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Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Wonder Woman Paperback – March 20, 2012
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This collection features four, three issue, mini-series; "Wonder Woman and the Furies", "Emperor Aquaman", "Lois Lane and the Resistance", and "The Outsider".
"Wonder Woman and the Furies" is one of two of the more important tie-ins to Flaspoint. The other is "Emperor Aquaman", which will be covered next. In this world, Wonder Woman and Aquaman meet as young love filled idealists from ancient warrior civilizations thought to be myth. They come to an agreement that they can better help the world of man by combining their cultures, the Amazons for Wonder Woman, and the Atlanteans for Aquaman, through marriage. At the wedding of Wonder Woman and Aquaman, an assassination occurs and both parties blame the other. The world becomes the biggest victim as the Amazons conquer Great Britain as their new homeworld and the Atlanteans sink most of Western Europe. "Wonder Woman and the Furies", as one might expect, is told primarily through Wonder Woman's account of everything going on. The writing by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning is not horrible but not stellar. The piece is not very character driven and feels like a factory machine spitting out plot points right on cue to make it hard to get into this story. Big twists were revealed in a lackluster fashion to really dampen any emotional impact it had on the characters. A good story in filling out the details on Wonder Woman's side of the fence for Flashpoint.
"Emperor Aquaman" tells the tale of the war between the Atlanteans and Amazons through Aquaman's eyes. The story starts in the present and works in flashbacks when needed, including a great retelling of Aquaman's origin as a half Atlantean/half human. Tony Bedard does an excellent job of writing a broken broken-hearted Aquaman. The reveals of how all this madness came to be were worked in more organically than the preceding story. Definitely the highlight of this collection. Great look at Aquaman and just how scary he really could be if he wanted to rule the world!
"Lois Lane and the Resistance" is also written by Dan Abnett and and Andy Lanning. The story starts with reporter, Lois Lane, covering a fashion show in Paris, France when the Atlateans tidal wave hits. Lois is picked up by a Amazon rescue ship and is taken to Great Britain. Lois sees the horrors being committed by the Amazons and breaks out. She meets and teams up with Black Penny and Grifter (of Wildstorm's WILD C.A.T.S. fame) the leaders of Great Britain's resistance. Abnett and Lanning repeat their formula from "Wonder Woman and the Furies" of little character development and just dropping plot points. But with this piece, it is a little more forgivable with such a large cast. Pretty good action packed story.
"The Outsider" is about Michael Desai, also known as The Outsider. Ruler of India, blessed with an invulnerable skin (that also makes him look like a cracked egg with his albino like pigmentation), and knows how to keep his nation out of other conflicts, while running many successful businesses legal and illegal, all the while keeping his suits clean. But the The Outsider has a problem. No, it is not that the Atlatean/Amazon war may come knocking on his door, but that someone wants him dead. And his suit got dirty. He has got to find who is responsible for this! Nicely written by James Robinson with his usual dry British humor and wit.
All in all, a good collection of the twisted world of Flashpoint. Very good storytelling and art all around, and definitely the collection that makes you want to pick up Flashpoint and reread it, or read it for the first time.
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This is probably the book to start with if you're going to try the "World of Flashpoint" series as it explains why the world is basically entering...Read more