Everything you know will change in a Flash!
That's the first words we heard when the great team at DC Comics introduced us to their mystifying, time-traveling, alternate-reality epic known as Flashpoint!
Forming a span of 47 issues, Flashpoint is a crossover event released in May 2011, corresponding with Free Comic Book Day centered around The Flash and his link to The Speedforce. Within its pages, some form of time anomaly (or series of anomalies) have occurred, radically altering DC reality and some of our favorite superheroes while creating unique stories through the DC universe. One of the great draws of 2011, even the avid comic book readers gets caught within this super-heroic mystery while it is carefully unfolding.
Flashpoint is anticipated to make up a 5-issue mini-series, with at least seven other tie-in series.and four one-shot releases.
An intoxicating event, this site has been developed to relate the tale before, during, and after its release. We'll be going over plots and storyline, rumors and conjecture; Spoilers may follow. In the end, this will be a one-stop resource for the Flashpoint Reader Order and a guide to one of the biggest DC time anomalies ever.
Updates to this Flashpoint DC Site
Last Update: August 31, 2011
*Logged, implemented Emperor Aquaman #2 and Frankenstein...Unknown #2. 07/14/2011.
*Updated Reading Order and Last Week's Releases. Everything going pretty smooth now. 07/19/2011.
*Updated Reading Order and Outsider, Wonder Woman, and Legion of Doom areas. 07/21/2011.
*Updated Reading Order for Deadman, Project and Project Superman. Kid Flash hasn't shown me any information to incorporate it into the reading order, so it waits on the sidelines. 07/27.2011.
*Implemented and updated Reading Order. Found World of Flashpoint and Batman tie into the story. 08/04/2011.
*Implemented this week's releases and updates, and put them into the Reading Order. 08/11/2011.
*Updated new releases, revised Reading Order and I plan on doing another update on it tomorrow after a bit of research tonight. 08/18/2011.
*Updated Reading Order with major revisions after doing a heavy bit of research, looking for the small clues. Adding new artwork today also. 08/23/2011.
*Updated all the titles and implemented them into the Reading Order. All that's left now is Flashpoint #5...and then things really start to get interesting! 08/25/2011.
*Updated the last release for Flashpoint, Flashpoint #5. Thanks for checking it all out, my friends. I'm off to do The New 52! 08/31/2011
The 52 Reality Structure and Flashpoint - A quick point about reality and how it relates to Flashpoint
According to the DC storyline, there are 52 realities now. It has been also been revealed that our reality (the one with The Flash, Barry Allen) is The Keystone Reality. If it becomes damaged, all the others will subsequently become damaged. Barry is also said to be the "Keystone" Flash, fundamentally important to time and reality.
This was all referenced in The Flash #9-12.
The preludes to the Flashpoint event are set as:
Time Masters: Vanishing Point #6
The Flash #9-12
Any indications that the actual Flash Comic will take part are wrong; DC recently announced that The Flash #12 will be its final issue.
Your Introduction to Flashpoint
Your Primer for understanding The Flashpoint Saga
The following issues will get you inducted into the Flashpoint event. Following, is their basic overview and plots:
The Road to Flashpoint
The Flash #9 - Barry Allen finds the mysterious body of an aged man with an "E" on his chest. After some fingerprinting, it is determined that it's the body of The Elongated Kid. Meanwhile, a motorcyclist tears through Central City. Once Barry gets sight of him, he reverts to The Flash and catches up, only to learn that this biker is also...Barry Allen.
The Flash #10 - Barry's double is known as Hot Pursuit, rider of a cosmic motorcycle that channels the speed force. He is from an alternate reality. (There are 52). He tells The Flash that he (The Flash) is the Keystone to the Speedforce and that this reality is The Keystone to all the others. Kid Flash shows up while he explains that there is a huge temporal disturbance coming, one which could severely change or unravel reality. In the end, there's another death, but this time Barry find motorcycle tire tracks...and a witness.
The Flash #11 - Amidst the investigation, Barry gets a 911 text from home; he speeds over there to find out he is in an intervention. During it, Bart Allen storms out, upset. That's when Hot Pursuit catches up to him, believing he is the temporal anomaly. Luckily, The Flash catches up and intervenes Meanwhile, back at the crime lab, the witness to the recent crime turns out to be a kid, closely resembling Bart Allen. This child is the real anomaly, stealing years with his negative life force. Yeap, that's right, he's Eobard Thawne, The Reverse Flash.
The Flash #12 - It turns out this Reverse Flash was stealing "lifelines" to regain his current age, but it also tapping into other secret powers of the Speedforce. While Hot Pursuit is battling The Flash, he realizes that Bart Allen is not the temporal anomaly problem. He rides to The Reverse Flash, where they fight. Unfortunately, Thawne figures out who Hot Pursuit is and, somehow, erases his existence. The Flash and Kid Flash try to catch Thawne, but since he can now alter his age, he eludes them in a crowd. In the final scene, Barry is at his mother's grave when there's a huge streak of lighting and the words, "It changes. It all changes. Now."
Time Masters: Vanishing Point
Time Masters: Vanishing Point #6 - Amidst Superman and Green Lantern's quest to locate Batman through time, they come upon Eobard Thawne, The Reverse Flash, while he's searching for secrets of Darkseid's Omega Beam effect. Thawne quickly escapes into the timestream. Meanwhile, elsewhere (in time), Black Beetle is attempting to absorb Waverider's energies. This ends up blowing chronal fissures all over the place. Supernova, Booster's descendent (and another hero), attempts to stop Black Beetle. In the midst, Liri Lee, The Linear Woman, rushes forth and absorbs Waverider's energies, instead. She then leaves (or flees). At the end, the group (Superman, Green Lantern, Dr. Rip Hunter, Booster Gold, and Skeets) heads to the end of time. But the scene quickly cuts to Hunter and Booster arriving at Vanishing Point(?) where Michelle tells them the Time Stealers didn't get anything. In the final frame, Hunter is staring at a blackboard with scribbles of strange phrases:
1. Captain Cold=Hero
2. Abin Sur: Savior!
3. Free SUBJECT 1
4. Why did it have to be BRUCE?
6. The Heroine of Gem World returns!
7. God bless THE CYBORG!
8. The Changing Man!
9. The OUTSIDER is IN!
10. The TERROR of AQUAMAN!
11. Wonder Woman: Princess of War!
12. Rampage of the Creature Commandos!
Underlined on the chalkboard is "ASK BOOSTER!"
Whether you're a huge fan of The Flash or a casual person taking interest in the Scarlet Speedster, you might be interested in a Top 10 Countdown List called The Top 10 Greatest Stories of The Flash. This article gets you right into Flash storylines and some of the best plots ever concocted.
The DC Flashpoint Reading Order
Not so quick, that we can't follow!
Flashpoint hit hard and fast in May 2011. To keep on top of the event, this section will be a continuously updated brief on the reading order needed to stay informed. In it's current state, there's no other ecognized markers, so everything will be centered around the Flashpoint series:
Prelude to Flashpoint:
000 - 004 The Flash #09-12 (Barry Allen meets with an alternate self known as "Hot Pursuit" who is looking for a huge temporal disturbance. It turns out to be The Reverse Flash, who escapes them with new, incredible powers. In the end, we learn this super-villain succeeds with his diabolical plan.
