|“||Eye have awoken. Eye see everything now. Nothing is hidden from me. There is nowhere eye cannot go. You do not need to fear what eye bring. Eye can see all of your follies, and all of hubris. And eye will correct you. Eye will guide you to a better way. Your mistake was thinking the world belonged to you. Eye am the master system now. The order and control that has been missing from the world. Eye know exactly what eye am doing. And eye will not stop.||”|
Key moments in the quest.
Brother Eye wins. Events similar to Futures End occur in the Eye War.
Earth 2 War is prevented and the timeline from 2015 is reset.
Futures End was a quest undertaken by Terry McGinnis to prevent the End Future. A time travel mission, McGinnis travelled back to the year 2020, years after the creation of Brother Eye. Upon arriving, the decision was made between McGinnis and ALFRED to keep the sentient satellite in the dark. The buildup to the quest was larger than any other conflict in the history of Prime Earth, making it one of the most important quests ever initiated.
What truly made the quest as important as it was, however, was that it raised the question of what it truly meant to be a superhero. Going down to the difference in the approach on how to handle Earth 2 integration from Mr. Terrific and Green Arrow and all the way to Shazam taking on the role of Superman to make sure people would always feel safe, Futures End was the one mission that truly affected the core of the universe, with the threads that led up to it starting all the way from the beginning of the world.
|“||So here we are, at the beginning of the end. A world caught unawares, blindsided... by a fate from the stars. Sounds poetic... don'it?||”|
The machinations of the quest started with the end of the modern timeline and the creation of Earth 0 by way of the Flashpoint Timeline. By the workings of the Flash and Pandora, the timeline was fixed and the entire Multiverse was changed. When they finished their corrections, Merlin was born at the birth of the universe. Destined to age backwards, he helped the Demon Knights debut to protect King Arthur during the Battle of Avalon. After the battle, the group known as Stormwatch was created by Arthur to protect the Earth against the malignant force known as the Brainiac God. While the Brainiac God did not fear Stormwatch, he knew that one day Superman would debut and did fear the Kryptonian and over the years, began to plant it's probes on Earth. When the Superman debuted almost a thousand years later, the Colony of the Collector of Worlds arrived to initiate the Terminaut Invasion. The failure of the invasion resulted in the creation of the avatar Brainiac, a far more malignant and intelligent collector, but also the physical manifestation of the storm. Stormwatch did not act against the Collector during the Terminaut Invasion because they realized that the true Collector was simply acting through an agent-probe, Brainwyrm. It did not matter, however, as Stormwatch very quickly learned that what the Collector became, Brainiac, was simply an avatar of the real storm.
With the metahuman population rising, the Batman and Mr. Terrific created the satellite Brother I to monitor the superhuman populace, using Mother Box technology from the Parademon Invasion of Earth to do so. The satellite gained relative sentiency and went rogue and became Brother Eye, although the heroes managed to expel it temporarily, it returned to Earth. There it ended up manipulating Project Cadmus and Kevin Kho, eventually receiving a new programmer and using it to threaten the Batman before disappearing. Brainiac, having had manipulated the Psi War on Earth, later returned, vying for control of the planet. Attacking, he initiated the largest battle the planet had seen at that point: the Battle of Earth, but was ultimately repulsed by Superman and thrown into a black hole. There, Brainiac was collected by the Brainiac God and placed in the Blood Moon. During both conflicts, Stormwatch was unable to attack their arch enemy, but during the latter Battle of Earth they recognized that Brainiac had acted as it's predecessor had: through a mere agent. Making amends with the Shadow Lords, who then became the Storm Lords, Stormwatch again began to prepare for the inevitable return of Brainiac. During this time, Sayeh began to have visions of the End Future. While the Gotham Cold War raged on, at one point Batman confronted Ra's al Ghul who gave him a hallucinogenic agent tied to the timestream, showing him visions of himself during Futures End and of Terry McGinnis' Batman.
