DC Infinite Frontier #1 goes on sale June 22 and is being billed as the true kick-off to the publisher's new editorial era and continuity status quo as an Omniverse … you know, like a multi-Multiverse.
There's a lot of reader speculation going on as to the true nature of the Omniverse, but DC hasn't done a lot of talking yet. Fans hope that ends with the release of Infinite Frontier #1 and DC has just released the first eight pages of the debut issue (see below).
What we do know is that Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 and Infinite Frontier #0 reconfigured the DC Universe into a place where everything that ever happened in a published DC story is officially part of continuity in one way or another. But even that meta-premise requires some narrative rules to prevent storytelling chaos and maybe Infinite Frontier will begin to define some of them.
"When our heroes saved the Multiverse from Perpetua in Dark Nights: Death Metal, everything was put back where it belonged...and we do mean everything," reads DC's description of Infinite Frontier #1. "All the damage from all the Crises was undone, and heroes long thought gone returned from whatever exile they had been in. Most of them, at least."
In writer Joshua Williamson and artist Xermanico's six-issue Infinite Frontier series, they will follow Alan Scott, Roy Harper, Barry Allen, President Superman, Cameron Chase, Director Bones, Obsidian, and Jade to explore this new Multiversal era of DC and what it means their friends, families, enemies, and more.
"The mini-series is more of a character-focused event that tells an important story for the future of the DCU. Following Death Metal, big moves are being made in secret by Darkseid…" Williamson tweeted recently. "This Infinite Frontier cast are in separate stories that collide with each other as the series continues. One of my goals with this mini-series is to tell a Multiversal mystery from a grounded point of view. To see a post-big event DCU from angles we don’t normally see."
A new character named X-Tract will debut in Infinite Frontier #1 - a multiversal bounty hunter who is rounding up people who don't belong on Earth-0 - that's the main DC universe which is featured in the core DC comic books.
Here's that brand new fully-lettered preview of the first eight pages of Infinite Frontier #1 featuring an old villain Extant, along with additional preview images.
According to DC (and as you can see in the preview pages), Infinite Frontier #1 begins showing off some of the new Omniverse's status quo, with the Totality seemingly working well together to make quick work of Extant.
But in a scene that of course calls back to Superman's origins, Flashpoint Batman (that's Thomas Wayne to his friends) crash lands in the middle of a field in a rocketship on President Superman's Earth, and is found by Calvin's parents.
What's Flashpoint Batman doing on Earth-23?
DC says the answer will "kick off a string of events that will find an unlikely team of heroes and villains standing together to once again keep reality from unraveling."
"We wanted to create a story that felt like the classic Countdown to Infinite Crisis or the weekly 52 series. Two crucial DCU events with different mysteries and casts that led to big stories for the DCU. Infinite Frontier will do the same," Williamson continued on Twitter. "Infinite Frontier #1 - #6 is ACT ONE of a massive story we're telling in the DCU. It all leads to something I’m working on that will be the biggest thing I’ve ever done for DC."
Infinity Frontier #1 (of 6) goes on sale on June 22.
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