In the Flashpoint world, Kal-El isn't Superman, he's a boy and eventually a man, held captive by General Lane to be a super-hero. Project Zero helps Kal escape, but will they both make it out alive?
First off, I want to get a couple of my favorite moments out of the way immediately. So, in case you didn't know, Krypto is in this book, and for two pages, he goes puppy crazy! I love the panel composition and pacing in these two pages. It's not dragged out, and you know that this scene takes mere moments before it's over. The panel layout is a bit chaotic, which is exactly what's going on within each panel.
My second favorite part is the relationship between Kal and General Lane. There's a cool father/son relationship between these two, and while Lane seems to want that relationship, he is also a General and must protect his investment. This story has an awesome ending to it as well, which really adds to that relationship between the two characters.
I don't like the Project Zero character. I just don't care for him. He was not too much more than a giant warrior, running around and smashing heads, and it felt out of place in this book.
Frankly, I am not a fan of the story of Superman being trained by the government as a weapon. It's ok, but not my favorite of the Flashpoin series so far. Project Superman was actually the only Flashpoint book that I didn't get to read the first issue of, so that is for sure part of the problem.
I'm a middle of the road type of guy when it comes to Gene Ha. His artwork feels a bit dated, and while I loved him during the 1990s, I'm not enjoying his artwork here compared to the writing of Lowell Francis, and I was quickly told that Scott Snyder, who I thought wrote this, only plotted it. Another bummer for me.
It's not the best of the Flashpoint series, but it certainly isn't the worst (that honor goes to Secret Seven). This issue contains some great moments, like the relationship between General Lane and Kal, and the Krypto fight scene, but overall, for me, it falls a bit flat because of the story and the artwork of Gene Ha. I'm right down the middle on this one, and while I can recommend it for the big Flashpoint fans, I'm can't say the same for the casual reader.