Sorry for the delay this week, but here it is: the antepenultimate edition of TALKING FLASHPOINT. It’s hard to believe it’s almost over. In some ways it feels like a lot of the story really just got started, as Barry Allen just caught up with Eobard Thawne on the last page of Flashpoint #4 a couple of weeks ago.
Four more tie-in series concluded this week, and we are that much closer to FLASHPOINT #5 on August 31.
WONDER WOMAN and the FURIES #3
(w)Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (a) Agustin Padilla and Jose Aviles
Is it me or should this have come out before Emperor Aquaman #3? All three series are covering a lot of the same ground. It seems the stories behind these nine comics could have been told in four issues.
Well, no matter what order they come out, or you read them in, the story really took off in the last issues of their series. As the (admittedly obvious) plot behind the cause of the Amazon/Atlantian War is explained, it’s important to note that the reasons why are not important anymore. There is no way that Arthur and Diana can stop their battle before one of them ends up dead (At least that’s how it looks to me) as the Atlantian King must avenge the death of Mera or die trying. Will we see the conclusion to this fight in Lois Lane next week? Or will things play out on the 31st?
THE OUTSIDER #3 (of 3)
(w) James Robinson (a) Javi Fernandez
So it seems that the Outsider does have a nemesis that can stand up to him: J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter.
Of course, this is not the oreo-lovin’ jolly green giant that we know and love from his various JLA days. The Outsider helped make him the Manhunter he has turned out to be – heaven help the Outsider. Of course, as we have discovered, the Outsider is no slouch either, so any physical conflict between these two is sure to be a real barn burner!
I do wonder if there will be any history between these two characters when the Manhunter returns in the New 52.
ABIN SUR: GREEN LANTERN #3 (of 3)
(w) Adam Schlagman (a) Robson Rocha & Felipe Massafera
Between you and me, this cover just got my vote as the coolest cover of any Flashpoint tie-in. I mean, check it out. Still, the art direction of this series is heavily influenced by the disappointing Green Lantern film. (Look at those Guardians of the Universe, and tell me it’s not.)
Again, this story feels like it could have been paced quicker. Maybe this series and Hal Jordan could have been done as a three or four-part series. I did like the reveal at the end, as Abin Sur takes on a new role, one that is bound to be very important to the entire Flashpoint universe.
LEGION of DOOM#3 (of 3)
(w) Adam Glass (a) Rodney Buchemi & Jose Marzan Jr.
So, it seems the purpose of this book was to showcase Victor Stone, a.k.a. Cyborg, and his role in the Flashpoint America, and world. With no Superman, Green Lantern, or Flash, and a very different Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman, there is clearly no Justice League (and apparently not much of a Justice Society either). Cyborg rises to be the leader of the small hero community, and apparently he’s been held back by the existence of the JLA. He puts an end to many of the schemes of the villains of that world.
And now he’s the focus of one very pissed off Heat Wave. Heat Wave is so cheesed at Vic that he intends to crash the entire flying Queen’s Row Penitentiary (that prison that looks like the Legion of Doom headquarters) into the city of Detroit, which happens to be Vic’s hometown.
Of course, the baddies, especially Heat Wave, are focus of the story. You have to know that when you go up against Cyborg, you’re gonna get what’s coming to you.
Next week, the last four Flashpoint tie in books: Kid Flash, Lois Lane, Hal Jordan, and Superman