Surprise Girl is lacking, the multiverse is in upheaval, and DC Comics simply gave us a primary take a look at its model new establishment. If the DC Universe was a sport, Infinite Frontier #0 can be the patch notes — and it’s not simply UI tweaks.
DC Comics did one thing completely different in 2021: The second the 12 months ticked over, the corporate hit pause on each e book within the DC Universe and changed them with two months price of latest titles, new characters, and new adventures. Editorially, Future State was a preview of what’s coming subsequent at DC Comics, with new artistic groups allowed to take large swings on tales set in an indeterminate time sooner or later, earlier than settling into the same old Canonical DC Universe Timeline.
[Ed. note: This piece contains spoilers for Infinite Frontier #0.]
However we had no manner of figuring out how a lot of Future State was going to make it again into the principle DC Universe, till now. Listed here are the 5 largest takeaways from Infinite Frontier #0, a collaborative one-shot comedian on stands as we speak, and DC’s first showcase of what the brand new 12 months has in retailer.
There are infinite worlds within the DC multiverse, and Darkseid is coming for all of them
Over its 90 years of existence, the DC Universe has flipped between having no parallel earths, having infinite parallel earths, or having precisely 52 parallel earths, a number of occasions. As of the tip of Darkish Nights: Dying Steel and reaffirmed by Infinite Frontier #0, we’re again to the Infinite Earths mannequin.
Along with the brand new infinite multiverse, among the parallel earths our main-earth heroes are acquainted additionally appear to have had their timelines restarted or rebooted, paving the best way for DC’s writers to select and select particulars for a parallel earth with out worrying an excessive amount of about what got here instantly earlier than.
With this new multiverse there’s additionally a brand new villain — who is de facto an previous villain with an improve. The ultimate pages of Infinite Frontier, we Darkseid emerges from a jail on the mysterious and uncharted Earth Omega with a monologue all about how he has been reborn from all of his previous facets into his true kind. He’s a finite and last boundary highly effective sufficient to carry an finish even to an infinite multiverse. We’ll definitely be seeing him once more.
There are three Batgirls once more
It’s no secret that Batman scribe James Tynion IV is a fan of a sure period of Batman comics, one the place Tim Drake was Robin, Barbara Gordon was Oracle, and the lives of tons and many completely different vigilantes had been messily interwoven into Batman’s day-to-day. And all through his profession on the Bat-books, he’s been placing within the work to carry these characters again to Batman comics in an up to date manner.
With Cass Cain and Stephanie Brown placing bat-symbols on their chests once more, a brand new (or previous, relying on the way you take a look at it) period of Batgirls is starting. And Barbara Gordon is again within the Clocktower because the hacker/superhero dispatcher extraordinaire, Oracle — although she’s not discounting the concept of getting on the market in costume on occasion both.
Oh, additionally, the Justice of the Peace, the villainous determine who’d turned Gotham Metropolis into an over-surveilled, drone-policed, cyberpunk nightmare in Future State, is on the rise in common Gotham Metropolis as effectively. And it seems to be like any individual murdered Bane Joker-style, which most likely factors to Tynion’s new Joker ongoing collection developing this month.
However the necessary factor is the Batgirls, belief me.
Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, has given her crown to a different
On the finish of Darkish Nights: Dying Steel, Surprise Girl was lacking from the DC Universe, and that’s nonetheless the case on the finish of Infinite Frontier. However now we all know what the Amazons are doing in her absence. Queen Hippolyta has taken up her daughter’s mission to carry Amazon values to Man’s World — not the primary time in DC Comics historical past that she’s served as Surprise Girl.
To rule Themyscira in her stead, she has raised the Amazon Nubia to the throne, a personality along with her personal historical past in comics as Diana’s long-lost sister and fellow bearer of the mantle of Surprise Girl. And amongst Hippolyta’s duties in Man’s World will probably be monitoring down Yara Flor. We all know that she’s quickly to be Surprise Lady in her personal collection, however Yara doesn’t know that, and it’s not clear if the Amazons do both.
However we additionally know precisely the place Surprise Girl is — as a result of in contrast to all of the superheroes who’re on the lookout for her, we are able to learn DC Comics press releases. After her heroism in saving the universe from demise in Darkish Nights: Dying Steel, Diana was supplied the possibility to ascend to the God Sphere, the area outdoors of spacetime the place all of the gods of the DC Universe reside, develop into a god herself, and assist observe the brand new infinite multiverse.
On the finish of Infinite Frontier, she declines. After being proven the wonders of what occurs subsequent within the multiverse, and that her family members had been persevering with secure with out her, she selected to discover the multiverse herself. We’ll see her subsequent within the pages of Surprise Girl, and we’re unsure precisely the place or when she’ll be, however we do know that she’s going to satisfy Thor. Mythological Thor.
Neglect Heroes in Disaster: Roy Harper is alive once more, and Wally West is the Flash
If there was one factor about Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Heroes in Disaster that riled up comedian e book followers, it was that former Inexperienced Arrow sidekick Roy Harper/Arsenal bought killed, and that it was by the hands of his former teammate Wally West/the Flash, who then tried to cowl up his unintentional mass homicide.
Nicely, one of many results of Darkish Nights: Dying Steel is that some characters are simply alive now, who weren’t earlier than. Roy is considered one of them, and in Infinite Frontier #0 he’s simply as confused about it as everyone else. For his half, Wally’s been on fairly the journey since then in Darkish Nights: Dying Steel — critically, he had all of the powers of Physician Manhattan for a stretch — and he’s being given a celebratory improve.
Like lots of issues in Infinite Frontier, that is each a brand new thought and an previous thought. Wally would be the Flash once more, within the absence of his mentor Barry Allen, identical to he was years in the past after Barry died in Disaster on Infinite Earths. This time, Barry continues to be round, he’s simply stepping away from Earth with a view to be part of Justice Incarnate, a bunch of heroes from across the multiverse, lead by President Superman, as they safeguard and catalog the brand new and increasing infinite earths round them.
Inexperienced Lantern got here out of the closet, and is trying to find the Justice Society
Alan Scott, the Inexperienced Lantern of the Golden Age of comics (or Earth 2 Inexperienced Lantern, or the Justice Society Inexperienced Lantern), is a continuously queered character in non-canonical DC comics, ever since 2012’s Earth 2, a e book that imagined a DC Universe the place, amongst different issues, Batman, Superman, and Surprise Girl had created a virtually utopian world after which died by the hands of Darkseid.
But additionally, in that Earth 2, Alan Scott was younger, was the Inexperienced Lantern of Earth, and was homosexual. However Alan Scott has by no means been out of the closet in the principle DC Universe till Infinite Frontier, which reveals the second he comes out to his twin kids, superheroes Jade and Obsidian. Obsidian appears to have given his dad some useful recommendation from his personal expertise popping out as homosexual to these round him.
DC Comics has introduced that we’ll see Alan Scott subsequent in an Infinite Frontier miniseries this June, as he searches for lacking members of his middle-aged superhero workforce, the Justice Society of America. The collection may even choose up on Barry Allen and Justice Incarnate, in addition to no matter is happening with Darkseid, and even the unusual new lifetime of Roy Harper. However no matter occurs in June, you possibly can count on it to have some persevering with impact on the unusual new multiverse — the omniverse — that DC’s heroes discover themselves in.