Flashpoint Beyond #3
For a seemingly frivolous and wholly unnecessary mini-series, Flashpoint Beyond has sure made for an excellent read.
Writers Geoff Johns, Jeremy Adams and Tim Sheridan have made a captivating story that is deliberately playing against fan expectations. Even better, it’s paying off with a mystery that’s leaving enough breadcrumbs for aspiring detective readers. For those who just want to enjoy the ride and let it play out, Flashpoint Beyond has been a surprisingly amazing mini-series.
Thomas Wayne gets recruited to aid Super-Man, Poison Ivy and Swamp Thing on a mission that could determine the fate of the Flashpoint Earth. It’s a major surprise and Johns, Adams and Sheridan are definitely embracing the anything goes concept of this world and the ability to take some welcomely unexpected twists.
Xermanico handles the art for most of the issue with Mikel Janin knocking out the final two pages. Xermanico is a clean, crisp artist with a natural sense of storytelling in directing readers’ eyes to his focus.
The colorwork from Romulo Fajardo Jr. and Jordie Bellaire (for Janin’s pages) is also steady without needless frills. There’s a slightly washed-out quality to the backgrounds while the characters get an extra boost in colors for a nice effect.
This is a terrific example of a mini-series where the creative team is unafraid to take major risks. It’s led to Flashpoint Beyond being one of the out of nowhere best DC titles on the stand today.
Rating: 10 out of 10