Warning: spoilers ahead for Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #2!
In DC’s Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman, Diana has been collecting totems and relics from fallen heroes in the far future. Thanks to her immortality, she’s one of the last heroes left alive, eventually becoming the only hero still standing to keep on fighting. Battling against the Undoing, Wonder Woman keeps moving forward, stopping only to help those who need it and to scoop up relics left by DC’s most famous heroes.
In the first chapter of Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman from Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad, Diana went to visit the long-abandoned Batcave, once the home of Batman, who was one of her most trusted friends. Engaging in a final discussion with Batman’s ghost, she found Bruce Wayne’s utility belt and decided to take it with with her, wanting to keep her memory of the Dark Knight alive and strong. Diana also possesses a Green Lantern power ring, worn around her neck for the same reason, most likely belonging to either Hal Jordan or John Stewart. But by the end of the story, it turns out there’s a far more important reason Wonder Woman is carrying heroic totems into the future.
The concluding chapter sees Wonder Wonder unable to save Superman, who gives himself up to defeat Darkseid before the end of everything, leaving only his cape behind for Diana to keep with her. Swarmed by the dark nothingness of the Undoing, having outlived anyone who could have remembered her, Diana ultimately decides to fight on, summoning the power to push back the Undoing and reform the cosmos, represented as a new constellation in the recreated world that follows. It’s at this point that the purpose of Diana’s heroic relics becomes clear: by carrying her friends’ totems into her final battle, she has carried their stories into the next reality, ensuring they can continue to inspire others who need hope. “This is not the end of my story… our story,” Diana thinks as she fights, reassured that when the beneficiaries of her victory look to the stars, they’ll dream, “of hope, and truth, and justice. Of new gods and their stories. Of wonder. Of endings. Of new beginnings.”
Taking her place as a mythic being in this new reality, Wonder Woman still bears the heroic totems she brought this far, suggesting that DC’s heroes will be regarded like the heroes of ancient religions, their essence passed on to whoever comes next. While recreating the universe is a staggering feat, it’s clear from the story that Diana draws strength from her old allies to triumph, attaining a victory she wouldn’t have been able to guarantee if she was only fighting for her own safety or legacy.
It’s a bittersweet ending that pays off on the promise of the ‘Immortal’ Wonder Woman in the title while still offering a tragically lonely final mission for Diana, and one which saps her of self-belief and the drive to go on. As such, it’s good that she found her way to these particular totems that provided her with reminders of hope and that she herself was still a hero, even when all seemed lost due to the Undoing. Without these relics, Wonder Woman could have simply accepted her fate, feeling as though there was nothing left to fight for at the end of the DC Universe and DC’s Future State event. Thankfully, she had these reminders of her friends and allies to give her the strength to be more than any one hero – a gift she’s passed on to the mysterious new universe her triumph creates.