Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Flashpoint #2 (of 5)

Flashpoint continues with three stories. One showcases Deathstroke and Emperor Aquaman's take-no-prisoners attitude towards trespassers on the high seas. The second involves Wonder Woman's encounter with an American special forces officer who just happens to be named Steve Trevor. Both help further paint the bleak landscape of this transformed Flashpoint reality.

It's the third story however that's the most important. Barry Allen attempts to convince this reality's Batman (Thomas Wayne) that he isn't crazy, is from an alternate reality, and can fix the world... if Batman helps him get struck by lightning. As you might guess, it takes a little convincing.

It's not a bad second issue, although the glimpses we get of both Aquaman and Wonder Woman make me cringe at the thought of either of them being the center of future issues. And the consequence of Barry Allen's experiment does have an unintentionally funny ring to it. (And it's certainly better than the other off-shoot mini-series which also hit shelves this week.) Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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