It’s got me looking forward to the next one, which is all that is needed from a first issue of a mystery like this one. Seems reader friendly for someone who’s forgotten the specifics of its predecessor. I read the original Flashpoint once like 10 years ago and didn’t have a problem following along. Clarity has been something I look for in a comic as of late, and I’m glad this one delivers in that department. I like that it plays like a mystery. It has obvious universe altering implications, but doesn’t play that hand too heavily. Stand-out scene: Barry’s murder. Thomas was trying to recreate the accident that turned him into Flash, and outside interference from an Aquaman accomplice lead to him being fried to a crisp by lightning. It honestly made me sick to my stomach; I didn’t see it coming at all. Another is one is what appears to be Flash’s ghost (don’t know what else to call that) apparently trying to communicate with Thomas Wayne, after Barry’s death. What? Explanation now please!
Also, what’s up with the references to 5G, “DC”, metaverse, fall of the Justice League, etc? Are these just meta references / easter eggs for loyal readers, or will they play a bigger role going forward? That question is just as big for me as the mystery at hand. I wouldn’t be disappointed though if they didn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. Makes for fun references to DC’s general current state of affairs.
Art was somewhere between good and very good. Some panels seemed to lack detail, but that very trait played well into portraying an eery feel throughout, especially that one panel with the Flash ghost.
HOLY TIME MASTERS BATMAN! there is so much being teased in this issue. first, this is taking place in what is not the alternate timeline of Flashpoint…no this is likely taking place in a flashpoint Universe-S (stabilized). Darkseid’s omega beams did not kill Thomas Wayne, they Sent Thomas back threw time to his own universe which would have been created when the 52 returned to being an infinite number of worlds when the hands restored the multiverse after Death Metal. the original FLashpoint-universe was not its own universe but an alternate timeline however The convergence event made it its own universe, however, Thomas Wayne became a living paradox like Thawne after Thawne pulled him from the original alternate timeline Dr. Manhatten was maintaining.
As Thomas is a ‘living paradox’ like Thawne was he does not realizes he was sent to what was now his home universe in the multiverse. meaning it was Flashpoint-universe S’s Barry Allen and not New Earth Barry Allen who was killed.
however… it also revealed the time masters are going to interfere in Batman’s past…my hopeful theory is the TM’s changed Bruce’s past so BATMAN GOT MARRIED TO CATWOMAN! as this event was actually altered due to Thomas’s presence in the universe.
there is a lot going on behind the scenes that is only now coming to light, as Thomas says people were coming after him when he arrived on President Superman’ Earth…that could have been the Amazons and Antlantians or someone raiding Arkham.
The second issue was fantastic. A ton of information is being dropped in these issues but somehow it isn’t too much. I’m not sure how though.
I kind of love how Thomas keeps comparing himself to Bruce. Like, dude, you had a chance to talk to a version of your son and you blew it. You blew it big time. Grow up and figure it all out yourself.
But beyond that, I do like his character. He isn’t a very good detective. But he is trying, I guess. He’s also terrible with kids. That kid is going to be a massive problem at some point. I’m sure it’ll be funny somehow though.
I guess I should have known Dark Crisis was going to be mentioned. But I also didn’t expect it. It almost threw me out of the book for a moment. But I did like the Psycho Pirate mention and almost appearance. There is something very interesting going on.
And Superman! I wasn’t really sure who it was for a moment. But this should be exciting next issue. Can’t wait for Thomas to tell him he doesn’t matter either.