DC’s Future State event has had a mixed reception from fans, but the new characters have been better received, so was the event worth it?
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The main purpose of DC Future state was to introduce a new diverse cast of heroes for classic characters. Although many of these characters such as Yara Flor, Jace Fox, and Jesse Chambers have been well received by fans, many felt that the stories these characters appeared in were not among the strongest in DC. With this conflict, it has left many wondering; Were the new characters worth the unsatisfying stories they used to appear in?
While it is tempting to look at the new characters and the problems of Future state as separated, the two are difficult to untangle. One of the biggest problems with the event is that it rarely uses its future scenario in interesting ways. Many of Future state The stories could be told in the main DC continuity with little change. Future state Superman, Jon Kent, is far from a new character, but he exemplifies this problem. Too often, Jon acts like a carbon copy of his father. At the end of Metropolis Superman Jon tells Metropolis that his father protected the world, but that he would protect Metropolis. This could be an interesting difference, but save the world multiple times throughout Future state other books, so it is not confirmed by the event as a whole.
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Future state it’s best as an event when it tells stories about characters that are different enough from their main counterparts. Future Wonder Woman Yara Flor and future Flash Jesse Chambers manage to emerge from the shadow of their heroic legacy. These characters are new and it is positive that DC is incorporating them into the central DC Universe. They may not have the exact same problem as a character like Jonathan, but they do have a related one.
Neither character interacts with his greatest legacy. Readers never see these new characters meet their predecessors, there is never any kind of passing of the torch or other interaction. Future Batman Jace meets Bruce Wayne, but it’s a brief encounter that doesn’t reveal much about either character. Beyond that and a few references, the new heroes feel divorced from the older generation. Of course, this is almost certainly because DC wants to give these new characters time to breathe, and that’s admirable, but it robs these new heroes of a relationship that could help readers connect with them. It all leads to stories that feel like a regular thing for DC.
One of the few characters whose introduction in Future state feels more justified is Aquawoman Andy Curry. She is similar to her father in many ways, but different enough to appear different. His father’s time as Aquaman also plays a key role in his character and readers have some understanding of what his relationship with him is like.
None of this suggests that any of the characters mentioned above are bad, because none of them are. Also, the diversity they add to the DC universe is way overdue. It’s ridiculous that it took until 2021 for a non-binary superhero to enter the DC universe, and readers are lucky that Jesse Chambers is such a phenomenal character. Unfortunately, none of them justify Future state for the simple reason that none of them need the event to exist except Andy. It’s telling that popular characters like Yara Flor, Jace Fox, and Jesse are making their way into the main DC Universe in one way or another. Future state It’s not a bad event, but it’s also often forgotten that attractive characters need compelling stories.
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