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Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons #2 - All Eyes on the Prize Review

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What is life like for Dick Grayson if his parents survived and he never met Batman? With the craziness of Flashpoint and the war between the Amazons and the Atlanteans, we'll soon find out what fate has in store for him.

The Flashpoint war between the Amazons and the Atlanteans heats up as the Amazons pay a visit to Haley's Circus.

The Good

This series has been one of the better, more fun Flashpoint tie-ins. What sold me from the beginning was the idea of Dick Grayson not growing up to be Robin and staying with Haley's Circus. With J.T. Krul writing and those really cool Cliff Chiang covers, there was no way I could not pick these issues up.

The first issue was pretty fun but after reading Flashpoint #3 and hearing more from Kyle Higgins about Nightwing's new series in September, I'm now looking at this series a little differently. The solicit info for Nightwing and Higgins' interview, we know Dick will be back at Haley's. Maybe I'm reading too much into it but Flashpoint #3 lead me to believe that there could be some connection between Flashpoint books and September's "New 52."

With the Amazons after a certain item one of the members of the circus has, this isn't a simple story about circus life. There is plenty of actions and based on the other tie-ins, you know some bad stuff will be going down. What readers will be mainly interested in is what will happen to this version of Dick Grayson. How will he react to the chaos surrounding him not having had a life of training by Batman. Seeing the other supporting characters in similar roles of not being natural crimefighters adds to the excitement of the story. With the open nature of the Flashpoint world, you never know who will show up and the surprise appearance of one character definitely makes a good tease for the next issue.

The Bad

With the first issue, one of my complaints was with the art. Surprisingly we have a different artist with this issue. Actually there's two artists. Mikel Janin did the art in issue #1 and here we have Fabrizio Fiorentino and Alejandro Giraldo. Unfortunately, the art is still a concern for me. There is some consistency with the art so it's not a distracting difference but there were still moments I felt some of the characers' anatomy and backgrounds looked a little off.

Maybe it's because we don't know a whole lot about the Flashpoint world (and the current status of Poland) but when some of the characters were on the run from the Amazons, the surrounding city felt small. It could be that when Amazons roll into town and start attacking, everyone knows to head for the hills.

The Verdict

Whether this should be considered an Elseworlds story or if there could be any impact with September's relaunched Nightwing series, there's something about seeing Dick Grayson back at Haley's Circus with his parents. Obviously this isn't just a series about Haley's Circus. With the Amazons on a mission and attacking, the action will heat up. How Dick Grayson will react and survive (if he's able to) in this world without being trained his whole life by Batman is what adds to the suspense of the series. Based on information Nightwing writer Kyle Higgins has revealed and events in Flashpoint #3, I can't help but suspect that there's a chance some elements of this series will carry over after Flashpoint ends. The surprise appearance by another character in this issue ensures that things will get very interesting in the final issue next month.

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Edited by Fantasgasmic

One of the things I've grown to appreciate about Flashpoint Dick is how his costume, based off the original disco Nightwing costume, parallels Deadman's. At first I thought it was stupid and kinda hard to look at, but over time, I've started to like it. Other than the coloring and their heads, they two characters are identical. And that, coupled with the circus setting makes the ridiculousness of both outfits feel plausible and believable. Don't get me wrong, it's not something I'd want to see in the main continuity (and i'm none too happy about his reboot costume... Bat Credit Card!) but I feel like it really fits in the craziness that is the Flashpoint universe.

Posted by Grimoire

I have a question that since this flashpoint arc started has the Atlanteans done anything further after sinking a large portion of earth?
 
Doesn't it seem its always Amazons this and Amazons that are doing the killing and conquering?
 
"Spoiler's Ahead"
I have not read every tie-in but besides the Queen has any Amazon died in this war? No one can fight them?

Edited by doordoor123
@Grimoire said:

I have a question that since this flashpoint arc started has the Atlanteans done anything further after sinking a large portion of earth?  Doesn't it seem its always Amazons this and Amazons that are doing the killing and conquering?   "Spoiler's Ahead"I have not read every tie-in but besides the Queen has any Amazon died in this war? No one can fight them?


Did they not sink Paris? What else would they want other than sinking the earth? Its how they gain territory. But I dont think there are enough Atlanteans to rule the world.
Posted by longbowhunter

The art in issue #1 was one of the highlights for me.
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