Far reaching big events are nothing new to the world of DC Comics, so there is no question that the all new FLASHPOINT event will be any different. The event that was first teased last April is finally coming closer to it's official start date —and it is sure to change everything we know about the DC Universe. But it's not like we haven't heard that one before, right? Big events are generally advertised in the same sort of way. Something big happens that alters every fabric of the universe's reality, and everything we once knew goes topsy-turvy. In fact, that is exactly what FLASHPOINT seems to be. Rather than continuing to be the great protector of Gotham, Bruce Wayne will run a casino. Instead of growing up in Smallville, Kansas, Superman will be experimented on by the government. Hal Jordan never becomes Green Lantern —he is just plain Hal. With all these alternate stories being advertised, you have to wonder what it all means and how any of this will be different than an "Elseworlds" story? Why should we, as readers, buy into this new and upcoming series?
While I can't really answer that question for all of you, I can address one specific detail that has gotten me, personally, interested in the launch of this event. One of the differences between this event and the many other cross over events we have seen in the past is that there will be attention brought to some of the DCU's biggest super villains. In fact, one of my favorite super villains will be affected by the changes in the DCU in his very own three issue mini series titled Flashpoint: Deathstroke & The Curse Of The Ravager. The cover to the mini series which will be written by Jimmy Palmiotti was released late last week depicting Deathstroke in a slightly altered version of his costume. Ditching his mask for an eye patch, Deathstroke is presented with a pistol in one hand and a blade in the other, hopping from one dock to the next whilst fighting off some nefarious looking seamen. The image was first seen on the DC blog with a title that inferred how Deathstroke will "stop at nothing to find his lost treasure." Considering the title of the mini-series makes a mention of the Ravager being a "curse," could it mean that in Flashpoint Rose Wilson never existed? Could she be just a curse? And if so, is this a metaphor for what Slade's life could have been had she never been born? == TEASER ==
Earlier this week DC revealed a preview to the May issue of TITANS #33; and with it, an interesting quote from the series' writer, Eric Wallace about the new story arc, "Broken Promises." According to Wallace, "Broken Promises" will change Deathstroke" forever- not only will it shed light on Deathstroke's present, but on his past as well.
Slade’s been pretty cold-hearted up to now in running these new Titans. That’s because he has an uber-mission to complete, one that’s only been hinted at up to now. Well, the endgame of that plan is finally revealed in “Broken Promises.” But it’s not just Slade’s present that gets illuminated. It’s his past, too. One of the things the entire creative team wanted to do with “Broken Promises” was to really dig deeply into how and why Slade became the man he is today. The shattered oath referred to in this arc’s title is one of those key moments that ended up defining Slade.
Since we know that the release of Deathstroke's 'Flashpoint' mini-series will be released "Some time after May," it's very possible that we may see some cross-over from this mini series into the four part "Broken Promises" storyline. In fact, I would almost be a bit disappointed if we don't. Aside from that, though, there is the question regarding what Broken Promises could mean and whether or not it has anything to do with Slade's bad parenting skills. If you know anything about Rose and Slade's relationship it is that it is filled with empty and broken promises. In fact, Ravager has been used by Slade as a weapon on more than one occasion. So what could this all mean? Could Slade finally have a change of heart in "Broken Promises?" Will the new TITANS storyline have anything to do with Slade's Flashpoint story? What would you like to see happen? Check out the preview for TITANS #33, part one of "Broke Promises" below.