"Future State" is a comic book storyline published by DC Comics in January and February 2021,[a] consisting of multiple limited series released in place of DC's regular ongoing series during those months. The event is set in the aftermath of the "Dark Nights: Death Metal" storyline, and takes place in a "possible future" of the DC Universe. The conclusion of the event leads into DC's Infinite Frontier relaunch.
|Format||Multiple limited series|
|Publication date||January – March 2021|
DC Comics originally announced Generations as the event that would unite all eras in the history of the DC Universe, starting with Generation Zero: Gods Among Us, which was scheduled to release during Free Comic Book Day on May 2, 2020. However, following the firing of publisher Dan DiDio from DC Entertainment in February and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the comics industry, the series was delayed. Writer Scott Snyder stated the plans for Generations had become more "fluid", and in June, Generation Zero was not part of DC's plans for the revised Free Comic Book Day. As well, DC Comics publisher and chief creative officer Jim Lee stated that the 5G initiative, which would have occurred at the end of the original plan for Generations was no longer happening: "We had a lot of great ideas that we were floating around. And rather than dumping it all in one month and renumbering the line and going for that really short term spike in sales, we just naturally gravitated to the story ideas and concepts we love and building them into the mythology, the ongoing mythology, in a very organic way".
In September, DC announced "Future State" to be scheduled for January and February 2021. In October, Snyder has also assured the ending of Dark Nights: Death Metal will be tied directly to the event. He responded that "it's hooked into everything. We're building the DCU plan together with editors and other writers and artists. I'm really excited about it. Death Metal ends in January, and then January and February is "Future State", which is going to give glimpses of possible DC futures. That was built while we were doing Death Metal to lead into some stuff which isn’t happening anymore, but those plans have taken a new shape, which is exciting. Death Metal is very tied into and hooks into everything happening on the other side—the whole DCU is working together, plus we have some surprises lined up later in the year".
- Future State: Batman/Superman #1–2
- Future State: Dark Detective #1–4
- Future State: Catwoman #1–2
- Future State: Harley Quinn #1–2
- Future State: The Next Batman #1–4
- Future State: Nightwing #1–2
- Future State: Robin Eternal #1–2
- Future State: House of El #1
- Future State: Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #1–2
- Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #1–2
- Future State: Legion of Super-Heroes #1–2
- Future State: Superman of Metropolis #1–2
- Future State: Superman vs. Imperious Lex #1–3
- Future State: Superman: Worlds of War #1–2
- Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #1–2
- Future State: Wonder Woman #1–2
Justice League familyEdit
- Future State: Aquaman #1–2
- Future State: The Flash #1–2
- Future State: Green Lantern #1–2
- Future State: Justice League #1–2
- Future State: Justice League Dark #1-2
- Future State: Shazam! #1–2
- Future State: Suicide Squad #1–2
- Future State: Swamp Thing #1–2
- Future State: Teen Titans #1–2
At the review aggregator website Comic Book Roundup, the storyline garnered an average score of 7.8 out of 10, based on 809 reviews.
|Title||Material collected||Publication date||ISBN|
|Future State: Dark Detective||
||July 6, 2021||978-1779510716|
|Future State: Justice League||
||June 22, 2021||978-1779510655|
|Future State: Superman||
||June 29, 2021||978-1779510686|
|Future State: The Next Batman||
||June 15, 2021||978-1779510648|
|Future State: Wonder Woman||
||July 20, 2021||978-1779510747|
|Future State: Suicide Squad||
||July 13, 2021||978-1779510723|
- One series, Future State: Superman vs. Imperious Lex, concluded publication in March 2021.
- Dodge, John (2020-12-29). "Future State: When Does DC's New Era Begin?". CBR.com. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
- McMillan, Graeme (2020-12-04). "DC Sets New 'Swamp Thing' Comic Book Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
- Chiu-Tabet, Christopher (2020-10-15). "DC Unveils 'Future State'". Multiversity Comics. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
- Zachary, Brandon (2020-12-24). "Infinite Frontier Proves DC's Future State Generation Is Here to Stay". CBR. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
- Rich Johnston (February 21, 2020). "Dan DiDio No Longer Publisher of DC Comics, As Of Today". Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on February 22, 2020. Retrieved February 21, 2020.
- Ryan Faughnder (February 21, 2020). "DC Entertainment shakeup continues with the exit of co-publisher Dan DiDio". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 22, 2020. Retrieved February 21, 2020.
- Arrant, Chris (June 19, 2020). "DC's revised Free Comic Book Day plans no longer includes Generation Zero: Gods Among Us". Games Radar. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
- Arrant, Chris (September 12, 2020). "DC shoots down '5G' or reboot speculation - "not going to happen"". Newsarama. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
- Arrant, Chris. "DC Future State teased for 2021, part of Generations event". Newsarama. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
- Doran, Michael; Calamia, Kat. "Scott Snyder affirms Death Metal - DC Future State connection". Newsarama. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
- February 2021, Chris Arrant 05. "Former Robin Jason Todd hunts Batman & friends in new Red Hood ongoing series". Newsarama. Retrieved 2021-02-05.
- December 2020, Michael Doran 07. "New Teen Titans Academy and Green Lantern titles launch post-Future State along with Justice League Dark return". Newsarama. Retrieved 2021-02-05.
- "The Next Batman Will Continue Beyond DC's Future State". ScreenRant. 2021-01-14. Retrieved 2021-01-19.
- February 2021, George Marston 03. "DC's new Wonder Girl gets her own series in May". Newsarama. Retrieved 2021-02-05.
- "Future State (2021) Reviews". Comic Book Roundup. January 2021. Retrieved May 19, 2021.