beforehand?

No. Because it is set a few years in the future, the comics part of Future State are not building off any particular stories.

If you have been reading DC’s line-up of comics before Future State then DC has mentioned that there are some hints to it. These are more like Easter eggs for keen readers instead of being required reading.

Is This The Future Direction Of DC Comics?

No. DC Future State will only be a thing for January and February of 2021. Just like X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, the regular comics will return.

It is quite possible that DC Comics may return to this future later down the track or that some of the popular ideas are integrated into future stories. But it is safe to say that Future State is not a permanent direction.

That being said, DC has mentioned that there will be some hints at stories that will be published later in 2021.

What Comics Are Part Of Future State?

In total, there are 24 comic series that make up Future State, which are grouped together into three families and have a thematic connection. The following groups are:

  • Batman Family – Featuring the heroes, villains, and antiheroes of Gotham City
  • Superman Family – Featuring the Superman and the characters that closely associate with him
  • Justice League Family – Featuring the Justice League and characters that don’t fit into the above two groups

Batman Family

First up, we have the Batman Family of titles. It appears that in this Future that Bruce Wayne is dead and that Gotham City has been taken over by an organisation known as the Magistrate. Luckily, there seems to plenty of other heroes in the city to take them on!

This is how DC has described the landscape of the Batman family of comics as part of Future State:

“In this future, Gotham City is controlled by the Magistrate. This villainous regime has taken control of the city, now under constant surveillance. All masked vigilantes have been outlawed and Batman has been killed. But led by an all-new Batman, a new assembly of Gotham’s guardians rise to give hope to all of those who lost it!”

Read on to find out which Batman family themed comics are part of Future State.

Future State: The Next Batman #1 cover by Ladronn.
Future State: The Next Batman #1 cover by Ladronn.

Future State: The Next Batman

The Next Batman: Written by John Ridley. Art by Nick Derington and Laura Braga.
Outsiders: Written by Brandon Thomas. Art by Sumit Kumar.
Arkham Knights: Written by Paul Jenkins. Art by Jackson Herbert.
Batgirls: Written by Vita Ayala. Art by Aneke.
Gotham City Sirens: Written by Paula Sevenbergen. Art by Emanuela Lupacchino.

Number of issues: 4
Price per issue: $7.99
Pages per issue: 64
Number of stories per issue: 3

The Next Batman: Gotham has been taken over by the totilitarian regime of the Magistrate, but a brand new Batman has risen up to take them on. DC haven’t confirmed who this new Batman is yet, but has hinted that they have a connection to Batman ally Lucius Fox.

The Next Batman is the lead story of this anthology series with the below series filling featured in a particular issue.

Outsiders: The Magistrate may run Gotham but the outskirts of town belong to Katana and this future’s incarnation of The Outsiders.

Outsiders will be featured in Future State: The Next Batman #1 and #3.

Arkham Knights: Arkham Asylum, the famed facility that holds all of Batman’s Rogues Gallery, was shut down when the Magistrate took over Gotham. Now a bunch of villains are taking on Gotham’s occupiers in order to take the city back.

This will feature Killer Croc, Two-Face, Doctor Phosphorus, Zsasz, Clayface, and Astrid Arkham (also known as Arkham Knight).

Arkham Knights will be featured in Future State: The Next Batman #1 and #3.

Batgirls: The two formers Batgirls Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown find themselves after the Magistrate outlaws all masked heroes and villains.

Batgirls will be featured in Future State: The Next Batman #2 and #4.

Gotham City Sirens: This story will feature Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Siren getting into trouble in Gotham City. That’s something that Magistrate won’t like!

Gotham City Sirens will be featured in Future State: The Next Batman #2 and #4.

Issue #1 available: January 5th, 2021
Issue #2 available: January 19th, 2021
Issue #3 available: February 2nd, 2021
Issue #4 available: February 16th, 2021
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Future State: Harley Quinn #1 cover by Derick Chew.
Future State: Harley Quinn #1 cover by Derick Chew.

