The New 52 is seeing a few new #1's coming out following the events of Forever Evil, with a few renumbered series and of course, the long-awaited Multiversity title from Grant Morrison!
Let’s start off with the most recent news, which is this just released teased for Futures End, which we could probably spend a lot of time talking about based on some of the possible meanings hidden in the image:
Futures End is the next weekly series from DC, who just launched their latest, Batman: Eternal. We’ve seen weekly comics from DC for a few years now, but Futures End is a very interesting concept, set five years in the future of the New 52 universe. Cover solicits and this teaser image let us in on a few of the characters who will be featuring in the series, such as Batman Beyond, Firestorm, Grifter, members of Stormwatch, and even government organizations like Cadmus and Brother Eye. The teaser is also set under the ominous red skies we’ve known for years as symptoms of a Crisis, which will see its 30th anniversary next year.
Also recently announced is Grant Morrison’s The Multiversity #1, which is slated to drop in August. We’ve been waiting for over five years to see this title since it was announced in 2009, and it appears the wait is finally over:
“‘The Multiversity’ has been a labor of love almost eight years in the making, and brings together an unstoppable supergroup of artists — Reis, Sprouse, Oliver, Quitely, Stewart and more — with a cast of unforgettable characters from the 52 alternative Earths of the known DC Multiverse!
“Prepare to meet the Vampire Justice League of Earth-43, the Justice Riders of Earth-18, Superdemon, Doc Fate, the super-sons of Superman and Batman, the rampaging Retaliators of Earth-8, the Atomic Knights of Justice, Dino-Cop, Sister Miracle, Lady Quark, the legion of Sivanas, the Nazi New Reichsmen of Earth-10 and the LATEST, greatest superhero of Earth-Prime — YOU!
Comprising seven complete adventures — each set in a different parallel universe — a two part framing story, and comprehensive guidebook to the many worlds of the Multiverse, ‘The Multiversity’ is more than just a multi-part comic book series, it’s a cosmos-spanning, soul-shaking experience that puts YOU on the front line in the Battle For All Creation against the demonic destroyers known as the Gentry!
But beware! Power has a cost, and at the heart of this epic tale waits the cursed and malignant comic book called ‘Ultra Comics’…
How safe is YOUR head?
Join us, if you dare, for ‘The Multiversity!’” — Grant Morrison
This could be a very exciting title, but with recent publishing delays from DC as well as the buildup for this title over the years, not to mention the complete overhaul of the DC multiverse by the New 52, we are feeling a bit trepidatious about this series.
Joining these new titles will be another character who has been greatly affected by the events of Forever Evil, Dick Grayson. Grayson, who had his secret identity publically spoiled by the Crime Syndicate in the early stages of Forever Evil will be getting a new series and a new role in the DC Universe. Grayson #1 will follow the adventures of Dick Grayson as the newest super-spy in the DC universe:
As revealed Monday on USA Today, July will bring the release of DC Comics’ ”Grayson” #1, from the team of writers Tim Seeley & Tom King and artist Mikel Janín. The series will see Grayson — presumed dead to the world following the events of “Forever Evil” — take an undercover position at spy agency Spyral, a product of ”Batman Incorporated.” The career shift comes at the urging of Batman himself, who convinces the original Robin he needs to stay “dead.”
“He’s doing something that’s going to cause pain to his friends and family, but he believes in the cause,” King is quoted. “That tension between having to do something good but having the cost of it being pain to his family, it drives him a little crazy.”
As pointed out by USA Today, King brings a level of verisimilitude to the series: He’s a former CIA counter-terrorism officer.
“It’s bliss to serve a higher cause and save people,” King said. “The hard part of it is it’s tough to go home and lie to your family and pretend to be a different person.”
This new direction for Grayson is certainly an interesting one, and might possibly be in relation to certain plans for the character in other mediums? Okay, let’s not get ahead of ourselves…
A few renumbered series will be joining the new offerings as both Teen Titans and Suicide Squad are getting new #1′s, new creative teams, and even new members!
Teen Titans #1 will debut in July, with a sort-of new roster under the creative team of Will Pfiefer and Kenneth Rocafort. The team will be comprised of Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Bunker, Raven, and Beast Boy, who have all featured in the previous iteration of the Titans. Will Pfieffer spoke about his take on the Teen Titans and their new direction in the New 52:
If they existed in our desperate-for-entertainment world, superheroes would be the biggest celebrities on the planet, the focus of all sorts of unwanted attention and threats of all kinds. Having a group of teens navigate that sort of world – while, at the same time they’re trying to save it – is the sort of comic book I’d want to read – even if I weren’t writing it.
Suicide Squad #1 will see a radical departure from the current series, as the team will see some heavy new members disrupt the status quo brought to us by Sean Ryan And Jeremy Roberts. We don’t know much about this series yet, but the cover for the first issue displays former members Deadshot and Harley Quinn chained up alongside Amanda Waller, as Deathstroke, Black Manta and Joker’s Daughter presumably take over the team. This new dynamic will certainly offer an interesting take on the team that is best known for adapting interesting villainous characters into its lineup in new ways.
What do you think of the new crop of DC’s New 52? Are you excited or wary of Morrison’s The Multiversity? What are your thoughts on the new role for Dick Grayson in the New 52? Tired of re-numberings or excited for the new Teen Titans and Suicide Squad series? Let us know in the comments section below!
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