Flashpoint is a comic book crossover story arc published by DC Comics. Consisting of an eponymous core limited series and a number of tie-in titles, the. I personally really enjoyed the book. I'm not a comic book reader, I'm actually just starting to read comics so this is my first one and I didn't know what to expect. The red-hot, sold-out five-issue miniseries from Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert is back in a new hardcover!This is Flash Fact: When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed. Family is alive, loved ones are strangers, and close friends are different, gone or.

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Flashpoint by Geoff Johns The Flash by Geoff Johns The Flash, Vol. I bought this in its single comic book issues, but I chosen this TPB edition to be able of. Flashpoint will go down in history as one of the most influential events in DC Comics history, given that the Flash focused event marked the end of the post- Crisis. Flashpoint Emperor Aquaman #1 DC VF/NM Comics Book. $ DC Comics The Flash The Road to Flashpoint # 10 Comic Book Free Shipping. $

Also present is Terra, whose powers have allowed the sites to keep New Themyscira the British Isles out of the reach of the Atlanteans. Anime Hair : Subject Zero's hair becomes increasingly longer and pointer as he becomes more powerful. By the time he escapes from his prison with Kal-El's help, he looks like he's gone Super Saiyan 3. Anyone Can Die : This, of course, being much of the fun of alternate time lines.

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Apocalypse How : The world already suffered through a Class 0 caused by the war between Atlantis and the sites, which caused England to be taken over and most of Western Europe and part of North Africa to drown, resulting in 32 million and million casualties respectively.

The rest of the world isn't doing much better.

It's a top secret, heavily protected government facility located two miles beneath New Metropolis devoted to studying three alien "subjects" that arrived on Earth by rocketship. Once the war was over, Frankenstein and the rest were all forced into stasis and locked away to be forgotten, much like Subject 0.

Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking : The Outsider considers having his home attacked and his employees killed inconvenient, but ruin his suit and there will be hell to pay. Outsider: You've attacked my home. You've killed my employees. And you've ruined my suit. An establishing panel shows the ice level, where each team has eight men on the ice, nobody's wearing a helmet, the goaltenders don't look like goaltenders, and there are no officials visible.

It can't be justified with an Alternate Universe since the NHL rules were codified decades before the point of divergence.

Berserk Button : Don't mention Mera around Aquaman. Also, don't mess with the Outsider's suit.

Beware the Superman : Not necessarily with Superman himself, but it appears that his "predecessor" in Project Superman, Lt.

Sinclair, has let his incredible powers go to his head. Subverted in that Reverse-Flash didn't cause the altered timeline, Flash did. Big "NO! Biker Babe : Zatanna.

This was despite the implication that Arthur was the one responsible for the assassination of Diana's mother, Hippolyta, on their wedding day. In the conversation with his advisers, Aquaman and Wonder Woman wound up being compared to Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler, respectively. The Atlanteans were always planning on doing this to Brion, starting with Mera "saving" Brion from renegade soldiers in order to gain his trust.

Aquaman had apparently wanted to go in a different direction, but went with the plan after Mera was killed.

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And it turns out that Hippolyta was murdered by Artemis, acting under orders from Hippolyta's sister, Penthesilea. Her intended target was actually Diana, but Hippolyta shielded Diana from the harpoon. Artemis stole Garth's Tempest in the regular universe armor in order to frame him, and he was then killed by Penthesilea herself.

Penthesilea was working in an alliance with Orm, Aquaman's brother.

Black Dude Dies First : Heatwave desires to be a part of the Firestorm matrix, but in order to do so he figures he must kill either one of the two people who currently share it: Jason Rusch black or Ronnie Raymond white.

Guess whom he kills? Doctor's advice: When you're in the middle of a war Don't stand still. Sean Ryan intended for the Grodd Of War oneshot to be an allegory for how the Western world doesn't care about what happens in Africa in terms of all the needless deaths taking place there, and have Grodd be the mouthpiece In the story he's pissed that Cyborg or Captain Thunder any heavy hitter really is too busy with the European War to try to stop him.

Grodd wants attention because he thinks his campaign is too easy and unchallenging to him, he probably expected the world's superheroes to try to band up against him and didn't expect the events in Europe to completely overshadow him like it has.

For some readers, the attempt to apply a moral and real world comparisons to it fell pretty flat. The Reveal introduces an even bigger one: If Barry trying to undo the Reverse-Flash's meddling only makes things worse, then essentially the DC Universe is fine with a villain mucking up time to destroy innocent lives, but breaks down completely at a hero trying to save them and undo the damage the villain causes. In other words, the universe itself is on the villains' side!

The aesop here is more or less "You can't do the exact same thing the bad guys did and expect different results just because you have noble intentions.

Especially when you do it in the timestream and cause a paradox when the guy you kill is also travelling though time at a different point in his life".

Butt-Monkey : Initially, Barry Allen. Bystander Syndrome : Batman's opinion of everything outside Gotham. The Caligula : Without anyone challenging him Grodd has turned into this, and turned most of Africa into one mass grave after killing half of the human population.

Canon Immigrant : Grifter is a member of Britain's resistance. And it's implied that Neil Sinclair, a. Subject Zero, is Apollo from The Authority. As seen in The Cameo , Grifter also was part of his own Team 7 years before the event happened. The characters that made up the first books when Vertigo became an imprint were still a part of the regular DCU, for the most part.

A good chunk of their adventures were relegated to Canon Discontinuity due to conflicting portrayals in the regular DCU.

Cloud Cuckoolander : Element Woman. Color-Coded for Your Convenience : It's telling that this universe's Aquaman wears blood red instead of his usual orange. Continuity Nod : Clayface is a member of Deathstroke's pirate crew. In regular continuity, the second Clayface, Matt Hagen, tried to make a living by discovering sunken wrecks and pilfering whatever was inside.

