"Futures End - Chapter 17": On the Horn of Africa, John Constantine lights a cigarette only to have it snuffed out by a drop of blood, just some of a great deal of it left in the wake of a creature that massacred the entire village. Among historians in his comp
Synopsis for "Futures End - Chapter 17"
On the Horn of Africa, John Constantine lights a cigarette only to have it snuffed out by a drop of blood, just some of a great deal of it left in the wake of a creature that massacred the entire village. Among historians in his companion Midge and a man named Tommy, John reveals that the deaths of ancient civilizations are not a mystery lost to time. They were murdered, and their murderer has come back. John realizes that the killer and they are in search of the same man, and decides that they should follow the trail in the hopes of reaching him before the killer does.
On Cadmus Island, Hawkgirl is escorted, once again, to be experimented on by Doctor Sook. He explains that he wishes to reprogram the implant that Cadmus placed inside her. Kendra doesn't believe it, complaining that she knows the device is growing inside her, somehow, and she knows that he chose her because of their history. Ignoring her jabs, Sook attempts to operate on her, only to have his head crushed suddenly within the fist of the OMAC who escorted Kendra to his lab.
Elsewhere in the facility, Slade Wilson presses Cole Cash to look over all of the prisoners from Earth 2 with his unique sight, and point out any in whom he sees something untoward. Cole can't see anything in particular, adding that he doesn't believe Faraday's claims that he can see deception. Lana remarks that if he can't, he's liable to end up in a cell of his own, but her comment trails off as they witness the prisoners step out of their cells unobstructed. As if possessed, Cole suddenly punches Slade in the face, as the prisoners attack. Fifty Sue renders Cole unconscious in the mean time, and the prisoners rush past them and escape onto the grounds of the island.
Meanwhile, on Vancouver Island, Emiko and Barda make their way to a meeting with John Diggle, after narrowly escaping Deathstroke some weeks earlier in Montreal. Their plan had been to seek out Lois Lane in Metropolis, but the plan has had to change. Barda demands answers, wondering just who Emiko works for, and she responds that the Green Arrow was her brother, and while he may be dead, his name still carries weight. They will use a Queen Foundation owned freighter to get to Cadmus Island and kill the man who murdered Green Arrow - and save the other Earth 2 refugees.
In Metropolis, Lois Lane's life is in danger from an attack by Rampage when Superman comes to her aid. Watching him fight, Lois marvels at how powerful he seems, despite all the concerns that were raised when Superman began wearing a mask. He is not powerful enough, though, to prevent Rampage from getting him caught in a deadly headlock. With difficulty, he manages to utter the word "Shazam!", calling down a lightning bolt whose energy surges through them both, and leaves Rampage unconscious. Worriedly, Lois rushes to Superman's side, only to find a teenage boy. Pained, he wheezes that he's not Superman. He's Billy, and he needs help.
Back in Africa, John and company await the event that he is sure will come. Within moments, a rumbling in the ground sends geysers of water shooting up from the desert floor. From out of the water steps a bearded Kal-El of Krypton.
Appearing in "Futures End - Chapter 17"
- Big Barda
- John Constantine
- Lois Lane
- Kal-El (First full appearance)
- Superman (Billy Batson) (Revealed to be Superman)
- Doctor Sook
- Ethan Boyer (Mentioned only)
- This issue is reprinted in The New 52: Futures End Vol. 1.