Flashpoint Facts is the feature that gets you caught up on DC’s Event Flashpoint – in a flash! And sadly, this is the last ever Flashpoint Facts, as next week it all ends. Everything. The Earth, probably. But mostly Flashpoint, so let’s get to it:
KID FLASH LOST #3
You know you’re near the end of an event when the title characters in three out of your four books die at the end. Massive spoilers, by the way, in case that wasn’t clear from the headline. But Kid Flash Lost #3 pays off on the promise of the first two issues, and moreso, providing what is probably the ONLY essential companion mini-series to Flashpoint. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: writer Sterling Gates nailed this one, and if DC decides to add a second flash title post relaunch (I’m totally happy with Francis Manapul on the main title), please give it to Gates.
Also on this issue, Oliver Nome continues to turn in great work, and as a nice surprise, probably the most seminal modern Flash artist, Scott Kolins, contributes a few pages. I know I don’t normally get into reviews on these things – it is just the Facts, ma’am – but this title was really good.
So what happens, you say? Kid Flash has gotten unstuck in time, and is racing from time period to time period, turned into the Black Flash – the Death of speedsters. And as he runs, he ends up visiting a young Max Mercury, Jay Garrick, and the grave of Wally West… And we learn just how wrong the timeline has been for the Flash family. So Bart sets it right, connecting with Barry as he runs in the Speed Force (presumably in Flashpoint #5), and gives him that extra boost he needs. It’s a really beautiful moment that perfectly encapsulates everything Bart is about, as he sacrifices his own life, Crisis style, to save everyone he loves.
Man, I’m gonna miss this book.
PROJECT SUPERMAN #3
While not as pitch perfect as last issue (which, seriously, if you’re a Superman fan, pick up issue #2 of this series, you’ll be fine reading it solo), it brings together this series nicely, pitting Skinny Superman against his exact opposite, the overpowered Project Zero. And spoiler for the end of a title lower down here, but Supes meets up with Lois in London, she dies, and he finds how to be the hero he was meant to be… Again, presumably to join the fight again in Flashpoint #5, after running off at the end of issue #3.
HAL JORDAN #3
Hal flies his plane to London, finds its covered in a forcefield (so he can’t bomb the crap out of it), and instead sacrifices his life to get the shield down. But we already knew that was going to happen, since we read Flashpoint #4. Fun fact, though: Hal likes to store engagement rings for Carol Ferris in tiny little pink cake boxes.
LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTANCE #3
Another weird duck, as we’ve already seen the resolution of this in a few titles so far… Basically, The Resistance joins the fight in London, guaranteeing that we’ll see literally every character ever fighting in Flashpoint #5, before it all gets wiped away. But the big moment is Lois Lane broadcasting to the world that the Amazonians have been committing atrocities; and then seemingly dying, though if you read Project Superman, you know she doesn’t. Oh well!
…And that’s it! I know, wipe your tears away… We’ll be back next week with a feature we may or may not call ’52 Pickup’ (probably not), as well as a look at Flashpoint #5 and Justice League #1. We leave you, as always, with the Death Count. Goodbye, Flashpoint U.
DEATH COUNT: Lois Lane, Artemis, Hal Jordan, Project Zero, Lois Lane (again), Max Mercury, Jay Garrick, Kid Flash