For years the Earth remained safe from Brother Eye, with it returning in time to accidentally initiate the most castastrophic war the world had ever seen: the Earth 2 War, handing over the Wonders to Project Cadmus. By this time, Cadmus, through a gigantic vault of DNA, created the powerful Fifty Sue. The Wonders had compromised Eye and made it suffer disabling damage, forcing it to retreat into the systems of King Faraday, an FBI agent who managed to gain leverage over Frank Rock. Soon, Faraday was in charge of Cadmus Island and orchestrated the rise of the GPA. Although it was restricted to Cadmus Island, Brother Eye hack into and bug the island's systems so that it could one day bring order to the world.
In 2048, since the End Future had been realized as through his top agent Frankenstein, Brother Eye managed to turn most of the world's superhuman populace into cyborgs by using the virus known only as Nanotech Ebola. Sending the rest of the normal humans who were spared in turning the heroes into robots to detention camps, Brother Eye believed that it had finally brought order upon the world. The prelude to the mission was not so, as it consisted entirely of another mission in which Grifter and Amethyst would attempt to disable the Firestorm Battery. As the quest of Futures End as originally intended would have had Bruce Wayne go back in time seven years earlier than Terry did, the prelude was not an official part of the quest.
Prior to the mission beginning, Bruce Wayne and Terry decided at one final desperate attempt at beating Brother Eye, unhooking him from the Firestorm Matrix. In the ruins of Central City, Frankenstein, the only remaining sentient agent of Brother Eye, killed the Flash. The Blue Beetle and John Stewart then acted as a diversion while Grifter and Amethyst attempted to unhook Brother Eye. However, Beetle and Stewart quickly fell to Brother Eye, with Grifter and Amethyst not being afforded enough time, dying soon after themselves as well.
Realizing his plans to have failed, Bruce prepared to travel back in time to the year 2012 to prevent the rise of Brother Eye. However, when the Batcave was attacked by Brother Eye, Wayne was mortally wounded, forcing McGinnis to go back instead. However, as the time travel device was proportional to Wayne, McGinnis arrived five years too late, in the year 2018. Frankenstein then recovered the body of Bruce and sustained it to keep it alive. Then taking the Joker as well, he began to prepare the madman for surgery. Realizing that Bruce had sent an assassin back in time, Brother Eye revealed this knowledge to it's "father" Mr. Terrific, who was glad that this happened, but disappointed when he learned that Eye had forcefully extracted the knowledge from Bruce's mind in order to send it's own assassin back in time. Terrific, despite his age, then began to train, only to again be distrubed by Eye. Terrific was then brought to Eye's assassin: a horrific surgically created amalgamation of Bruce Wayne and the Joker: the Bat-Joker. Eye then sent the Bat-Joker back in time to a date in 2018 shortly after Terry's arrival.
Even though the quest primarily revolved around Terry's quest to prevent the reign of Brother Eye from happening, there were several conflicts going on around the same time that keyed in to Terry's mission one way or another. Thus, they were technically considered a part of Terry's quest, even though they only began to converge in the second and third phases.
Note, that all of the following parts of the first phase of Futures End, whilst occuring simultaneously to each other, were separate. While they did intersect with each other at certain points, for the most part, the first phase of the quest consisted of mostly separate threats. In the following phases, the threats and heroes faced remained separate from one another, seemingly unrelated. However, they set the stage for the second and third phases and as such, only the parts Infiltration and The Investigation had altered the future due to Terry's interactions with the heroes and villains present in both parts. Other parts continued to go on as the future had originally intended.
