Flashpoint Tie-In Roundup: Weeks 2 & 3

I've been a bit behind on posting about the Flashpoint Tie-Ins, so I thought I'd have one big post to talk about all the books that have come out in the past two weeks.  You may know how I feel already on some, but what about the rest? Week #2

Booster Gold #45 (Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund):  Buy.  I'm enjoying how Booster Gold is tying into the Flashpoint universe.  Its nice knowing that this sort of change can occur and Barry Allen isn't the only one that is seeing the difference.  And if anyone was going to know what is going on, its the time traveling hero Booster Gold.  As much as I disliked Time Masters: Vanishing Point, I really want to read it again to see how well it plays into this series.  Hmm......

Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #1 (Scott Kolins):  Buy.  This story starts off with a bang, with Citizen Cold fighting another cold-themed character aka Mr. Freeze.  Being a Batman fan I enjoyed that quite a bit.  Of the second week of tie-ins, this issue was the weakest of the bunch, but it is still better than most of the tie-ins that came out the first week.

Flashpoint: Deathstroke and The Curse of The Ravager #1 (Jimmy Palmiotti, Joe Bennett): Buy.  Probably the best book of this set of books.  I really enjoyed this story, as its a bunch of super villains playing pirates....what's not to love?  It also worked great in the grand Flashpoint story by weaving into what we saw of Deathstroke in Flashpoint #2, and I hope issue #2 of this series lets us know what exactly happened after that cliffhanger moment.

Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #1 (Tony Bedard, Ardian Syaf):  Buy.  For those people who downplayed Flashpoint because they wanted to know more about the so called "main baddies" of the story, Aquaman and Wonder Woman: Read this book!  It helps the overall story so much by helping you see how the war began and how it has gotten so bad.  You really start to understand how Aquaman could get to the point where he would drown half of Europe.

Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #1 (Jeff Lemire, Ibraim Roberson):  Buy.  A real surprise out of the books this week, as I wasn't really looking forward to reading this issue, but man I'm definitely glad I did!  Anyone who is a real Hellboy fan is going to love this issue, as its the same kind of tale only set in this altered DC Universe.  It's definitely giving me second thoughts about the new series starting in September.

Week #3

Deadman and the Flying Graysons #1 (J.T. Krul, Mikel Janin):  Borrow.  An interesting story, and there are some good parts to the story, but it wasn't lacking some of the impact that last weeks stuff had.  Yeah, there's a big cliffhanger at the end of the book, but it just didn't leave a lasting impact with me.  I'm interested to read the second issue and see if I possibly change my mind.

Flashpoint: Grodd of War #1 (One-shot) (Sean Ryan, Ig Guara):  Pass.  This book puzzled me so much.  Had it been a 1 of 3, I would have probably given it a Borrow, but yet with all the storylines given mini-series in this event, this is one that probably should have as well.  They set up Grodd as this powerful unstoppable force on par with Aquaman and Wonder Woman, yet there's nothing that really happens in this book other than that and there's no given continuation of the story.  I guess we might see it in the main Flashpoint story at some point, but this issue doesn't stand out as a "must-read" to understand the character and his motivations.

Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #1 (Adam Glass, Rodney Buchemi):  Borrow.  An interesting take on the "Legion of Doom" idea, and a great set up for a villain that I was really not familiar with.  However, other than a bunch of fight scenes and a really interesting but really gross scene at the end, not much happening here.  However, I get a feeling of possibility with this one, so I'm definitely looking forward to the second issue.

Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #1 (Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning):  Buy.  Finally, the other side of the Wonder Woman/Aquaman confrontation in this event.  A decent enough set up, and really explains why these two superpowers would hate each other so much.  It gets points deducted for pulling a move I've seen plenty of times in other movies like "The Three Muskateers", but cliche as it is it was still a decent read.

So there you go.  Honestly week #2's books have been my favorite so far, and I'm hoping the books coming up are more like it and less like weeks 1 and 3.  Forget about what I think though, what do YOU think?  Let me know in the comments, or tell me over at our new forum!