Future State: Harley Quinn

Written by Stephanie Phillips. Art by Simone Di Meo.

Number of issues: 2
Price per issue: $3.99
Pages per issue: 32
Number of stories: 1

Harley Quinn has been captured by the Magistrate. The organisation wants to get all the information she knows about Gotham villains so they can use it to their advantage and have recruited Batman villain Scarecrow to help. They think they have cracked Harley, but she’s much tougher than they think and she will get back at them!

Issue #1 available: January 5th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 2nd, 2021
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Future State: Dark Detective #1 cover by Dan Mora.
Future State: Dark Detective #1 cover by Dan Mora.

Future State: Dark Detective

Dark Detective: Written by Mariko Tamaki. Art by Dan Mora.
Grifter: Written by Matthew Rosenberg. Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico.
Red Hood: Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Giannis Milonogiannis.

Number of issues: 4
Price per issue: $5.99
Pages per issue: 48
Number of stories: 2

Dark Detective: Everyone thinks Bruce Wayne is dead – but they’re wrong! This series follows Bruce Wayne on the run from the Magistrate after he his big attempt to take them down.

Dark Detective is the lead story of this anthology series with the below series filling featured in a particular issue.

Grifter: What’s Grifter getting up to in Gotham City while all this bad stuff is going down?

Grifter was originally one of the many Wildstorm characters that were incorporated into the DC Universe. He recently appeared in Batman #101 and it looks like he will be hanging around Gotham City for a while.

Grifter will be featured in Future State: Dark Detective #1.

Red Hood: Jason Todd is working for the Magistrate as a bounty hunter, hunting down masked heroes and villains. Although, everything changes when the Red Hood gang reappears. Red Hood is on the case before they do too much harm.

Red Hood will be featured in Future State: Dark Detective #2.

Issue #1 available: January 12th, 2021
Issue #2 available: January 26th, 2021
Issue #3 available: February 9th, 2021
Issue #4 available: February 23rd, 2021
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Future State: Robin Eternal #1 cover by Emanuela Lupacchino and Irvin Rodriguez.
Future State: Robin Eternal #1 cover by Emanuela Lupacchino and Irvin Rodriguez.

Future State: Robin Eternal

Written by Meghan Fitzmartin. Art by Eddy Barrows.

Number of issues: 2
Price per issue: $3.99
Pages per issue: 32
Number of stories: 1

This one sounds like a lot of fun. A super drug that will make anyone who takes it is on its way to Gotham City and the Magistrate want it for their forces. Robin (Tim Drake) and Spoiler will need to pull off a heist at 20,000 feet to make sure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands!

Meghan Fitzmartin is a writer on Supernatural and this is her first foray into the world of comics.

Issue #1 available: January 12th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 9th, 2021
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Future State: Catwoman #1 cover by Liam Sharp.
Future State: Catwoman #1 cover by Liam Sharp.

Future State: Catwoman

Written by Ram V. Art by Otto Schmidt.

Number of issues: 2
Price per issue: $3.99
Pages per issue: 32
Number of stories: 1

The Magistrate has been capturing people and will be shipping them on a super-fast train to a reformation facility out of town. Armed with a brand new magnetic suit, Catwoman is driven to make sure that it doesn’t reach its destination. It also seems that Catwoman isn’t the only one with plans for the train…

Issue #1 available: January 19th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 16th, 2021
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Future State: Nightwing #1 cover by Yasmine Putri.
Future State: Nightwing #1 cover by Yasmine Putri.

Future State: Nightwing

Written by Andrew Constant. Art by Nicola Scott.

Number of issues: 2
Price per issue: $3.99
Pages per issue: 32
Number of stories: 1

Using the abandoned Arkham asylum as a base, Nightwing tries to keep the citizens of Gotham City safe. He’ll also encounter the brand-new Batman, who he will team-up with when they become the primary targets of the cities totalitarian controllers.

