This Possible Future took place in the then-future year of 2001, hence the title. In the year 2030, Matthew Ryder, a scientist sent into the Timestream as a part of one of Monarch's experiments, becomes imbued with temporal superpowers and journeys into the past as Waverider to attem Armageddon 2001 refers to a gigantic battle between all of Earth's heroes and a villain known only as Monarch, in which the superheroes were slain and the all-powerful Monarch plunged the world into a totalitarian government underneath his rule.
This Possible Future took place in the then-future year of 2001, hence the title. In the year 2030, Matthew Ryder, a scientist sent into the Timestream as a part of one of Monarch's experiments, becomes imbued with temporal superpowers and journeys into the past as Waverider to attempt to learn more about Monarch and determine who he is so he can be thwarted. On his journeys, Waverider investigates the possible futures of almost every superhero in the DCU, some even multiple times. As the tale reaches its conclusion, the identity of Monarch is revealed as he appears in the present time to destroy all superheroes in order to make his future reign be certain.
- Armageddon 2001 #1
- Superman (Volume 2) Annual #3
- Batman Annual #15
- Justice League America Annual #5
- Action Comics Annual #3
- The Flash (Volume 2) Annual #4
- Hawkworld (Volume 2) Annual #2
- New Titans Annual #7
- Detective Comics Annual #4
- Adventures of Superman Annual #3
- L.E.G.I.O.N. Annual #2
- Hawk And Dove (Volume 3) Annual #2
- Justice League Europe Annual #2
- Armageddon 2001 #2
- Action Comics Vol 1 #670
- According to Dan Jurgens as interviewed by Dylan Bruck, "There was a 900 service that somebody setup that supposedly gave you inside secrets of the comic book industry. And somewhere along the line, that 900 service started saying that Monarch was going to be Captain Atom." (Wizard Magazine #179, page 49 July 27, 2006.)
- DC's response to the leak was to change who Monarch was. The problem was they choose Hawk who along with Dove had been totally eliminated as viable candidates for becoming Monarch in any future thanks to Hawk and Dove Annual (Volume 3) #2.
- DC later retcon Hawk revealed as Monarch in a storyline in JSA that revealed the ending of Armageddon 2001 had been faked by Mordru. He had created an illusion of Dove being murdered by a future Hawk/Monarch in order to drive the current Hawk insane. He then took control of Hawk and used him to impregnate Dove so she would give birth to a child that would inherit all the powers of the Lords of Chaos and Order. Mordru cast a spell on Dove that kept her in a comatose state for years. She did give birth to a child but before Mordru could possess the child's body it was instead inhabited by a reincarnated Hector Hall who aged the body to adulthood and thus caused it to become the new Doctor Fate. Much later while searching for his wife Lyta, Hector would discover Dove and bring her out of Mordru's spell revealing the truth of these events. She would then discover that her sister had inherited the Hawk powers after the death of Hank Hall.
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Eclipso: The Darkness Within