In addition to shipping the final batch of Futures End one-shots yesterday, DC also wrapped up the six month-long Superman: Doomed crossover. Superman: Doomed #2 readers were in for a bit of a surprise with that issue. The final splash page offered a glimpse into DC’s multiverse, showcasing a number of characters and worlds outside the confines of the New 52 universe.
The most significant part of that image is the center shard, which showcases a pre-New 52 version of Superman, red trunks and all. Other characters featured include the Marv Wolfman/George Perez-era New Teen Titans, Red Rain’s Vampire Batman, Flashpoint’s Aquaman and Wonder Woman, the Shazam of Earth-S, the post-Crisis Legion of Super Heroes, and a Batman: The Animated Series-style Harley Quinn.
Superman: Doomed #2 wasn’t the only comic this week to explore DC’s multiverse. Booster Gold: Futures End #1 saw a non-New 52 version of Booster travel across worlds and encounter the likes of Gotham By Gaslight’s Batman, Earth-4’s Charlton Comics heroes, Kamandi, and even another version of himself.
Between these two comics, Grant Morrison’s mini-series The Multiversity, and the recent announcement that Justice League 3000 isn’t taking place in the New 52 universe, it’s clear that DC is placing much more emphasis on their multiverse lately. It’s rumored that DC is planning a short event comic for spring 2015 that would involve the heroes of many parallel Earths colliding. These issues could be setting the stage for that story.
But could DC also be building towards a larger event and even an overhaul of their multiverse? Forever Evil #7 recently introduced the Anti-Monitor into the New 52, teasing an upcoming war between the reality-devouring villain and Darkseid. DC could very well be moving towards another Crisis storyline like Crisis on Infinite Earths and Infinite Crisis. And given how both of those Crisis events delivered significant changes to DC’s continuity, a new Crisis could change the makeup of the New 52 in major ways. It could even open the door for a return of certain characters and story elements from DC’s pre-New 52 comics.
At the very least, it appears from Superman: Doomed #2’s splash page that the old DCU has some place within the larger DC multiverse. We’ll keep you updated as DC reveals more about their upcoming plans for 2015.