Issue #1 available: January 19th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 16th, 2021
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Future State: Batman/Superman #1 cover by Ben Oliver.
Future State: Batman/Superman #1 cover by Ben Oliver.

Future State: Batman/Superman

Written by Gene Luen Yang. Art by Ben Oliver, Scott McDaniel, and others.

Number of issues: 2
Price per issue: $3.99
Pages per issue: 32
Number of stories: 1

This is set in the early days of the Magistrate’s occupation of Gotham City. With so much at stake, Batman calls Superman for help.

Issue #1 available: January 26th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 23rd, 2021
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Superman Family

In the Superman family of comics, which also includes Wonder Woman, it appears that there has been a big shift in the status quo when Superman is involved in an international incident.

Read on to find out more about this group of Future State comics.

Future State: Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #1 cover by Paulina Ganucheau.
Future State: Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #1 cover by Paulina Ganucheau.

Future State: Kara Zor-El, Superwoman

Written by Marguerite Bennett. Art by Marguerite Sauvage.

Number of issues: 2
Price per issue: $3.99
Pages per issue: 32
Number of stories: 1

In this future, Supergirl is going by the name of Superwoman and is based on the moon. She watches over alien refugees who call it their home and make sure there is no trouble. One day, an alien ship crash lands and threatens to turn everything upside down.

Issue #1 available: January 12th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 9th, 2021
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Future State: Superman of Metropolis #1 cover by John Timms.
Future State: Superman of Metropolis #1 cover by John Timms.

Future State: Superman of Metropolis

Superman of Metropolis: Written by Sean Lewis. Art by John Timms.
The Guardian: Written by Sean Lewis. Art by Cully Hamner.
Mister Miracle: Written by Brandon Easton. Art by Valentine De Landro.

Superman of Metropolis: Before Superman left the planet, he entrusted Earth’s safety and the Superman mantle to his son, Jonathan Kent. We’ll see how well he is doing when Metropolis ends up being shrunk down into a bottle! Not everyone is going to like that.

The Guardian: Set in the bottled city of Metropolis, we follow Jake Jordan as he tries to protect the city as The Guardian.

Mister Miracle: Also set in the bottled city, the fantastical escape artist will try to escape!

It’s worth noting that Mister Miracle is one of the very few stories that will continue on in another book. You can find further adventures in Future State: Superman: Worlds of War #1.

Issue #1 available: January 5th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 2nd, 2021
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Future State: Superman Vs Imperious Lex #1 cover by Yanick Paquette.
Future State: Superman Vs Imperious Lex #1 cover by Yanick Paquette.

Future State: Superman Vs. Imperious Lex

Written by Mark Russell. Art by Steve Pugh.

Number of issues: 3
Price per issue: $3.99
Pages per issue: 32
Number of stories: 1

Lex Luthor has set up his own utopia and has enjoyed its prosperity for many years. He has now been asked by the United Planets to join their ranks, but Earth’s representatives, Superman and Lois Lane are suspicious that there are ulterior movies for Lex joining the organisation.

At the time of writing this, this series will be the only one to not conclude in February but will get an additional issue in March.

Issue #1 available: January 26th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 23rd, 2021
Issue #3 available: March 30th, 2021
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Future State: Superman: Worlds of War #1 cover by Mikel Janin.
Future State: Superman: Worlds of War #1 cover by Mikel Janin.

Future State: Superman: Worlds Of War

Superman: Worlds Of War: Written by Philip Kennedy Johnson. Art by Mikel Janin.
Midnighter: Written by Michael W. Conrad and Becky Cloonan. Art by Gleb Melnikov.
Black Racer: Written by Jeremy Adams. Art by Siya Oum.
Mister Miracle: Written by Brandon Easton. Art by Valentine De Landro.

Number of issues: 2
Price per issue: $7.99
Pages per issue: 64
Number of stories: 4

Superman: Worlds Of War: Superman has gone off-planet and is now spending his time as a gladiator on Warworld. He will fight for those who cannot protect themselves as a gladiator in the fighting pits.

