Spoilers for Future State: Suicide Squad #1 ahead!
In the 853rd century, Wonder Woman has taken a lover, and it is the last man fans may expect: Black Adam. On top of that, they have even been lovers for centuries. In the back-up story to Future State: Suicide Squad #1, fans learn of this surprise pairing. Written by Jeremy Adams, with art by Fernando Passarin, inks by Oclair Albert and colors by Jeromy Cox, the issue is in stores now.
Readers first got to meet the Wonder Woman of the 853rd century during the DC One Million event in 1998. This futuristic Wonder Woman shares a very similar origin to her present-day counterpart: she was fashioned from living marble, just as the original was made from clay. In an interesting twist, it is the contemporary Wonder Woman, now ascended to godhood, that imparts life upon her 853rd successor. She would go on to fight evil alongside the Justice Legion-A, which included 853rd century versions of Hourman, Starman and Superman. This bright and optimistic future has been glimpsed more times since but makes its grand return in Future State: Suicide Squad #1.
An evil force called The Unkindness has begun an assault on the universe, joined by the Seven Deadly Sins. After they make short work of Superman-Prime (the contemporary Superman with power levels ramped up to god-like levels), Wonder Woman realizes a new approach is needed and seeks out her lover, Black Adam. The other Legion-A members are understandably shocked, as are readers. What is even more shocking is that Black Adam has renounced his dark and violent ways and is now a man of peace. Readers also learn the couple have a child. That does not last long however, as the Unkindness come to his planet of Khandaq and before long Black Adam has returned.
It may seem shocking to fans that Wonder Woman would marry a murderous anti-hero, but the Black Adam of the 853rd century is initially a far cry from his 21st century self, preferring a simple, meditative life. It is easy to see why she would choose to date and even start a family with him. But tragedy follows Black Adam, from his days in ancient Egypt up until the 853rd century; it shatters the tranquility and peace he has long sought, meaning he must return to his old ways.
Black Adam has enjoyed a renaissance as of late, appearing in Endless Winter; he will also be joining the Justice League when Brian Michael Bendis takes over the title in March, and of course, the upcoming feature film starring Dwayne Johnson. That continues here, showing different sides of him—devoted lover and man of peace. Unfortunately, it does not last long.
By SHAUN CORLEY