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Flashpoint Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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This is the setup for Barry Allen, AKA The Flash, who wakes up unknowingly to this unique place/timeline at the beginning of this new world, called Flashpoint. Flashpoint is set in a modern world that is an accumulation of the DC, Vertigo, and Wildcats Universes--but altered, with many characters having various arrays of different properties, either it be personalities, ideologies, looks, or all of thee above. Characters like Thomas Wayne, who is very much like Bruce, but is more ruthless about taking justice out to his enemies, to the point he's willing to kill them. Cyborg is the new Superman of this world, where everyone looks up to him as a hero and trusts his word. Even SHAZAM is called Captain Thunder here, who is made up of six different teenagers with conflicting opinions. Added to all that, Aquaman and his Atlantians and Wonder Woman and her Amazonians are at war with each other, which could very well destroy this new place that The Flash just got stuck into without any prior knowledge of how he got here. Even worse, is that Barry has to get out of this universe soon or else his prior memories from his universe will be over written into new memories for this new Flashpoint universe. Talk about being stuck up a creek!Read more ›
Which isn't to say it wasn't a good read, it was just less than I expected. The story didn't work quite as well as some others that Johns has written. (Aside from some vague references to the "Butterfly Effect," I couldn't figure out why some of the time anomalies were happening. How does the fact that Barry Allen's mother was not murdered lead to young Bruce Wayne being killed by the mugger instead of his father? Or how does it result in Superman's krypton rocket landing in Metropolis instead of Kansas? Didn't that happen *before* Barry Allen's mother was murdered?)
At least "Flashpoint" was easy to understand, unlike the "Infinite Crisis" mess, or the "Final Crisis" mashup, where DC finally achieved what it seemed to have been shooting for all along in the "Crisis" stories: Total Incomprehensibility!
I was glad that you could read "Flashpoint" all the way through in one collected volume. With "Blackest Night," I had to check out all 7-8 volumes from the local library and skip back and forth between them in order to read the story in continuity.
Geoff Johns has produced an incredible volume of work in the past five years. While "Flashpoint" was not his best "event story," it was still good reading.
I dropped out of comics after Infinite Crisis, the first DC reboot. I was old, it seemed about right. Very once and awhile, I like looking in on my old friends.
FLASHPOINT is worth it.
There have been several reboots of DC, and all of them have centered on Barry Allen, The Flash. I suppose because he was the first of the Silver Age (60s) heroes. This story explains all of the reboots, if that makes sense. This is the first of a series of graphic novels, that collects the series of comic books, that once again changes the DC superhero universe.
This first book stands alone, except for a teaser near the end. Barry wakes up on an Earth without his speed, and starts seeing all of the changes a world without Flash has become. Many are throw away lines that only a true fanboy would get, like the bridge to nowhere outside of Central City. But, Barry has to get his speed back to get his world back.
One caution: DO NOT watch the Flashpoint movie before this book. BOOK FIRST MOVIE SECOND!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic story. I wish they could make it on a Live action filmPublished 13 days ago by Fernando X. Orellana
Collecting Flashpoint #1-5
So, this is supposed to be the huge Universe altering event that launches DC into the New 52 and technically it is, HOWEVER, it's not as epic... Read more
Amazing deal, any comic shop will charge you double or triple. One of the best DC Comics ever written, why are you still reading this? Order it already!Published 20 days ago by Matthew Miceli
Having watche that animated adaptation first, I wanted to read the original source material. Things were changed from the comics that would have made the animated movie a bit... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Ricardo Neris Lozada
I did not like the art that much and the story was cool but not amazingPublished 1 month ago by Yusuf Kudsi