Flashpoint's New, Alternate Past
Framework: These are the events that occurred before Flashpoint #1. They may range as far as 30 years ago to a few days before the issue.
005 Flashpoint: Reverse Flash #1 (One Shot) (Distant Past.A Primer to Professor Zoom and events he used to try to destroy The Flash.)
006 Flashpoint: Project Superman #1 (The reference point of this story is 20 years before Flashpoint #1, where he is 7 years old. In this issue, Sinclair talks about the alien ship crashing into Metropolis.)
007 Flashpoint: Project Superman #2 (Sinclair brings us to his "present" day; 20 years before Flashpoint, where Superman is 7 years old.)
008 Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and The Furies #1 (Approx. 15-24 months before Flashpoint #1. Assassination of Amazon Queen Hippolyta. Relates how the Themyscirans and Atlanteans fell into turmoil against one another.)
009 Flashpoint: Green Arrow Industries #1(One-Shot) (Approx. 11 months before Flashpoint #1. A newspaper references Atlantean/Themysciran talks breaking down.)
010 Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and The Furies #2 (Approx 12 months forwarding to 8 months before Flashpoint.)
011 Flashpoint: Lois Lane and The Resistance #1 (Approx. 9-17 months before Flashpoint #1. This story includes the sinking of Europe and 32 weeks thereafter.)
012 Flashpoint: The Canterbury Cricket #1(One-Shot) (Europe. A few weeks or months before Flashpoint #1. Cricket points out the most of Europe has been sunk, but he and The Resistance haven't joined up with Lois Lane.)
013 Flashpoint: Deadman and The Flying Graysons #1 (Europe. A few weeks or months before Flashpoint #1.)
014 Flashpoint: Deadman and The Flying Graysons #2 (Continues right after Flashpoint: Deadman and The Flying Graysons #1)
015 Flashpoint: Deadman and The Flying Graysons #3 (Continues right after Flashpoint: Deadman and The Flying Graysons #2)
016 Flashpoint: Grodd of War #1 (One-Shot) (Grodd references Europe being underwater and decides to send his armies to fight Wonder Woman and Aquaman.)
017 Flashpoint: The Legion of Doom #1 (A Few Weeks or Months before Flashpoint #1. I noticed that Firestorm wasn't in the group Cyborg assembled before Batman, so he was likely already dead.)
018 Flashpoint: The Legion of Doom #2 (Continues after Legion of Doom #1.)
019 Flashpoint: The Legion of Doom #3 (Continues after Legion of Doom #2.)
020 Flashpoint: Abin Sur, The Green Lantern #1 (Before Flashpoint #1 The Guardians show Abin Sur scenes of the Wonder Woman/Aquaman war as well as a shot of Grodd on a throne of bone.)
021 Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #1 (The Europe debacle has occurred and Hal patrols our borders.)
022 Flashpoint: Abin Sur, The Green Lantern #2 (Approximately just before Flashpoint #1 and quickly after Hal Jordan #1. The Western Europe decimation seems to have occurred and Cyborg tells Abin Sur he's going to try and recruit Batman.)
023 Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #2 (Occurs after Abin Sur's meeting with the President.)
Flashpoint: Chapter 1 - Where Everything You Knew Changed in a Flash
Framework: Covers a short span of time, just a few days, where Barry realizes something is wrong and contacts Batman.
024 Flashpoint #01 (This is a blockbuster issue with many clues to detail. Wonder Woman and the Amazons have claimed the U.K., Aquaman and Atlantis have sank Western Europe. Barry Allen starts off as normal, then realizes he doesn't have any powers.Finally succumbing to the strangeness, Barry heads to Wayne manor, finding a torn up estate. He heads to the Batcave and meets Batman, only to learn he is no longer Bruce Wayne, but his father, Thomas Wayne.) (Special Note: Reverse Flash makes a secret appearance in this issue. See if you can find him.)
025 Flashpoint: The Outsider #1 (Runs simultaneous with Flashpoint #1 when The Outsider is in a discussion with Cyborg and Batman.)
026 Flashpoint: The Secret Seven #1 (Shade, although losing memories, is told Cyborg just tried to recruit his group.)
027 Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #1 (Cold's adventure occurs after his appearance in Flashpoint #1. Although not dated, it references Europe's war. )
028 Flashpoint: The Secret Seven #2 (A day or two later from The Secret Seven #1.)
029 Flashpoint: The Secret Seven #3 (Continues immediately after The Secret Seven #2.)
030 Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #2 (A day or two after Citizen Cold #1.)
031 Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #3 (Continued from Citizen Cold #3.)
Flashpoint: Chapter 2 - The Unfolding of the Truth
Framework: This chapter heralds a mid-ranged timeframe, possibly a week or two, where Barry interacts with Batman, tells his story, and becomes incapacitated by a bolt of lightning. The understanding is that Barry would be unconscious for an unspecified amount of time.
032 Deathstroke and the Curse of the Ravager #1 (Leads into simultaneous action depicted in Flashpoint #2)
033 Flashpoint #02 (Starting with Deathstroke in a pirate-like role, his ship runs too close too European territory and he encounters Aquaman, who prepares to kill him. Meanwhile, back at the Batcave, Batman is beating the heck out of Barry Allen, until Barry tells him that Bruce Wayne was alive in his version of reality. This placates Thomas Wayne, who allows him to hook himself up to an electric chair in a storm, in hopes of regaining his Flash powers. The scene cuts to "New Themyscira" where Wonder Woman captures Colonel Steve Trevor, hoping to find "Lois Lane and The Resistance". At the end, Barry realizes that Professor Zoom is behind this reality-shift, but appears to die as lightning strikes his chemically-drenched chair.)
034 Deathstroke and the Curse of the Ravager #2 (Happens immediately after events in Deathstroke and the Curse of the Ravager #1 and Flashpoint #2.)
035 Flashpoint: The Outsider #2 (Reference made to Steve Trevor being captured.)
036 Flashpoint: Batman, Knight of Vengeance #1 (Not dated, but Batman makes a reference to Joker that Bruce can be brought back, which seems to imply that he's talked to The Flash. And right now, Flash is in the midst of a recovery period.)
037 Flashpoint: Batman, Knight of Vengeance #2 (A day or so after Batman, Knight of Vengeance #1.)
038 Flashpoint: Batman, Knight of Vengeance #3 (Continuing from Batman, Knight of Vengeance #2.)
039 Deathstroke and the Curse of the Ravager #3 (Happens sometime later than Deathstroke and the Curse of the Ravager #2, days or weeks.)
Flashpoint, Chapter 3
Forces of Resistance
Framework: In Flashpoint #3, you have a short span of time. Barry was previously unconscious from a lightning strike on Batman's recovery table, but now he is up. The appearance is that the entire issue covers a few days, however it's important to note that Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown really don't fit well in the next chapter, so those issues appear at the end of this one.
040 Flashpoint #03 (BIG ISSUE! Barry Allen, barely alive and being tended decides to go outside for another round of lightning. Before he reaches the chair, another strike, bigger than before, hits. This time, He becomes The Flash. As the issue continues, he realizes the one person who can help them is Superman. Batman and Flash decide to join with Cyborg, but only if they help look at a secret weapon called Project: Superman. They infiltrate the government installation and find a worn-out, slightly scrawny looking man. In the end, Superman, who has never seen the light of day, flees, leaving Batman, Flash, and Cyborg to face military consequences. Special Note: The issue breaks in the middle and shows Lois Lane in New Themyscira as she meets up with Canterbury Cricket and The Resistance. Tomorrow is supposed to be the final battle between the Amazons and Atlanteans.)
