The end is here… sort of. Flashpoint finally comes to a close, and while it was a great read with plenty of awesome moments (one especially involving Batman and a sword), it wasn’t the epic changer I was hoping for. Turns out the reason why the world was broken was because Barry Allen (a.k.a. The Flash) tried to save his murdered mom. It was a nice role reversal where the world being nearly destroyed by a hero, but it doesn’t really hold up if you stop to think about it. I mean, how did the life of an elderly housewife allow Aquaman and Wonder Woman to become jaded lovers? They try to play it off as the fact that Barry changing the past is what caused everything to go wrong, and I don’t have a degree in temporal physics to counter debate them, so we just end up just rolling with it.
Regardless, it’s up Barry to set things right, and he does… again, sort of. There is some muck about putting the three timelines, which we’ve never known about, back together, and the merger is what has caused everything to be reset. Everything seems pretty much the same, except everyone is just starting out into the world, and no one really knows each other. None of the said changes are really reflected in Flashpoint, except for the new costume designs, which is probably why this comic fails slightly. This was supposed to be the comic that changed everything. Instead, the new boss seems to be the same as the old boss. It’s a nice closure to seventy something years of comics, but not great. Flashpoint answers pretty much everything except one important question. Will DC give me a refund for all my old comics?
Read more about comics, including the new Justice League, Incredible Hulks, and some Preivews!
Justice League #1
I LOVED this book. The best issue of Justice League in the longest time, maybe even the best ever. DC starts the reboot on the right foot with a super great first issue. It just drops you in the middle of the DC world head first, and the rush you feel is next to nerd Valhalla. The characters, writing, art, plot, and even each line of dialogue works on almost every level. Your exposure to this new world is limited, but it’s only the first issue and they already have the ball rolling on a world ending, needs the Justice League saving, plot line. Every page and panel just makes me feel that it’s a great time to be reading comics.
The only flaw to this approach is that the comic kinda assumes you already know the basics of the DC comic world, though it does do some light explaining. Granted, if you don’t know already know that Batman doesn’t have any powers and is really just some dude in a bat costume, you probably won’t be reading this comic anyway. If you really are a brand spanking new comic virgin however, you might be a little lost. Besides that, there is really no reason anyone reading this article shouldn’t go out now and buy an issue (if you can actually find one of course). Just read it alone though, you don’t want to have to face embarrassed looks when you squeal during your nerdgasm.
The Incredible Hulks #635
On the Marvel side of the world, another era came to an end. Greg Pak has ended his five and half year run as writer for the Hulk. While not ever story has been great, and the infusion of Hercules was a well written but creative misstep, his run remains one of the best in Hulk history. “Planet Hulk” particularly stands out as a great story that comes from Pak’s sense of aggressive narrative and a true understanding of the Hulk character. It honestly couldn’t get any better for the Hulk, with Pak at the wheel. Unfortunately, we reached the end of a comic run that I looked forward to each and every month.
Pak ends his story with an all out smash fest that, for most of the storyline, has been unsatisfying. Hulk is known for his smashing, and there is plenty of that here, but there was a lack of dramatic flair that made us care. Pak finally adds such flair here, in this final issue, with great enthusiasm, and has a revelation that turns even my understanding of the Hulk on its head. Everything here ends on a high note, sort of (I’m saying that a lot this month), but still leaves you with a sense that nothing is really over. The Hulk is just saying goodbye to Greg Pak, not the other way around.
Here is a brief look at upcoming comics to keep an eye out for.
Fear Itself Point Ones
Point One comics are a new idea from Marvel to make you pay for an extra issue. They usually contain a side story of little interest, or summarize what has happened in latest issues. Now the Point Ones have focused their attention on Fear Itself, building themselves up as Fear Itself aftermath issues that will set the stage for future issues of the featured character’s comics.
Fear Itself 7.1: Captain America
In the wake of Fear Itself, Captain America (Steve Rogers) buries Captain America (Bucky Barnes) in a Point One issue written by Ed Brubaker that will surely pave the road for the near future of Cap.
Fear Itself 7.2: Thor
After Thor battles through Fear Itself, he has to decide the fate of Asgard. Fear Itself/Thor mastermind Matt Fraction paints the bleak road for our Norse hero in this issue.
Fear Itself 7.3: Iron Man
Something happens between Odin and Stark that causes a big secret about Iron Man to get out to the world. The secret is probably that he’s not a big fan of Robert Downey, Jr. This Point One is also brought to us by mastermind Matt Fraction.
Avenging Spider-Man #1
Writer of various Spider-man stories and Robot Chicken episodes, Zeb Wells, brings a brand new Spider-Man comic that features the awesome art of Joe Madureira.
Fantastic Four #600
Johnny Storm (a.k.a. The Human Torch, that died just a few months ago) isn’t even cold in his grave yet (there is a joke in there somewhere), and Jonathan Hickman is bringing back the Fantastic Four ongoing comic. Whether this is a permanent bringing back, or just a tie-in to the current comic F.F. (Future Foundation), remains to be seen. More on this story as it develops.
Uncanny X-men #1
Kieron Gillen takes over the Uncanny X-men writer helm like he never left it. He leads us through the troubles of the X-men as they recover from the Schism fallout.
Astonishing X-men #44
Speak his name, and he shall appear. Greg Pak retires from Hulk just to take over Astonishing X-men. I always felt Astonish was a needless comic because it never really followed the continuity of the X-men world and was always its own little comic. It was always the one X-men comic too many, like a third wheel. With Pak picking up the pen, I think it deserves a second look.
Superior #7 (of 7)
Mark Millar’s take on the Superman mythos ends in this Double-Sized finale. Superior is another fantastic Icon (Marvel line of creator-owned titles) comic from the man behind Kick-Ass and Wanted. Matthew Vaughn is said to have already picked up the movie rights, and Marvel has hinted there will be a sequel to Superior in the future, so catch up while you can.
Batman: The Dark Knight #3
… I just want to know who is the chick in the bunny suit?
Guns and Dinos #1 (of 3)
Frank Cho, one of the best artists in the business, draws and writes a three issue comic about the military accidently being transported back to the Cretaceous Period. Published by Image Comics.
Heart #1 (of 4)
Blair Butler, comic & MMA reporter for the channel G4, gets her own four issue comic. The cute comic geek gives us a gruff tale taking place in the Octagon of the MMA world. Also published by Image Comics.
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