This is how he came upon the protoplasm that would temporarily turn him into a shapeshifter. Slaughter Swamp, where Frankenstein and his team are headed, played a major part in Seven Soldiers , where Frankenstein was introduced though Frankenstein himself didn't go there. Cool Old Guy : Thomas Wayne as Batman must be at least in his fifties at this time, yet he easily chases down young criminals and earns the respect of all the other heroes in the Flashpoint timeline.

Cosmic Retcon : Not the Flashpoint universe but the one after it. DC used this event to relaunch the entire DC universe and had 52 issue ones.

The in-story explanation is that when restoring history, Flash is told by Pandora to integrate the WildStorm and Vertigo Comics timelines as well. She didn't appear like that anywhere in the story.

Played with in a cover for the fifth issue of Flashpoint: it features Batman being impaled on a sword by the Reverse Flash. In the comic, Batman is the one impaling Reverse Flash on the sword. Crapsack World : Let's see Wonder Woman has invaded the United Kingdom with 32 million casualties. Aquaman has sunk the entirety of Western Europe under the sea, with million dead.

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They seem poised to break the world. Brazil is occupied by the Nazis, and Alaska is apparently the "Land of the Undead". Half of Africa has been conquered by Gorilla Grodd and his genocidal super-gorilla army, and this is seen as a background event. Space isn't faring so well either. Abin Sur's sister is dead, along with his entire world which has been shattered to pieces. Crusading Widower : Batman.

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Terry Thirteen, who is trying to avenge the deaths of his wife and sons. Curb-Stomp Battle : Heatwave vs. Buddy Baker. Buddy didn't stand a chance against the ruthless, suicidal Heatwave. Cursed with Awesome : The Canterbury Cricket was once an ordinary university student who was caught up in the middle of the siteian invasion of the U.

It's unknown even to him if he can turn back, but he has decided to use his situation to try to help the U.

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K Resistance against the sites. To reflect this the covers for the 3 issues of Wonder Woman and Aquaman's focus series feature them beating up the other. Daddy's Girl : Implied. Raven more closely resembles her father Trigon, with red skin and four eyes. But given the fact that he was a member of the previous Secret Seven, and she's a member of the current one, he may not have been as evil in this world as the mainstream one.

Darker and Edgier : Many of the DC heroes in this altered timeline. Wonder Woman and Aquaman are both fierce warlords attempting world domination against one another and committing massive genocides for varying reasons. Batman has no qualms over killing people; it's hinted that he has a habit of offing criminals who don't give him information. But perhaps the most memorable subversion to take place in the Flashpoint timeline involves Batman.

In this world, Bruce Wayne was killed by the mugger that fateful night, leaving his parents grief-stricken.

Thomas Wayne instead serves as the Batman of this world, while Martha Wayne was driven so mad by her grief that she became the Joker. Thomas was motivated to help Flash not out of a selfless sense of heroism, but a desire to restore a world where his son still lives.

Flashpoint also revolves heavily around the never-ending rivalry between Flash and Reverse-Flash. Eobard Thawne may not be the culprit behind Flashpoint, but he's all too happy to take advantage of the chaos Barry Allen caused.

That mini-series was accompanied by several dozen tie-in comics, all of which expanded the world of Flashpoint and the roles of characters like Batman, Green Lantern, Captain Cold and Deathstroke in the larger conflict.

Flashpoint served as a culmination of Johns' Flash storylines, building on Barry's resurrection in 's Final Crisis and return to prominence in 's Flash: Rebirth.

Flashpoint also acted as a catalyst for DC's New 52 relaunch. Barry's memory begins to spontaneously realign itself to the altered timeline and Barry realizes that the world of Flashpoint is not a parallel dimension, but an alternate reality.

Barry's ring ejects Eobard Thawne 's Reverse-Flash costume and causes Barry to believe that his enemy is responsible for changing history. Barry decides to recreate the accident that gave him his powers in a bid to undo the damage caused by Thawne, but his initial attempt fails and leaves him badly burned.

Wonder Woman catches him by the neck with her Lasso of Truth and begins interrogating him. He explains that he was hired to extract Lane from New Themyscira because she was sent to gather information on the sites for Cyborg.

The U. Cyborg is relieved of duty as Element Woman sneaks into the headquarters. Meanwhile, in New Themyscira, Lane encounters the Resistance. A second attempt at recreating Allen's accident restores his powers and health.

He concludes that the Reverse-Flash changed history to prevent the formation of the Justice League. He also learns that Kal-El was taken by Project: Superman. The three find a pale, weakened Superman at the Project and realize that he may well have been in a containment cell since he was a child—possibly never even seeing a human being before. After being rescued, Superman flies off in seeming fright in the midst of a battle with the guards, leaving the three in the sewers to be rescued by Element Woman.

The president announces Cyborg's failure to unite the world's superheroes and the U. Flash, Batman, Cyborg, and Element Woman break down the door in need of the Marvel Family 's help and Batman asks Billy to use his lightning to prevent Flash's memories from changing even further.

The group hears of the failed air assault on England due to the sites' Invisible Plane air force. Hal Jordan , who had not become Green Lantern in this timeline, is the first casualty, and a giant Atlantean-generated tidal wave threatens the rest of New Themyscira.I rather liked this even darker and grimmer Batman.

Superman isn't on the scene, Wonder Woman and Aquaman are leading their respective peoples in a battle for dominance of the Earth and Batman isn't Batman. With Flashpoint, he however goes for something pretty simple, but also extravagant in every way possible. Check my store for more comics and save on shipping.

The Flash TV show acknowledged it when it introduced Earth-2 and made the alternate earth a huge part of Season 2.