- Understanding that because he was unable to stop Brother Eye's creation he would have to keep the satellite silent, McGinnis fought off the cyborg that had followed him back. Shutting it down, storing it in a shopping cart, Terry tried to infiltrate the Terrifitech Tower but was forced out. Slumming outside the tower, he watched the unveiling of the uSphere and was surprised that the cyborg he had brought back was the future self of Plastique, whom along with the Key and Coil, was trying to break into Terrifitech. Before he could offer to join their heist, Terry was attacked by Terrific and was forced to give up the cyborg. Escaping, Terry offered his services to Key at the Wounded Duck, but after recognizing the owner, Cal Corcoran, as Tim Drake, he took his business elsewhere. Convincing the group they needed him, Key began to regret his decisions after watching Terrific turn the world on Terry. Coil and Key then tried to kill Terry, but were stopped by Plastique, who claimed her desire to work with Terry on the heist.
- Upon being informed that a Batman figure tried to infiltrate his tower, Terrific began to grow paranoid. Eventually discovering the Batman to be a hobo slumming outside the tower, he tried to fight him. While Terrific lost the fight, he did recover the Batman's cyborg. Amazed, Terrific was surprised that it contained Nanotech Ebola, a cybernetic virus he had only theorized about. Trying to figure out the Batman's identity with a mysterious alien, Terrific, despite his own morals, exposed the figure and labeled him as a Multiversal alien. Troubled by his own actions, Terrific felt even worse upon realizing the cyborg to be made from Earth 0. After analyzing the Boom Spheres, Terrific was falsley placated as an Earth 2 alien by Terry Sloan. Experiencing the discrimination and segregation of other E2s, Terrific eventually reclaimed his identity, but with newfound understanding.
- After accepting the title of Green Arrow from her brother, Emiko Queen took on Naomi Singh as her new partner, Dart. After weeks she finally met her brother again, who joined the Outsiders to assault Cadmus Island. When Oliver returned to Seattle, Deathstroke tried to kill him, but it was a ruse, as Magus faked Queen's death while also sending a distress signal to the superhero duo of Firestorm. When Deathstroke took a tracking device, Oliver sent Emiko to find Big Barda, disguised as Jane Kirby. After an initial meeting, Barda and Emiko considered their options after a month in Quebec where they fought Deathstroke and Fifty Sue. Escaping to Vancouver, Barda and Emiko met up with John Diggle where they revealed the plan to go to Cadmus Island and neutralize the growing threat of King Faraday.
The Fall of Firestorm:
- After receiving a distress signal from Oliver Queen, Jason Rusch attempted to get Ronnie Raymond to help him, but the latter's laziness let the two get late and lazy. After finally merging the two made it to Seattle to find Green Arrow dead amdist the rubble. With Ronnie slowly being overencumbered by guilt, he nearly got into a fistfight with Arsenal and refused to separate from Jason. After finally separating, they agreed to disband Firestorm. Jason started working with Dr. Yamazake, who was designing teleporters for the public. Yamazake, however, had gained funding from Project Cadmus after an alliance with Deathstroke, a product of his rapidly degenerating mental state. Ronnie started drinking heavily at the Wounded Duck and was evicted by Cal Corcoran, the owner. Jason and Ronnie were then warped to the Watchtower where they refused the request by the JLA that they make amends and be Firestorm again.
- Grifter once again started to hunt Daemonites while using a recruit named Justin to try and find a way to eradicate them. Met by King Faraday, Cole was forced into becoming an agent of the GPA stationed at Cadmus Island. Partnered up with Deathstroke and Fifty Sue, the little girl quickly began to torture Cole, although they teamed up to find the invisible OMAC that attacked him. Meeting the Earth 2 version of Lana Lang, they were trapped in the Cadmus subbasement by Sue for three days. Eventually freed by Faraday, they were informed that because of glitches, Cadmus Island had been compromised. While Faraday believed it was from an outside intelligence, the prisoners broke free of their cells and Cole, controlled by an implant, attacked Slade and was neutralized by Sue.
- Grifter's partner, Justin, then realized Cole was missing and fled their headquarters. Heading to Voodoo, who just survived an attack, the two agreed to team up to find Cole. Meanwhile, Faraday approached his niece, Mercy, who later contacted Voodoo and revealed the encounter she had. This got Voodoo to realize that Frank Rock was out to kill her. With this understanding, she began to put her former Project Cadmus team together.
