You thought you knew the DC Universe and then Bam! Geoff Johns drops a bomb in your lap. Who knew that by one man changing time to save a loved one, doomed millions to their deaths? In case you haven’t figured it out, today’s Flashback Friday is about the events that happened in Flashpoint. I admit, I purposely waited to get the trade instead of buying the single issues as they came out. I did get several one shots as well as the Citizen Cold and Legion of Doom story arcs. Anyway, back to the core of Flashpoint.
Flashpoint stars the Flash and his journey in trying to return to his world. It starts with a memory of his mother to being awakened at work. He over hears a distress call on the scanner and he runs into action. Only thing is, he has no powers. It also turns out, no one has heard of Superman, Hall Jordan is not the Green Lantern, and Aquaman and Wonder Woman are bad guys trying to take over the world. Imagine the shock going through Barry Allen’s mind as he is trying to grasp what is going on.
Barry tries to get help by going to the bat cave in search of Bruce to be attacked by Batman who is not Bruce but his father Thomas Wayne. Well, the Flash is able to make an ally when he lets Batman know his plan of fixing things right so that the world he knows will return in existence. He lets Batman know that Reverse Flash is behind all of this. So they try to round up some help. The help they get comes in the form of Cyborg, the Element Woman, and Shazam. Eventually a newly freed Superman comes to the rescue but that is towards the end.
Flash realizes they must try to reason with Aquaman and Wonder Woman but this doesn’t go so well since there is a war going on. In the midst of all this, the Reverse Flash comes into play and makes the Flash realize he is responsible for all that has happened. He actually thanks Barry because in doing so he can kill the Flash and still exist, but that point is proven useless when Batman kills him. To make a long story short, the Flash is able to fix things. Well, sort of. I mean, we know that is what leads to events that allow the new 52 to be born.
This story is well written and illustrated! I am glad I picked up this trade and I plan on getting the accompanying trades that go with it. I already have by copy of Flashpoint: Green Lantern and I cannot wait to crack it open. I give Flashpoint a rating of 10 out of 10. Get your copy today!
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