The Wednesday Run – May 11, 2011

Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!

Flashpoint #1
Written by: Geoff Johns
Illustrated by: Andy Kubert
Published by: DC Comics

How do you know that summer is upon us?

Sure, you could point to the shining sun, the budding leaves, short sleeve shirts, shorts, skorts, skirts and open-toed sandals. You could say that a blockbuster movie like Thor is now in theatres and that Green Lantern isn’t that far behind.

Yep. Summer must be just around the bend!

In the local comic book shops, you know it’s summer because the big two publishers, Marvel Comics and DC Comics, are lining the shelves with their big storyline, company-wide crossover offerings.

They do this kind of thing every summer. And there are years where it can get pretty tedious as the companies publish a plethora of books involving the overarching story, sometimes taking advantage of the “completest collector” trait in comic book readers. I’ve been a sucker once or twice and spent a load of summer money on lower quality comics that never really advanced the big summer storyline.

I’m hoping that won’t happen this summer ‘cos I’m a little bit excited over Flashpoint, DC’s three-issue, double-sized, mini-series that sees everyone’s favourite scarlet speedster, the Flash, wake up to find that everything he knew about the world has been altered. It’s a world where Batman runs a successful casino, Aquaman is an Emperor looking to add land to his underwater kingdom, Wonder Woman desires world supremacy and Superman was experimented on in a lab for years!

Yeah, everything is askew. Pretty whacked out, huh? And, if you want to talk really whacked out, you can collect the other 23 spin-off titles over the next two months in order to really dive into this weird world. And believe you me, that number will probably double in July and August. I won’t be doing that. Not this summer, thank you very much. I’ll just stick to the main series – which should be excitement enough for this ‘ole ticker.

If you’re a fan of summer timed, universe-altering event titles, make the Wednesday run this week, as Flashpoint is sure to be up your alley. If you’re on the fence, think about changing up your own universe and give it a try. It’s only three issues, after all. And you might find something of interest here.

Batman running a casino? Why do I have images of the Penguin, stripped down to his skivvies and being bludgeoned with a baseball bat in a cornfield outside Gotham City?

Nah, Flashpoint couldn’t be that whacked out. Could it?

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