Friday, June 24, 2011

Flashpoint: Reverse Flash #1 (of 3)

Fandom's favorite topic is the upcoming DC Universe reboot, and we're all wondering how our favorite heroes will change after the end of Flashpoint.

It's just a guess, but I suspect one character who's going to end up changing a lot is the Reverse Flash.

That's because he's become ridiculously powerful and a ruthless killer. As he is now, he can travel through time, kill anyone at will, completely wipe an individual from existence and (apparently) completely change the course of history.

How can anyone fight that? It's the same problem with fighting the Flash or Superman - how can you go up against someone who can smack you around before you have the chance to blink?

This mini-series will (hopefully) tell us what the Reverse Flash / Eobard Thawne has done to alter reality. We see his obsession with Barry Allen and his repeated (failed) attempts to defeat his nemesis.

But when he decides to start altering past events, Thawne runs into some interesting challenges to overcome.

This is a grim story, as Thawne learns more about his power - and it looks bad for the good guys.

The story is written by Scott Kolins, and he does well here, laying out the horror of this high-speed monster running amok. The art is by Joel Gomez, and it's good work, although some of his figures are a bit on the stiff side. Still, some strong action sequences on display here.

So far, we haven't gleaned much more about the backstory of Flashpoint - but we seem to be getting there.

Grade: B


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