Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Flashpoint Beyond #6 Review



Written by: Geoff Johns, Tim Sheridan, Jeremy Adams
Art by: Xermanico, Mikel Janin, Gary Frank
Colors by: Romulo Fajardo Jr, Jordie Bellaire, Brad Anderson
Letters by: Rob Leigh
Cover art by: Mitch Gerads
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: October 18, 2022

Flashpoint Beyond #6 brings the arc to a close with a revelation about Batman's part in the resurrection of the Flashpoint timeline and the risky gamble he takes to make a dream come true.

Is It Good?


Yep, if the not-so-subtle hint in the blurb didn't spell it out for you, the return of the Flashpoint timeline was all Batman/Bruce Wayne's doing. Why? The issue suggests Batman's reasoning behind the risky move, even if the motivations aren't quite consistent with Batman's character.

On the whole, this is a wild issue with tense standoffs happening on multiple fronts. Flashpoint Two-Face holds her son hostage against Flashpoint Batman while Joker/Martha Wayne coerces her husband to take a trip in a time machine to undo their son's death. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne/Batman dins himself in a standoff against the Time Masters as the Flashpoint timeline spirals toward instability.

What does it all mean? From the beginning, my biggest concern was the lack of sense and justification for this series to exist. To the writing team's credit, all mysteries are resolved clearly and concisely. However, Batman's actions are so reckless... so dangerous... it's hard to believe he would risk the fabric of time for a selfish reason. Did this series need to exist? Yes and no. No, because the toys are almost all put back in the time box. Yes, because a timeline mess is made by the end that serves as a backdoor entry to Geoff Johns's upcoming JSA title.

In other words, this series is a setup for another series. Take that for what it's worth.

Typically, this is the part where we highlight the artist's accomplishments, but a small army of artists was tapped for this issue, so it's hard to know who to credit for what. Suffice it to say, the art is very good, even when you can tell which pages transitioned between artists.

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

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Bits and Pieces:

Flashpoint Beyond #6 unveils the big mystery behind how and why the Flashpoint timeline was resurrected, and it's not for reasons you would suspect. The execution is well done, even if the motivations of certain characters, particularly Batman, are out of character. In the end, some may find the ending satisfying, but others may see the ending as a complicated setup for the forthcoming JSA book.


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