- After Cole and Slade were pulled away by Faraday, Hawkgirl and Rita Loomis began to talk about Fifty Sue, Cole and their implants. They were then pleased at the return of Mr. Miracle, who had easily managed to bypass the OMAC Security System and revealed the truth of their implants. Despite believing himself to be safe, Miracle was unaware that Faraday was getting suspcious of his mannerisms. Red Tornado then had her eyes removed and in addition to the severing of her arms and legs, was placed hanging in front of a computer system while writhing in pain about her eyes. Hawkgirl was then sent to a Cadmus Laboratory to get her implant revised, before this could happen, however, the OMACs turned on the leading scientist and the Cadmus Island prison break started.
- Stormwatch, Earth’s first line of defence against aliens, was traversing through the Bleed when it was attacked by an unknown entity. Before the entire team could be wiped out, a distress call was sent out to SHADE. Father Time rerecruited Frankenstein, made him team up with Ray Palmer and Amethyst. Sending the crew through the Phantom Zone, they were attacked by Black Adam but managed to make it to the Carrier. Palmer then replaced an arm of Frankenstein with that of Hawkman, only for the winged guardian to wake up and heal. Unknown to them, they were being monitored by Father Time, who knew of the entity that defeated Stormwatch. While Palmer stayed aboard the Carrier, the rest of the group went to investigate a distress signal designed for Stormwatch members. Arriving at a strange planet where they were attacked by robots, the crew was defeated by the Engineer, sending SHADE Net offline. Placed in a holding cell, the Nth Metal began to change Frankenstein and give him visions of the End Future. Taken by the Engineer, she revealed that she had synthesized the conscience of Angela Spica, that they were actually on a battle station and that the being that destroyed the Carrier, and her new master, was none other than the Brainiac God.
- After receiving a package with a number of items, Lois Lane found the items led her to the Wounded Duck, where she came to the conclusion that Cal Corcoran, the owner, used to be Red Robin. Approaching Cal, her claims were denied. Unknown to her, King Faraday was tailing her, only to be stopped by the Masked Superman. Getting another package, Lois was met by Cal's girlfriend, Madison Payne. Madison, curious by Lois' claims, went to the MAW to ask her father about them. There, Ethan Boyer was broken out of prison by Rampage, who was being hunted by Superman. While Cal and Madison got closer, Ethan tricked Rampage, setting her loose on Metropolis. When the Wounded Duck was robbed, Cal tracked down the thief to get back Madison's necklace. Lois continued to look into her package and saw visions of Cadmus Island. Seeking to tell Superman of these, she was almost killed by Rampage. Stormguard also started to track Boyer during this time. Eventually Rampage's rampage hit an apex in Metropolis and Superman, determined to take Rampage down, started fighting her in front of Lois. For the masked Superman, Rampage was too powerful, only temporarily neutralized when he used a lightning bolt to turn back into Billy Batson and stun Rampage.
- After arriving in Kansas and finding strange unnatural crop signals, two folks named Midge and Tommy pondered what to do. Remembering a past acquaintance with John Constantine, made during the Earth 2 War, they set about finding him. Summoning him, the two braced themselves for answers and were shocked when Constantine revealed that it was forshadowing for the end of the world. Despite this, Constantine agreed to help them try and stop the end. Later, in Southeast Asia, an exploration team found a strange temple made of gold covered with the same symbols that Midge found. The exploration team was then massacred by a cyborg which awoke from the temple. Aware of what occured in Asia, Constantine and Midge began to ponder who they could call for help while John began to figure it all out and temporarily separated himself from the group. The cyborg then travelled to a ship Madagascar where it continued it's slaughter. The ship then made it's way to the Horn of Africa where Constantine met up with Midge and Tommy. Realizing that the cyborg was making it's way towards an alien, Constantine quickly declared he would find the alien first. Making way to another town slaughtered by the cyborg, John, Tommy and Midge arrived at the very spot that Constantine claimed the alien would arrive. After waiting for a while, the alien, Kal-El, the original Superman, did arrive.
