Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Back -In a FLASH!

DC Comics' FLASHPOINT series gives us a universe where the World's Greatest Heroes never formed the Justice League of America. Through the actions of the villainous Reverse-Flash, several well known heroes never came to be and more are radically changed. Written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Andy Kubert, it promises to be a fascinating ride.

The five-issue Summer event follows the scarlet speedster, Flash, and the time-traveling Booster Gold as they try to bring order to the world that has been created and attempt to repair the anomalies to the time stream. Meanwhile, there's a war raging that involves Aquaman's Atlanteans and Wonder Woman's Furies (read Amazons) that further complicates matters. Other characters make appearances, as well, including a large role for Cyborg who fills in the void for Superman.

Geoff Johns brought new life to the GREEN LANTERN franchise back in 2004 and was partially responsible for the success of DC's JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA comic, featuring the precursor to the JLA. The group of mostly Golden Age characters never managed to sustain a title until 2000 and has been published regularly since then. In recent years Johns was the architect of BLACKEST NIGHT, one of DC's most ambitious and critically acclaimed events since the 1980s, as well as the follow-up, BRIGHTEST DAY. His FLASH series that spawned from that culminated with #12 and leads directly into FLASHPOINT.

Andy Kubert is one of the sons of legendary comic artist Joe Kubert. He and his brother, Adam, have both followed in their dad's footsteps and have each found success at DC and Marvel. Andy has made a name for himself while working on various BATMAN and X-Men titles.

Another creator worth mentioning is Dan Jurgens, writer and illustrator of BOOSTER GOLD - the only ongoing series that directly ties into what's going on in FLASHPOINT. Jurgens, the creator of Booster, laid his own bit of foundation for the story in the TIME MASTERS: VANISHING POINT mini-series that helped return Bruce Wayne as Batman. Reverse-Flash makes an appearance there that readies him for the role he takes in changing the world as we know it.

For an idea of how things have changed, a map has been produced that gives a lot of clues and raises more questions.

The Flashpoint event kicked off earlier this month with FLASHPOINT #1 and BOOSTER GOLD #44. Both issues have reportedly gone back to press for a second printing to meet demand.

Aside from those two titles, DC will be publishing several three-issue mini-series and one-shots to further explore the world the story takes place in-

FLASHPOINT: BATMAN - KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE #1–3, (written by Brian Azzarello, art by Eduardo Risso)
FLASHPOINT: SECRET SEVEN #1–3 (written by Peter Milligan, art by George Perez and Scott Koblish)
FLASHPOINT: ABIN SUR - THE GREEN LANTERN #1–3 (written by Adam Schlagman, art by Felipe Massafera)
FLASHPOINT: THE WORLD OF FLASHPOINT #1–3 (written by Rex Ogle, art by Paulo Siqueira)
FLASHPOINT: EMPEROR AQUAMAN #1–3 (written by Tony Bedard, art by Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes)
FLASHPOINT: DEATHSTROKE AND THE CURSE OF THE RAVAGER #1–3 (written by Jimmy Palmiotti, art by Joe Bennett and John Dell)
FLASHPOINT: FRANKENSTEIN AND THE CREATURES OF THE UNKNOWN #1–3 (written by Jeff Lemire, art by Ibraim Roberson)
FLASHPOINT: CITIZEN COLD #1–3 (written by Scott Kolins, art by Scott Kolins)
FLASHPOINT: WONDER WOMAN AND THE FURIES #1–3 (written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, art by Scott Clark and David Beaty)
FLASHPOINT: DEADMAN AND THE FLYING GRAYSONS #1–3 (written by JT Krul, art by Mike Janin)
FLASHPOINT: LEGION OF DOOM #1–3 (written by Adam Glass, art by Rodeny Buchemi and Jose Marzan, Jr.)
FLASHPOINT: LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTANCE #1–3 (written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, art by Eddy Nunez)
FLASHPOINT: THE OUTSIDER #1–3 (written by James Robinson, art by Javi Fernandez)
FLASHPOINT: KID FLASH LOST #1–3 (written by Sterling Gates, art by Oliver Nome)
FLASHPOINT: PROJECT SUPERMAN #1–3 (written by Scott Snyder and Lowell Francis, art by Gene Ha)
FLASHPOINT: HAL JORDAN #1–3 (written by Adam Schlagman, art by Ben Oliver)
FLASHPOINT: GRODD OF WAR #1 (written by Sean Ryan, art by Ig Guara)
FLASHPOINT: REVERSE-FLASH #1 (written by Scott Kolins, art by Joel Gomez)
FLASHPOINT: GREEN ARROW INDUSTRIES #1 (written by Pornsak Pichetshote, art by Mark Castiello)
FLASHPOINT: THE CANTERBURY CRICKET #1 (written by Mike Carlin, art by Rags Morales)

All of these start in June and conclude in August where DC has caused even more surprise by revealing that the final issue of FLASHPOINT will be the only comic solicited for the last week of that month. To promote the event, pins decorated with the symbols from each of the titles will be released. There are also plans to make the comics available digitally on their Comixology store four weeks after each one hits the stands.

Going forward from that there's a lot of speculation about what will become of DC's other books as the event makes its impact. The only thing known for certain is that every title currently being published is scheduled to have running storylines come to an end to make way for what's coming in September. Thoshttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gife that don't have storylines running feature one-off stories sort of as filler. Some comics are even getting two issues in August just to wrap things up.

Flashpoint looks to be an exciting time for DC to bring in new readers and the story has already created a buzz on the internet with fans predicting the outcome. While some comic shops are dreading the expected "top secret" and "classified" details surrounding the comics for September, many are also proclaiming how the event has generated a lot of interest.

More info about FLASHPOINT can be found on DC's official blog, The Source, where they are doing "Flashpoint Friday" every week for the duration of the storyline. Things are running fast and furious for the DC Universe and where it stops is a secret that is being closely guarded.