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Flashpoint #1 Cover Revealed

DC has another Flashpoint tease today: the cover to issue #1.

We’ve seen the image before. It’s the one they used to announce the 14 miniseries last week. This time, the Andy Kubert/Sandra Hope art is in full color.

That’s clearly Aquaman, Cyborg and Batman in the background. I can’t place the one in armor on the right – maybe Wonder Woman? Update: Thanks, Lia. Definitely Wonder Woman!

The red/blue contrast really makes the Flash pop out of the cover.

I’ve got to admit, it’s cool to really see the Flash at the center of one of DC’s big events!

Flashpoint: An Epic of Epic Epicness?

For today’s Flashpoint Friday, DC Comics said a few words about the scope of the event, which is “so big and ambitious that there will be fifteen mini series expanding on the events, along with several important one shots.”

Yeah, you read that right.

  • One central 5-issue miniseries by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert.
  • 15 tie-in miniseries.
  • “Several” “important” one-shots.

DC will be announcing 14 of the 15 miniseries’ titles this afternoon.

They also add, for those readers who haven’t quite tumbled to the fact, that “This isn’t a parallel Earth. This isn’t a mirror world. This is home.

There may be something to last week’s Bleeding Cool rumor that DC will alter their publishing line during the event. With 15 miniseries, I can imagine DC putting 15 titles on hiatus for a few months and publishing the minis instead. Not necessarily the best timing with the Green Lantern movie coming out, but there’s undoubtedly more to the plans.

Also of note: The creative team was described as “Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert and Sandra Hope.” I don’t remember Sandra Hope being mentioned in connection with the title before. It may be that she’s been doing the inks all along and they were only publicizing Andy Kubert’s more-famous name, or it may be that she’s been brought to ink the later issues so that Kubert has more time to finish the pencils.

(Apologies to Scott Pilgrim for the headline.)

Kubert Already Working on Flashpoint

Bleeding Cool managed to get a little bit more out of Andy Kubert about Flashpoint: he’s already working on the book even though it comes out in 2011, to make sure it’ll be finished on time.

The article also implies that it’s going to be a separate book from the ongoing Flash series.

Keep in mind that there are a lot of things we don’t know yet about the book. Really, all we know for certain is:

  • It’s coming out in 2011.
  • It’s by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert.
  • It’s about the Flashes.
  • Something is threatening time in the DC Universe.

Among the things we don’t know:

  • We don’t know whether it will permanently* change the Flash status quo.
  • We don’t know whether it will permanently change the Flash’s (or anyone else’s) history.
  • We don’t know whether it will be a self-contained story like Green Lantern: Recharge, a crossover between a couple of books like Sinestro Corps War, or a mega-event like Blackest Night.
  • We don’t know whether it will lead into, grow out of, or ignore the Kid Flash series DC says is still in the works.
  • We don’t know whether Flashpoint itself is a miniseries, a pair of bookends to a crossover, or even an original graphic novel.
  • We don’t even really know that it won’t be a major arc within the Flash series, unless someone has an exact quote from Andy Kubert or Geoff Johns. Bleeding Cool is, after all, a rumor site, and in an article full of statements like “it looks like…” and “I guess…,” the only definite information is the fact that Andy Kubert is already working on it.

Not that any of this will stop the Internet from jumping to conclusions, of course.

*Whatever “permanently” means in comics.

What is…Flashpoint?

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:

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Quick Reviews: Ignition City #2, Detective Comics #853, Dynamo 5 #21

Some thoughts on comics I picked up this week:

Dynamo 5 #21

Dynamo 5 #21Jay Faerber, Mahmud A. Asrar, Yildiray Cinar, Ron Riley.

A fun in-between issue. It’s amazing how much actually happens, now that I think about it. The team takes on a group of thugs hopped up on super-steroids, Scrap goes on a date with a guy she met online, Visionary goes on a date with the younger Firebird (and of course, both of them being super-heroes…), Maddie investigates a series of disappearances, Myriad reveals a secret, and a new villain makes his appearance.

I particularly liked the banter between Bridget and her date about the importance of sentence structure and grammar in a prospective date.

On a related note, I’d like to recommend the 2004 one-shot Firebirds by Jay Faerber and Andres Ponce (there’s a preview on Faerber’s website). It tells the story of how a teenager discovers that her mother is actually a super-hero, and the mother discovers that her daughter has inherited her powers. It’s one of the few one-shots that I finished and thought, “Wow, I really wish that was the start of an ongoing series.” It’s nice that the characters have shown up in Noble Causes and Dynamo 5.

Detective Comics #853

Detective Comics #853Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert
“Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?” Part 2 of 2

On first read I didn’t like this as much as I did the first half of the story — at least not as a story — though I did like the themes it presented. As I’ve thought about it, I’ve found myself comparing it to Alan Moore and Curt Swan’s “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” which this is obviously meant to evoke. It approaches the end of an iconic superhero from a completely different direction, though: While Moore told in detail the final adventure of a specific version of Superman, Gaiman instead tells in general terms the way every version of Batman would end: he goes down fighting, because that’s what Batman does. In some ways it reminded me a bit of the Planetary/Batman crossover, only taken more seriously.

I’ll have to dig out Part 1 and re-read the whole story at once.

Incidentally: Wholly appropriate for a Coraline ad to appear on the back cover.

Ignition City #2

Ignition City #2Warren Ellis and Gianluca Pagliarani

Warren Ellis is really hit-or-miss for me. I absolutely loved Planetary, and usually enjoy his work when he’s doing out-there science fiction (Orbiter, Ocean, etc.) So the idea of writing about the breakdown of the retro-future, taking all the pulp space heroes like Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers and showing what happens when they’re robbed of their reason for being, sounded fascinating. The meta-element of revisiting a (mostly) dead genre also reminded me of his Apparat book on aviation heroes, Quit City.

But the first issue seemed like little more than scatalogical humor and swearing.

I picked up the second issue. Partly because I had an idea what to expect, and partly because the story has actually gotten going, I enjoyed this one a lot more. It also made me rethink the first issue and realize that it was primarily scene-setting: set up the glory days, then show just how far these people have fallen. They’ve gone from winning interplanetary wars to drinking themselves to death and bragging about the contents of chamberpots.

Interesting to note: The other two books both gave the and artist(s) equal billing. This one is clearly all about Warren Ellis, whose name appears above the title in about twice the size type as Gianluca Pagliarani.