DC's Flashpoint Integral to the September 52 Relaunch

DC's launch of the Flashpoint event seems, to many, to be a waste of time considering that the publisher is relaunching/rebooting/reconfiguring/re-whatever-you-wanna-call-it the line this September. According to an article in USA Today, however, it seems that the event is integral to that other event.

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By EdGross - 7/5/2011
This Wednesday will see the publication of Flashpoint #3, the mid-point, and it will reveal the secrets of Project: Superman while the armies of Aquaman and Wonder Woman are warring against each other.

Event editor Eddie Berganza says of those who are reading Flashpoint, "They're starting to figure out where these 52 are coming from, and it's staring them right in the face with Flashpoint. A lot of the concepts, a lot of the ideas, they're cropping up within the pages. You have a book called Frankenstein in the Flashpoint world, and guess what, we're doing Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE. You'll see a couple of other background players start showing up that become more important as we go into September."

The various aspects of Flashpoint have done away with long established alliances between heroes, and emphasized an edgier world demonstrated largely by the aforementioned war between Aquaman and Wonder Woman.

"At times, we dismiss our heroes as so altruistic that we forget with the wrong attitude, they can be very dangerous, and they're not heroes to be messed with," Berganza says.... When you're introduced to Kal-El in this issue, you'll see that, wow, things are very different and do not allow for a world that cherishes any sort of innocence. That's mostly what the Flashpoint world is: a world that's been robbed of that... You can see how a good person can go down the wrong road just because of some one incident where they let their emotions take over. They don't have any fallback friends as far as what the Justice League represents in our world: the ideas these guys could bounce off each other and relate and have that human contact.

"....Stuff that's appearing here pretty much sets you up for the 52," Berganza says. "You can't let Flashpoint go as something that does not count. It's the gateway into what's coming in September."



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Source: USA Today
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HannibalKing - 7/5/2011, 3:32 AM
I'm going to get a fair amount of the relaunched comics so I think I'll be safe in not picking up so many Flashpoint comics.
Checkmate - 7/5/2011, 3:40 AM
Eh, wasn't it obvious?
JacobCityBros - 7/5/2011, 3:55 AM
Is it us, or does a bunch of monkeys run DC?

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CorndogBurglar - 7/5/2011, 5:16 AM
I thought it was common knowledge that Flashpoint is the cause of the reboot, story wise, at least.
Shaman - 7/5/2011, 5:40 AM
Yeah, plenty of people called this long ago. IMO, it doesn't make a bit of difference. A relaunch is a relaunch is a relaunch, regardless of it's explanation. They're just trying to save some sales BEFORE their relaunch hits. Obviously they won't be telling you NOT to buy their published works for the next three months just because they're relaunching everything after that.
marvel72 - 7/5/2011, 6:07 AM
why so much focus on cyborg,i don't think much of the character at all.
niknik - 7/5/2011, 6:13 AM
Epic Fail..............STILL.
ThaMessenger07 - 7/5/2011, 6:47 AM
I want to read the relaunch....
JYCowboy - 7/5/2011, 7:16 AM
I heard from the conferance that DC is giving comic dealers that Barbara Gordon is getting her legs back because was getting to be the "OnStar" of the DC Universe.

By this brief explaination, yeah, they are Marvel-izing the DC Universe. I will be buying into this "relaunch" but if they change Superman too drastically with strong liberal(or legal)agenda, ... I'm done. I will probably catch up on my back issues. There are so many things the character of Superman means to a lot of folks as he stands now. Good or Bad. I think there are plenty of stories yet to tell.

Spiderman One More Day was a bad choice. It showed a lack of story telling to further progress Peter. It was a regression to a point that allowed movie goers to grab current books and think they hadn't missed much. With that you can see what is happening with DC and DC Entertainment.
CorndogBurglar - 7/5/2011, 7:17 AM
I personally think this is something that DC desperately needed to do. Their continuity has been so screwed up for so long, that this can only be a good thing, in my opinion.

and they are not getting rid of EVERYTHING.

Like Starfighter said, they're keeping the important things that helped shape characters, like Batman and a lot of GL. Sure there will be drastic changes with others, but it should lend to a better, more readable overall continuity. Since the original Crisis, and all the Crisis stories afterwards, the continuity has been a complete wreck.

I think it will be fine.

Flashpoint is nothing more than an explanation of the change. i know people are complaining about it, but would you rather have no explanation?
TheLight - 7/5/2011, 7:21 AM
This is a true waste of time. Establishing this story in the DC continuity doesn't make up for the fact that by September, all of its history will be change.
Batman5 - 7/5/2011, 8:28 AM
i think the reboot is going to be great. also, ive enjoyed the majority of the flashpoint comics so far. The new take on batman has been awesome.
TheLight - 7/5/2011, 8:47 AM
@ShadowVoyd

