The new Justice League receives four out of five stars from me but nearly only had three. Call it a B- (for those who remember having real grades). The art was dynamic, the first glimpse into this new word intriguing, what characterization there was was enjoyable, but the pacing stinks. It was way too deconstructed. Five pages, six tops, worth of story spread out over an issue. I'm still excited about the new DCU but this wasn't a great start.
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I remember that it existed but I didn't read it.
I have not read Flashpoint #5. I'm waiting for ComiXology to have a sale on that series.
I remember that book! I actually remember not liking it all that well, even if it was drawn by Norm Breyfogle. It was fun seeing Breyfogle draw Flash, but that's just about all I remember about it.
I read FP #5 last night, and was disappointed.
Having lost interest in the flash after the stuttering "Flash Reborn" series, I had planned to skip this mini, and it's orbiting alternate world minis, but -- like a lot of readers, I imagine -- when I learned this was going to be the catalyst for the New DCU, I figured this was a big deal.
Boy, was I wrong.
First, we get a just average story from Geoff Johns, and oddly out-of-tune work from Andy (or maybe it was Adam?) Kubert. Both guys are capable of, and have done, much better work.
Second, the final issue ends -- almost literally -- with a Bobby-Ewing-in-shower-esque moment (after a bizarro supers-peed breakdance routine from the Flash (nicely skewered over here). The tiny little bit of emotional impact the finale holds is totally undercut because Flash and Batman are now in the their New DCU togs, with no real explanation as to how it actually happened (I kept waiting for Batman to tell Flash he had something on his chin). Seriosuly -- for those who have read it, imagine the two characters in their "classic" costumes. It's like nothing happened. Literally.
Not as awful as "Coutdown", but better than, say, "Genesis".
At least Dr. Light didn't violate anyone on the JLA Satellite.
It's like nothing happened.
From the new DCU's Batman's perspective, nothing did happen.
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I'm rarely a fan of Hal Jordan (or, for that matter, Tony Stark) as a person. Hal and Tony are both great characters but they aren't people that I like. Hal seemed in-character to me, especially considering that it's a younger Hal then we've been reading for decades.
I liked this "Odd Couple" Batman and GL show. The only thing that is important from Flashpoint is the new, mysterious hooded woman who tells Barry that the universe was split into three long ago (DCU, Vertigo, and Wildstorm) in order to weaken it for "their arrival". When Barry fixes everything, the three pieces are one universe again. This hooded woman will appear in various places in the new #1's. She was even in Justice League #1 if you know where to look for her.