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Talking Flashpoint – One Last Time

David Vandervliet 08/31/2011 Reviews

FLASHPOINT #5

(w) Geoff Johns (a) Andy Kubert, Sandra Hope and Jesse Delperdang

After a long summer, DC’s Flashpoint series came to its conclusion with issue #5, on comic stands today.

And what an ending it was.

Flashpoint and its numerous supporting series were all entertaining, but, from a story standpoint, they seemed to be more summer blockbuster popcorn fair, which is fine, since it was summer and all.  It had all the noise and color and adrenaline that would expect to find in a summer superhero movie, not say, Sophie’s Choice.  But then Geoff Johns showed us why he is the master: the last issue took a sudden right turn with the confrontation between Barry Allen, the Flash, and his longtime nemesis, The Reverse Flash, and made a story about saving the world from certain destruction into a story about a boy and his mother.

cover by Andy Kubert, Sandra Hope and Alex Sinclair

The surprise came with how personal a battle this turned out to be, and the sacrifice that had to be made by a hero in order to save millions of strangers and the world.  Barry is faced with the knowledge of the true cause for the Flashpoint, and the realization of what must be done to fix it.

Another surprise was what was not in the book.   The strong finales to series like Abin Sur, Green Lantern, Hal Jordan and Kid Flash Lost all seemed to me to point towards possible developments in this final chapter.   But the payoff on those titles didn’t come. And I didn’t miss them at all. We were rewarded with the arrival of Kal-El into the battle between the Amazons and the Atlantians, but, by the time he did show up, the war no longer seemed to matter in the grand scheme of the story.  I was completely drawn into the personal conflict that Barry was facing.

Of course, Barry does do the right thing, and it is that choice that closes the book on the DCU we have known for the last 25-or-so years.  Flashpoint #5 ends with The Flash restoring the universe, but something else gets involved and with it, three different realities (DC, Wildstorm, and Vertigo) get pulled together into the new status quo, the DC-nU. We get a glimpse of what is to come, and bit of a mystery to look forward to down the road. Then, with one final scene set in this new version of DC reality, we are reminded about how human our heroes are, and how human they need to be because that is how we can relate and connect to them.

DC launched their new universe, but it’s good to see that the characters we know and care about are still there.

 

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  1. James Victor Von Hal 08/31/2011 at 7:09 pm

    I missed the whole Flashpoint series, but this sounds interesting. I may have to pick up the series now.

  2. Axekek 09/01/2011 at 10:25 am

    so does this mean that the the DCoU is now the earth where the wildstorm universe Also didn't Flash just fracture it again into at least 2 new pieces (Golden Age (E-2) and silver Age and beyond (E-1))?

  3. David 09/01/2011 at 5:36 pm

    Axe, Yes Wildstorm characters now exist side by side with the DC characters (and some from Milestone, and Vertigo)

    And yes, the Golden Age characters are heading back to Earth 2 – see here http://www.comicbooked.com/the-jsa-returns-brings

  4. Axekek 09/02/2011 at 7:36 pm

    That doesn't give a conclusion to the question. The Question was that will the Classic DCU now be Earth-50 (The Old Wildstorm Earth), just like how Earth-2 is the Golden Age DCU. Because Unless I'm wrong I am pretty sure that's what someone mentioned, but I just wanted to make sure since this is a reboot like Silver age and Original Crisis and both times the previous status quo became Earth-2 (Eventually for Original Crisis) and since Earth-2 is Golden Age again and Earth-3 is still Anti. So which earth holds the old Status Quo since there is no going back (Making Booster Gold the new "Power Girl" type with the displacement), is it Earth-50?

    • David 09/04/2011 at 7:44 pm

      Sorry – misunderstood your question.

      regarding the previous DCU – I really think it depends on the success of the New 52. If this really takes off, it maybe completely jettisoned. If the new books fail, it can always be written off as one of the other universes, and they can move back to the older continuity.

      There hasn't even been a confirmation of the multiverse only being 52 universe anymore, that I have heard of.

      The only alternate Earth that has been confirmed is Earth 2.

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