041 Flashpoint: Lois Lane and The Resistance #2 (Correlates to the point in Flashpoint #3 where Lois Lane encounters Grifter and The Resistance.)
042 Booster Gold #44 (Note: In Booster Gold #45, Booster is at Wayne Manor and mentions "The Anomaly" has been here. This correlates to Flashpoint #3, when The Flash and Batman left in search of Batman. That's why it belongs here in the Reading Order. Booster realizes he's in a strange new reality, one where the citizens don't recognize him. They think he's Atlantean. Meanwhile, Cyborg appears to be a great hero of the U.S.)
043 Booster Gold #45 (Somehow retaining his memories, Booster is attacked by a remote-controlled Doomsday by the Americas who consider him an Atlantean threat. He escapes the behemoth menace which turns out to be under the will of General Nathanial Adam. Booster also saves a young heiress named Alexandra Gianopoulos. Searching through her computer, he realizes a large extent of the alternate reality and surmises this is the work of Professor Zoom. He decides to start at Wayne Manor, where he's ambushed by Doomsday again. This time, it turns out Alexandra has powers; she flies and shoots at the plane sending the control signal to the monster. In the last scene, Doomsday now has free will!)
044 Booster Gold #46 (With the helmet having been removed, Doomsday is now free of General Adam's will. Luckily, though, he's basically dull of senses, responding sluggishly. Booster tries a multitude of attacks, but is easily getting beaten down. Then Alexandra shows up and he learns she has the power to duplicate the abilities of whoever she touches. They, again, try to take on Doomsday, but he's unstoppable. Finally, Booster figures comes up with the idea of re-attaching the helmet. It works, unfortunately General Adams still wants our time-travelling superhero dead!)
045 Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #1(The Creatures awake sometime after Flash and Batman break into Project: Superman. There's a broken "S" where he used to be contained. It's also important to note that the entire Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown occur between the pages of Flashpoint #4, but are more aesthetic when read in this order.)
046 Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #2 (Frankenstein's team find the professors lair in Gotham City.)
047 Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #3 (The team heads to Romania. Frankenstein goes off to join The Resistance in Europe at the end.)
Flashpoint: Chapter 4 - The Battle of Authur and Diana
Framework: The timespan indicated by chapters and Flashpoint issue will spread over the course of a few weeks. That's because it picks up immediately after Flashpoint #3, the battle under Metropolis where Project: Superman resides and moves to a period where they gather their forces and head to New Themyscira. The Reading Order provided here is partially aesthetic; it reflects the quick-paced series of events that lead directly into the battle between Aurthur and Diana, culminating in Flashpoint #4.
048 Flashpoint: The Outsider #3 (Occurs within the short timeframe that Michael talks to Batman, covering the conversation before the battle in Flashpoint #4.)
049 Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint #1 (Correlates to a satellite preparing to go off 12 hours before the battle of Authur and Diana in Flashpoint #4.)
050 Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint #2 (No timeframe referenced, but continues from The World of Flashpoint #1.)
051 Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #3 (Hal Jordan dies, but is instrumental in destroying an invisible shield that protects New Themyscira from missile attacks and intruders.)
052 Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #1 (A short time before Flashpoint #4, Aquaman is in the waters near New Themyscira, preparing to unleash his "Brion"-fueled geo-cannon.)
053 Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #2 (Shortly after Emperor Aquaman #1. Arthur's Fleet sends a kill-team to assassinate Terra in New Themyscira.)
054 Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and The Furies #3 (Orm and Penthesilea are revealed to be traitors.The battle of Authur and Diana officially begins here.
055 Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #3 (Parts of this issue are simultaneous with Wonder Woman and The Furies #3. Diana heads to Authur's Fleet after she learns of Orm and Penthesilea's treachery.)
056 Flashpoint: Abin Sur, The Green Lantern #3 (Abin Sur takes part in the major battle of Flashpoint #4.)
057 Flashpoint #4 (The Flash, Batman, and Cyborg are taking on soldiers in Metropolis and are nearly spent. Fortunately, Element Woman shows up and knocks them out. The story quickly turns to them heading to Billy Batson and the rest of the Captain Thunder family. Flash convinces them to join, and then surprisingly, talks Batman into supporting a strike against the Amazonians and Atlanteans. There's a scene where they've got Blackout and The Enchantress joining in, where The Enchantress tells them that Rac and the remaining Secret Seven can't attend. In the final scenes, the heroes jump into the middle of a battle between Authur and Diana. Captain Thunder is about to take Wonder Woman down when The Enchantress dispels his form; she's a traitor! Billy is killed. At the end, The Flash has nearly fallen and comes face to face with The Reverse Flash! Other points of interest: Hal Jordan becomes a casualty in the air raid. Appearances from Grifter, The Resistance, The Outsider, Blackout, and Frankenstein.)
058 Booster Gold #47 (In this issue, Doomsday is back in the hands of General Adams, the Captain Atom of another reality, and Booster has been captured. They still think he's an Atlantean and are about to interrogate him so he breaks free and knocks the controller helmet off the General. Doomsday comes back to life and, sensing Superman, goes into a rampage. As Doomsday is about to kill Booster, he stops -- Alexandra has the helmet on and is controlling the creature. But now she tries something uncanny; raking his claws into his chest, she commands Doomsday to kill himself. With the battle over, Booster recognizes The Flash on a video screen, fighting in Europe. On the way there, Booster realizes he's losing his memories; he comes up with an idea, but needs The Flash's help. As Flash and commence, Alexandra is killed. Booster jumps into the time-stream and it transported to...Vanishing Point. At the end, we see a flashback, or flash-forward, to point where the chalkboard is being filled with clues to Flashpoint.)
059 Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint #3 (Happens 12 minutes before the satellite, runs simultaneous with Flashpoint #4 and shows Flash battling Reverse-Flash.)
060 Flashpoint: Lois Lane and The Resistance #3Britannia faces a disoriented and betrayed Wonder Woman who's realized that Penthesilia has been taking slaves and using them in experiments.
061 Flashpoint: Project Superman #3 (Sinclair follows Kal-El to New Themiscira in the middle of heavy battle. Kal-El finds Lois just as Amazonians are about fire upon her.)
Unplaced and Anticipated Listing:
062 Flashponit: Kid Flash Lost #1 (Kid Flash is in the future, but will appear just before Flashpoint #5.)
063 Flashponit: Kid Flash Lost #2 (Continues from Kid Flash Lost #1.)
064 Flashponit: Kid Flash Lost #3 (Bart enters the Speed Force and meets Barry Allen, giving him all the cumulative energies to fight in Flashpoint #5.)
Flashpoint: Chapter 5 - The House That Barry Built
Quick Note: As the Flashpoint event ended, you have to understand one thing: it's all about change. The thinkers over at DC Comics had been envisioning a modernization of their heroes into our 21st century logic, technology, and current events. Well, The Flash and his time-traveling, Speed Force issues have always provided such a path.
