GRAPHIC CONTENT PICK OF THE WEEK – ‘Flashpoint’ Issue #1

As with any major event in the DC universe, it’s generally a given that there will be many tie-in issues. We saw with Blackest Night and Brightest Day just what Geoff Johns is capable of, how he can weave his magic storytelling abilities across worlds. However, Flashpoint is absolutely massive. Along with Johns’ five-issue series there will be fifteen other mini-series and various one-shots to accompany Barry Allen on his journey into a strange tomorrow. While Johns’ will not write every issue, as Chief Creative Officer of DC, he’ll likely oversee the entire project. With the tagline “Everything will change in a flash”, how could you possibly pass this up? Ready on for the skinny…

PUBLISHER: DC Comics
WRITTEN BY: Geoff Johns
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Andy Kubert
PRICE: $3.99

“Not a dream, not an imaginary story, not an elseworld. This is Flash Fact: When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed. Family is alive, loved ones are strangers, and close friends are different, gone or worse. It’s a world on the brink of a cataclysmic war – but where are Earth’s Greatest Heroes to stop it? It’s a place where America’s last hope is Cyborg, who hopes to gather the forces of The Outsider, The Secret 7, S!H!A!Z!A!M!, Citizen Cold and other new and familiar-yet-altered faces! It’s a world that could be running out of time, if The Flash can’t find the villain who altered the time line!”

So far, not too much has been revealed about the story other than the titles of the books. What is known is that Flash awakes to find himself completely bewildered as everything he knows about the world has changed. Expect to see various heroes you think you know, such as Batman and Superman, utterly changed in this timeline. Superman is said to be detained somewhere in the world, while Bruce Wayne spends his days running casinos!? Unfortunately not much else is known yet about this event, and we’ll have to wait to read the first book this week.

In typical Johns’ fashion, he seems to be focusing on a hero that has not had much attention in recent years. In Brightest Day it was Deadman, while in Flashpoint it’s Cyborg. Expect Cyborg to play a fundament role in the series along with Flash.

I cannot even begin to express how much I respect and admire Geoff Johns and all he has done for the DC universe in the past few years. Johns has an ability like no other writer to utterly redefine superheroes while staying true to the mythology of their character. If his work on Green Lantern isn’t enough proof, I don’t know what is. Flashpoint is the start of something big, something important, and possibly one of the best events in the past few years. The only downside is that pretty much nobody can afford the entire series without emptying their wallet. Nonetheless, this is the stuff legends are made of, and it is a must read.

Given the mammoth size of Flashpoint, a checklist is necessary and it can be found here.