Flashpoint

Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #1

by Alan Rapp on June 15, 2011

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flashpoint-citizen-cold-1-coverIn a world without the Flash who steps up to be the hero of Central City? Captain Cold, who else?

Under the the name Citizen Cold the villain we’ve known for years as one of the the Flash’s Rogues Gallery is a meaner, far deadlier, less sunny and more opportunistic, version of Booster Gold when he first appeared. This Cold is out to save the world, but only if it helps line his pockets and glorify his name.

In reality Cold is two-bit hood from a broken and abusive family, something a noisy reporter’s assistant has stumbled onto. Anybody else find it funny that Wally West is Flashpoint‘s Jimmy Olsen?

Interesting first issue which starts out with a battle between Cold and Mr. Freeze (pretty cool), a revelation that the Rogues are part of this reality as well (more of a miss), and ends with Wally West turned into a frozen Popsicle (okay that’s kinda funny). I could have done with far less of the tortured back story, but it’s still worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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Flashpoint: Abin Sur The Green Lantern #1

by Alan Rapp on June 8, 2011

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flashpoint-abin-sur-1-coverOf the first three tie-in Flashpoint mini-series to hit the shelves the one centered around Abin Sur is probably the best. Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance is passable, if a tad boring after a humorous beginning, and Flashpoint: Secret Seven is best left unspoken of.

There are a couple of interesting takeaways from this story. The first is that Abin Sur seems very much the maverick Green Lantern who only follows the orders he agrees with (remind you of anyone?). And the second is that the timeline of Sur’s crash on Earth at the end of this issue corresponds with Barry Allen‘s experiment in Flashpoint #2. Is the reality of Flashpoint about to get introduced to the DCU’s two premiere Silver Age heroes at the same time?

More of a novelty than anything else, this issue does give us Abin Sur knocking the snot out of his dear friend Sinestro. Sadly it also gives as an update that this reality is still stuck in the dark days of Blackest Night. Ugh, and I thought Emperor Aquaman was bad. Hit-and-Miss.

[DC, $2.99]

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Flashpoint #2 (of 5)

by Alan Rapp on June 8, 2011

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flashpoint-2-coverFlashpoint continues with three stories. One showcases Deathstroke and Emperor Aquaman‘s take-no-prisoners attitude towards trespassers on the high seas. The second involves Wonder Woman‘s encounter with an American special forces officer who just happens to be named Steve Trevor. Both help further paint the bleak landscape of this transformed Flashpoint reality.

It’s the third story however that’s the most important. Barry Allen attempts to convince this reality’s Batman (Thomas Wayne) that he isn’t crazy, is from an alternate reality, and can fix the world… if Batman helps him get struck by lightning. As you might guess, it takes a little convincing.

It’s not a bad second issue, although the glimpses we get of both Aquaman and Wonder Woman make me cringe at the thought of either of them being the center of future issues. And the consequence of Barry Allen’s experiment does have an unintentionally funny ring to it. (And it’s certainly better than the other off-shoot mini-series which also hit shelves this week.) Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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Flashpoint #1

by Alan Rapp on May 16, 2011

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flashpoint-1-coverBarry Allen wakes in his office in Central City only to realize it isn’t his Central City. He’s not the Flash, and the world around him isn’t his own.

Alternate reality comics are a staple of the business (just ask the X-Men who have been doing this on a regular basis for decades now). They’re also severally limited. Nothing that happens in this reality matters outside of it. And usually few, if any, characters remember the events which took place in the other reality.

As alternate stories go Flashpoint isn’t awful. The first issue does a good job setting up the differences in the world. There is no Superman, no Justice League, Abin Sur never died bequething his ring to Hal Jordan, and Batman isn’t the Wayne we know.

This world is trapped in wars with both Wonder Woman and the Amazons and Aquaman and the Atlateans. And the closest thing the resistance has to a leader is… Cyborg. Oh, that can’t be good.

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