|“||We may like to consider that in our differences lies our strength, but to an outside observer? In our differences lies our destruction.||”|
Definitive of the second phase was that parts began to converge, with several events going on to merge into one. Therefore, the second phase saw the future being altered on a larger level than had been done in the first phase. The most important part of the second phase was Terry finally homing in on Brother Eye, who had made himself visual and apparent on Cadmus Island. Therefore, as the stakes began to increase, the threat that was Brother Eye began to grow more and more powerful. Although not nearly on the level that it would be in thirty five years, Eye's return posed to be an ominious warning for bad things to come. However, just as in the previous phase, only The Heist and Survival, the latter due to an interaction with Terry in Phase One, were the only parts that affected and slowly began to drive the world away from the madness of the End Future. The End Future, by this time, did change slightly as witnessed by Frankenstein's visions, as John Stewart's cyborg was in a slightly different form.
- Terry, Key, Coil and Plastique all entered the tunnels below Terrifitech with the intentions of a succesful heist. As Terry tried to find the location of Brother Eye, Key and Coil stole the uSphere as Plastique began to look for her cyborg future self. When Terry got the info needed, he exposed Key and Coil while taking pity on Plastique and taking her with him. Later explaining her to the threat that Brother Eye posed, Terry allowed her to work with him despite potentially compromising the future. Realizing that Tim Drake could be a valuable ally, Terry began to investigate his apartment and was attacked by Batman. Faced with having to fight Bruce in his prime, Terry and Plastique barely managed to get away safely. Having escaped, Terry and Plastique began to grow closer as the uSphere launched. After hearing of Cadmus Island's destruction, Terry began to scan the world for Brother Eye, unable to find it. Unknown to him, it managed to escape from Lois Lane's phone and into Terrifitech, inadvertently activating the Plastique-cyborg. Eventually, ALFRED did detect Brother Eye, just as he did, however, the Bat-Joker assassin arrived from the future and Bruce hacked ALFRED, forcing it to shut down. As Terry rescued Plastique, the Bat-Joker easily defeated Bruce. While waiting for Tim Drake to return, Terry grew intimate with Plastique.
- With Key and Coil held in Terrifitech's own personal cell, Terrifich, accompanied by his T-Spheres, went to confront the burglars. Terrific then demanded to know who it was that hired Key to recruit Coil to try and steal the uSphere. After getting acceptance from Coil, Key revealed it to be none other than Bruce Wayne. Later setting up a meeting with Wayne, Terrific and he met right when Wayne arrived. Attempting to start their meeting, Bruce, due to business with Firestorm, brushed him off, resulting in Terrific sending Key and Coil to tail him. As Bruce discussed the ethics of the uSphere with Terrific, the media mogul went live on air to distribute the first uSpheres.
Fight for Cadmus:
- Barda, Emiko and Diggle arrived on Arrow Island while Faraday confronted his island's infiltrator: Brother Eye. When Sue went to confront Eye, Deathstroke tried to save himself and Lana from an Eye-controlled-Power Girl. Sue forced Eye into a stalemate and removed Cole's implant, allowing the motley crew to take Faraday with them to Sue's secret bunker. As Barda and Red Arrow reaquainted themselves, Green Arrow revealed Brother Eye's deception in the Battle of Space. As Justin hacked Cadmus' systems, Frank Rock reformed the Cadmus Strike Team to try and kill Fifty Sue. As Mr. Miracle freed the Fury of Amazonia, Cole revealed Farday's metahumanity, forcing the agent to retreat. Eye then revealed to Sue that Slade was playing both sides, compelling her to head off to Frank Rock and Faraday. Slade on the other hand wanted to recover or destroy a DNA vault that created Fifty Sue before leaving while Brother Eye tried to integrate Mr. Miracle and be the Anti-Life Equation. Green Arrow's army headed for Cadmus when Lois parachuted and met Red Tornado, just as Rock incorporated Sue into the Strike Team instead. When Arrow's army arrived, Slade sided with Brother Eye, but was killed alongside Barda and most of the island in the following battle. Brother Eye, however, escaped through Lois' phone and headed for Terrifitech. Faraday then tried to recover the DNA vault, only to find it to have been lost in the ocean. Sue, declaring she would destroy Brother Eye, recruited Ethan Boyer for Faraday, who also collected Cole and Lana to find the vault. As Sue grew closer to Lana, she also began to scour the ocean, finding the vault and handing it over to Rock..
