Flashpoint #3 kicks the living daylights out of Fear Itself #4.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Written by GEOFF JOHNS;
Art by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE;
Cover by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE;
1:25 Black and white variant cover A by ANDY KUBERT;
Variant cover B by IVAN REIS and GEORGE PEREZ
FLASH QUESTION: Will The Flash and his new allies be able to fix the world?
DC Universe 32pg. Color$3.99 US
On Sale July 6, 2011
I wanted to hate Flashpoint because It seemed like a silly idea, all alternate universe-y and that. I also had not read a mainstream book in a while, but someone online convinced me to pick up the first issue. I've made it to the third and the title is just starting to pick up steam. I will admit that I'm not a Flashpoint junkie, I haven't picked up every title they have to offer, but have sampled some of the titles out of curiosity. It is the main title that continues to draw me back into the fold, Green Arrow Industries and Canterbury Cricket can go blow it out their asses because Flashpoint is where the "important" things are happening, this is where the old DCU is getting the axe and the DCnU will rise from the ashes like a monstrosity of comics glory.
Flashpoint #3 starts with a Detroit-minted-made-in-America Cyborg having a discussion with the president. This is an interesting turn for the character; it gives Cyborg a little autonomy and pumps up his role from being that-guy-in-Teen-Titans to a leader who can rally a shattered world to fight in an epic battle alongside the forces of Aquaman and Wonder Woman.
Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert cram this issue with splash pages and heroics. They are doing a good job of teasing the story along, getting readers involved in characters they've never really seen or are seeing again for the first time. Barry Allen, a human-charcoal after last issue's lightning fry-up, is swathed in bandages, covered in nasty oozing burns as Thomas Wayne-Batman hooks up a morphine drip. This doesn't keep our intrepid hero from wanting to try for an even bigger bolt of lightning to juice his body into Flash-tastic mode. You can guess what happens (as the event is not called Deadpoint): the Flash gets back on his fleet-feet by saving Bats Senior from falling off a roof, and thus from death by impalement.
Lois and the Resistance are teased here, and the Wildstorm universe bleeds slowly into the DCU with Grifter as part of the band. Cole Cash was cool in the '90s when I was thirteen, and Joe Casey and Alan Moore made me like him some in their incarnations of Wildcats, but I'm not really stunned into fascination by the idea of Wildstorm joining the DCU. Every universe folded into the DCU just seems to melt into the background after a mini-series or so (Red Circle, Milestone).
Most importantly, we get to feast our eyes on the Flashpoint Superman. After a lengthy discussion about the Flash's universe, Batman and Flash recruit Cyborg and break a thin, pasty little Superman out of a vault deep underground. It is Elseworld's shit like this that I love to read. What fanboy hasn't sat in a corner by himself and a stack of comics, wondering what-ifs on a rainy day? This is one of the more satisfying parts of stories set in alternate universes. The only thing I kinda have a problem with is the horrible logo they pasted on Superman's chest. It reminds me too much of Lois' Super-costume in All-Star Superman, but perhaps emasculation of the character through association to that logo was the point. I will never know.
Andy Kubert's pencils look very pretty with Sandra Hope's deep and dashing colors. There are no unfocused panels or storytelling errors like what people complained about with the first issue. Kubert delivers the goods with amazing panel-to-panel progression and dynamic character work. His heroes are heroic, his semi-heroes are dark and grisly, and in Superman's case, utterly confused. Try not to laugh when you see his depiction of Krypto in the story, it is dark humor at its best.
Flashpoint is building to its epic fifth issue wherein everything changes forever, and I couldn't be happier with how they are getting to that point: a nice and tidy story with some wonderful moments, great characters and a plot thickening to concrete consistency. Pick this issue up and dive into the fun.
Review by: Martin John