WARNING: The next incorporates spoilers for Future State: Dark Detective # Three by Mariko Tamaki, Dan Mora, Jordie Bellaire and Aditya Bidikar, on sale now.
DC’s State of the Future has taken readers right into a darkish, alternate future world of the DC Universe the place every thing is completely different. This dystopian model of Gotham Metropolis is now a futuristic metropolis guarded by the Justice of the Peace, a military-type drive made up of drones, robots, troopers, and Peacekeepers whose goal is to seek out anybody who dons a masks, be they supervillains or Superheros.
For the previous few weeks, two completely different batmen have been preventing the Justice of the Peace: Bruce Wayne, believed useless by authorities and now working as the Dark Detective, and Jace Fox, the Subsequent Batman. Since the starting of Future State, these two characters have acted independently. However now, in Future State: Dark Detective # 3, the two finally cross paths.
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With vigilantes banned from Gotham Metropolis, the Bat-Household was virtually disbanded. Some members had been locked up, whereas others started preventing as a part of the resistance. Bruce Wayne was killed by Peacekeeper-01, and each he and his alter-ego Batman are thought of useless by the Justice of the Peace. With no extra fortune and with out his arsenal of weapons, devices and automobiles, Bruce has disguised himself in bits of armor as the Dark Detective, and has got down to convey down the Justice of the Peace and free Gotham from its tyranny.
In the meantime, Tim « Jace » Fox now has entry to Batman’s know-how and costumes. As the Subsequent Batman, Jace has been tasked with imposing justice in Gotham, and he has a new Batman armor and loads of helpful devices to help on this campaign. One among these batmen focuses on the Justice of the Peace, whereas the different is there for the city.
In Future State: Dark Detective # 3, Bruce Wayne continues to analyze the tech firms that fund the Justice of the Peace and the micro-surveillance know-how he has found. It’s whereas attempting to study extra about this know-how that he’s finally attacked by the Justice of the Peace’s drones. Bruce destroys the machines coming after him, however one other sneaks up from behind. However, earlier than she will shoot her, she is destroyed by the Subsequent Batman, who manages to avoid wasting Bruce from the Justice of the Peace simply in time.
Essentially the most stunning factor about the encounter between these two vigilantes is that neither of them appears to know the different. They each ask the different who he’s, and each give as obscure a solution as they’ll. After all, because of the Bat-emblem they put on on their chest, every one acknowledges the different as Batman. Nonetheless, Bruce reluctantly views Jace as his successor, whereas the Subsequent Batman demonstrates highly effective authority. Jace doesn’t acknowledge the Dark Detective as Bruce Wayne, nor as the unique Batman. To him, he’s simply one other vigilante masked in a patched go well with, somebody who will doubtless be killed by the Justice of the Peace.
The encounter between the two is temporary, and each superheroes stay masked the whole time. Earlier than they go their separate methods, Jace alerts Bruce to hold up his hood, and it doesn’t appear to be a suggestion. In response, Bruce simply says that he made up that phrase, whereas strolling away.
Maybe surprisingly, the two batmen don’t change blows upon assembly. It could take them without warning, and so they could not precisely approve of the different, however they each understand that they’re performing out of the identical pursuits. Given the heated dialog between the two, it’s potential that in the event that they meet once more, the two batmen will combat, particularly when Jace realizes that Bruce has not heard him. However hopefully in the finish they understand that they’ve a greater likelihood of defeating the Justice of the Peace in the event that they work collectively.