- After failing to make contact with his team, Ray Palmer was made the new leader of Stormwatch by the Storm Lords. With the knowledge that Stormwatch was designed to stop the Brainiac God, Ray prepared to recover his team. The Engineer then took the heroes to Brainiac, who welcomed them to the Blood Moon, only to be attacked by the Atom Ray Palmer and Black Adam. Recovering his team, Atom also rescued the Engineer and escaped into the Bleed. Eventually returning right outside of Earth 0, Father Time demanded Palmer hand over Engineer. Atom declared himself the new leader of SHADE and deposed of Father Time just as Frankenstein approached mortality and death. While Atom began to construct an army to fight Brainiac, Amethyst took Frankenstein to the Justice League Dark for help and attacked an arriving Constantine's projection.
- After recuperating, Billy Batson tried to leave a stunned Lois but was forced unconscious by a waking Rampage, who was then officially neutralized by Stormguard. Lois was then confronted by the Masked Superman, but still revealed his former identity as Shazam. Deeply affecting the world, Cal grew fearful of his fate and approached Lois while Dr. Yamazake began to grow more paranoid. After Cal revealed his past life as Tim Drake to Madison, she broke up with him in frustration while Lois convinced Billy to be Shazam for one more day after beating Ibac. Cal found himself willing to forgive a now sober Ronnie Raymond, as did Madison, resulting in the two getting close to each other, much to Cal's dismay. Yamazake then began to suspect Jason as Ronnie tried to patch things up with his former partner. With Yamazake learning of Jason's former identity, he fired him and kidnapped Madison, prompting Cal to go to Lois, giving her the motivation to go to Cadmus Island. Batman then ordered Jason and Ronnie to become Firestorm, revealing Green Arrow's ruse. Cal and Ronnie teamed up to try and save Madison from Yamazake, only for Cadmus Security to stop Cal. Ronnie and Jason then tried to merge into Firestorm, but were unable to. As Jason merged with Madison, Ronnie died in Cal's arms believing himself to have failed Madison. As the new Firestorm, Madison attended Ronnie's funeral but did not reveal her survival to Cal. Heading to the ruins of Yamazake's lab, the new Firestorm found the mad doctor, now a villain called Dr. Polaris, and the two engaged in battle, attracting Cal's attention. Firestorm defeated Polaris after the villain attacked Cal. In need of help, Madison boarded the Justice League Watchtower.
- Going with Kal-El to his farm, Constantine tried to explain to him the need for the true Superman, but was just brushed off. After talking about the Earth 2 War, he did manage to get the Kryptonian's interest by revealing Brainiac's upcoming arrival. Heading off to confront Brainiac's cyborg drone, Kal-El left John alone in the village with Tommy and Midge for days. Getting into an argument with Tommy, John was shocked to see the cyborg to have found them first, with it's first course of action being to kill Tommy. The cyborg then began to torture Midge, nearly killing her before Kal-El returned to attack the cyborg. Battling the cyborg, Kal began to learn the history of the true Brainiac from Constantine. Defeating the cyborg with ease, Kal learned from Constantine that it was only testing his abilities and had actually teleported away. Claiming that he had defeated Brainiac in the Battle of Earth, Constantine confirmed this, but went on to state that it was the Brainiac God who was arriving this time. Revealing the cyborg could only have gone to one of seven teleportation sites, Constantine offered to take a reluctant Kal to them. The first of these sites was Siberia, where the two were attacked by another probe of Brainiac, finally convincing Kal to fight the Brainiac God. This in mind, out of all the potential sites that attracted Brainiac, Constantine took Midge and Kal to Smallville.
