Official - 'Endless Winter' is the next big DC story

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DC has released the first teaser for its upcoming 'Endless Winter' story-arc. Confirming what Newsarama earlier reported (opens in new tab), the event will begin in December 2020.

And while the teaser itself leaves pretty much everything to the imagination other than the title-logo against an icy blue background, Newsarama expects the storyline to be Justice League related. 

The image appears Friday in the publisher's DC Connect #3 (opens in new tab), its new self-published catalog featuring its October 2020 solicitations.

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While it's possible the event could be tied into the lesser-known villain Endless Winter as we previously speculated, another possibility (or perhaps both) is that the title 'Endless Winter' is more of a 'big picture' description.

Given that the current DC event Dark Nights: Death Metal is scheduled to run through January 2021 (opens in new tab), this could be tied into events there - namely remaking the world after the Batman Who Laughs turned Earth into a savage playground for him and his forces.

Where his and Perpetua's plans are fierier, 'Endless Winter' could flip the switch (or the thermostat rather) into a sub-zero, ice-filled world. While readers are currently dealing with another type of worldwide calamity, a new Ice age could be an interesting fictional playground for DC's titles to explore a la the classic Batman 'No Man's Land' scenario with the heroes rebuilding after a natural (or even unnatural) disaster.

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If this sounds a little familiar to you, it should; in 1996 DC published a crossover titled 'The Final Night' where Earth froze after the Sun-Eater extinguished the Sun. That event, which lasted five weeks, had its own limited series and crossed over into numerous titles including Superman, Batman, The Power of Shazam, Legion of Super-Heroes, and Sovereign Seven. 

While that might seem like an obscure callback, DC is listing a new collection of 'The Final Night' - the first time it's been collected in print since 1998 - to go on sale March 9, 2021, on Amazon (opens in new tab).

I don't know about you, but as someone in the middle of the dog days of summer here in Florida, the idea of some cold weather is something I'm looking forward to... but 'Endless'? I don't know about that.

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)