flashpoint

The Flashpoint Paradox

by Cap'n Carrot on August 2, 2013 · 0 comments

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Alternate reality stories are nothing new in comics. Although not originally designed for that purpose, Flashpoint became a major storyline in DC Comics to help the publisher transition from the established DCU continuity to that of their New 52 reboot. Spanning more than 75 issues the story centered around the Flash finding himself trapped in a darker version of the world he knew with heroes similar, yet different, from those he called friends, and a war between Atlantis and Themyscira threatening to destroy the Earth.

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DC’s summer event comes to a conclusion much as I expected it would when it, and the DC Reboot, were first announced. The events in the final issue of Flashpoint lead to the recreation of the DCU, but not without providing a reason (and possible backdoor to return to the current DCU should the rebooted universe be unsuccessful).

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One of the most intriguing redesigns of the Flashpoint universe was Captain Marvel. Instead of Billy Batson alone calling on the magic of Shazam, he is one of six hosts who together all form Captain Thunder. The lightning also transforms Tawky Tawny into something which can only be referred to as Battle Cat. Now c’mon, that’s kinda cool.

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Yup, our much beloved Secret Six came to its too-soon conclusion on Wednesday, and of course we had to commiserate. Well, that and talking about the week in comics, Superman and Dark Knight Rises stills, the great racist crisis of the new Ultimate Spider-Man, and scorched earth Twitter warfare. Join Aaron, Alan, and Bobby for a very special (ie long*) version of the Four Color Freak-Out!

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*It was actually 3 and a half hours uncut, but we decided 90 minutes of Alan sobbing was a bit much to bear.

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Yessireebob, it’s another Four Color Freak-Out! This time Alan & Aaron talk about Cowboys & Aliens, the newest twists in Fear Itself, Flashpoint, the continuing tragedy of Dynamite Publishing, and why Marvel really is the House of Ideas.

What are you waiting for? Listen below or on iTunes! If you don’t Alan will come to your house and force you to watch Condorman over and over and over again.

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The third issue of Flashpoint finally gives us Barry Allen as the Flash. It also gives us the Flashpoint version of Superman… which isn’t quite as impressive.

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In a world constantly at war this Oliver Queen finds a way to make a profit. Green Arrow Industries is set up to capture and weaponize super-villain technology on a massive scale. That’s good business for Oliver Queen, but not everybody is so happy with the status quo.

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So, Kid Flash is not only lost in the Flashpoint universe, he’s also in the 31st Century. He’s a time traveler, I guess that’ll be okay. And, like Barry Allen he’s disconnected from the Speed Force. Sounds kinda boring, but maybe the story will be good. The 31st Century is ruled by Braniac. Braniac? Sigh, okay. And he’s turned the entire world into The Matrix. Wait, what?

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When I saw the list for the different spin-off titles for Flashpoint one that caught my eye was this one-shot centered around the character of Grodd, a devious genius with advanced telepathic abilities… who happens to be a gorilla. The idea of giving Grodd his own Flashpoint title seemed like a good one. The reality? Not so much.

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In a world without the Flash who steps up to be the hero of Central City? Captain Cold, who else?

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