FLASHPOINT PROJECT SUPERMAN #1 (OF 3)

Review by: keith7198

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Plot by SCOTT SNYDER; Script by LOWELL FRANCIS; Art and cover by GENE HA

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

Finally we get a Superman book that ties into this crazy world of Flashpoint. So far all we have seen of Superman is a brief Superman symbol found in the Flashpoint Frankenstein book. Unfortunately we don’t get much more in this issue.

Scott Snyder helped with the early plotting but Lowell Francis carries the bulk of the writing workload. The story takes place 30 years ago and follows Lt. Neil Sinclair, a soldier who volunteers to take part in a type off super-soldier experiment. Heard this before? This particular experiment bombards him with electron beams which create a variety of enhanced special powers. General Lane oversees the project but pulls away after Neil starts showing negative effects from the experiments.

The biggest problem with the story is that none of Neil’s story is all that interesting. In fact, it isn’t until the last page that we really feel the story actually carries some weight. There are some interesting scenes involving familiar characters but overall this feels like a bland setup to what is hopefully an important second issue.

I wasn’t impressed with the look of this issue. Gene Ha’s art lacks any pop and at times is almost unattractive. I also didn’t care for the color or the tone of the book. In all, this is an art style and overall look that I don’t feel fits a Superman book. I know many will like Ha’s work but I didn’t see much to excite me.

As a whole, this feels like nothing that more than a setup issue. The issue’s main story isn’t that interesting but the end of the issue excites me for what’s to come. This isn’t a terrible issue but it’s certainly won’t blow you away.

Story: 3 - Good
Art: 2 - Average

Comments

  1. This is the worst Scott Snyder I have ever read.  I hope he does a lot better with Swamp Thing come September!!

  2. Yep, you can tell Snyder was creatively in charge here. He only helped with the early plotting otherwise I can’t help but think it would have been a tighter story.

  3. I’ll be saving this for the TPB.  I think it will read better in a collected edition.

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