Kid Flash Lost #1 (of 3)
(w) Sterling Gates (a) Oliver Nome
It turns out that Barry Allen and Booster Gold aren’t the only ones to make it through the Flashpoint. Bart Allen, aka Kid Flash, has also found himself in this new world. But the world Bart finds himself in is very different that even the one the Flash does. Where (and when) he is is quite a surprise. How did he get here? Will he be able to find his way back (I guess the title of the book answers that question)? Who can help? I liked this book, but was not blown away buy it. Sterling Gates is a writer I almost always enjoy, but the art felt pretty standard. It looked good towards the beginning, but the world Bart finds himself in seemed rushed and vague. Luckily, it seems Bart and his new ally are not going to stick around if they can help it. Will he be able to get back to the Flash and help?
The Outsider #1 (of 3)
(w) James Robinson (a) Javi Fernandez
Who is the Outsider? Well that has been the question since he first appeared in FLASHPOINT #1. Is he hero? Villain? Or something more? Ruthless, but refined. Brilliant, brutal, and all business. What are his powers? What are his goals? This series explores the origin and motivations of Flashpoint’s new face. James Robinson has a record of taking obscure legacy characters and making something out of them, even if it’s an uneven record, his hits (Starman, Golden Age) outweigh his misses (Cry for Justice, The League of Extraordinary Gentleman screenplay) But how will he do with a completely original character, in a new world?
LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTANCE #1 (of 3)
(w) Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (a) Eddy Nunez
Having survived the sinking of Europe and been transported to New Themyscira (England), intrepid Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane finds herself behind enemy lines. This book (a complement to Wonder Woman and the Furies, also written by Abnett and Lanning) is weaker than it’s sibling titles so far, which is a shame as it was one of the books I was most looking forward to. It does suffer from exposition-itis, setting up how Lois ended up in the UK. Did we really need to see Lois’ pre-war assignment covering a fashion show? I was hoping more for some WWII style stiff upper lip British ingenuity and resistance. It isn’t until the last 3 pages before we even meet a British character! This series can get better, I hope it does.
REVERSE FLASH – One Shot.
(w) Scott Kolins (a) Joel Gomez
First, don’t be fooled by the cover which says this is Issue 1 of 3, It’s not. This is a one shot, and it’s background information about Eobard Thawne, a/k/a Professor Zoom, a/k/a The Reverse Flash. It continues the story that began in Flash #8 (Reverse Flash:Rebirth). It explores Zoom’s relationship with Barry Allen, and how he learned to shape his attacks against the Scarlet Speedster. He can’t attack Barry directly, because by killing Barry, or even just preventing his becoming the Flash would significantly alter his own origin, preventing him from becoming Zoom.