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Flashpoint Hardcover – November 1, 2011

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About the Author

Geoff Johns, a Detroit native, brings a Hollywood sense of story-telling to comics. After working as an assistant to Richard Donner (director of Lethal Weapon, Superman and many other great films), Geoff has brought his considerable writing talent to comics. For DC he has written Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.S., The Flash, the enormously popular JSA with David Goyer, helped revitalize Hawkman with James Robinson and the comics event BLACKEST NIGHT.
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Product Details

  • Series: Flashpoint
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401233376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401233372
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.6 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. JACKSON on November 20, 2011
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I have always been a fan of the DC Universe since I was little kid. They had a huge playground of characters and universes for you to choose from. At times it was downright confusing but it was fun nonetheless. Over the last twenty of so years (Hard to Believe it has been that long). DC has been trying to cleanse the confusion caused by their massive continuity begining with the awesome and critically accalimed Crisis On Infinite Earths then the mediocre Zero Hour: Crisis in Time and then the very cool Infinite Crisis Despite all of that it really did not do much to deal with the confusion. Fans would debate what story was in continuity and did this happen or that happen. First Batman was a part of the Justice League then he wasn't and then he was. First he discovered who killed Thomas and Martha Wayne then it was a mystery. First he was known somewhat by the public then he became an Urban Legened. You get my point. First Wonder Woman was not a founder of the JLA then later on she was. Many of Supermans John Byrne adventures were wiped out. It got ridiculous. Not to mention Hawkman. (Check out the The Hawkman Omnibus Vol. 1 to help clear up that confusion. Unless you have been reading consistently for 20 years you may have missed out on those confusing and convoluted moments.Read more ›
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Imagine waking up at your job and you hear that your nemesis Captain Cold is a law-abiding citizen? Or what about Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne's father being Batman and alive? Superman not being around and cyborg is the national hero? Abin Sur never died, so Hal Jordan never received his power ring? Aquaman sinking Western Europe and Wonder Woman taking over England as New Themyscira...and yet there both fighting each other? What about your dead mother...being alive and well? And weirdly enough, you don't have your powers here!

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!
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"Flashpoint" was hyped as "the point where everything changes" in the DC Universe. I was expecting another all-out blockbuster story from Geoff Johns. But actually, it came across more as an "Elseworlds" version of "It's A Wonderful Life," starring Barry Allen.

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.
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For those of us no longer into comics.

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!!!
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