Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Flashpoint Beyond #2 Review

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Written by: Geoff Johns, Tim Sheridan, Jeremy Adams
Art by: Xermánico, Mikel Janín
Colors by: Romulo Fajardo Jr., Jordie Bellaire
Letters by: Rob Leigh
Cover art by: Mitch Gerads
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: June 7, 2022

Flashpoint Beyond #2 puts Thomas Wayne on the hunt for answers when more powered individuals who can affect time are murdered in his reality. When his latest lead takes him to Psycho Pirate, the answers are few and far between.

Was It Good?

Flashpoint Beyond #2 might best be summed up as the "dropping clues" issue in the series. There aren't a lot of developments in the mystery surrounding the identity of the Clockwork Killer or what the killer wants, but we get more development in the Flashpoint timeline in terms of seeing what became of the characters and what they're up to today... err, their today, not our today. Oy! You know what I mean.

The highlight of this issue is the cameos of heroes and villains, some we haven't seen since the original Flashpoint event. Others are new appearances that continue the trend of imagining what Flashpoint would have been like if it hadn't been wiped out. We get to see what became of Flash's Rogues, witness the birth of Flashpoint Two-Face, and get a last-page visit from a "Super" friend. If you're into this series simply for the novelty of keeping Flashpoint going, there's more to like here.

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The second highlight addresses a criticism of the series concept - Why? Now, we get a clue that whatever restored the Flashpoint timeline *may* connect to the upcoming Dark Crisis event. In fairness, the clue may be a throwaway line just to connect this series to the event for connection's sake, but the clue at least gives you a possibility of purpose behind what's going on.

The down point is the overall lack of progress on the Clockwork Killer's identity ad motivations. Besides Clockwork Killer's name mentioned in the subtitle, you don't see or hear anything from this person, assuming they exist at all. This comic is effectively a collection of clue drops and cameos without much progress in putting any of it together to move the story forward. When it's already a struggle to understand why this series exists at all, slowing the pace doesn't help matters.

When it comes to art, having multiple artists in multiple roles is usually a red flag for art inconsistency. Thankfully, the art looks great, and you can't easily tell where one artist stops and the other starts. The mood of the entire issue is grim and gritty with tons of dramatic shadows. The character designs look great, and the sparse action is choreographed well.

About The Reviewer:Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.coma comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.
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Bits and Pieces:

Flashpoint Beyond #2 is filled with great art, plenty of clues to tease you about what's going on, and a few interesting Flashpoint versions of characters. However, the issue makes little progress towards solving the mystery of Clockwork Killer's identity, resulting in an issue that's mostly a teaser for what's to come.


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