"Futures End - Chapter 35": Having barely survived being crushed by a giant teddy-bear, thanks to her recently acquired transmutative powers, Madison Payne listens as Jason Rusch attempts to advise her in how to keep alive while [
Synopsis for "Futures End - Chapter 35"
Having barely survived being crushed by a giant teddy-bear, thanks to her recently acquired transmutative powers, Madison Payne listens as Jason Rusch attempts to advise her in how to keep alive while Dr. Polaris attacks them. Seeing the explosions and damage from nearby, Cal Corcoran hurries toward them, hoping to be of help to anyone who might be in trouble. Polaris tries a more subtle tactic, flicking a tiny shard of metal at Madison, which pieces through her chest. Cal arrives on the scene, and sees Firestorm there, unsure of how that could be possible when Ronnie Raymond is dead.
Without thinking it through or observing his opponent, Cal attacks Polaris with a piece of metal pipe, only to have the pipe turned on him by the doctor's magnetic powers. Angrily, Madison destroys Polaris' suit - and to Jason's surprise, the suit is empty. Catching Cal in her arms, Madison carries him to safety, plants a kiss on his face, and tells him she loves him, before leaving him to recover alone.
In Las Vegas, Fifty Sue confronts Lana Lang, who seems to have come to terms with the fact that an eight year old girl could be a killer; a monster - but that doesn't mean she likes it. Sue deduces that Lana was crying because she is saddened by the fate of the people from her world, but her cavalier attitude toward their death makes Lana angry. Assuming the role of mother thrust upon her by Sue, Lana slaps the girl across the face and warns that there will be no more ill behaviour - no matter what Sue really is. She will be a little girl, and Lana will be her mother. She will not abandon her - a fear which she suspects is the reason the girl keeps acting out. Despite the decree that she will no longer be allowed to kill, Sue accepts her new role as Lana's daughter.
In the infirmary of the Ant Farm, Ray Palmer reluctantly admits that despite his efforts, Frankenstein is clearly dying. He cannot understand why given Frank's already long life-span. He suspects the Nth Metal from Hawkman's arm which was implanted onto Frank may have changed his biological makeup. Worried for her friend, Amethyst wonders if Father Time can be of help, but the creature refuses to cooperate until he's set free.
In the meantime, Hawkman and The Engineer are doing cleanup after the conflict with S.H.A.D.E. Fortunately, the Agents of S.H.A.D.E. have little loyalty toward Father Time, and some are helping out, like the Creature Commandos. Black Adam returned to Earth after having been finally freed from the Phantom Zone and completing his commitment to help Ray and company escape Brainiac. The threat of Brainiac still looms large, and as the leader of both Stormwatch and now S.H.A.D.E., it falls on him to protect the world from that threat. Preparations will not be enough. He will need to build an army. Hearing that, Amaya decides it's time to take her leave. She would rather commit herself to saving Frankenstein by finding the magic that can help him.
In New York City, Plastiaue is surprised by the horrifying hybrid Joker/Batman cyborg. He spots a chocolate bar in her hand and gleefully takes it from her - only to have it explode in his hand. She uses the explosion as a distraction to make a run for it, and fortunately, the explosion also catches Terry McGinnis's attention. As he leaps to her rescue, he spots this time's Batman spying on him and worries that this is going to go badly. When he gets within its sights, the cyborg targets him, allowing Batman attack the cyborg himself. He is started into motionlessness when the Joker's head spins around to reveal his own face, and he takes a punch in the face.
In the meantime, Terry grabs Plastique and carries her away, and she takes the opportunity to kiss him.
The cyborg pins Batman to the ground, and the Batman component commands the Joker to kill him. The Joker refuses, reminding that if the past version of Batman is killed, they won't be merged together as they are now.
Appearing in "Futures End - Chapter 35"
- Cal Corcoran
- Lana Lang
- Stormwatch (Futures End)
- Batman (Bruce Wayne)
- Creature Commandos
- Black Adam
- Batman (Bruce Wayne)
- Ronnie Raymond (Mentioned only)
- This issue is reprinted in The New 52: Futures End Vol. 3.