Tales from the Dark Multiverse Flashpoint #1
Written by Bryan Hitch
Art by Bryan Hitch
Inks by Andrew Currie and Scott Hanna
Colors by Alex Sinclair and Jeremiah Skipper
Letters by Rob Leigh
The Rundown: Flashpoint takes a darker turn for everyone, especially Thomas Wayne.
Tempus Fuginaut watches the events unfold on a world where the Flashpoint events take a darker turn when the experiment to restore Barry Allen’s powers not only lead to his death, but unleash an even more powerful Eobard Thawne on the world. With Barry out of the picture, Thawne proceeds to take over the United States, kill its existing heroes and decide that torturing Thomas Wayne will be his new stand-in for hurting Barry.
As Thawne goes about ending the impending threat of the Atlanteans and Amazonians, Thomas and Cyborg find an asset that could turn the tide and end Thawne’s reign on the planet. Unfortunately, Thomas’ obsession with bringing back his son threatens to derail any chance of stopping Thawne once and for all.
The Story: As a concept, this story is interesting. It’s execution is hit or miss. There was no heart to the story. No life that connects to the reader and engages him or her. It simply is and the reader becomes a passive witness to events with no real investment in them. Even the events designed to shock didn’t because I was never given a reason to care about these characters. The story is an interesting “what if?”, but it never elevates beyond that.
The Art: The art from Bryan Hitch is great. There are some great visual moments throughout. I just wish the story were as strong as the imagery.