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Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Batman (edition 2012)

by Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso (Illustrator)

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Title:Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Batman
Authors:Brian Azzarello
Other authors:Eduardo Risso (Illustrator)
Info:DC Comics (2012), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 272 pages
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Tags:Batman, Comic, Superhero

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I don't know if these World of Flashpoint books are getting better or if I'm just acclimating to their style and purpose, but I think this volume was the best of them so far. It doesn't have the best individual story in it (that's probably "Project Superman"), but it has three decently enjoyable tales and only one real dud. The reading sequence I devised/picked/was given continues to work well, too: the Booster Gold story in the previous volume alluded to the fact that there was something not right about this timeline's Batman, and in this volume we get to see what that is.

"Knight of Vengeance" is a gritty noir tale from Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso. Azzarello excels as this kind of thing. I'm not sure there was really a story here, but it provides an effective series of snapshots of this universe's Batman and Joker, who manage to be even more broken than those of the primary timeline. We see Batman's crime-fighting empire and criminal(!) empire, his relationship with Jim Gordon (yay!), and the dark twisted night that changed everything for him. Batman alludes to the existence of the primary timeline in a conversation with the Joker; I suppose I'll get to see how he knows about it when I reach the main Flashpoint book. Eduardo Risso on art also impresses. I don't think I've ever seen any of his work before, but his simple style works really well for communicating the darkness of this story. Less a tale and more a demonstration of the need to change this world back, "Knight of Vengeance" leaves me more eager to get to the main event.

"Deadman and the Flying Graysons" is what you might imagine from the title: Deadman (who is not yet dead) and the Grayson family (also not yet dead) are acrobats at a circus. In a tour of Europe, Amazons attack the circus seeking the Helm of Fate, and this timeline plays out the realities of the old one all over again, as the Graysons die and young Dick must step up and become a hero. This isn't great, but it's a solid tale, mostly because of the strong character voice writer J. T. Krul gives Deadman, as an isolated man forced to make emotional connections by a time of crisis. Probably the best comic by Krul I've ever read (this is damning with faint praise). There are three artists for the three issues here, but Mikel Janin, Fabrizio Fiorentino, and Alejandro Giraldo all have a solid, heroic style that works for this tale.

The last two stories seem to have little to do with the world of Batman, but I guess they had to go somewhere. Now, Deathstroke the Terminator is one of my least favorite DC villains, but I admire the thought process of writer Jimmy Palmiotti in "Deathstroke and the Curse of the Ravager": Deathstroke has an eyepatch. Pirate captains have eyepatches. What if Deathstroke was a pirate captain? It's a pretty dumb story, but this is probably the best and most fun story about Deathstroke murdering his way across the seven seas I could possibly imagine. So violent it becomes ridiculous, which I guess was the idea.

This disappointing story here was "Secret Seven," where a good story about Shade the Changing Man is seems frustratingly just out of focus. It's like, who cares about these guys? There are flashes of good ideas (this timeline's depressed young Amy Winston is trapped in the adult body of Princess Amethyst of Gemworld) and there are some good layouts and striking imagery from the art team (which includes fifteen pages from George Pérez; like, you get Pérez to draw fifteen pages of this?), but I found it hard to care most of the time, and most of the women had ridiculous outfits, even for superhero comics. The end sort of ties into the story of the Amazons we saw in The World of Flashpoint featuring Wonder Woman, but I have my doubts that this will actually matter to Flashpoint one jot.

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  Stevil2001 | Jan 1, 2017 |
Amazons took over the UK, the Atlanteans sunk a continent, that's the framework within which all four of the stories in this collection reside. The first story is a Batman story where Bruce died and Thomas lived. Nearly everyone's a different person, even the Joker (an awesome twist), although Renee Montoya seems almost the same.

In the second story the Flying Graysons, Richard and his Mom and Dad are still alive and travelling with Deadman (who's also not dead), and Dr. Fate's with them too. Unfortunately they're in Europe, right in the middle of where the Atlanteans and Amazons are going at it. This story had a really interesting ending too.

In the third story Deathstroke is a pirate looking for his daughter. He won't even let what seems like a depressed and seriously homicidal Aquaman stop him. I don't know Deathstroke as well as the other characters, but it was a touching story.

Then there was the fourth story. It totally and utterly confused me. I'm not sure if it was 'cause the only character I knew in it was Zatanna (and she was a different Zatanna as well), or if it was supposed to be a confusing story, but for whatever reason, I was confused. I also didn't like the art in this story, though I thought the art in the previous three was good.

It's a long collection, but the stories were so interesting that it felt like reading it took no time at all. A solid three stars. ( )
  DanieXJ | Oct 24, 2014 |
Batman: Knight Of Vengeance is a brilliant, unique Batman story showing what would happen if Bruce Wayne was shot down and his dad took up the Batman mantel. Deathstroke And The Curse Of The Ravager is an interesting story showing what a super villain would get up during a world war. Deadman And The Flying Graysons has some nice retro circus covers, but the story is forgettable and has very litte emotional death -- key characters die and no one stops to mourn them. Secret Seven has some beautiful art, but the story is completely confusing. ( )
  EMaree | Feb 11, 2014 |
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Bennett, JoeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blanco, FernandoIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dell, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fiorentino, FabrizioIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Giraldo, AlejandroIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Janin, MikelIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Koblish, ScottIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Krul, J. T.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Massacci, AlexIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Milligan, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Palmiotti, JimmyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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"Flashpoint has changed the DC Universe, and nothing is as it was before. Now Batman is Thomas Wayne, driven by the death of his son Bruce to punish criminals-- and in pursuit of a Joker whose twisted crimes will bring him to the brink of madness himself! ... Now, Dick Grayson travels with his parents and the death-defying Deadman across war-torn Europe, performing in their circus-- until an Amazon attack leads them to their true fate. In this world, Deathstroke is a pirate on the world's most dangerous waters, questing for the only treasure that really matters... And Shade the Changing Man leads a secret team of bizarre heroes-- but will he lead them to their deaths?" -- p. [4] of cover.… (more)

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