Flashpoint

The Flashpoint Paradox

by Alan Rapp on August 2, 2013

in Home Video

  • Title: Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
  • IMDB: link

The Flashpoint ParadoxAlternate reality stories are nothing new in comics. Although not originally designed for that purpose, Flashpoint became a major storyline in DC Comics to help the publisher transition from the established DCU continuity to that of their New 52 reboot. Spanning more than 75 issues the story centered around the Flash finding himself trapped in a darker version of the world he knew with heroes similar, yet different, from those he called friends, and a war between Atlantis and Themyscira threatening to destroy the Earth.

The results of Flashpoint were mixed at best and I certainly wasn’t expecting much when I heard DC had chosen the project for their latest straight-to-DVD feature. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is actually pretty good and arguably the best animated feature the company has put out over the last couple of years since Batman: Under the Red Hood.

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Sneak Peek

by Alan Rapp on July 9, 2013

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
  • IMDB: link

Here’s a look at a recently released scene from Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. I knew we were going to be stuck with Flashpoint character designs and storylines, but anyone else concerned with the look of the animation (specifically the design of Flashpoint Batman)? The movie will be released on July 30th on Blu-ray and DVD.

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First Look

by Alan Rapp on April 25, 2013

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
  • IMDB: link

Scheduled for release on June 30th, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at DC Animation’s latest straight-to-DVD animated film, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. Based on the events of Flashpoint, the six-month mini-series that helped launch DC Comics New 52 Universe, the story centers around the Flash (Justin Chambers) fracturing reality in his attempt to change the past and finding himself trapped in an alternate timeline where the Justice League doesn’t exist (but other version of classic DC heroes and villains do). Inside you can find the full press release as well as the first pics from the film.

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Flashpoint #5

by Alan Rapp on September 6, 2011

in Comics

flashpoint-5-coverDC’s summer event comes to a conclusion much as I expected it would when it, and the DC Reboot, were first announced. The events in the final issue of Flashpoint lead to the recreation of the DCU, but not without providing a reason (and possible backdoor to return to the current DCU should the rebooted universe be unsuccessful).

Like all the issues of the main Flashpoint mini-series this one focuses primarily on the Flash and Thomas Wayne who helps Barry stop Thayne and allows him to return to our world with a message for his son. The Flash learns it is he, not the Reverse-Flash, who is responsible for Flashpoint, and to return things to normal he will have to sacrifice one of his closest loved ones.

As wrap-ups go this final issue does what it needs to, and does it better than I expected. Is the final moment between Barry and Batman a little too schmaltzy? Sure. Does the look of the rebooted DCU still make me a little queasy? Oh yeah, but this issue works (and gives us a glimmer of hope we haven’t seen the last of the classic DCU). Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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Flashpoint #4

by Alan Rapp on August 10, 2011

in Comics

flashpoint-4-coverOne of the most intriguing redesigns of the Flashpoint universe was Captain Marvel. Instead of Billy Batson alone calling on the magic of Shazam, he is one of six hosts who together all form Captain Thunder. The lightning also transforms Tawky Tawny into something which can only be referred to as Battle Cat. Now c’mon, that’s kinda cool.

The problem is after introducing Captain Thunder in the first issue of Flashpoint he’s been M.I.A. ever since. This issue rectifies the situation by having Batman and his team come to Billy and his friends to help the Flash. Sounds good right? Captain Thunder even agrees to help the team take on the Amazons and Aquaman.

Trouble is, even in the Flashpoint universe DC Comics seems intent on limiting the number of pages Captain Marvel can appear. The team is betrayed and Billy Batson is killed. But at least I’ll get to see him in the new DC Reboot, right? Oh, Captain Marvel isn’t part of that either? Sigh. Hit-and-Miss.

[DC, $3.99]

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