This week’s DC comics include a teaser for something called Flashpoint, coming in 2011 from Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert. It’s not clear whether it’s a storyline in The Flash or a separate event, but considering how Blackest Night grew from a Green Lantern/Green Lantern Corps storyline to the year’s big event, it may be too early to reach any conclusions.
Long-time Flash readers may remember that Flashpoint was also the title of an Elseworlds miniseries from 1999-2000 — the only Elseworlds tale outside his own book to focus on the Flash, in fact.
In this story, a paralyzed Barry Allen has turned his super-fast mind to scientific research and development. A mission to Mars discovers a key designed to open a gateway to (essentially) the speed force, which they call the Flashpoint, and which appears to be linked to other realities. Only one problem: the last time it was used, it destroyed all life on Mars. (Interesting side note: The current Flash logo is actually based on the Flashpoint logo, rather than the other way around!)
Back to the teaser, here’s a
quick photo of the ad that I took with my phone scan of the ad from Flash #1:
The text reads in full: “Even the fastest man alive will run out of time. The Flash’s world will change and their world will cahnge with it. If there is to be anything left of the past, present and future, they must learn the secret of…Flashpoint.”
It could be a multiverse epic, but based on Geoff Johns’ GL:Space = Flash:Time analogy and the “past, present and future” line, I’m going to guess that we’re looking at a temporal war in which one side is altering history and the other side is trying to repair it.
One more thing worth noting: Andy Kubert’s father, Joe Kubert, drew several Golden-Age Flash stories in the late 1940s, including the three stories featuring the original Thorn.