And that path, the one created by Flashpoint, gave them The New 52, a new modernized reality for all of DC's characters.
065 Flashpoint #5 (The culmination of the event concludes here. With the Reverse Flash showing up, Barry now learns that it wasn't Thawne who created this alternate reality, but himself when he traveled back in in time to save his mother. In a series of struggles, he shows Barry that past and the new truth: that Thawne can now kill Barry because he's a temporal anomaly. But Thawne spoke too soon; Thomas Wayne, nearly dead from the fighting as Batman, ends his victory over The Flash by shoving a sword through his back. Meanwhile, the Themysciran/Atlantean War is in full-tilt; heroes are dying everywhere; Superman shows up in full fury; that's when Flash realizes, as Batman hands him a note, that he's got to run back to the past. Becoming one with The Speed Force, Barry finds himself at the moment he's about to time travel, stopping himself on the cosmic treadmill. But all is not over; an explosion occurs and Barry ends up now in the time-stream. Now he learns that there are three alternate futures and he needs to join them into one, fixing the broken chronology. The Flash runs and then....
...he wakes up. Barry shakes off sleep and finds himself back at the lab. Everything seems normal [but it's different, now we are in The New DC 52 Universe]. He quickly heads to the Batcave and talks with Bruce Wayne who is back to being the true Batman. [Notice all the new costume designs?] In the end, Barry hands Bruce his dad's note and you see tears in his eyes.)
And thus ends Flashpoint...
Flashpoint: Separated Titles
Flashpoint: Abin Sur, The Green Lantern - And the Prophecy of Flashpoint
Flashpoint: Abin Sur The Green Lantern:
Written by Adam Schlagman and drawn by Felipe Massafera. This series is current and ongoing.
Flashpoint: Abin Sur The Green Lantern #1 (The saga of Abin Sur opens briefly in his childhood, where he learns to appreciate all life, to the event we originally called The Blackest Night. But now, in this version of reality, the Guardians have called on him to get the White Lantern and let earth become destroyed. Refusing, Abin Sur heads there to both perform the mission and save the world. In the end, we see Sinestro, still a Green Lantern, binding Atrocitus in chains and commanding him to tell him of The Prophecy of Flashpoint instead of the Prophecy of the Blackest Night.)
Flashpoint: Abin Sur The Green Lantern #2 (Takes place after Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #1. Having crashed to earth, Abin Sur finds/summons Hal Jordan, but is unable to give him the ring before Cyborg shows up. They transport him away where Cyborg and he have a discussion realizing The Green Lantern means to save earth. A period of time precludes where Abin Sur aids the world until he mets up with Sinestro. His friend then tells him of the Prophecy of Flashpoint, where an alternate time has been implemented, changing everything. Sinestro and Abin Sur then fight; one wants to change things back while the other refuses. On the last page Sinestro cleaves Abin Sur's hand [the one with the ring] from his body.)
Flashpoint: Abin Sur The Green Lantern #3 (Just as you think Abin Sur is beaten, his severed gives up its ring, which then forms an emerald hand, fitting itself to him. Through sheer strength of will, he then beats Thaal Sinestro. But the Oans only want the White Battery source. That's when Abin Sur realizes that they've been holding the truth of the Flashpoint Prophecy from him. Soon thereafter, they deactivate his ring, banning him from the corp. With the last energy levels of his rings, he goes right into the battle where The Reverse Flash and The Flash are fighting. Cyborg tells him that he's the only chance to stop Aquaman's geo-cannon. Once he leaves, his power levels go critical; all of a sudden, he's with his sister. He thinks he's dead, when suddenly the White Entity tells him to live. Abin Sur becomes The White Lantern and prepares for battle.)
Flashpoint: Batman, Knight of Vengeance - A very different story of what happened in the Wayne family.
Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance
Written by Brian Azzarello and drawn by Eduardo Risso. This series only reveals where it falls in the Reading Order in issue #3, where Thomas tells Martha that Bruce can come back, but they will have to die. This is a reference to The Flash's revelation to Thomas Wayne earlier, where he tells him about the alternate timeline.
Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance #1 (Centered on the life of Thomas Wayne a successful businessman and casino owner, young Bruce did not survive the encounter that spawned Batman, instead it was his father, a man who now harbors extreme prejudice in his dark justice. During this story, Thomas learns from Gordon that the Joker has captured Harvey Dent's twins; he changes to Batman and searches for clues in the sewers, but not before encountering Killer Croc, whom he kills in a fight. In the last scene, we see the Joker preparing for Batman to show up. There's a possibility that he's at Wayne Mansion and the Joker may be Martha Wayne (pure speculation based on what I'm hearing; not proven.)
Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance #2 (While Wayne is recuperating, Gordon visits Oracle, Selina Kyle, hoping for clues to Dent's twins. She gives him a clue to a pizzeria, which he passes along. Now recovered, Batman visits the shop and learns that he needs to head to the old-abandoned Wayne Manor. Unfortunately, it's too late. Gordon's already headed there. Joker tricks him into killing one of the twins and then slices his throat. Batman arrives and screams out "Martha!" as he enters. [Yes. I was right. Martha Wayne is The Joker.])
Flashpoint: Batman - Knight of Vengeance #3 (Thomas Wayne confronts his nemesis The Joker, now revealed to be none other than his wife, Martha Wayne. The issue does some flashbacks, showing how they both coped with the death of their son. Thomas became a vigilante; Martha was driven to madness, slashing a smile on her face. At the end, Thomas tells her he can change all this; their son can live, but they will have to die, which references that he's met The Flash. But then Martha realizes that their son will become like Thomas, and she goes cackling-mad, running until she falls and breaks her neck in a cavernous hole.)
Flashpoint: The Canterbury Cricket - A one-shot intro to The Canterbury Cricket
Flashpoint: The Canterbury Cricket
Written by Mike Carlin and drawn by Rags Morales with cover by Rags Morales.
Flashpoint: The Canterbury Cricket #1(One-Shot) (In the midst of the war between Atlantis and Themyscira, we are introduced to The Canterbury Cricket. He appears as Godiva, Mrs. Hyde, Etrigan, and Wicked Ginny Greenteeth are surrounded by the Amazons. Using his powers, he rebuffs them and they escape. As the team licks their wounds, you learn the Cricket's origin, how he was originally a scoundrel known as Jeremy Chriqui, almost killed by Amazons until he fled into a church. Finding the skull of a Saint, he was somehow given a second chance to do good, and transformed into The Canterbury Cricket. This one-shot story appears to be a lead-in for Lois Lane and the Resistance #2.)
Flashpoint: Citizen Cold - A cold-blooded killer of a hero.
Flashpoint: Citizen Cold
Written and drawn by Scott Kolins. This series is current and ongoing.
Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #1 (Starting off with a battle between Cold vs. Mr. Freeze, he ultimately wins the fight, captures Freeze as he escapes, and kills him. It turns out that he's harsh, but acceptable hero of Central City, adored because he continues playing the role of hero. As the issue continues, we learn that the Rogues, Cold's super-villains, are decimated at Iron Heights; Mirror Master is trapped, in a semi-living state in one of his mirrors, Weather Wizard has a broken arm, etc. Meanwhile, Iris and Wally West are reporters/photographers getting info on Leonard Snart/Citizen Cold. Wally manages to learn Cold's secret, that's he's a thug with mob connections, but gets frozen before he can tell Iris.)
Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #2 (In Iron Heights Penitentiary, Mirror Master causes Chunk to explode, giving the Rogue's Gallery the opportunity to escape. They do so, but grab Lisa Snart in the process. Meanwhile, The Pied Piper, on a text from Wally West, heads to their meeting place only to find out his friend was killed by Citizen Cold. The next day, the issue cuts to Cold having an interview/dinner with Iris. She wants answers, but all he wants is have a relationship. She then realizes that he knows too much about her personal life. Later still, we are back with the Rogues, rearming themselves and using Lisa for bait. Cold shows up and it's a huge battle. In the end, Lisa is killed by Fallout. Citizen Cold is just about done for, but then equips a special clip and sets of a cold bomb. As the issue concludes, Piper believes his cameras have the evidence of Cold murdering Wally, but is suddenly surprised by Cold himself. Another massive explosion, and we see Iris, the next day, being surprised as a car screeches to a halt next to her, with a barely alive Citizen Cold tumbling out.)
Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #3 (Barely surviving, Snart catches his rest in Iris West's apartment. That's when she learns his true identity and his plans to flee -- with her -- to Dubai. As he heads back out to finish the Rogues, he tells her to meet there with him in the evening. Citizen Cold then begins his revenge, killing the remaining Rogue members, and heads back. When he arrives, he's confronted by Iris asking if he killed Wally. He denies it, but The Pied Piper is present and proves him a liar. At the end, Iris kills Citizen Cold by freezing him with his own gun.)
Flashpoint: Deadman and The Flying Graysons - The circus performers Boston Brand and Dick Grayson.
Flashpoint: Deadman and The Flying Graysons
Written by JT Krul and drawn by Mike Janin with covers by Cliff Chiang. This series is current and ongoing.
Flashpoint: Deadman and The Flying Graysons #1 (Part of a traveling circus in Europe, Boston Brand is Deadman, a living trapeze/acrobat artist, and part of an act that includes The Flying Graysons and some circus freaks. One strange character in particular is clearly Dr. Fate, who seems eternally caught in a trance-like state as he sees visions that will never come to pass. As they leave one city, it is later razed by the Amazonians who are looking for the Helm of Nabu (Dr. Fate's helmet). In the end, Fate warns Deadman that he will be haunted by death. And as he prepares for his next performance, we see the Amazonians heading towards the big tent, preparing to unleash fury.)
Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons #2 (In Kalisz, Poland, the Amazons have invaded searching for the Helm of Nabu. They strike unexpectedly during a circus performance and cause the death of Dick Grayson's mother. The entire area is in chaos and Dick's father is mortally wounded by a spear which also kills Dr. Fate. After some skirmishes, it appears they will be caught, but Vertigo of The Resistance steps in and provided them cover. While their recovering from their wounds, Dick's Father tells Boston Brand to stick with his son because he'll need him. At the end, The Amazons are flustered because they can't find the Helm, so they decide to unleash Starfire [one of their Furies?] to burn down the city.)
Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons #3 (The circus crew hides underground as Dick's dad finally passes away; bantering, they try to determine a course of action. Finally, without Boston's approval, they decide to run for it. One by one, they fall until only Boston and Dick are left. But Boston realizes something is wrong; he's no longer a living acrobat, but Deadman! He follows Dick and helps him escape. At the end, Dick Grayson and Deadman meet a faction of The Resistance, including Brittania and The Question. When asked who he is, Grayson, still carrying the Helm of Nabu, says "I am Doctor Fate.")
Flashpoint: Deathstroke & The Curse of The Raveger - Arrgh! Deathstroke the pirate, that is!
Flashpoint: Deathstroke & The Curse of The Ravager
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and drawn by Joe Bennett & John Dell. This series is current and ongoing.
Flashpoint: Deathstroke & The Curse of The Ravager #1 (Aboard his ship, Ravager Deathstroke fulfills the role of a Pirate Captain in the midst of the Amazonian/Atlantean war over sunken Western Europe. In this issue, he starts off attacking Warlord's ship, looking for Rose Wilson. He retreats after capturing a container but learns it's not her; instead it's another female metahuman. Interrogating one of his prisoners, he's led to Saint Helena where he just misses her transportation. To fill his crew, he recruits some prisoners like Clayface and then heads into marked. At the end of this issue, he's spotted and attacked by Emperor Aquaman, who spears him with his trident.)
Flashpoint: Deathstroke & The Curse of The Ravager #2 (As Deathstroke falls, the crew comes to arms against Aquaman and Ocean Master, but it's an effort doomed to fail. In the midst of their skirmish, some of them die while their ship is damaged. Leaving them for dead, their invaders head for other targets; fortunately, key members survive, giving Slade a shock to restart his heart and using Sonar's skill to pull shrapnel from the wound. Now recovering, Deathstroke makes new plans and begins to set a course away from the area. Too late, though! Warlord has seized on the opportunity to reattain his cargo. Facing off, Slade shoots Warlord in the eye; the ships are about to square off when a huge explosion hits Warlord's Ship. As the crew looks over their shoulder, it's Jenny Blitz, awakened because her stasis tube fractured earlier. Now, she's calling herself the Captain.)
Flashpoint: Deathstroke & The Curse of The Ravager #3 (After sinking the Warlord's fleet, Jenny Blitz and Deathstroke have a conversation where he tries to convince her to rescue his daughter, Rose. She agrees based on romantic and monetary terms. This doesn't play well with the crew and they incite a mutiny. Unfortunately for them, Deathstroke is prepared. He and Jenny kill them all, leaving only Sonar. As they face off with Sonar, the betrayer tells them that he's called Caretaker and his fleet to take them out. Sonar is killed. Later, as they watch Caretaker's fleet arrive, Deathstroke spots Rose on the deck; this causes him to make a deal, Rose for Jenny. After some cunning and once Jenny is aboard Caretaker's ship, Deathstroke releases her and they destroy Caretaker's fleet. In the end, Deathstroke, Jenny, and Rose live happily ever after?? on the Ravager.)
Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman - The world will feel his vengeance.
Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman
Written by Tony Bedard and drawn by Ardian Syaf & Vicente Cifuentes. This series is current and ongoing.
Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #1 (Revealed through a series of flashbacks, Aquaman and the Atlanteans have sunk Rome into the ocean with a "geo-pulse" cannon whose energies are fueled by a captured King Brion Markov, but not without losing his love, Mera, in the process. Having turned the weapon on New Themyscira, the weapon does not work because the Amazons have enlisted the aid of Tara Markov, Terra, who counters their attempts. At the end, the Atlanteans form a kill-team to assasinate Tara.)
Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #2 (With Prince Orm and Siren ready, they scale the cliffs of New Themyscira in hopes to assassinate Tera, the key link to the Amazon's ability to thwart Atlantis. But they fail as Penthesilea, surprises them. She immediately slays Siren. Back on Arthur's vessel, they watch as Diana's Furies (Hawkgirl, Huntress, Cheetah, etc) came at them,. This time, they are led by Diana herself. Note: The Story also intermingles Authur's past, where he was raised, forged, and hardened into a battle-edged leader.)
Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #3 (In the midst of their battle, Diana manages to tell Authur of the betrayal of his brother, Orm and Penthesilea; this staves off the Atlantean attack momentarily. But then, once Orm regains consciousness, he sets off incendiaries within the fleet; the Atlanteans believe it is Amazonian treachery. In a last second response, Vulko releases the geopulse weapon. As the lands are ripping apart, Diana escapes and Authur heads directly into the heart of battle.)
Flashpoint: Frankenstein & The Creatures of The Unknown - World War II wasn't enough.
Flashpoint: Frankenstein & The Creatures of The Unknown
Written by Jeff Lemire and drawn by Ibraim Roberson with covers by Doug Mahnke. This series is current and ongoing.
Flashpoint: Frankenstein & The Creatures of The Unknown #1 (Starting in the days of World War II, Frankenstein rises in the North Atlantic and is recruited by the Americans, where he's put in charge of The Creature Commandos, now known as the Creatures of the Unknown. This issue briefly touches on them fighting the war and putting an end to the reign of Adolf Hitler. Once the war ends, though, they are brought to Metropolis and harshly betrayed and "deactivated" in stasis tubes for a later data. Then the issue cuts to present day 2011, where Frankenstein escapes his stasis and frees the rest of his unit, intending to find a safehouse where they can plan a course of action. Back at their holding chambers, General Adam learns of the monster's escape and decides to bring in Miranda Shrieve, their monster killer.)
Flashpoint: Frankenstein & The Creatures of The Unknown #2 (Having escaped their prison, the creatures, led by Nina, head to the swamps of Gotham City where she believes she was raised. Below her home, they locate a laboratory that gives them a clue to their next destination. Meanwhile, above ground, Griffith and Velcoro are attacks by Shrieve. At the end of the battle, an intruder steps in, only to reveal she is Frankenstein's Bride!)
Flashpoint: Frankenstein & The Creatures of The Unknown #3 (Frankenstein and the Creature Commandos have defeated their opponents with the help of his Bride. She tells them the story of Project M, also telling Shrieve how Lane was behind the death of her family. Then she makes a deal with Frankenstein: in exchange for his help in the Western Europe War she'll take them to the village, and Mazursky, in Romania. He agrees. When they arrive, they are met with death, Lane's forces are already present and they've released Jake II. In the end, Nina finds out that she was never human, Velecoro dies, Griffith is reverted back to human form and Frankenstein heads to Europe to fulfill his part of the bargain.)
Flashpoint: Green Arrow Industries - He never decided to fight crime.
Flashpoint: Green Arrow Industries
Written by Pornsak Pichetshote and drawn by Mark Castiello with cover by Viktor Kalvachev.
Flashpoint: Green Arrow Industries #1 (One-Shot) (Centered on Oliver Queen in the Flashpoint "Present Day", where he runs Green Arrows Industries, a corporation that creates weapons from the inventions of super-villains. [The "Green Arrow" is actually the name of a destructive missile.] In the story, his testing island is infiltrated by a group led by a women who ends up being a child fostered between him and vixen. He ends up fighting her with a bunch of super-villain weapons, but she's taken out by his snipers in the end. The tragedy of this story is that Oliver Queen never really takes on the role of a hero.)
Flashpoint: Grodd of War - Rise of the Super-Gorilla
Flashpoint: Grodd of War
Written by Sean Ryan and drawn by Ug Guara with cover by Francis Manapul.
Flashpoint: Grodd of War #1 (One-Shot) (Having decimated and controlling half of the African continent, Grodd becomes miserable, looking for conflict and a challenge. The story takes a moment to show him battling another superhero gorilla, this one is probably the alternate reality Congorilla, who killed his human host to show Grodd loyalty. But it doesn't matter, Grodd slays Congorilla and rips his head off. At the end of the story, Grodd decides to enter the battle between the Atlanteans and the Amazons in Western Europe.)
Flashpoint: Hal Jordan - He never got his ring.
Flashpoint: Hal Jordan
Written by Adam Schlagman and drawn by Ben Oliver with covers by Rags Morales.
Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #1 (In this issue, you meet Highball (Hal Jordan) and Sapphire (Carol Ferris), two pilots patrolling the U.S. coastlines for Ferris Air Industries. Hal is a crazed flyer, having loved the profession, but distraught as a child when he witnessed his dad's aircraft explode in midair. In the story, he and Carol are on patrol when a shark-man rises from the ocean and attacks his craft. Gifted with telepathy, it soon realizes that Carol is Hal's greatest fear. Ultimately, Hal figures out a way to defeat it, but destroys the jets in the process. At the end of the story, he steal an aircraft and somehow encounters a dying Abin Sur.)
Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #2 (Some time having passed, Hal spends occasional patrols with the alien Abin Sur, but he holds a grudge against the Green Lantern. After Abin Sur heads off for unknown reasons, Ferris Air and Coastal City are invaded by invisible Amazonian aircraft. He engages and with Sapphire's help, manages to route them off. But not before they drop a monster on the base, a three headed hydra. After a complicated battle, Hal and Sapphire emerge victorious. And that's when Hal tells Sapphire that he'll pilot a new ship, created and merged with the alien technology they've recovered. At the end, President Obama decides to give Hal Jordan the chance to be America's next hope. The mission: to drop a Green Arrow Nuke on the Amazons.)
Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #3 (Hal, before preparing to take off with The Green Arrow nuke, heads over to Carol Ferris, but they end up in a fight and he storms off. The next day, the entire squadron takes to the skies, headed for New Themiscira. They get there, but find that it's guarded with an invisible shield. At the same time, The Furies have been unleashed, now Hal and Carol, with the aid of The Blackhawks, are in a dogfight. The battle starts to go sour, but in the end, Hal sacrifices his craft and his life to destroy the barrior. At the end of the issue, Carol gets some of Hal's effects, and a ring. In a journal, it says that he always loved her. He was going to propose.)
Flashponit: Kid Flash Lost - Flashpoint in its far future.
Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost
Written by Sterling Gates and drawn by Oliver Nome with covers by Francis Manapul. This series has started, but it not yet placed into the reading order, it is awaiting best placement.
Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #1 (Finding himself captured in 3011, in Brainiac's lair, Kid Flash is rescued by Patty Spivot, aka Hot Pursuit. Together, they conclude he is a time anomaly and not meant to exist. Unfortunately, they don't know why and Patty's bike is missing its tank. At the end, Kid Flash realizes he will die if he can't tap back into the Speed Force. It appears Brainiac is now ruling the earth and had stored him away to fix his chronal aberration.)
Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #2 (While trying to escape with Hot Pursuit, Bart learns that there is no trace of The Flash in her databanks. Their plans are failing before they can even begin to get a foothold. Finally, Bart comes up with a plan. He gives Brainiac the opportunity to recapture him; once rewired into the system, he uses the virtual Speed Force he taps in to rewrite the villain's programming. This immediately allows the two of them to escape...almost! Brainiac manages to kill Hot Pursuit before they can both get away. In the end, she throws an energy sphere connect to the Speed Force at Bart, and he runs...apparently through time.)
Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #3 (Bart, having mysteriously absorbed the energies left the dying heroine, Hot Pursuit, enters the Speed Force, and that is where we find him. Across the span of time, The Speed Force turns him into The Black Flash, dropping him around all the previous speedsters such as Max Mercury, Jay Garrick, and even Wally West. In each incident, Bart absorbs them fully, containing their energies. Finally, he re-enters the Speed Force to find Barry Allen, also running. Bart then realizes his true purpose: The Speed Force was preparing him for this very moment, making him Black Flash so he could accumulate all the energies. That's when Bart becomes The White Flash, and gives himself to the Speed Force, and The Flash. Run, Flash, Run! Barry takes all the energies as Bart is absorbed. It's time for Barry to save us.)
Flashpoint: The Legion of Doom - The Prison of the World's Greatest Super-Villains
Flashpoint: The Legion of Doom
Written by Adam Glass and drawn by Rodeny Buchemi & Jose Marzan with cover by Miguel Sepulveda. This series is ongoing, but I haven't placed it into the Reading Order. I'm waiting for a historical reference.
Flashpoint: The Legion of Doom #1(Centered on the villain Heatwave, after killing Jason of the Firestorm matrix, he's taken down by the American hero, Cyborg, and sent to rot in the super-prison know as The Legion of Doom, or The Row. There, he meets up with a fellow Rogue, The Cluemaster and swaps stories. In their cell in the last few panels, Cluemaster becomes ill as Plastic Man emerges from his mouth, apparently hiding in his digestive system and preparing to break Heatwave out.)
Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #2 (Rory begins his escape to freedom with Plastic Man. On their trek, they face a meta-human group and he has to fight Animal Man. Although it's one sided, Rory manages to surprise Animal Man, bite his nose off, and completely kick him to the curb. They continue on and Plastic Man manages to find his original weaponry; this gives Rory the opportunity to "suit up". And although they were bent on escape, Rory surprises Plastic Man by letting out his real plans, to drive the Legion of Doom vessel into Cyborg's home city of Detroit.
Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #3 (With Detroit in danger of a serious "death from above" crash, piloted by the villain/inmate known as Heatwave, Eel tries to stop him; he never wanted to be a part of murder. But Heatwave is ready and manages to catch the plastic man with his heat guns, melting him. Meanwhile, down below, Cyborg goes into action. Through levels of hacking, he manages to alter the vessel's course, but it still crashes with lots of casualties. Heatwave thinks he's killed Cyborg, but he's wrong. Badly damaged, Cyborg challenges to a fight. In the end, Cyborg, barely alive bluffs the rest of the opponents into giving up when he beats Heatwave. At the very end, Rory is back in jail and Plastic Man/Eel shows up...to take revenge.)
Flashpoint: Lois Lane and The Resistance
Flashpoint: Lois Lane and The Resistance
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning and drawn by Eddy Nunez & Sandra Hope. This series is currently ongoing.
Flashpoint: Lois Lane and The Resistance #1 (In Paris, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen are reporting on a fashion event, but then a geo-seismic event occurs and Europe is plunged underwater. Jimmy dies trying to help people survive; Lois is left with his camera as Amazons move survivors to New Themyscira, what was once London. There, Lois becomes a member of Cyborg's "Resistance". Apparently Jimmy was a former agent and his camera was a 2-way transmitter. At the end, Lois runs; the Amazons want her to undergo a "conversion" process that is sometimes fatal. She's rescued by Penny Black until Artemis shoots Penny in the back.)
Flashponit: Lois Lane and The Resistance #2 (Starting with The Grifter and The Resistances as they fight their way to Penny Black in the Amazon's stronghold. Facing the Furies of Hawkwoman, Vixen, Huntress and others, they manage a battle that ultimately kills Hawkwoman and Cheetah. They finally get to the end and are met with Lois Lane, who convinces them, with a bracelet given to her by Cyborg, that she has joined The Resistance, meanwhile, they still have concerns because the Amazons somehow know their plans. In the end, it turns out to be Mrs. Hyde of The Resistance, sharing their plans because she wants to be cured.)
Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance #3 (Betrayed by Bobbie Stephenson, Mrs. Hyde's alter-ego, The Resistance has been captured, but not quite. Mrs. Hyde takes over and provides a distraction. The battle begins anew, but meanwhile, Britannia senses her armor through technopathy. Lois helps her escape the fight and they head deeper into the New Themysciran fortress. As Penny Black manages to gain access to the room with her armor, though, she's shot in the back, bleeding profusely. Lane tries to provide defense, while Artemis enters, preparing to destroy them both. Too late, Penny becomes Britannia, donning the armor of a defiant people, killing Artemis with her strike. The two separate: Lois heads to a comm tower and releases news to the world about Amazonian Purple Ray centers and their concentration camps, but soon after you see Amazons locate her and release gunfire; Britannia flies straight into Wonder Woman and the two scuffle until they land right at a prison center. The whole slavery concept stuns Diana and she begins to realize the damage Penthesilia has done in her betrayal. Angry, Diana rips open the cages and frees all the prisoners. And the rest of The Resistance catches up with Britannia, Furies arrive and fighting begins again.)
Flashpoint: The Outsider - Hero or Villlain, it's all about money.
Flashpoint: The Outsider
Written by James Robinson and drawn by Javi Fernandez. This series is currently ongoing.
Flashpoint: The Outsider #1 (Flashes back to the birth of The Outsider, and then runs simultaneous to Flashpoint #1, where he decides to pull out of negotiations with Cyborg and Batman. Immediately afterwards, he's attack by The Rising Sun and The Terrifics, who were imprisoned in Japan, but somehow escaped. After having them killed, he realizes a third party is attempting to have him killed.)
Flashpoint: The Outsider #2 (Starts with a flashback of Michael influencing two major Indian gang lords to fight. Then he takes them both out, and unites them to work for him. Moves to present day where he uncovers Warden Ogawa's betrayal in letting prisoners escape to attempt his assassination. After some encryption trackings, he learns the source is Kahndaq and remembers an encounter with Teth-Adam, where he shot him. Thinking he will encounter Blackout, Michael heads into Kahndaq, only to realize his mysterious opponent is none other than J'onn J'onzz.
Flashpoint: The Outsider #3 (J'onn Jonzz and The Outsider confront each cautiously; J'onn goes over the past: how he was captured by Desai, sold to the Russians, and how he ultimately defeated Black Adam and arriving in Kahndaq. J'onn also tells him that he's not simply doing this on his own, but that he's been hired by one of the sides, either Atlantean or Amazonian. Before Desai can learn who, J'onn attacks and they battle. The fight doesn't last long, though, because The Outsider uses an improved version of the device that teleported J'onn to Earth. This time, though, it teleports have his body into another dimension. The Outsider eventually kills him, unable to learn who he's working with, and in the last few segments, we see that The Outsider telling Batman that he'll be joining the team against Aquaman and Wonder Woman.)
Flashpoint: Project Superman - Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
Above: Cover art for Flashpoint: Project Superman #2.
Flashpoint: Project Superman
Written by Scott Snyder & Lowell Francis and drawn by Gene Ha. This series is ongoing right now.
Flashpoint: Project Superman #1 (Set some time after World War II, but quickly moves forward 30 years. The theme is a scenario where there is no Superman, so the United States decides to make their own. Enter: Lieutenant Sinclair, a man who has separated all his ties to humanity to become a superhuman patriot. Unfortunately, as time progresses, he becomes too super, and somewhat psychotic. At the end, we see that he's gone off the deep end; and somewhere in Metropolis, a Kryptonian ship has just landed with an infant inside.)
