FLASHPOINT #4 (OF 5)

Review by: keith7198

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Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE
Covers by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE
Black and white variant covers by ANDY KUBERT
Variant cover by IVAN REIS and GEORGE PEREZ

Size: 40 pages
Price: 3.99

Flashpoint has, for the most part, been a cool and fun alternate world event made even more interesting by the fact that it ushers in DC’s huge September relaunch. Helped by some genuinely good tie-in series, Flashpoint has taken some interesting looks at popular DC characters while maintaining an overall feeling of importance. In other words, I’ve enjoyed Flashpoint more than most of the recent comic book events. The main book has consistently gotten better with issue #3¬†starting to bring¬†things together. While Flashpoint #4 is another solid issue, at the end of the book it didn’t feel like a story that’s only one issue away from completion.

Don’t misunderstand me, I really liked this issue. Geoff Johns gives us some great exchanges between characters particularly Thomas Wayne and Barry Allen. I love dialogue heavy books as long as the dialogue is good. For the most part Johns delivers but there are sequences that are drawn out longer than necessary due to some pointless chatter. His pacing is deliberate but fluid and I like the care he takes in developing his story and characters. But this issue feels like the 4th issue of a seven part series, not a five part series. While we do see more things fall in place and Barry Allen’s story finally connects to the war between the¬†Atlanteans and the Amazons, it still seems like there’s a lot of story left to tell in only one issue.

I am a huge Andy Kubert fan and his work on this title has been fantastic. This is another great looking issue but not quite as polished as the previous books. There are a few panels where it’s tough to figure out what’s going on and some action pages at the end are a little inconsistent. But even with it’s shortcomings, Kubert’s art stands out. His classic style compliments Johns’ story well and when mixed with Alex Sinclair’s colors, the flaws are easy to overlook.

This is a good solid issue but not one that sets up the finale with a lot of pizazz. Considering the ramifications of this series, I’m hoping it can end with a big bang. It’s in good creative hands with a lot riding on it so I’m still expecting good things.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 4 - Very Good

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