Wednesday, August 31, 2011
"It All Changes Here" Review of "Flashpoint" #5
To catch you up to speed on the situation: Atlantis is fighting Themyscria. Captain Marvel has been split up between 6 kids and in #4 Billy was killed, so now they can no longer turn into "Captain Thunder" the Flashpoint-version of Captain Marvel. Cyborg, Batman (Thomas Wayne), Flash (Barry Allen), Element Woman, and Captain Thunder all went to stop the war between Wonder Woman and Aquaman. Reverse-Flash also randomly appeared at the end of #4.
The issue opens with Reverse-Flash, a.k.a. Eobard Thawne, standing over Barry. He's talking about how hellish of a world the Flashpoint-world is, while Cyborg and Element Woman keep the rest of the kids who form "Captain Thunder" safe. Thawne keeps speaking as though he is completely innocent of changing anything and then accuses Barry of being the one who changed everything.
Thawne then goes into a huge story with a lot of dialogue about how basically Barry went back in time, stopped Thawne from killing Barry's mom, and therefore changed the lives of people around him including Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and Aquaman.
So. Apparently Barry Allen really DIDN'T need to come back, after all. See what you do, Geoff Johns? You bring Barry Allen back and he changes reality. Wtf.
Anyway, Thawne randomly starts beating up Thomas Wayne. Then Barry stops him so Thawne beats up Barry. Then Batman walks up and shoves a sword through Thawne's heart. So. Flash's only cool villain gets killed by an old man. Good job, DC.
Then the Resistance shows up. The Resistance includes Grifter (from WildStorm), the Demon, and the Canterbury Cricket (a Flashpoint character) along with a few other characters that were seen around Flashpoint.
They come in, kick ass, and then Superman appears out of nowhere. He beats up Aquaman and Wonder Woman.
Thomas Wayne is almost dead. He pulls out a note and hands it to Barry. Then he says he's sorry about his mother. But he tells Barry to run. So that's what Barry does. He runs...to his mom.
He and his mom have a talk and Barry realizes that he needs to catch himself before he stops Thawne.
Then we get this awesome-as-fuck double page spread showing Barry running through the center of three timelines. There is also some weird lady with a hood over her head talking to him. This two page span shows many, many characters including John Constantine, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), the Justice League fighting Luthor, Joker, Deathstroke, Sinestro, and Atrocitus, and then in the bottom righthand corner we see Batman, Cyborg, Grifter, Wonder Woman, and Superman in their new outfits (also one note about how at the very end of the page, Barry is wearing his new outfit, too).
Then Barry wakes up in his office at work. You then see Barry and Bruce (both in their new outfits) talking in the cave. Barry apparently has all of his memories still in place and tells them all to Batman. He also gives the note from Thomas Wayne to Bruce.
Then end shows Barry and Bruce sitting in the Batcave.
What I Thought
I think that the whole Flashpoint-side of the story sucked. Just about everything up until Thomas Wayne told Barry to run was just filler to me. I really liked that Barry this was really a story about Barry and Batman. It's definitely a shake up to the usual "Superman & Batman" thing. I am pleased with the fact that Bruce got to have some contact with his dad. And I'm glad Barry got a chance to talk with his mom.
I'll give this issue a 6/10.
Thomas Wayne's Note: "Love Always, your father--Thomas."
Bruce Wayne: "You're one hell of a messenger. Thank you, Barry."