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Flashpoint: Reverse Flash #1

June 23, 2011

Title: …My Revenge

Writer: Scott Kolins
Joel Gomez
Brian Buccellato
Sal Cipriano
Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes, Kyle Ritter
Chris Conroy         
DC Comics

The man seemingly responsible for the Flashpoint universe takes front and center in this miniseries. Eobard Thawne, a.k.a Professor Zoom, a.k.a. the Reverse-Flash used to idolize Barry Allen, until they became mortal enemies. When an attempt to change the timeline to stop Barry from becoming the Flash in the first place threatens Thawne himself, though, he decided it’s time to tamper with Barry’s past in more subtle ways.

At the risk of making an obvious joke, this book is really something of an anomaly. You’d think that it would be about how Thawne tampered with the past to create the Flashpoint universe, but instead, it comes across more like a prequel for the Flash: Rebirth miniseries. We see all of the tampering he did there, and how it led up to the defining moment in Barry Allen’s life, all of which was explained back then. None of the things he does here seem to link to Flashpoint at all, and in fact, some of it seems to directly contradict it. Which raises an interesting question – is this a case of flawed writing, or a clue to the larger scheme of the Flashpoint story?

The artwork here, sadly, isn’t as strong as we’d like. Scott Kolins has quite a pedigree as both a writer and an artist on Flash-related books, but Joel Gomez seems like a poor fit. His figures seem off-model and often off-kilter, and while Thawne is a thoroughly unlikable person, the permanent sneer on his face in this book seems rather artificial.

I’m interested in seeing what else this story has to offer, but not terribly impressed with this issue.

Rating: 6/10

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