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July 6, 2011

Crisis of Infinite Reviews: Flashpoint Edition pt 5

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Flashpoint: Green Arrow Industries #1
Writer: Pornsak Pichetshote
Artists: Marco Castiello, Ig Guara, Ruy Jose, and Vincenzo Acunzo
Cover Artist: Viktor Kalvachev
Publisher: DC

This Flashpoint tie-in starts off with this world’s Ollie explaining how he used weapons created by villains to create his own weapons, that he’s now selling to the U.S. government. Ollie is accompanied by none other than Roy (who for whatever reason looks older than Ollie), who attempts to talk Ollie into creating a super-corporation that will fight for the people. Before anything happens, though, an assassin arrives and kills everyone except for Ollie.
There’s one thing that’s been nagging at me since Flashpoint started. The whole event reads like a “What if?” book, but I can’t figure out the catalyst. Was there one event in time that was changed that created this world, or did the person responsible make many changes? Regardless, this book has little to nothing to do with Flashpoint, which I personally don’t have a problem with, though it is very strange. The story was decent; nothing really exciting or worthwhile happened, which is probably because this is a one-shot. The artist for the first five pages was great, while the rest of the book was not nearly as well illustrated. Overall it was a decent read, that is completely self-contained. 3/5

Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #1
Writer: Adam Schlagman
Artist: Ben Oliver
Cover Artists: Rags Morales with Gabe Eltaeb

There isn’t a lot I can say about the Flashpoint: Hal Jordan issue that those familiar with his story don’t already know. Hal is a screw up who’s really only good at one thing: flying jets. We get a bit of his typical back story about how his father was a pilot and died in a crash, and how Hal’s life has been continually spiraling downward. He has a rocky-at-best relationship with Carol Ferris, and she’s frustrated with his lack of investment in improving his life.
The only really new element thrown into this story is a giant shark-man who leaps from the water onto Hal’s jet, proceeds to cause mayhem, and eventually leads to Hal causing a spectacular (and costly) explosion. Oh yeah, and Abin Sur is on the last page.
This comic was nothing but back story leading into what will hopefully be far more interesting narrative territory. I found nothing much about this book to be compelling or even more than mildly entertaining. The dialog is bland, the art is alright, and the story is boring. I understand the need for back story, but a little more hook would have gone a long way. 1.5/5 – MB

Flashpoint: Project Superman #1
Writers: Lowell Francis and Scott Snyder
Artist: Gene Ha
Cover Artist: Gene Ha
Publisher: DC
Lieutenant Sinclair volunteered to go through a program to give him super powers. They have injected him with alien DNA known as Project Six. The more tests they do on him, the more trials, the stronger he becomes and the more powers he gains. When he gets deployed, he appears to lose control of his anger and strength.
Sounds like a mash up of Marvel’s Captain America and Incredible Hulk, doesn’t it? Yes, it does. Very much so. But, wait! There’s more! Metropolis gets hammered with a meteor shower and a ship carrying a baby crashes down to earth. Something that will help Sinclair, we’re told.┬áHurm. Interesting. Maybe we will get the Cap/Hulk taste out of our mouth with the next issue, but for the first issue, I was highly disappointed. Something that didn’t disappoint? Gene Ha’s art. It was pretty rad. Also, don’t be fooled by the words “Scott Snyder” on the cover. He was involved in the very early stages of the plot ONLY.Let’s hope Francis can move us away from thinking that this isn’t an original idea and give us something to be excited about. 2.5/5 – AW

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