"Futures End - Chapter 31": In Seattle, Lois Lane holds a press conference to discuss the story she just filed about her experience on Cadmus Island. She explains how she discovered that the island was an internment camp for the super-humans who were captured
- Cadmus Island was destroyed, but Cadmus the international corporation remains very much active. I will not stop until the company is brought to justice as the war criminals they are.
Synopsis for "Futures End - Chapter 31"
In Seattle, Lois Lane holds a press conference to discuss the story she just filed about her experience on Cadmus Island. She explains how she discovered that the island was an internment camp for the super-humans who were captured from Earth 2 during the war. These prisoners were subjected to dehumanizing experiments, but the information was kept from the public. She has also obtained evidence that Cadmus was responsible for Oliver Queen's murder. Fortunately, the other world's Oliver Queen and the Outsiders rescued the prisoners, but not everyone escaped. She vows to see Cadmus punished as war criminals for what they did.
Meanwhile, on his island, Oliver Queen - who is very much alive - receives a visit from his friend Buddy Baker and his family. Over a drink, Buddy wonders if Oliver intends to stay dead, considering how much effort he took to erase himself from the footage Lois released. Oliver admits that his sister Emiko is a better Green Arrow than he ever was. Thanking Buddy for the heartfelt eulogy he delivered, the men clink glasses and toast to retirement.
In Siberia, Clark Kent wonders why John Constantine dragged him to the forests of Tunguska, where a meteor devastated the area in 1908. John explains that the place is significant, but he is interrupted by his companion Midge - who has quite clearly gone so insane that she is wandering the snowy woods in her underwear. She begins ranting about the coming of an entity until a sudden explosion signals the arrival of a bear containing Brainiac's intelligence. John drags Midge away while Clark faces the bear, who speaks to him, welcoming him as the last Kryptonian to the harvest. The bear explains that the father admires Clark's own father, who made his son special. The bear explodes in a devastating blast, and it is only by Clark's quick actions that he saves John and Midge from the flames. Frustrated, Clark concedes that Brainiac needs to be stopped, and asks what he must do to make that happen. John admits uncomfortably that it means going home.
On the ruins of Cadmus Island, Faraday teleports into the DNA storage vault and discovers, with disappointment, that it's been lost to the sea.
In Pittsburgh, Madison Payne begs Jason Rusch to explain how she ended up in the Firestorm Matrix with him. Though Jason is fuzzy on the details, he explains that when Dr. Yamazake's teleporter device exploded, both she and Ronnie Raymond were caught in the surge, and apparently the reaction that fused him with Ronnie in the past has been recreated in her. If she wants to be herself again, she will have to concentrate, and try to visualize them both as separate beings again. Try as she might, though, it doesn't work, and she grows frustrated.
Nearby, Jason's father Al speaks the eulogy at Ronnie's funeral, explaining how he had developed a friendship with Ronnie's mother. He had seen great potential in Ronnie before the war - but when the battle of Pittsburgh took his mother from him, it opened old wounds for Ronnie, and he lost his grounding. He believes, though, that in his final moments, Ronnie was trying to do some good. From a nearby tree, Madison and Jason watch the funeral proceedings, and spotting Cal Corcoran among the mourners, Jason suggests that Madison talk to him, so he doesn't think she's dead. She explains that she isn't ready to do that - especially not in her current state, and leaves Cal to his sadness.
Appearing in "Futures End - Chapter 31"
- John Constantine
- The Outsiders
- Cal Corcoran
- Buddy Baker
- Jason Rusch
- Alvin Rusch
- Ellen Baker
- Maxine Baker
- Mister Miracle
- Doctor Fate
- Ronnie Raymond (Mentioned only)
- United States of America
- Green Arrow Island
- Indian Ocean
- Cadmus Island (In ruins)
- This issue is reprinted in The New 52: Futures End Vol. 3.