May 17, 2011
Flashpoint Issue 1
I grew up reading UK comics like 2000AD, so the foreign imports of Marvel and DC were, well, foreign. I dabbled in Marvel for a bit when a friend at school was collecting them (hello Steven Tsang!), and then I read some Batman graphic novels.
I know the least about the DC Comics universe, which is strange as Batman is probably the most interesting "super hero" I can think of. So it was with interest that I started reading Flashpoint #1. The press release that DC sent me with the issue talks about a DC Universe wide story, crossing many characters and turning everything upside down. Which is fine, if you knew the status quo beforehand. I didn't.
Consequently much of the first issue was lost on me, I don't know who were villains before, or who are heroes now. It was like one big in joke/twist.
The art was fine, standard, modern, crisp. (With seemingly obligatorily scantily clad women, still.) The writing was okay. But ultimately it is a comic for fans of DC Comics universe. If you are one of those fans, you're probably going to love it. If not you need to spend a few months revising your DC universe.