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A New Universe Dawns 0

And so begins the Post-Flashpoint DC Universe. And honestly...thus far, the changes have been relatively subtle. The new/old Justice League isn't especially awe-inspiring, but it is competent storytelling from two master comic creators that establishes that the more things change, the more they stay the same.The story here is pretty simple boilerplate: this is telling the new origin of the current version of Justice League, set five years in the past from modern day, in a time before the world k...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

The Cosmic Flashpoint 0

It has been pretty well publicized that the Green Lantern line of books has been DC's most successful books commercially. So it shouldn't be too surprising that the Flashpoint universe's Green Lantern book plays upon the same ideas that have made those book so popular: multiple colored rings, giant galactic battles and complicated political intrigue.The main difference, of course, is who has the ring for sector 2814. Abin Sur has been something of a myth, even within the already bombastic Green ...

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Welcome to a Doomed DCU 0

The Flashpoint event's importance was only fully revealed in the wake of the announcement of the New 52. What originally seemed to be a rather disposable alternate reality storyline with a Flash core became the last big arc for the current version of the DCU, and the predecessor to the massive relaunch. As such, re-reading this first issues seems to be illuminate quite a few things. As an introduction to the Flashpoint variant of the DCU, it offers a rather striking introduction, setting the pie...

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Haven't I Been Here Before? 0

One of the more interesting mysteries of the entire Flashpoint event has been exactly what the Reverse Flash is really up to. Yes, he started to go back in time in an attempt to make Barry Allen miserable, but the larger impact that his time-meddling has had on the DCU remain unstudied. Why was Thomas Wayne saved? Is Professor Zoom responsible for the war in Europe? What happened to Superman? Even on a more personal level, how is that Barry Allen has no powers but Reverse Flash still does?Sadly,...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Flashpoint's Strangest "Hero" 0

I wish I was a fly on a wall when James Robinson was pitching his Flashpoint tie-in series: "Lets take an obscure 1960s Batman villain, keep his name and physical appearance but change his personality and then put him in a suit."To be fair, the original Outsider is such a bizarre bit of backwards plotting that it is probably best that they didn't go there. And the character that they have inserted into the striking grey-skinned man is far more interesting: a multinational capitalist and weapons ...

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Decent Writing, Breathtaking Art 0

One of the more interesting aspects of the Flashpoint event has been just how closely the various writers and artists have stuck to both the traditional aspects of their various characters and to the overall plot of the Atlantis-Themyscira war. JT Krul and Mikel Janin's Deadman series, for example, offers both radically different versions of their spotlight characters and a side-story to the larger conflict that is still directly affected by it. The end result is a story that, thus far, feels ve...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Abnett and Lanning Magic Elevates Flashpoint's Universe 0

The writing team of Abnett and Lanning have quietly become the masters of political intrigue. Typically that colossal power struggle is placed against an intergalactic backdrop, but they prove just as capable of creating a similar effect in the DC Universe. Or rather, the Flashpoint alternative to the DC Universe; this intoduction to the Wonder Woman tie-in to the Flashpoint event helps to flesh out the proposed marriage of Wonder Woman and Aquaman, and the events that set the war between Atlant...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A Character Portrait of a Bored Monster 0

The opening page of Grodd of War, a character-centric one-shot tie-in to Flashpoint, seems to be making a socio-political statement. A bemused President Grodd sits upon a pile of carcasses, ruminating on how his conquest of Africa seems to be less impactful than the war that is ripping Western Europe apart. It is a rather startling commentary on how skewed the Western perspective of the political climate in the world is, and how our European and American perspective can easily overlook human rig...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Uneven But Saved By a Fantastic Ending 0

The first issue of Flashpoint's Legion of Doom tie-in gives a very bad first impression. The opening conflict between Heatwave and Cyborg feels confused, rushed and weighed down by some truly awful dialogue written by Adam Glass. (A personal favorite exchange: "Didn't your mommy ever tell you not to play with matches, Heatwave?" "Sure did! So I burned her to death!") The fact that Rodney Buchemi's pencils look rushed and sketchy at parts doesn't help matters, and there are some truly inexcusable...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

DC's Britain Shines Bright in This Quirky Debut 0

The initial reading of the first issue of Knight and Squire can be a bit frustrating. Very little in happens in the issue, and the titular characters themselves seem especially secondary to the goings on. Add to this the fact that the majority of the book is written in thick British and Cockney slang, and you have something that feels completely impenetrable. (A glossary of puzzling references for "Colonists" is offered at the end of the book, showing at least some effort to clarify for those wh...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.