Jason’s Corner – Flashpoint: Doomed by a Legion of Bad Stories


Thomas Wayne is Batman and Aquaman is at war with Wonder Woman! Flashpoint started out impressive.  Too bad everything since has been “Flushpoint.” 

I mentioned last entry that I have fallen for the button-promotion-gimmick for this series. Thus I spent a small fortune on Flashpoint titles.  While not all of them were terrible, not a one was worth writing about.

The stories that are interesting (Wonder Woman and the Furies, Deathstroke and the Curse of the Ravager, Citizen Cold, and Emporer Aquaman) seem to be taking too long to develop and will most certainly be rushed to a conclusion in three issues.  The others compensate mediocre writing with over-the-top violence.

 Maybe it’s that I’m not as familiar with as many of the characters of the DCU as I am with Marvel, but the alternate versions of heroes and villains leave something to be desired.  After reading 13 issues, I can’t think of a single thing that impressed me about these latest titles. So instead I’m just going to vent on the issue I found most disappointing.

Legion of Doom

Who is this tool and where's Black Manta?

Ok, off of the top of your head, name the 13 members of the Legion of Doom (see the bottom of this post for the answers*). Who did you forget? Toyman? Scarecrow? Solomon Grundy? As long as it wasn’t Black Manta, you don’t have to turn in your Nerdcard.

If I had asked you to name the members of Flash’s Rogues, who would you have named? Mirror Master, Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, the Trixter, and the Pied Piper were who I came up with before looking it up on Wikipedia.  So why in the names of Zan and Jayna is the primary character in Legion of Doom Heat Wave?    

I know that this is a Flash storyline, but why couldn’t this series resemble the X-men of Age of Apocalypse (where Sabretooth and Magneto are among the good guys)? I’d have taken Giganta as the central character over Heat Wave.  Of course, I’ve always had a thing for tall women…

* Lex Luthor, Sinestro, Bizarro, Cheetah, Toyman, Scarecrow, Riddler, Giganta, Solomon Grundy, Gorilla Grodd, Black Manta, Braniac, Captain Cold

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I've been a comic nerd since Spider-man and his Amazing Friends and the Super Friends. So someone please explain to me, when did Aquaman become so cool? Also, why isn't She-Hulk in more media?


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