"Futures End - Chapter 43": To her surprise, Lois Lane has just discovered that after five years, Superman - the real Superman - has come back to New York City alive. He has, however, just been swatted like a fly into the pavement
Synopsis for "Futures End - Chapter 43"
To her surprise, Lois Lane has just discovered that after five years, Superman - the real Superman - has come back to New York City alive. He has, however, just been swatted like a fly into the pavement by the monstrosity that is Brainiac. As he comes to, she explains that despite the city's being trapped in a dome of some kind, the sensation that it was being lifted up and away from the Earth has stopped for the time being. At Lois' questioning, Superman explains that he has been recovering all this time from the experience of the war - and the expectations that were forced upon him at that time. Regardless, he is back now, and Brainiac needs to be stopped.
The towering Brainiac, though momentarily thwarted, has a secondary method of extracting New York from the planet by manual controls. As he begins piloting it the domed city, Brother Eye delivers a speech to the people of New York, explaining that he will act as their protector. Watching from his penthouse in the Terrifitech building, Mister Terrific is filled with wonder and pride at what he created. Batman, though, is unimpressed, worried at what Michael has visited on the city.
Tim Drake and Plastique are wandering elsewhere in the Terrifitech building, stepping over the corpses of hundreds of murdered employees, without any indication of what killed them. Tim hears something, and worries that it might be the killer. They are surprised when they are discovered not by the killer, but by Key and Coil, who were hired by Mister Terrific after he caught them trying to rob him. They warn that what they're facing in the building is a nightmare - and things aren't going so well outside either. Finally, Plastique reveals the truth about Terry McGinnis and his being sent from the future to prevent that future. Key scoffs, pointing out that the violence and death that he sees right in front of him suggests that there is no future. Before they can wrap their heads around the possibility that time travel is real, they are attacked by the cyborg version of Plastique from the future - who surely killed everyone in the building. Aloud, it analyzes whether there will be consequences from killing them, and determines that because Tim Drake doesn't exist in the future, there is no consequence of killing him. Fortunately, he is spared that death by Terry McGinnis, the future Batman.
The creature turns on him, damaging the magnetic shielding on his suit, and Plastique leaps onto its back to protect him. She uses her abilities to blow up its head, and in the explosion, she is nearly knocked through the plate glass of the upper-story window. Terry looks down, and is relieved to see her clinging to a piece of debris for life. After pulling her up, they share a kiss.
Batman fills Micheal's office with video footage of the horrors befalling the people of New York and forces him to see what his alliance with Brother Eye has done. Sadly, Michael admits that he needs help.
Appearing in "Futures End - Chapter 43"
- Batman/Joker Cyborg Hybrid
- Justice League (On a TV or computer screen)
- Plastique Cyborg (Destroyed)
- New York City
- This issue is reprinted in The New 52: Futures End Vol. 3.