Midnighter: Midnighter is on the hunt for a power source that’s deadlier than Kryptonite. He needs to find it before it falls into the wrong hands.

Black Racer: A new Black Racer will rise from the slums of Warworld to fight for freedom.

Mister Miracle: Picking up from the ending of the Mister Miracle story in Superman of Metropolis, the titular character finds himself on Warworld!

Issue #1 available: January 19th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 16th, 2021
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Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #1 cover by Lee Weeks.
Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #1 cover by Lee Weeks.

Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman

Written by Dan Watters. Art by Leila Del Duca.

Number of issues: 2
Price per issue: $3.99
Pages per issue: 32
Number of stories: 1

Superman (Jonathan Kent) and Wonder Woman (Yara Flor) must team up together in order to stop arrogant gods from destroying cities. The problem is, these two heroes don’t get along!

Want to know more about these versions of Superman and Wonder Woman? You can also check out Future State: Superman of Metropolis and Future State: Wonder Woman – both of which come out on January 5th.

Issue #1 available: January 12th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 9th, 2021
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Future State: House of El cover by Yannick Paquette.
Future State: House of El cover by Yannick Paquette.

Future State: Superman: House of El

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson. Art by Scott Godlewski.

Number of issues: 1
Price per issue: $5.99
Pages per issue: 48
Number of stories: 1

This one-shot will explore Superman’s bloodline decades into the future. We’ll be introduced to a new generation of Kryptonians heroes, which will include plenty of new characters.

Issue #1 available: February 23rd, 2021
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Justice League Family

The justice League books contains the remaining comics that don’t align with either the Superman or Batman families. Some of these are closely linked, while others will do their own thing.

Read on to find out which Future State comics are part of this group.

Future State: Justice League #1 cover by Dan Mora.
Future State: Justice League #1 cover by Dan Mora.

Future State: Justice League

Justice League: Written by Joshia Williamson. Art by Robson Rocha and Daniel Henriques.
Justice League Dark: Written by Ram V. Art by Marcio Takara.

Number of issues: 2
Price per issue: $5.99
Pages per issue: 48
Number of stories: 2

Justice League: This story features an all-new incarnation of the Justice League. One of their enemies has wound up dead in the abandoned Hall of Justice and all clues point to the Justice League doing it. Who is the real culprit? You’ll have to read to find out!

Justice League Dark: The supernatural team is on the run from the Crow King, who is hunting down any and all magic users.

Issue #1 available: January 12th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 9th, 2021
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Future State: Aquaman #1 cover by Daniel Sampere.
Future State: Aquaman #1 cover by Daniel Sampere.

Future State: Aquaman

Written by Brandon Thomas. Art by Daniel Sampere.

Number of issues: 2
Price per issue: $3.99
Pages per issue: 32
Number of stories: 2

The current Aqualad, Jackson Hyde, has taken the mantle of Aquaman. Not only is he responsible for protecting the seas, but he will also be mentoring Arthur Curry and Mera’s teenage daughter. The pair will get lost in an interdimensional nexus known as the Confluence. Will they be able to find their way home?

Issue #1 available: January 26th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 23rd, 2021
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Future State: The Flash #1 cover by Brandon Peterson.
Future State: The Flash #1 cover by Brandon Peterson.

Future State: The Flash

Written by Brandon Vietti. Art by Dale Eaglesham and Brandon Peterson.

Number of issues: 2
Price per issue: $3.99
Pages per issue: 32
Number of stories: 2

Wally West has been possessed by an evil entity that has escaped from the Speed Force. The rest of the Flash Family are her to help him, but the problem is that they have lost their powers.

Issue #1 available: January 5th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 2nd, 2021
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Future State: Green Lantern #1 cover by Clayton Henry.
Future State: Green Lantern #1 cover by Clayton Henry.

