Flashpoint Tie-In Roundup: Week One

This week saw most of the first Flashpoint Tie-in issues hit comic book stores; but did you need to buy them?  Instead of doing a review for each issue, I thought each week I'd gather my thoughts on the tie-ins together in one nice little post.  Flashpoint: Abin Sur the Green Lantern #1 (Adam Schlagman, Felipe Massafera):  Buy, if you're reading Green Lantern.  Otherwise, you wont care at all about this issue.  I loved how they still involved many of the plot points behind Blackest Night and Brightest Day even in this Flashpoint universe.  This issue makes me want to read the "Green Lantern: Secret Origin" because I know in the revised origin Abin Sur, Sinestro and Atrocitus are more connected than before.  I feel like I would get even more out of this issue having read that storyline.  Looking forward to the next issue.

Flashpoint: Batman: Knight of Vengence #1 (Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso):  Pass.  After reading Flashpoint #1 and #2, I really was looking forward to this book.  However, its like the artist of this book never even was given anything about the character other than the costume.  His Thomas Wayne looks nothing like the Batman we see in the main Flashpoint series, or any depiction of Thomas Wayne I've ever seen.  I didn't even know it was Thomas until someone called him "Dr. Wayne".  In this book, he looks like a mob boss that wears a Batman costume.  And I really don't care about the storyline, I really just want to read about the Batman in the main series.  THAT Batman is very intriquing to me, and seems like a completely different character than the one in this book.

Flashpoint: Secret Seven #1 (Peter Milligan, George Perez, Fernando Blanco, Scott Koblish):  Pass.  What the heck is happening in this book?  They try to explain it, but the way it is done assumes that you are roughly familiar with the character in the "normal" DC Universe.  However, I don't, so I'm seeing stuff happen that I don't quite understand, things are going on that just don't make any flippin' sense to me!  Who is this guy?  Who are the Secret Seven?  I still don't know!

The World of Flashpoint #1 (Rex Ogle, Eduardo Francisco, Paulo Siqueira):  Borrow.  Again, another issue where these are characters that I think are minor characters in the "normal" DC Universe, but the author assumes we know about them.  So, I read this and find out about some scientist who is a part of some task force with some people I know, others I don't, working on a plan to defeat the Amazons and Atlantians.  And this will be cost millions of lives, yet the password to all this information is his deceased wife's name?  Has this guy never used the internet before?  Everywhere I go, I always get the warning "Don't use family members, names, etc. as passwords".   Aside from that, the story is somewhat interesting, and there is a very valuable page in this issue which starts to show us how this universe started to diverge from the "normal" universe.