Review of “Tales From the Dark Multiverse: FLASHPOINT”

The Dark Multiverse is where the consequences of bad luck or bad decisions play out. Those worlds are where the worst possible outcomes happen…and here we get a Dark Multiverse version of FLASHPOINT. This is one of the most consequential story lines of the past few years…with tie-in characters that have even gone through the mainstream of the DCU. Here, we see what would have happened if…well, if you wanna know more, follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

 

This version of FLASHPOINT picks up just when Barry is trying to draw the lightning down to regain his powers. In the original story, that worked. In THIS version, the lightning kills Barry, and the hope of changing the world back dies with him! The story shifts to star Eobard Thawne, now in an amalgam of his and Barry’s uniform, as he tries to remake things to suit his own twisted desires. The war between Atlantis and Themyscira threatens to overwhelm the entire world, but Thawne has an answer…

He kills Aquaman and threatens Wonder Woman as he throws Arthur Curry’s lifeless body to the ground. Thawne’s intent is to save the United States…and to own America as well! Of course there are more battles, but Thawne has that ability to rewrite the timeline on his own…which means he can make things go his own warped way.

Only Thomas Wayne/Batman knows what Thawne knows – that this world wasn’t meant to be this way.  Wayne gets help to spring their version of Superman from captivity, and they spring a trap for Thawne. That would have worked, too, except for one thing…

Thomas Wayne wants to make a deal with Thawne. He wants his son Bruce to live. To get that to happen, he kills Superman!

Eventually Thawne remakes all of history. When the battle gets too tough, he simply goes through time, rewriting things to suit himself and creating his own strange version of the Justice League. Eobard Thawne. Is. The. Flash!

NOTES:

  • Even if you are among the few who haven’t heard of the original FLASHPOINT, you should be up to speed quickly. Fans who read the original won’t be disappointed by how this story veers off into the Dark Multiverse.
  • Even with all the details in this article, there is a LOT more story to be told. It takes the FLASHPOINT framework and blasts it into new territory, with a tale just as powerful as the original
  • Bryan Hitch scripts and pencils this book – and I’m blown away by how good this book is. Ditto for the rest of the art team – Andrew Currie & Scott Hanna on inks, Alex Sinclair and Jeremiah Skipper with colors, and Rob Leigh on letters.

SUMMARY:

This is by far the BEST of the Dark Multiverse tie-ins. DO NOT MISS THIS. It’s a 10/10 for me. Of course, that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

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