Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Review

Let’s rewind to 2013 and talk about an incredible DC animated movie. Flashpoint is probably The Flash’s most well known storyline and this movie is packed full of action as we witness Barry Allen thrown into an alternative world.

Causing a shift in the timeline by saving his Mum, Barry finds himself living in a reality where Nora West really is still alive but nothing is the same. The Flash doesn’t exist here and Iris doesn’t even know who Barry is. The Flashpoint Paradox throws you straight into the plot with a small introduction of what should have happened before we see the repercussions of Barry’s actions.

In a world where there is a full out war between Wonder Woman and Aquaman, it’s the first appearance of Batman which makes you realise something is not right. His physique, his costume and especially his eyes are all different and that’s before you see the change in his attitude as he’s clearly alright with killing. It was the reveal of Thomas Wayne being Batman in this version of reality that gave me the highlight of the movie as a flashback reveals that Bruce was killed in the alleyway that night and it was haunting seeing Martha Wayne go insane with grief and realising what she goes on to become.

Take everything you know about your favourite DC characters and forget it because in Flashpoint everyone is different. Heroes are villains and villains are trying to restore peace around the world. Speaking of villains, Eobard Thawne as Reverse Flash is portrayed so fantastically as knowing all of Barry’s weaknesses and how to use them to break him down. You’ll also be shocked when you see Superman. Whilst this would be a great starting point for people wanting to explore the world of DC, this story would have much less of an impact if you don’t already have knowledge of the more well known characters at least. Billed as a Justice League movie, The Flash definitely takes the lead and we are shown the more intricate workings of Barry Allen and what drives him.

The anime styled visuals really pay off and at times some scenes are so brutal. Some shots look like they’re taken right out of a comic. I think this makes it more appealing to an adult audience rather than young kids and a sex scene between Diana and Arthur and the tragedy it leads to proves that further. Some great vocal talent really help bring these characters to life and allow you to become immersed in this crazy, alternative world.

The Flashpoint Paradox is a lot of fun. What I love most about it is the ‘what if’ aspect. What if these heroes were not here to do good and what could happen if they used their incredible abilities for bad rather than good? That’s something that made the movie Brightburn so brilliant too. The butterfly effect is in full force as the story’s overarching message plays out. We have to learn to accept the things we cannot change and even if we are given the chance to change the past, the long lasting effect could be even worse.

The Flash #755 Review

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artists: Rafa Sandoval

The Flash Age – Finale

So here we are, the final face off between Barry, Eobard, August and the evidently unstoppable Paradox, after last issue with Reverse Flash telling Barry the only way to defeat Paradox was to kill him before he became the monster in front of them we find out how the Flash deals with that predicament, cos Barry can’t save everyone, can he?

This issue was a very suitable finale, lots of splash pages, big action panels and twists and turns throughout! I’ve loved this story arc its really put Barry in awkward position having to rely on Eobard and trusting August while giving him a seemingly impossible decision. the artwork in this issue has been sublime, I like how different artists have worked together to make this whole arc feel cohesive and when its put together in a graphic novel it will be flawless.

So I would love to talk about what comes next but that would be massive spoilers for the end of the issue, so all I’ll say is, yes I am in for the next story, I’m looking forward to what and who’s coming!

One thing I have decided is that I’m going to change how I review comics, it can be quite difficult to talk about whats going on in each issue without spoilers, so I’m going to start reviewing comics by arc rather than issue, it will mean these reviews aren’t as frequent but they will be more complete reviews of a whole story which I think will give a better overview, it will also give me more time to review more titles……

The Flash #754 Review

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artists: Rafa Sandoval

The Flash Age – Part 5

This issue gives us something you don’t expect, Flash and Reverse Flash running buddies? Say it ain’t so! But the only way Flash can stop Paradox is with the help of Eobard Thawne, but is it the sort of help Barry wants? Together can they stop the biggest threat to not just Central City but the whole Multiverse,

Well this issue goes at a mile a minute quite literally, I mean what more would you expect from two speedsters together. last issue I said I wanted more Reverse Flash and this issue gives me it, it’s very interesting to see two mortal enemies work together, it’s a classic trope of storytelling and is done here to perfection. Obviously it was never going to be as easy as just the two of the team up and they save they day, where’s the fun and drama in that? And this sets up what’s to come next nicely.

Where does it all go from here? Can these two adversaries stay on the same page long enough to do what must be done and where does it leave them? Will they find some common ground to build something new or will it all come crashing down and take their epic rivalry to new heights? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see, one thing’s for sure it won’t be over in a flash………I’m sorry, I had to haha.

The Flash #753 Review

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artists: Brandon Peterson, Howard Porter

The Flash Age – Part 4

This issue is all about Reverse Flash! As a Flash villain Eobard Thawne is one of my favourites and we get lots of him in part 4 of The Flash Age, the fight to take down Paradox is on and Barry Allen needs Eobards help to defeat him, the only issue is where or indeed when to find him!

I loved this issue we get a big progression in the story with what Paradox is doing but also some classic Flash storytelling revisiting elements from Barry’s past that remind you just how important Reverse Flash is not only to the Scarlet Speedster but the entire Multiverse.

The artwork in this issue is stella, the first splash page we have is this beautiful shot of Reverse Flash and it is just sublime, it doesn’t stop there, all the way through each panel is awesome and it really helps draw you in to the story more.

I’m loving this story and I’m looking forward to where the next issue takes us, more Reverse Flash please!!