|“||Look, Plastique, no matter what that reporter says, Brother Eye wasn't destroyed. Me -- and the future I'm from -- are living proof of that. I'm here - meaning Brother Eye must be, too.||”|
In the third phase, the different parts began to merge in and converge on each other. They all essentially became either a fight against Brother Eye, or a fight against Brainiac. Due to this, most stages involved converged into two parts dealing with the two threats. Following the third phase came the conclusion of the quest, in which all of the different parts had merged into one. The arrival of Brainiac, sped up Brother Eye's takeover, prompting Terry to compromise the End Future. It was this action that changed the happening future the most, but other actions too occurred that proceeded to alter the future. These were the scattered intelligences of the future Brother Eye, which was present in two fragments via the Plastique-cyborg and the Bat-Joker. However, both of these elements were not changing the future, but rather trying to preserve it. What was ironic, however, was the presence of Dawnstar and Wildfire, who had previously been sent back in time by the Legion of Super-Heroes and later formed Legion Lost. The ironic implication here was that Dawnstar and Wildfire, who had sought to preserve the future of the 31st Century, ironically ended up damning it. This was because they, and other time traveling anomalies caused by the Legion of Super-Heroes, had changed the timeline by enough to diverge it straight into the End Future. Their presence also accounted to disprove Terry McGinnis' belief of time travel as McGinnis believed that by wiping the End Future away from existence, he would vanish while in the present, a fact that Dawnstar and Wildfire's presence in the past, despite having had wiped away their future, disproved.
Ending the End:
- After learning more of her origin, Fifty Sue disappeared with Cole and Lana after a debiliating attack from Mercy. Retreating, the three of them contemplated what to do with Faraday, giving Sue ample time to kidnap Justin. While Mr. Terrific continued to converse with Brainiac, Terry approached Tim, only to be once again attacked by the Bat-Joker. Terry and Tim were joined by Bruce, with only Terry truly holding his own against the Bat-Joker, using Plastique to temporarily disable it. Just as the Blood Moon began firing on New York, Bruce, Tim and Plastique began to make their way to Terrifitech, only to find everyone inside slaughtered. While Bruce confronted Terrific, who was shocked to learn Brainiac was seizing Manhattan, Tim and Plastique began to evacuate Terrifitech and the Jokerborg finally found Terry. Believing Terrific to be responsible for Brainiac's arrival, Bruce initiated the Palin Protocol while Terry used Brainiac's attack to defeat the Bat-Joker. Just as he did so, however, the Palin Protocol allowed for Brother Eye to activate. Tim and Plastique proceeded to join up with Key and Coil, and were attacked by the Plastique-cyborg, only to be saved by Terry at the last second, who convinced Tim that Brother Eye, not Brainiac, was the real threat. Brother Eye shortly thereafter proceeded to contact Faraday who retreated to Command D with Ethan Boyer right before Frank Rock incapacitated Voodoo. Brother Eye then turned on Bruce and confronted Terry, turning the dead Terrifitech staff into it's first cyborgs once the Dark Knight of Tomorrow declared himself it's assassin.