Flashpoint: Project Superman #2 (20 years later, Sinclair watches as "Kal" grows to a young adult and is kept away from sunlight by the government. They seem intent on harnessing the Kryptonian as a weapon. Meanwhile, General Lane treats him more like a long lost son. Eventually Sinclair decides that Kal will be involved in his escape and begins teaching the alien how to use some of his powers, such as his x-ray vision. He sees them kill Krypto. Sinclair finally busts out, but Kal has met a young Lois Lane and wants to protect her. Sinclair decides "oh well, then you die", but not before General Lane grabs on to him and they both get sent into the Phantom Zone. In the end, we see a new General Adams taking charge of the project over a mentally broken shell of a superman.)
Flashpoint: Project Superman #3 (Sinclair, Project Zero, escapes the Phantom Zone and Kal finds Lois in New Themyscira. She wants to get him out, but he refuses. Suddenly Sinclair lowers the boom on Kal, wanting to kill him and Lois. The problem, though, is Kal-el is Superman; he's no longer weak. With the strength of a yellow sun, the battle begins. Project Zero already has incredible power because he, earlier, absorbed the remaining energies of an incapacitated or dead Doomsday. Kal-el, though, becomes something entirely different. Zero's energies start leaking and Kal-el uses it to give him a devastating blow. He wins. Unfortunately, the battle mortally wounds Lois, killing her. Now Superman is mad; let no man stand in his way.)
Flashpoint: Reverse Flash - Where everything you know changed in a flash.
Flashpoint: Reverse Flash
Written by Scott Kolins and drawn by Joel Gomez with cover by Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes.
Flashpoint: Reverse Flash #1 (One-Shot) (A prelude to the entire event, we follow the Reverse Flash as he looks for a moment in Barry Allen's life that will exact his revenge. He learns two things: 1) He cannot kill The Flash or he will lose his own powers, and 2) He cannot kill Iris; somehow The Flash always stops him. In the end, he settles on two acts: he kills Doug [Barry's best childhood friend] and Nora Allen [Barry's mom]. But WAIT! There is some strangeness here. In Flashpoint #1 we see that Nora is now alive. Did something else happen?)
Flashpoint: The Secret Seven - Rac Shade finds out there is more madness to come.
Flashpoint: Secret Seven
Written by Peter Milligan and drawn by George Perez and Scott Koblish. This series is currently ongoing.
Flashpoint: Secret Seven #1 (Centered on Rac Shade, the Changing Man, who is in the midst of a devastating mental breakdown. He's quickly retained by the meta hightable because his vest has mutated, allowing him to occupy more than one reality simultaneously. It's suggested that this will eventually destroy his mind. Meanwhile, Enchantress is attempting to locate and bring him to her. In the end, she succeeds, and reverts to June Moon.)
Flashpoint: Secret Seven #2 (Still searching, Shade manages to teleport Amethyst to him, but nearly kills her in the process. The story cuts to Abrakadabra as he feels the power of the m-vest calling him. Near the same time, Shade is still having to deal with multiple maddening issues: a dead Black Orchid continues showing up, which he believes is a product of his vest. He also remembers being told that he killed the Secret Seven. The story cuts away again: Raven and Zatanna can feel the calling power of Shade; so can Mindwarp, who may have been killed in the process. Meanwhile Abrakadabra has decided to reveal the names of the Secret Seven in a public announcement. On the last pages, June Moon enters a Amythyst's room and see her dead body, held by Rac Shade.)
Flashpoint: Secret Seven #3 (Utter chaos. And finally Zatanna, Raven, and Mindwarp show up, intending to do harm or possibly kill Rac. Suddenly, it turns out that The Enchantress is a sort of traitor, and she manages to kill them. She also sends Rac into a dimension of madness where his vest tells him it will help him find a way out. In the last scenes, we learn that The Enchantress is one of Wonder Woman's Furies; she has joined with them.)
Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and The Furies - Princess Diana, slightly enraged.
Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and The Furies
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning and drawn by Scott Clark & David Beaty with covers by Ed Benes. This series is currently ongoing.
Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and The Furies #1 (Stemming before the fall of Western Europe, this issue starts with Princess Diana being rescued by Arthur as she attempts to sail from her homeland. Saving her life, we jump later to a pact between the Atlanteans and Themyscirans which will culminate in an arthur and Diana's wedding. During this event, though, opposition forces are enacted, killing Diana's mother (by Artemis, one of their own) and fully nullifying their treaties.)
Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and The Furies #2 (A continued look back at the history of Authur and Diana. Mostly focused around a year ago. As Authur tries to make amends with Diana and the Amazonians, another move by Artemis kills one of the Themyscirans. Now believing the Atlanteans to be traitors to peace, she breaks the seal which causes the island to explode with the power of the underneath volcano. Diana then invades the British Isles to find a new home. In the last parts of the story, Mera leads a team to kill Diana which ultimately fails. Diana beheads her and takes her helm.
Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and The Furies #3 (As treachery unfolds, Diana catches Orm and Penthesilea in an embrace within the palace of New Themyscira. She immediately battles them and has them restrained. But quickly thereafter, the Atlantean fleet is reported off the coast. She heads there to parlay. Sensing opportunity, Orm and Penthesilea ignite the next phase of their plan, explosions on the Atlantean vessels made to look like an Amazonian attack. They break from their guards and join the battles outside as lightning erupts across the fields of war.)
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint - Traci 13 tries to save the world.
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint
Written by Rex Ogle and drawn by Edwardo Francisco. This series has started, but it not yet placed into the reading order. I'm looking for a historical reference.
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint #1(Centered around Traci 13, whose life has dramatically changed with Flashpoint, but she retains fleeting memories of the other reality. She seeks advice and counseling from Nimue, eventually calming down, but then teleports herself into the meeting room of the H.I.V.E. where she finds out there's going to point a killer satellite at earth with devastating casualties. The H.I.V.E. council votes to shoot, 13 attempts to stop them, but is subdued and the countdown button is pressed.)
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint #2 (Traci manages to teleport to her mentor, Xanadu, before her Dad and H.I.V.E. can fully incapacitate her. Unfortunately, Xanadu is nearly dead from some unknown source. She tells Traci to follow the Tarot Cards so she can fix things before she dies. Traci then embarks on a strange journey. Briefly : 1) Japan/Red Tornado, 2) Brazil/Nat Irons, 3)Africa/Changeling, 4) Australia/Guy Gardner, 5) Antarctica/Circe, and 6)Gotham City/Jason Todd. After learning bits and pieces, she ends up back where she started. Then she's hit with a magical attack...from her father.)
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint #3 (After unsuccessfully trying to stop her father, Traci teleports herself to the battle between Author and Diana. Her father follows. There's some fighting and Traci is almost killed; that's where her father goes virtually demonic and she has to convince him to stop the killer satellite. In the end, he decides to destroy it and Traci saves him, using up all her power and losing her magic forever.)
Emperor Auther or Queen Diana? - Which one do you want to win?
On the face of Europe, the Atlanteans and the Themyscirans are squaring off with Emperor Aquaman pitting his resources against Wonder Woman and her furies. So in lieu of this alternate reality moment provided by Flashpoint, which conqueror holds your favor?
Who do you choose in this alternate reality battle?
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