Future State: Green Lantern

The Last Lanterns: Written by Geoffrey Thorne. Art by Tom Raney.
The Book of Guy: Written by Ernie Altbacker. Art by Clayton Henry.
The Taking of Sector 123: Written by Ryan Cady. Art by Sami Basri.
Teen Lantern: Written by Josie Campbell. Art by Andie Tong.
Hal Jordan: Written by Christopher Priest. Art by Dexter Soy.

Number of issues: 2
Price per issue: $5.99
Pages per issue: 48
Number of stories: 3

The Last Lanterns: John Stewart and a team of Green Lanterns are trapped behind enemy lines. Even worse, they’ve been left defenceless when their rings run out of power.

The Book of Guy: Guy Gardiner is trapped on a distant world, but that hasn’t stopped him from opening up a bar. This will be featured in issue #1.

The Taking of Sector 123: Jessica Cruz has been left powerless at the worst time. This will be featured in issue #1.

Teen Lantern: Teen Lantern teams up with Mogo. This will be featured in issue #2.

Hal Jordan: Hal Jordan teams up with Oliver Queen after his power battery goes down. This will be featured in issue #2.

Issue #1 available: January 12th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 9th, 2021
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Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #1 cover by Jen Bartel.
Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #1 cover by Jen Bartel.

Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman

Immortal Wonder Woman: Written by Michael W. Conrad and Becky Cloonan. Art by Jen Bartel.
Nubia: Written by L.L McKinney. Art by Alitha Martinez and Mark Morales.

Number of issues: 2
Price per issue: $5.99
Pages per issue: 48
Number of stories: 2

Immortal Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman must take on a massive threat at the end of time. This promises to be full of big action and high fantasy.

Nubia: The writer behind the Nubia: Real One graphic novel, L. L McKinney, returns to the character again for look into her future. In this story, she will leave Paradise Island and go out in the wider world to protect people from mythic and magical threats.

Issue #1 available: January 19th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 16th, 2021
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Future State: The Legion of Super-Heroes #1 cover by Riley Rossmo.
Future State: The Legion of Super-Heroes #1 cover by Riley Rossmo.

Future State: The Legion of Super-Heroes

Written by Brian Michael Bendis. Art by Riley Rossmo.

Number of issues: 2
Price per issue: $3.99
Pages per issue: 32
Number of stories: 1

The Legion of Super-Heroes is already set in the far-future, but we get to see even further into it to see what has happened to these heroes. It doesn’t seem like things have gone well, with the team disbanded. In their place is the weird Legion of Substitute Heroes.

Issue #1 available: January 26th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 23rd, 2021
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Future State: Teen Titans #1 cover by Rafa Sandoval.
Future State: Teen Titans #1 cover by Rafa Sandoval.

Future State: Teen Titans

Written by Tim Sheridan. Art by Rafa Sandoval.

Number of issues: 2
Price per issue: $3.99
Pages per issue: 32
Number of stories: 1

The original Teen Titans have formed a school in order to train and mentor the next generation of heroes. Unfortunately, that all goes out the window after a terrible battle destroys everything and tears the team apart.

Animation writer Tim Sheridan will also bring Teen Titans Go! character Red X into the comics for the very first time.

This line-up of Teen Titans will be appear a little earlier than the rest and will be featured in December’s DC’s Merry Multiverse one-shot special. It will include Donald Troy, Aquagirl, a new Supergirl, a new Robin, and a gender-fluid speedster known as Kid Quick.

Issue #1 available: January 12th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 9th, 2021
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Future State: Shazam! #1 cover by Bernard Chang.
Future State: Shazam! #1 cover by Bernard Chang.

Future State: Shazam!

Written by Tim Sheridan. Art by Eduardo Pansica.

Number of issues: 2
Price per issue: $3.99
Pages per issue: 32
Number of stories: 1

Set years after the events of Future State: Teen Titans, Billy Batson has not been in a very long time. People have begun to speculate that he is no longer controlling Shazam, either. What sacrifice did he have to make in order to protect everyone?

