It’s the last week of June, and the latest and last round of FLASHPOINT books is on the stands. (How long has it been since FLASHPOINT #2 came out? It seems like a while, doesn’t it?)
Hal Jordan #1 (of 3)
(w) Adam Schlagman (a) Ben Oliver
In Flashpoint, Abin Sur is still the Green Lantern of Sector 2814. So what is Hal Jordan doing? Flying jets, duh. Clearly Adam Schlagman got some tips about the Green Lantern movie, the beginning of this comic has a lot in common with the beginning of the film. Of course it has a lot in common with other Green Lantern comics too. What kind of man is Hal Jordan without a power ring? Turns out he is a lot like Green Lantern. I guess there are a few things Professor Zoom didn’t think it would be important to change. What will happen when this Hal Jordan meets up with best friend Barry Allen? Will he even?
PROJECT SUPERMAN #1 (of 3)
(w) Lowell Francis w/ Scott Snyder (a) Gene Ha
Once again, the world has been denied the presence of Kal-El, the last son of Krypton. But of course, no one notices. We did learn that the rocket that was destined to bring Superman to Earth exploded over Metropolis, but does that have anything to do with General Lane’s Project Superman? Scott Snyder is given a story credit, but he tweeted recently that all the credit for this story goes to Lowell Francis. Okay. The story is about the military trying to create their own super powered combatant with mixed success. (A story not unlike Captain Atom.) What does this failed government Super Solider have to do with the meteors that destroyed Metropolis?
THE CANTERBURY CRICKET #1 (of 3)
(w) Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (a) Eddy Nunez
Well that was not at all what I expected. I am not sure I knew what to expect with a book called Canterbury Cricket. Turns out this book is part of the Amazon UK segment of the Flashpoint books, though I suppose I knew that it would be. But who or what is the Cricket? Where does it come from? Like the Outsider, the Cricket is a wholly new character (as far as I am aware). But the Outsider’s name at least has a history in the DCU (As in Batman and the…). The Cricket doesn’t seem to be connected to any existing DCU character, although he resembles Helgrammite. The Cricket rises like King Arthur, in the time of England’s greatest need. (hmmm, Arthur?) I don’t think England has ever played such a major role in the DCU as it has in Flashpoint. Of course this book has some pretty good art by Rags Morales, and features the Demon, Etigran.
GREEN ARROW INDUSTRIES – One Shot.
(w) Pornsak Pinchetshote (a) Marco Castiello and Ig Guara
What happens to Ollie if he never gets stranded on a desert island? Well I guess he turns into the movie version of Tony Stark. Okay, well that’s not exactly true, he’s nowhere near as smart, but he does have one good idea. Green Arrow Industries takes recovered (or goes out and acquires) super villain’s devices and turns them into weapons for the federal government. But other than that, he’s still Oliver Queen. Womanizing, wisecracking and willful, but not a hero. Ollie as a character has not gotten a lot of respect of late, and I found it interesting that all of the characters shortcomings are what’s been focused on. Can Ollie ever be a hero in any world? Or will he always get in his own way?
So now all of the Flashpoint tie in series are out. Have you read them all? Which is your favorite? Do you even care, knowing that all of the DC books are being rebooted in two months? Do you think any of the Flashpoint world will be carried over to the DCnU?
What characters/concepts would you like to see come September?