But I have to admit that when I sat down and read Flashpoint #1 (DC Comics, 40 pages, color, $3.99), I really enjoyed it. (Full disclosure: DC's publicity folks sent me a copy.) And having found little to enjoy in the DC Universe of late, it was nice to find an enjoyable way back in.
I can't deny that there's a weird bit of nostalgia at work. This is an alternate universe crossover, with cool art by Andy Kubert and Bob Harras at the helm. It's like a flashback to 1995 and the Age of Apocalypse, which was easily the most fun crossovers of this type and an archetype for Flashpoint. I doubt I'll pick up many of the spinoffs, but I will definitely be back for Flashpoint #2.
|Fear Itself #2|
It's OK, though my first thought was I'd already seen this kind of thing in Kurt Busiek and George Perez's JLA-Avengers crossover a few years back and even in last year's Blackest Night. It also just feels more like a concept suited to a Marvel videogame than a major summer crossover, but that's likely just me. This isn't to say that Fear Itself is bad or that Flashpoint is good, but it is interesting how it's the intangibles that make one stand out — even if just slightly and for a moment — over another.