Justice League Unlimited: Season 1, Eps. 22-25

“Question Authority”, “Flashpoint”, “Panic in the Sky”, “Divided We Fall”

No, that is not DCnU villain "Computerhead"

Yes, the Question did throw a computer monitor at that man's head.

The four-part story-arc that concludes Justice League Unlimited‘s Cadmus arc that has been running in the background all season is the best Justice League movie you’re going to get.  Running at just under 90 minutes, the set of episodes that begins with “Question Authority” and ends with “Divided We Fall” meets all the beats required of a superhero movie while still acting as four distinct, satisfying episodes.  In many ways, these episodes represent the culmination of the DCAU – a piece of stylish, serialized action storytelling is true to its characters and tells a coherent, thrilling story that calls back to the many years of continuity it built itself without demanding viewers be familiar with any or all of it.

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NewU Reviews: Flashpoint #5 and Justice League #1

So, it’s finally over – Flashpoint ends today, and with it, the DC Universe as we know it.  But every ending is just the beginning of something new, so I’m going to briefly discuss – since lebeau has already handled both books already – the beginning of the DCnU as well, including how DC’s same day digital release process treated me.  As always, spoilers ahead…

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Double Flashpoint Review: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #3, Emperor Aquaman #3

Flashpoint has had a lot of highlights.  Unfortunately, most of those highlights have not exactly been positive ones: insanity, poor storytelling, laughably overwrought cliffhangers and more are what we’ll remember about Flashpoint, while it’s sporadically good tie-ins will be forgotten.  Two of the stronger tie-ins, Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown and Emperor Aquaman, ended last week.  Here’s a review of both.

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Review: Flashpoint #4

What can I say about Flashpoint that hasn’t already been said before?  It’s a lost series, a book that doesn’t know what it wants to be.  It certainly isn’t an adventure story – every time a team is formed to deal with a problem, they collapse or fail immediately.   Every attempt to become epic quickly backfires, every attempt to become post-apocalyptic is thwarted by the mundane.  In service of a more fully realized story, this dedication to defying expectation might be noble; in Flashpoint, it just feels like padding to keep a simple story running for the proper number of trade-worthy issues.

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Review: Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #2 (of 3)

Ah, what might have been.  Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #2 gets at the heart of the conflict between monster hunter Maria Shrieve and our lovable Creatures of the Unknown, and it’s a fantastic idea: after the original Creatures were shut down and betrayed, Matthew Shrieve assembled a new team of monsters to find them, one that included Medusa and Solomon Grundy, among others.  These creatures betrayed Matthew and murdered him, leaving his daughter to seek revenge.

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Review: Flashpoint #3

After Flashpoint #2, I was legitimately concerned for the series.  The last issue was scattered and uneven, trying to do a bunch of different things and failing at just about every single one of them.  The book was torn between being a big action book and a big ideas book, and it was failing at both.  Flashpoint #3, however, brings us right back on track, telling a clear, focused adventure story.  Spoilers below…

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Review: Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance #1 (of 3)

Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance has a fun, ridiculous premise that never QUITE lives up to its promise.  Unfortunately, Abnett and Lanning rush through Lois’ first meeting with the Resistance, how she got behind enemy lines, her escape – after a solid opening and a surprising death, most of the rest of the issue is exposition.  Lois is no figurehead of the resistance, not yet, nor is she an intrepid investigator behind enemy lines; instead, she’s a frightened young journalist in well over her head.  I have a feeling we’re in for some surprising transformations, but Abnett and Lanning rush so quickly through the beginning of the story that the book feels, overall, fairly poorly paced.

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Review: Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #1 (of 3)

I feel weird saying this, but here goes: Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #1 is good.  It’s very good.  It’s more than just the best spin-off to Flashpoint; it is better than Flashpoint itself.  Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning successfully turn one of the most hilariously out-of-place characters in Flashpoint into one of the title’s most interesting in the first issue of their three issue mini.

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Review: Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #1 (of 3)

Generally speaking, tie-ins to big Events fall into two different camps.  The first, and more common, follows a character central to the series in an important story.  This can be hard to do: what, after all, is the line between important enough to warrant a tie-in and what is TOO important to leave out of the main title?  The second involves a character peripheral to the action of the main series who just… lives in the created world.  His adventures reference the main action, but don’t matter to the story.  Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #1 is the latter sort of story.

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