Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. As heroes are turned into mindless villains, the planet as we know it is no more. The only salvation lies in the past, where this future apocalypse must be averted. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU's finest avert the impending apocalypse? Written by a cast of the industry's best talents, including Jeff Lemire, Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen and Dan Jurgens, this new epic series will expose the secrets of the New 52 universe! Collects issues #0-17.
Years from now, the heroic DC Universe is on the verge of becoming a nightmare dystopia. Green Arrow is dead, Superman hides behind a faceless helmet, and heroes and villains alike are being transformed into killer cyborg insectoids. Bruce Wayne sends Terry McGinnis, his prot g and successor (from the TV series Batman Beyond) back in time to prevent the disaster, but Terry lands in the DC Universe five years from now, when the sinister events are already underway. This wild, freewheeling joyride on a heroic world under attack by growing technology requires extensive knowledge of the current DC Universe and characters large roles are played by B-list characters Firestorm, O.M.A.C., and Grifter. The theme is dire, but the inherent high stakes are levied with some light humor and a strong, page-flipping fast action pace. Despite twelve different artists contributing to the various chapters, the visuals are consistent, clean, and suitably heroic. With its abrupt revelatory ending, Volume 1 is by no means a complete story, but as the beginning of a significantly ambitious saga exploring the dark side of comic book heroes, it does the trick of ensnaring attention and freeing the reader of the usual surety that good will prevail.