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Review – Flashpoint: Citizen Cold, Deadman, Secret Seven

Submitted by on July 11, 2011 – 10:32 pmNo Comment

Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #1
Writer: Scott Kolins
Artists: Scott Kolins (pencils, inks), Mike Atiyeh (colorist)

With no Flash, “Citizen” Cold becomes Central City’s “hero”. The vigilante methods he uses in fighting crime have become publically accepted And applauded. His “villains”, if they’re lucky, end up in a sublevel of Iron Heights Penitentiary. Fearing the eventual discovery of his identity due to the debaucherous lifestyle he leads, Snart considers retirement. That is, until an investigative reporter may have done just that.

I enjoyed it enough to continue with the next issue (for Scott Kolins’ art, if for nothing else) and am curious what Cold’s fate will be at the end. Not good, I imagine. There’s no rooting for THIS selfish, paranoid “hero”.

Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons #1
Writer: J.T. Krul
Artists: Mikel Janin (pencils, inks), Ulises Arreola (colorist)

The main attraction of the Haley Circus, says self-absorbed Boston Brand, of Deadman and the Flying Graysons tour the remainder of Europe along with sideshow freaks Ragdoll, King Shark and Fate. Trapped after the outbreak of the Atlantean and Amazon War, they’re forced to move from city to city in order to survive. When word reaches one of the warring sides that the “Helm of Nabu” resides with one of the circus performers an attack on the big top proves imminent.

Not really crazy about this one because of some inconsistencies in the storytelling. Admittedly, they’re probably minor things, but they annoyed me a bit. Having a character state they’d prefer to stay away from Prague as a performing city because it’s now a “coastal area” and open for attack by the Atlanteans when the cirucs JUST performed in a near-coastal city makes little sense to me. Especially when there’s a spash page of the map! It’s old news for comics, and not that I’m rooting for the Grayson’s demise, but if you’re going to have cover hyperbole about their “final performance!” have it in the issue. Only curious in continuing to see the outcome of the attack on the circus and how that plays out for the characters involved considering their fates in “our” DCU.

Flashpoint: Secret Seven #1
Writer: Peter Milligan
Artists: George Perez/Fernando Blanco (pencils), Scott Koblish (inks), Tom Smith (colorist)

Non-Synopsis: No idea.
Non-Review: Well, I didn’t read Milligan’s Shade the Changing Man very long in its first incarnation over 20 years ago because . . . well . . . I guess I just didn’t get it. As it was then, it is now. I’m not saying this is a “bad comic”, it’s just clearly not for me. Doubtful that I’ll do more than flip through the second issue.

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