There is a new DC event speeding towards us — this one spearheaded by Geoff Johns and based around the ultrasonic Flash. Several teasers have been released on the DCU Source blog, all hinting that this will be some kind of alternate reality joint — but today a few more details were released:
FLASHPOINT spans the DC Universe from the dark streets of Gotham to the ruins of Big Ben. It’s an international tale of action and intrigue that impacts an entire universe.
Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert and Sandra Hope are creating an epic five issue series, one with a scope so big and ambitious that there will be fifteen mini series expanding on the events, along with several important one shots.
This afternoon we’ll be announcing fourteen mini series’ titles – and leaving one a mystery for now, along with the one-shots.
This isn’t a parallel Earth.
This isn’t a mirror world.
This is home.
Do you hear me? This is NOT A DREAM! NOT A HOAX! NOT AN IMAGINARY STORY!
However, this is a NEW STYLE EVENT in that DC’s strategy involves a series of connected minis while leaving the main titles unchanged (presumably) to avoid the “eventitis” of writers whose perfectly good plans for ongoings are scotched by the need to tie in. Later in the afternoon, DC released the titles of the minis:
Whatever Happened to Gotham City?
FLASHPOINT: BATMAN KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: DEADMAN AND THE FLYING GRAYSONS #1-#3
Whatever Happened to the World’s Greatest Super Villains?
FLASHPOINT: CITIZEN COLD #1-#3ww
FLASHPOINT: DEATHSTROKE & THE CURSE OF THE RAVAGER #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: THE OUTSIDER #1-#3
Whatever Happened to the Aliens?
FLASHPOINT: ABIN SUR THE GREEN LANTERN #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: PROJECT: SUPERMAN #1-#3
Whatever Happened to Science & Magic?
FLASHPOINT: FRANKENSTEIN & THE CREATURES OF THE UNKNOWN #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: SECRET SEVEN #1-#3
Whatever Happened to Europe?
FLASHPOINT: EMPEROR AQUAMAN #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: WONDER WOMAN AND THE FURIES #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTANCE #1-#3
Everything You Know Will Change in a Flash
FLASHPOINT: KID FLASH LOST #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: THE WORLD OF FLASHPOINT #1-#3
Wow, the Flash is really going to mess things up, isn’t he?
Regular DC readers are doubtless tingling with anticipation of all this. While this event may be suitable for “beginners” when it eventually comes out, the marketing at this point is definitely aimed at the chosen.
Finally, a historical sidenote: this is not even the first Flashpoint limited series:
What some readers may not realize is that this isn’t the first time DC has published a limited series entitled Flashpoint. And that previous series also featured alternate-reality versions of familiar super-hero characters. Flashpoint was a three-part series released in late 1999. Published under DC’s then-active Elseworlds imprint, it was written by Pat McGreal and illustrated by Norm Breyfogle. I had a vague memory of not only reading the series, but reviewing it as well. A quick web search revealed that I did write about the comic (or at least the first issue) during my days as a staff writer for the now-defunct comics website Psycomic.
UPDATE: Much of the reaction is amazement at the number of minis attached to the event and the potential cost::
That’s means the cost of the event, assuming it’s at the $2.99 price, might be close to $170 depending on the number of one-shots and the minis are only 3 issues.