After a year of teasing, DC Comics begins their newest event: Flashpoint. Both Flash #12 (the last issue of the series for the time being) and Flashpoint #1 hit the store today, and I wanted to take a look at this new direction DC is taking. I also wanted to give it the same fair-handed consideration I gave Marvel’s Fear Itself before release. A few years ago if you had told me Flash would be headlining DC’s mega-event of the year I would have done the Snoopy Dance, thus revealing my true inner Fanboy. That being said; however, this is a different year, this is a different Flash, and I am not quite ready to geek out in front of the rest of the world. At least, not yet.
What we know about Flashpoint so far is this: Something alters the timeline creating an alternate DCU, and Barry Allen, the only character to remember the DCU as it was, forges new allies to try and set things right. Although DC would probably not enjoy the comparison, it does sound similar to Marvel’s Age of Apocalypse or Age of X. The main five-part series will be written by Geoff Johns with art by Andy Kubert.
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If you folks could go back in time with Doc Brown’s time machine (or using another method of your choice*), you could travel back 24 hours, at which point if you were to swing by Cosmic Comix you’d find me writing this column!
"What??" you ask. "How can you possibly be writing this column the day BEFORE comics come out??"
The answer, my friends, is that I myself have access to the DeLorean and was able to jump FORWARD by 24 hours and get the comics! HA! And further, since I have today off, I don’t have to worry about running into my past self and upsetting the space-time continuum. Word of advice: Always think about the space-time continuum if you’re gonna time travel.
MEGA MAN #1
Cover by Patrick "Spaz" Spaziante
I love movies. It’s a fact that’s been documented in this column on occasions too numerous to count at this point. Just think of counting the grains of sand on a beach of infinite length, then you will have some idea of how often I make movie references. But what can I say? I’m a cinephile!**
What many of you DON’T know about this guy is that he’s ALSO a vintage video game nut. I have numerous old gaming systems, all of which get usage throughout the year, and the crown jewel of my collection is a top-loading Nintendo Entertainment System… on which I play Mega Man!
See what I did there? I finally got to the point.
* Slingshot around the Sun?
** Now there’s a word that sounds dirtier than it is.
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