Issue #1 available: January 19th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 16th, 2021
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Future State: Suicide Squad #1 cover by Javi Fernandez.
Future State: Suicide Squad #1 cover by Javi Fernandez.

Future State: Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad: Written by Robbie Thompson. Art by Jani Fernandez.
Black Adam: Written by Jeremy Adams. Art by Fernando Pasarin.

Number of issues: 2
Price per issue: $5.99
Pages per issue: 48
Number of stories: 2

Suicide Squad: Amanda Waller has used Task Force X to save the world and remake it in her image. But what happens when that team turns on her?

Black Adam: The second story sees the immortal Black Adam ruling his very own planet. Is he able to defend his planetary kingdom from a threat rooted in the past?

Issue #1 available: January 26th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 23rd, 2021
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Future State: Swamp Thing #1 cover by Mike Perkins.
Future State: Swamp Thing #1 cover by Mike Perkins.

Future State: Swamp Thing

Written by Ram V. Art by Mike Perkins.

Number of issues: 2
Price per issue: $3.99
Pages per issue: 32
Number of stories: 1

Set in a future ravaged by a terrible war, a new Swamp Thing will appear. The only problem is that the last of humanity will not like this and they are willing to bring war once again.

Issue #1 available: January 5th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 2nd, 2021
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Future State: Wonder Woman #1 cover by Joelle Jones.
Future State: Wonder Woman #1 cover by Joelle Jones.

Future State: Wonder Woman

Written and art by Joelle Jones.

Number of issues: 2
Price per issue: $3.99
Pages per issue: 32
Number of stories: 1

This is the first appearance of a brand new Wonder Woman, Yara Flor. Originating from the Amazon rainforest, she will emerge from it in order to save the Amazons from Themyscera who are trapped in Hades’ Underworld.

This should be the first appearance of Yara Flor. If you like what you read, she will appear in Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman and Future State: Justice League.

According to Deadline, Yara Flor will be getting her own CW show too.

Issue #1 available: January 5th, 2021
Issue #2 available: February 2nd, 2021
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Where Can I Buy These Comics?

The Future State comics will be available in all good comic book stores, online stores, eBay, and digitally on Comixology.

What Comes After Future State?

Once Future State is finished, DC’s comics will return to the present day for a publishing initiative known as Infinite Frontier. There will be new stories, new characters, and new creative teams. Some of the characters that were introduced in the future will appear in these comics too.

You can find out all about it in this comprehensive Infinite Frontier guide.

It also appears that some of the ideas from Future State may reappear. For instance, The Next Batman will also be featured in a short story in Batman: Black & White #3 anthology.

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  • I know you posted this a while ago but I just wanted to say that this breakdown of Future State is exactly what I needed. I\’m still pretty new to comics and I\’ve been wanting to follow an \”event\” from start to finish. I used your breakdown and made a table (I\’m a visual learner) to keep up with the comics by date. If anybody else finds diagrams helpful, see the link below:
    http://www.myquicktakes.com/dc-future-state-reviews/
    Thanks for some solid info!

  • I keep seeing in the intro to the Future State comic books the line, “From the ashes of Death Metal comes new life for the multiverse”

    Who/What is the “Death Metal”?

  • Hi! Not a veteran reader, but not a new one either here. Where does Infinite Frontier play into this, as well as DC Generations?

    • Hey Shannon, great question. Infinite Frontier will be set in the present and share many of the same writers and artists. It will also use some of the new characters introduced during Future State and show what they’re like in the present day. You won’t need to read one to understand the other. As for Generations, this looks like it will spin out of Dark Nights: Death Metal but not influence Infinite Frontier or Future State.

  • Thanks for posting this! I had no idea how to budget for this, uhh… thematic publishing initiative. I hope I get a chunk of spending money this Xmas.

    What are the prices of the Superman of Metropolis issues? They weren’t listed.

  • This page is awesome.
    It answered all my questions. Thank you !
    The fact that Newbie, like me, can start reading without previous knowledge is a game changer.
    DC you got a new fan !