I hated Flashpoint, it was such a stupid comic.
Okay, the premise of an alternate timeline where things WENT WRONG, that is cool.
But the key is, you pick a fucking event, and you go from there.
Flashpoint had a few good ideas (and a bunch of stupid ones)
But the thing is, none of them were related. Yes it was all revealed to be a plot by Professor Zoom altering the timelines, which is shitting dicknipples of stupid.
Cool ideas: Bruce Wayne Died, his Parents coped by becoming Batman and the Joker.
Aquaman basically being Namor.
Cyborg getting respect.
Superman being part of an eeeevil government project (because that has NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE EXCEPT BY EVERYONE EVER) The comic turned out okay, but such a tired concept.
Wonder Woman and the Amazons being at war with Atlantis.. okay? no.
Captain Marvel being Captain Planet.
It was a comic with no real logic or history, and when you compare it to the Age of Ultron which if you read the current stuff in it, is based around A SINGLE CHANGE THAT EVERYTHING ELSE WOULD COME OUT OF.
Let’s say it was just a comic where Bruce Wayne died and Thomas Wayne became Batman, everything else happened, except it wouldn’t. Thomas Wayne wouldn’t have adopted Dick Grayson, no Dick, no Titans. Thomas Wayne didn’t trust, so no Batman in the Justice League, in fact, maybe no Justice League, maybe without Batman they would have fallen apart?
But the event had to be about The Flash.. and instead of being interesting, and having the Flash be connected in a real way to the events, in some sort of “It’s a Wonderful Life” all the bad things happened not because of his absence from existing but due to his foe changing things.
It was a fucking hackwork and did nothing to salute and send-off the rich history of the DC Universe.
They could even have gone with a World Without Flash, and it would HAVE BEEN AWESOME, but again, everything was changed due to bullshit.
Also the whole way DC hyped was “what changed? what is different? why?” Fans couldn’t figure it out, because there was nothing to peace together, because there was no history to dive into. Also many of the comics were so heavily focused on “The mystery of the twist” that once you know, and you go back and read them? Most suck as comic books.
And the core Flashpoint book? The worst.
Issue #1 SHOCK: BRUCE WAYNE ISN’T BATMAN!
Also every fucking panel of Barry is him going “OMG! WHAT IS GOING ON!” he also doesn’t even take a moment before driving to Gotham to google BRUCE WAYNE or ANYONE AT ALL. Like serious stupid shit. It’s poorly paced.
More exposition, character names dropped because, people die, lots of shitty writing and good art. Barry Allen electrocutes and douses himself with acid because you need a big twist. Professor Zoom is shown to be the bad guy.
#3 Several pages spent showing that Barry is so dedicated and brave and “crazy like a fox” because he wants to get hit by lightning again. Good way to burn a bunch of pages instead of just having him get his powers back at the end of #2. Oh cool, then some exposition on time travel and the butterfly effect. Oh fucking boy. A bunch more crossover characters to get you to buy the 1 shots and minis associated with Flashpoint. Oh and the cliffhanger is a guy who can outrun bullets, a guy who can techo-do-whatever- and BATMAN with a bunch of dudes pointing guns at them. If you notice, some of the guys are holding rifles AND pistols, holding a rifle one handed is a terrible idea, also many have placed guns next to their friend’s heads. These guys are all going to be deaf by page 4 of the next issue.
#4 More talking and I guess those normal looking guns shoot lasers? okay. Element Woman is kind of cool. Billy Batson is a douche, and the talk about FAMILY makes me want to vomit, jebus Johns, I thought you were better. Oh and they introduce the Flash to characters about a dozen times in this issue. Then Enchantress betrays everyone? i assumed she would because I’ve read Marvel comics. Then Billy Batson gets murdered by Wonder Woman and she and Aquaman used to be in love or something but now it’s all hate and genocide. Then the shock ending is Reverse-Flashing showing up and mockingly saying it’s barrys fault.
#5 Oh it’s all Barry’s fault whatever. Ugh. Fuck this comic. But it involves a Noogie so hard it causes memories to appear.
And more exposition and blah blah blah blah blah, suddenly the bad guy is murdered. Then fighting? Then Superman shows up out of nowhere and more characters whose only lines have been to say their name.
Oh and suddenly Barry has to stop himself so his mom will die and nothing will change. Still no explanation for why his one action changed everything else. Then he has to combine Vertigo and Wildstorm in DC, because. And draw some lines on his costume. Batman also gets the emotional payoff.
Geoff Johns Literalism.
SO MANY TALKS ABOUT LIGHTNING AND SHOCKS.
And Barry having the flash icon in his eyes.
Because get it, the flash is lightning.
Because Geoff Johns Literalism.
tl;dr Flashpoint is garbage and Geoff Johns is the Michael Bay of comics.