Following a tumultuous 2020, DC Comics heads into 2021 with a genuinely exciting look to the future in a two-month linewide takeover known as DC Future State. Through January and February 2021 all DC in-continuity books are a part of Future State, with a literal jump ahead to a future of the DC Universe where creators can reimagine iconic characters.
Previously: Death Metal
Future State Collected Comics
Collects: Future State: The Next Batman #1-4; Future State: Dark Detective #1-3; Future State: Nightwing #1-2
Collects: Future State: Dark Detective #1-4; Future State: Catwoman #1-2; Future State: Harley Quinn #1-2; Future State: Robin Eternal #1-2; Future State: Batman/Superman #1-2
Collects: Future State: Justice League #1-2, Future State: The Flash: Death Race #1-2, And Future State: Green Lantern #1-2
Collects: Future State: Superman Of Metropolis #1-2, Future State: Worlds At War #1-2, Future State: Superman Vs. Imperious Lex #1-2, Future State: Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #1-2, Future State: Legion 5000 #1-2, And Future State: House Of El #1
Collects: Future State: Wonder Woman #1-2, Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #1-2, And Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #1-2
Collects: Future State: Suicide Squad #1-2, Future State: Teen Titans: Dead Of The Class #1-2, Future State: Shazam!: The Death Of William Batson #1-2, And Future State: Swamp Thing: Obsidian Sun #1-2
Future State Comics Checklist
A free publicity primer if you’re interested.
It’s a pricey anthology, but I’m impressed and intrigued by the comics within, from the John Ridley and Nick Derington tale of Luke Fox as Batman (especially) to the Katana focused Outsiders story written by Brandon Thomas with art by Sumit Kumar. The “Future State” concept is very near future, where the characters are primarily the DC Universe characters we already know from the core timeline, but clearly some major events have shaken things up, such as the Magistrate invading Gotham, and the absence (For now) of Bruce Wayne. It’s a very “One Year Later” post Infinite Crisis feel, and that’s pretty interesting to me as a fan!
I like Stephanie Phillips a lot as an up and coming comics writer, and the premise of Harley as a sort of Hannibal Lecter for Gotham’s villains is very good, but I definitely left the issue feeling Simone Di Meo’s art is not a good fit for this book. I love Di Meo’s use of closeup and bright explosive backgrounds (with Tamra Bonvillain colors) in We Only Find Them When They’re Dead, but that felt miscast on a Harley book staged mostly in a jail cell.
The standout story from the first wave of Future State, with Ram V and Mike Perkins crushing a Swamp Thing launch.