Update: DC Comics Teases FUTURES END, Releases July 2014 Solicitations

DC Futures End teaser
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Cover of Futures End #9 by Ryan Sook
Cover of Futures End #9 by Ryan Sook
Credit: DC Comics

Update 1pm: And the plot thickens, thanks to DC releasing the solicitation text for issues 9-13 to Comicvine, along with the cover to issue 9 of the series, which gives us another look at the Masked Superman - which, according to the solicitation text, is what we're calling him, at least for now. It also reveals Rampage, a character created by John Byrne who has previously gone toe-to-toe with Superman and has fought on both sides of the law in the Pre-52 DC Universe.

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #9
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Can the Masked Superman stop a Rampage in Metropolis? Plus, Batman Beyond must figure out what to do after a startling revelation threatens to change his entire mission.

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #10
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by AARON LOPRESTI and ART THIBERT
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

A deep-space distress call gives new hope to Frankenstein and the S.H.A.D.E. team. And what makes Lois Lane question the masked Superman’s true identity?

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #11
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by GEORGES JEANTY
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JULY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The Justice League demands Firestorm answer for Green Arrow’s death.

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #12
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by JESUS MERINO and DAN GREEN
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

35 years from now, Brother Eye has conquered all of humanity – but what does it have planned?

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #13
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JULY 30 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Five years from now, the world turns against Batman Beyond! Plus, Fury and Emiko face their worst nightmare—Deathstroke! And a 12-year-old girl?!?

Original Story: DC's "Channel 52" two-page spread for the week has been released early, and it's a big 'ole teaser for Futures End that fans can pore over all week. Aside from the obvious fun of picking out the similar-but-different characters (is that Tim Drake Robin there?), the all-out surprises (that's a lot of WildStorm characters!), and the biggest question marks (is that Team Terrific?), there's one major element to this teaser that should set DC Comics fans' minds a-racing:

Red. Skies.

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In the world of DC Comics, red skies mean one thing: a Crisis. Could we be on our way to the first real Crisis of the New 52? The timing sure seems to be right. There are rumors that the third weekly series, launching this Fall, will be Earth 2-centric, and that the war Futures End is trying to avoid is a war between Earths. Grant Morrison's The Multiversity is finally launching in August, fully establishing the multiverse of a new age. There is time travel and interdimensional war, red skies, and oh yeah, next year also happens to be the 30th anniversary of the original Crisis on Infinite Earths, essentially the first big "summer crossover" style event that changed the face of the entire DC Universe.

Of course, "Blood Moon" could be seen as a tie-in to the full Lunar eclipse that happened overnight, but it could also be mentioning another long-lost WildStorm character named, yes, Bloodmoon. Robert Diaz was one of the Kindred - and formerly one of the Team 7 members. With Grifter's heavy involvement in Futures End, it wouldn't be surprising to see this guy make his New 52 debut - perhaps he's the one in the suit on the far right, and Cadmus Island, where Grifter is headed in June issues of the series, stands in for Caballito Island from Bloodmoon's original story?

The first Futures End teases have already begun in the pages of DC Comics as well, with Stormwatch obliquely dancing around it, and Aquaman and the Others very blatantly going full-force into it, so this very well could be the beating of the drums of multiversal war.

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