WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS!
Flashpoint is DC’s “excuse” for their company-wide reboot, and it is actually pretty good. This is another one of those alternate reality stories where different versions of familiar characters will appear and the writer can go crazy because they’re not the real characters anyway. Where I think Flashpoint gets it right it that even though it’s playing out in a separate world, the story still makes you feel connected to the real DC universe. And after all, the Flash whom you are following here is the real Flash.
I like Flashpoint‘s rendition of Wonder Wonder and Aquaman, especially those bold new costumes. The story of their war and how it’s causing problems for the superhero world is interesting and makes for some epic battle scenes. But perhaps the best new character in Flashpoint is (and here comes the big spoiler…) Thomas Wayne as Batman! That shocking final panel of issue one was where I thought to myself, okay now I am on board with this nonsense. Out of nowhere comes this painful yet beautiful story of The Flash and a new Batman, which concludes with one of the most touching moments I’ve ever seen in a comic book.
Flashpoint is a great story for our Scarlet Speedster, and it’s also a great story about human love and sacrifice. Do not skip this!