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Flashpoint (Inglês) Capa Comum – 12 mar 2012
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If you know anything about this story, you know this is an alternate timeline, and really none of the characters will likely reappear in future storylines. That being said, a good story features multiple characters that the reader gets to know, hero or villain. This story does this well with Barry Allen, okay with Thomas Wayne, but really that's the extent of the character development. Now, before I continue, I am well aware of the vast supply of supplementary material for this event, fleshing out the players in this near-apocalyptic world. However, should it really be necessary to spend an additional $45 to understand a $18 book? Look, I know DC needs to make money, but other events such as Blackest Night or Identity Crisis utilize even more characters and give them meaningful backstories. I saw the movie after I read this, and I almost felt that the movie did the subject more justice. It covered roughly the same major plot-points, but added just enough backstory to really feel shocked at the differences in this strange new world. I feel as if an extra panel here or there, an additional piece of dialogue, could have made all the difference in the execution of the story.
In the end, I'm glad I read Flashpoint. I have been following several New 52 storylines, and it was nice to see how this universe came to be shaped. As already mentioned, it was nice to see a Flash centered story that involves various DC characters outside Flash's normal roster. Three stars on Amazon denotes 'it's okay.' That's really what it is: okay. It's certainly not bad by any stretch of the word. The DC Universe essentially ended with Blackest Night and Brightest Day, two excellent works. The New 52 began with Jim Lee's Justice League taking on Darkseid and forming for the first time, another excellent story. Flashpoint serves as a middle point between the two, not quite capturing the greatness of the old or new. Is it worth the buy? Sure, I got it new fairly inexpensive here, and would recommend the same.
I dropped out of comics after Infinite Crisis, the first DC reboot. I was old, it seemed about right. Very once and awhile, I like looking in on my old friends.
FLASHPOINT is worth it.
There have been several reboots of DC, and all of them have centered on Barry Allen, The Flash. I suppose because he was the first of the Silver Age (60s) heroes. This story explains all of the reboots, if that makes sense. This is the first of a series of graphic novels, that collects the series of comic books, that once again changes the DC superhero universe.
This first book stands alone, except for a teaser near the end. Barry wakes up on an Earth without his speed, and starts seeing all of the changes a world without Flash has become. Many are throw away lines that only a true fanboy would get, like the bridge to nowhere outside of Central City. But, Barry has to get his speed back to get his world back.
One caution: DO NOT watch the Flashpoint movie before this book. BOOK FIRST MOVIE SECOND!!!
I'm being completely honest, with so much hype building up for this book (miniseries) it shouldn't have worked as well as did. Johns, Kubert, and Hope delivered on this book entirely and it was great. Now compared to other books published by DC I can't rate this book as a long-time fan because I only have thirteen trade paperback novels made by DC and the only other Flash novel I have is The Flash Vol. 1 Lightning Strikes Twice.
Anyway one day Barry Allen (Flash) gets woken up at his job in the CCPD crime lab. He finds out that one of his enemy's are in a shootout. He rushes out the door and he looks down at his finger and discovers that he doesn't have the ring on that turns him into the Flash but all of a sudden he trips and falls down some stairs. A woman ask him if he's okay and he looks at her and realizes that the woman is his mother. Barry realizes that he's in a different world where Barry Allen is an everyday citizen without powers, Batman's a killer, Cyborg works for the government, Aquaman and Wonder Woman are at war and have already decimated Europe, Hal Jordan is a captain for the U.S. Airforce, and nobody knows who Superman is. Barry has to find a way to get his powers back and save himself from this universe.
Overall there was no slow point in the book; however some of the conversation's did drag on not revealing anything about the plot with some characters you probably don't know about including the Sandman, Element Woman, and the Shazam kids. This a great book for old readers but at certain parts confusing for new readers but still enough entertainment to make new readers happy. At the end of the book you really feel for Barry for the emotional things that challenge him and it's very relatable for most people. Anyone even non-Flash fans can grow to love this book and is a great book for old readers and new readers alike.
I know that makes my review appear to be negative, but it isn't. I loved Andy's artwork since he took over X-Men from Jim Lee in the 90's. That's when I was first introduced to him. At first, I refused to buy anymore X-Men after Jim Lee left, but after looking at the cover by Andy, his style eventually started to peak my interest. So I caved in and got an issue and couldn't stop. He has such a distinct drawing style that I always knew it was him right from the comic book cover alone. I didn't even need to see his initials. His drawing of people's faces and hands were always special. Anyways, my reason for the question relates to his drawing style. It appears to have changed over the years and I feel I can no longer spot comic book covers drawn by him as I previously did.
Comic book artists and their unique style is always ever evolving. It's understandable to try new things, new techniques, new facial expressions etc. Those are great things to experiment with. I love this trade paperback and his artwork is truly beautiful, but it's missing that certain something that made me fall in love with his earlier pieces of art. There are certain characters in this book such as female characters and I'm shocked by the way he draws them compared to his X-Men days. Granted, the female characters in the book aren't superheroes, but that doesn't mean they should be drawn with less detail and beauty as if they are irrelevant. Not everyone can be Jean Grey, Storm, or Rogue. I like the way he draws female characters and I miss that about him and thought I could find more of that here, but it's not here. Regardless, the book is great. I brought it for his artwork so I can't comment on the plot and honestly I could care less about the plot. Only got this for pure Andy. Thank god he draws the entire book and there aren't any guest artists cause I would have been even more LIVID!!!! Now I can spend all day admiring his technique and talent.
I give it 4.5 stars for both story and artwork, and it would have been better if it was longer with more world-building and characters more fleshed out. (You will get that, though, if you read the other Flashpoint tie-in tradebacks starring this altered world's Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and Flash.) If you are completely new to DC, then this might be a bit confusing at some points when you have no reference point to compare the "alternate-world shifted" characters to. For example, if you do not know the basis of the character Shazam, then the Flashpoint version of Captain Thunder is dramatically less interesting and his story thread is less enticing.
Check out the animated film, which is pretty good and adapts Flashpoint faithfully and even a bit more from the tie-ins, too.