There will be at least two new weekly series running from DC Comics in 2014.
While Batman: Eternal was announced in the Fall, a second weekly series, titled The New 52: Futures End, will also launch in Spring 2014, starting with a Free Comic Book Day zero issue on the first Saturday in May.
Futures End comes from a four-writer brain trust of Jeff Lemire, Keith Giffen, Brian Azzarello, and Dan Jurgens, the AP reports. The story is Giffen's second weekly for the company - he was the layout artist for 52, their first modern weekly series back in 2006.
Lemire says while the series is obviously about the future of the DC Universe, it will actually span all of history as they "explore the nature of what a hero is." He says readers will see "past, present, and future all colliding in this story line."
Three characters specifically called out? Frankenstein (past), Firestorm (present), and Batman Beyond (future). Yes, that means Batman Beyond will officially be added into the continuity of the New 52 DC Universe, Lemire confirmed. He also teased "new characters and new concepts" that the writers hope to keep around beyond the weekly. Based on the cover image shown, the sentient satellite gone mad, Brother Eye, will also have a strong role to play in the series - the satellite played a central role in Countdown, a weekly series that ran from May 2007 to May 2008, and culminated in the event mini-series Final Crisis.
While artists will obviously have to rotate, DC Comics did announce that Ethan Van Sciver will draw the zero issue, while Jesus Merino, Aaron Lopresti will contribute to early weekly issues, as well as Jurgens pulling double duty as artist.