Even as all eyes are on San Diego and the future of the DCU (not to mention all the other cool stuff to come out of the convntion), DC’s presence is still in full swing. So join us as we take a look at the alternate timeline that is Flashpoint and examine the latest round of tie-ins.
Wonder Woman and the Furies #2 (of 3)
(W) Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (A) Agustin Padilla &Jose Aviles
Alongside Emperor Aquaman, this book tells the story of what took Atlantis and the Amazons down the path to war. I’ve always found it interesting to see just where these “What if…?” scenarios take us. So far, the implication has been that Wonder Woman and Aquaman were driven to the brink by forces beyond their control. Indeed, their willingness to resist the call to war allows them to better resemble the heroes we knew prior to Flashpoint. Unfortunately, the machinations of less noble individuals have ultimately pushed things too far, and Diana and Arthur have no recourse but to embrace their roles as leaders at war. There are moments like this littered throughout history: Bunker Hill, Fort Sumter, the sinking of the Maine and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. And now there is Mera at Dover. One life, one choice, that in the end costs the lives of millions.
The Outsider #2 (of 3)
(W) James Robinson (A) Javi Fernandez
By this point we know both who the Outsider is and what motivates him. In brief, that motivation is profit by any means necessary. In a sense, he is the ultimate Yankee Capitalist, and would rather be respected than loved (an end that he is more than happy to use fear and violence to achieve). But how does this tie into the larger Flashpoint story? It’s hard to say so far, but I’d wager it’s either setting up a future reveal or fleshing out the world of Flashpoint. Other lingering questions include the identity of Blackout and the nature of Back Adam’s involvement. And on top of all this, the issue ends with the arrival of (to say the least) a surprise guest. I won’t spoil the reveal here, but it goes without saying that it only raises further questions! I can only hope that any answers not provided in the next issue will come in Flashpoint itself, or perhaps even the DCnU!
LEGION OF DOOM #2 (of 3)
(w) Adam Glass (a) Rodney Buchemi, Jose Marzan Jr
Well one thing’s for sure, you don’t want to be anywhere near Queen’s Row Penitentiary! Mick Rory, aka Heat Wave, continues to plan both his escape from prison and his revenge on Cyborg. With help from Eel O’Brien (Don’t call him Plastic Man!), Heatwave takes on all comers. This is no mean feat, considering that human and meta-human prisoners alike (including a wrongly convicted Buddy Baker/Animal Man) want a piece of him, to say nothing of Amazo, the prison’s robotic guard (who has a little surprise of his own).
It is, to say the lease, a bloody and brutal road for Mick. Many of the tie-ins reflect the darkness of this world, but this one in particular has a rather disturbing element of viciousness and bloodthirstiness.
I find myself wondering if Rory was ever a Rogue in this world. I am wondering if Rory was ever a Rogue in this world. The answer, in all likelihood, is no. Len Snart (Captain Cold) has always had a calming effect on Heat Wave, but it appears as if the never met in this timeline.
DEADMAN AND THE FLYING GRAYSONS #2 (of 3)
(w) J.T. Krul (a) Fabrizio Fiorentino
The Amazons are trying capture the Helm of Nabu, and all that stands in their way is a troupe of circus performers!
Do the Graysons, Boston Brand and the rest stand a chance? It really doesn’t seem likely. I haven’t completely been pulled into this story as I have with some of the others. Sometimes I have trouble with the premise, or at least the logic behind the Amazon’s attack on the circus. I am still trying to figure out why we are supposed to care about Deadman. In this series so far, he’s been portrayed as an utter ass. I can’t fathom why anyone would ask Brand to take care of their son, as John Grayson does. It’s pretty obvious that Brand will have a change of heart at some point, and show up to save the day (perhaps sacrificing himself in the process. Either way he will become the hero he has the potential to be.
I am, however, excited by the last page. I think I may well be the only person left who prefers Dick with Kory instead of Babs, and I appreciate any chance to see them together in a story, even in alternate timelines.