Back when it was on the stands I only read the main series and the one-shot “Grodd of War”. I was somewhat interested in reading the other titles (mostly 3-part mini series), but after the endless Blackest Night series I was highly reluctant to get too deeply involved in an alternative universe that would soon be gone.
So last week Comixology had a 0.99 sale on all the Flashpoint titles. I did a little research and decided to give the alterniverse another try. I started with “Emperor Aquaman” and “Wonder Woman and the Furies” then I expanded my horizons.
I didn’t buy everything, but if there’s ever another 0.99 sale I may go ahead and purchase some of the ones I passed by (due to low reviews).
So . . . if you see some sales at your local shop, or through comixology, here’s my thoughts and recommendations.
FLASHPOINT #1 - #5
Sometimes events move too quickly in this series, and other times they slow down a bit too much. But the series paints a compelling reality with familiar and not-so-familiar faces. Without giving away any spoilers, the last issue had me in tears . . . twice. There’s some really good moments for Barry Allen and Batman!
BATMAN: KNIGHT OF VENGENCE #1- #3
I don’t want to give away anything here. But if you’re familiar with the Flashpoint universe, you know about Batman’s alternative story. And this mini-series is really cool. I wish we could see more of this alternative-Batman!
GRODD OF WAR (One Shot)
Word on the street is that talking-animal comics are Paeter’s favorite! But even if talking animal’s aren’t your thing, you need to check this one-shot out. It is shocking and brutal . . . but so well written that I wish it would have been a longer series!
EMPEROR AQUAMAN #1 - #3
If you just read the main Flashpoint books, Aquaman seems like a rather sadistic fellow. But if you read this mini . . . well he’s still rather messed up, but at least you get to see how he went from a nice guy to the warlord we see. (Should be read in conjunction with WONDER WOMAN AND THE FURIES).
WONDER WOMAN AND THE FURIES #1 - #3
Just like Aquaman, this series is a great look at how Dianna went from a woman of peace to an Amazon of war! (Should be read in conjunction with EMPEROR AQUAMAN).
THE OUTSIDER #1 - #3
Do you remember the Outsider anti-hero from India? No? Me neither. But apparently he was a character in DC Comics somewhere. And in this universe he’s a conniving amoral business man with superpowers. This was a great character story.
BOOSTER GOLD #44 - #47
This was the only ongoing series that tied-in with Flashpoint. It’s also the end of Booster’s series. Well-written, but a little lop-sided in the character portrayals, this gave us a nice look at the alterniverse.
PROJECT SUPERMAN #1 - #3
There’s not as much Kal-el as you’d expect in this series. The first issue focuses on a pretty much made-up character, but I think the characterizations pay off in the long-run. There were some heart-wrenching and uncomfortable moments here as we see Kal locked away from the yellow sun and treated like a lab-rat. This was another great character piece and had some awesome art work! (Read in conjunction with LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTENCE . . . but be sure to read LL #3 before PS #3).
FRANENSTEIN AND THE CREATURES OF THE UNKNOWN #1 - #3
A really fun book, that had very little to do with the Flashpoint series. Very little . . . but still fun.
LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTENCE #1 - #3
This book was okay, but a little unfocused. It wasn’t really about Lois, nor the resistance in London. Required reading, though, if you want to delve into PROJECT SUPERMAN. Also, Grifter struck a few cool poses! (Read in conjunction with PROJECT SUPES but be sure to read LL #3 before PS #3)
The thing I liked about this series was that it was self contained, which meant there’s no ongoing stories. It was also VERY interconnected. Some of the writing was better in other series, but in general the various stories all worked together to build a really fun world filled with memorable characters.
(I think next volley I’ll have to look into Green Arrow Industries, Abin Sur, Hal Jordan, and Legion of Doom).
Anyone else read these books? Or the others? Thoughts?