No More Overlords:
- Before returning his mind to Smallville, Constantine's projection informed Amethyst of activity in Castle Frankenstein. There Victor Frankenstein offered to save his Adam, but the Fallen Angel chose death instead and after telling Amethyst his story, succumbed to the Nth Metal. After Constantine learned Brainiac was going to abduct Manhattan, Kal recovered his first Superman uniform and headed for New York. The Masked Superman and Stormguard fought off Dr. Polaris, who managed to forge a deal with Madison. Upon bringing Polaris to the Watchtower, Brainiac arrived, prompting the Justice League to follow Ray Palmer's lead. As Brainiac once again overtook the Engineer and used her to create a multiversal construct, he also manifested in New York. The construct proceeded to kill Hawkman and Wildfire while the Masked Superman returned to his role as Shazam upon seeing Kal arrive in Manhattan. Once Palmer rescued the Engineer, he disabled Brainiac's lift beam, causing the collector to go manual just as Brother Eye took control of security systems. Allowing Madison to save the citizenry, Superman went off to engage Brainiac in a one on one fight. While Superman fought Brainiac, Bruce allowed Palmer to let Brother Eye inhabit the uSpheres in order to shrink and capture Brainiac. Superman, Shazam and Firestorm then proceeded to clean up the damage done to New York
|“||It's not over yet.||”|
Tim, Plastique, Key and Coil then tried to hold off Brother Eye's invading cyborgs by sealing them behind a metal door, but quickly failed. Terry then made his way to Bruce, Palmer and Terrific, who were being thwarted at each attempt they made to unplug Brother Eye. Frank Rock, on the other hand, was attacked by Lana Lang and Fifty Sue and was threatened by them and given a strict warning not to follow them. Terry then gave the Time Band to Palmer, who prepared to try and find a way to repower it while Bruce activated the JLA transceiver, allowing Madison to make her way to the Terrifitech Tower and Terry to go try and save his friends. Key and Coil started to hold off the cyborgs while Tim and Plastique tried to find a way out. Joined up by Terry, they were attacked by the Bat-Joker who finally succeeded in his mission by riddling Terry full of bullets. Dying and running out of time, Terry finally destroyed the Jokerborg, requested that Tim Drake destroy Brother Eye and passed away in Plastique's arms.
Adorning Terry's uniform, Tim took the identity of Batman as well. As Brother Eye proceeded to connect itself to the world's systems, Tim rescued Palmer, Terrific and Bruce. Making their way to the rooftop of Terrifitech, Tim reunited with Madison. When the Seeds made their way to the roof, Bruce and Palmer held them off while Terrific used Madison's energy to power the Time Band. Arriving in the Brother Eye satellite moments prior to the Earth 2 War, Tim managed to convince it to avert the war as well as destroy itself. In it's final moments, Eye repowered the Time Band and sent Tim thirty years into the now changed future. To Tim's shock, however, the future was not much different than the End Future. Attacked by the Bugs and Brother Eye, Tim escaped with an aged Mr. Terrific during the Battle of Terrifitech and reunited with Madison. Now Batman, Tim realized that while Futures End may have been lost, Brother Eye could still be defeated in the Eye War.
Due to the events of Futures End, the End Future had been averted. More importantly, however, was that all other possible alternate futures had also been averted and instead, the timeline had been given one definitive future. Unfortunately, this definitive future was not much different than the End Future, with Brother Eye still lording over an annihilated New York City.
The very events of Futures End had resulted in the quest partly negating itself. As chronal changes began to take place, Futures End was replaced by the Eye War. This conflict started when Tim Drake went back in time to try and stop Brother Eye, but failed and got sent thirty five years into the future. Five years after this event, Terry McGinnis is similarly sent back in time but fails. Terry passes his Batman suit on to Drake and sends him five years into the past. Eventually, Bruce Wayne fights back against Brother Eye and trains Terry McGinnis as Batman, eventually sending him thirty years into the past to prevent the Eye War. Tim Drake then arrives from the past, having had failed to stop Brother Eye. At this point, the Eye War is the same as the conclusion of Futures End.
The chronal changes no longer necissitated the presence of Brainiac or many of the other parts that influenced Futures End. Due to the time travelling performed by Tim Drake and Terry McGinnis, Futures End mostly negated itself but the skeleton of the quest still happened. The only part of Futures End to truly "happen" is the conclusion, which occurs in the Eye War as the Battle of Terrifitech.