Dude, that's the truth. Money makes the world go round.
Rosso - 7/5/2011, 9:17 AM
I am excited for the reboot. Personally, I have never purchased comics on a regular basis. I feel like the reboot will bring in a lot of new readers like myself. Also, a reboot allows for some great new story ideas that the DC universe seems to be in a desperate need of to continue to get new readers.
deadpoox - 7/5/2011, 9:47 AM
OH LORD!
skidz - 7/5/2011, 10:31 AM
While I can understand wanting to shave off a lot of unnecessary material from the main continuity, once you change anything about the past of a character, it's officially a reboot. I'm still !@#$%T% about what they're doing with Barbara Gordon, that's a slap in the face for anyone with a disability following Oracle, including myself. I might be inclined to go along with it if they have a story covering her rehabilitation. They could even find a way to connect it to Batman Beyond, but I dont think they've thought about either of these.
Batman (Bruce's parents killed by the the 'eventual' Joker) Batman Forever, Batman Begins (his parents killed by Joe Chill), the upcoming Spiderman, Hulk 2, Punisher: Warzone, Superman Returns, Superman Man of Steel, all reboots.
Regardless of the same or similar backstories, once you add or remove story arches to streamline them, remove or add characters to backstories and story arches, you've started over, you've created a different animal. An animal can have the same genetic background to another, but it's still a different animal. They can dress this up anyway they want, but this is a reaction being second in sales and they just lost a lawsuit regarding Superman (why hasn't anyone mentioned that?), which is very likely why they changed his appearance.
1shadowguy1 - 7/5/2011, 10:40 AM
though i have visited this site for a lng time this is my first post.
i am 38 years old and have been reading comics since i was 15. i have always been a big marvel fan but only read the occasional dc book.
the other day after i got off work i stopped by the danger room (our local comic shop) and was speaking with the owner(who has always been more of a dc fan than marvel) about this re-what-ever-tou-wanna call-it dc is doing.
his explanation was that its not really a reboot but it is a condensing of the dc universe to make it more cohesive and reader accessible to new readers while not alienating the long-time readers.
he said all the major events still happened. for example the above referance to superboy (he is still a clone and he still came some time after the death of superman), yet the specifics of exactley when it happened is kind of, well, pushed aside but not totally ignored.
and he also stated that if you want to grasp the big picture of the re-whatever, then you need to read flashpoint as it sets the stage for the all new #1's in september.
he also made the point that love or hate dc, this event has fans talking and wondering exactley what its all about. word of mouth will be strong enough to generate interest even in non-dc fan circles and yeah it is all about money as a lot of people who have not really been into dc will pick up some of the books (like me).
i just hope that there is strong and compelling stories that will come out of this as i would love to branch out from under the marvel umbrella and have some new stuff to read.
you gotta give dc credit that this is generating a lot of interest.
ar8898 - 7/5/2011, 10:42 AM
I recently decided to read these crappy Flashpoint books just so I could figure out how this new Superman came to be. I refuse to buy them and support Geoff Johns' crappy story so I just download and read the free scans.
1shadowguy1 - 7/5/2011, 10:50 AM
ha!!! i downloaded all the flashpoint books too...u gotta love piracy!!!
skidz - 7/5/2011, 10:56 AM
There is no such thing as bad publicity, this will probably skyrocket sales regardless of fan reactions.
CorndogBurglar - 7/5/2011, 11:01 AM
@ skidz

relax man, they've said that Barbara Gordon's first story arc will deal with why she can walk again. they said that The Killing Joke, and Joker shooting her in the spine is still going to be part of the continuity. She WAS Oracle, but she was able to overcome her injury, much like Batman did after Bane broke his back.

so don't get too angry, man. Its not quite the slap in the face you might have thought. Although i agree, I loved her as Oracle. it showed that just because someone is handicapped, does not mean they can't sill fight the good fight. :)
cosmicstranger - 7/5/2011, 11:19 AM
I will reserve judgment (for the current moment in space-time anyway) until some of the reboot titles come out.

Thus far, I have been ignoring the entire Flash Point miniseries.
skidz - 7/5/2011, 11:28 AM
CorndogBurglar: I know it's still part of the continuity and I did say 'I might be inclined to go along with it'. But, as a person with a disability, I do have a right to feel upset about it. How many comic characters (specifically superheroes) have a traditional disability? I'm not including characters who can't control their abilities. I can count them on one hand. Professor X (paraplegic), Daredevil (blind), Forge (double amputee) and one of Stan Lee's latest creations: Soldier Zero (paraplegic with out the alien suit). Oracle is the only character I can think of in DC with an ongoing disability. I like her because she's unique to the DC universe. On a more logical note, you could call me a hypocrite because I'm glad Bruce Wayne can walk again. I don't really expect anyone understand where I'm coming from, but that's why there's backlash about it.
Shaman - 7/5/2011, 11:52 AM
I always hated Babs as Batgirl. Oracle has always been TITS!

And the one and only Batgirl for me is Cassandra Cain.
write33 - 7/5/2011, 12:31 PM
ugh, DC reeks of desperation........the Berganza qootes are practically begging you to read Flashpoint.

i swear they are getting hammered on sales figures by WB.
SPACEDout - 7/5/2011, 6:49 PM
Still don't feel like buying flashpoint. No point to me still. SHould have kept the relaunch secret for awhile, till flashpoint started to end. Then maybe they could sell as well as Fear itself

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