Comic Book Review: Flashpoint Thrills, Brings About Big Changes in the DCU

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One of the most talked about comic events of the year, Flashpoint not only showcases top-notch storytelling and beautiful artwork, it also changes an entire universe that DC Comics has spent decades building. Superstar writer Geoff Johns teams up with the talented artist Andy Kubert to bring us one of the most exciting and engaging comics of 2011.

Barry Allen(The Flash) wakes up one day to find that the entire world has been changed. His mother, who was murdered years ago, is alive and well, and the world has never heard of the Flash. Other major characters have had their histories altered as well. Bruce Wayne, the Batman in the normal timeline, was murdered as a child and his father, Thomas Wayne, became Batman. Superman has never seen a human being before, and has been locked up in a secret government facility since his arrival on Earth. On top of that, Aquaman and Wonder Woman are preparing for war against each other. If they are not stopped, the world will come to an end. The Flash must put things back to normal before it is too late.

The writing and the artwork here are phenomenal. Geoff Johns stands as one of the best writers in the industry today, and anything he writes sells. He does such a great job making our favorite superheroes believable and likable characters, and he goes far beyond doing them justice. On top of that, his storytelling style works. Anything he writes is almost guaranteed to please. Andy Kubert’s artwork is stunning. The expressions on the characters’ faces and the environments in which they interact are drawn in such crisp detail that you feel like you are right there with the characters. Alex Sinclair’s vibrant colors are also a welcome addition to an already amazing comic.

The main quibble many readers have with Flashpoint is the ending. While the series comes to a thrilling and explosive conclusion, it never really is made clear as to how the DC Universe is altered. Isn’t that the whole point of this event? Just how The Flash sets things right is executed in a vague way, and the series as a whole would have been stronger if it had a stronger and clearer conclusion.

While Flashpoint could have been better, it still manages to provide readers with an engaging story as well as put cool new twists on popular characters. If you have not read Flashpoint, seriously consider picking it up at your local comic book shop. It is worth it.

4 out of 5 stars

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