The GeeksverseFlashpoint #2

Flashpoint #2
Published on Saturday, June 4, 2011 by

Written by: Geoff Johns
Penciled by: Andy Kubert
Inked by: Sandra Hope
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letters: Nick J. Naplitano
Cover Art: A- Andy Kubert w/ Sandra Hope and Alex Sinclair; B- Ivan Reis w/ George Perez & Rod Reis
Editor: Kate Stewart & Rex Ogle

This second issue highlights the major problem with using an alternate reality as the focal point of the story. So much time is spent looking at the world and how it’s changed, that it leaves the main story a little lacking.

We look in on some of the world and how it’s changed. The only thing this seems to serve is for Johns to show off how he manipulated the regular world to create the world of flashpoint. We see some of the differences and it’s a chance to name drop some characters and try to show some “shocking” changes.

But it distracts and detracts from the main story. The main story is Barry Allen trying to convince Thomas Wayne of who he is and that the world is wrong. That Wayne believes Barry comes off as false. So much of the issue is Wayne doubting Barry that it comes across as false that all of a sudden he accepts and is willing to help Barry. It doesn’t read or come across right. There is nothing that convinced me that Barry was telling the truth. Why would Batman?

But the story hinges on Batman believing Barry, so it has to happen no matter how false it reads. And it does give Johns a chance to deliver what will be considered another shock ending.

Kubert’s art is great and I’ve missed it. The opening shot of Paris is well done. His work is great and there’s nothing to say bad about it.

Flashpoint #2 receives
3 out of 5

It’s interesting seeing the alternate world, but it detracts from the main story that doesn’t work.

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