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Don't miss this Superman volume collecting PROJECT SUPERMAN #1-3, WORLD OF FLASHPOINT #1-3, BOOSTER GOLD #44-47, and THE CANTERBURY CRICKET #1. Not a dream, not an imaginary story, not an elseworld. This is Flash Fact: When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed. Family is alive, loved ones are strangers, and close friends are different, gone or Don't miss this Superman volume collecting PROJECT SUPERMAN #1-3, WORLD OF FLASHPOINT #1-3, BOOSTER GOLD #44-47, and THE CANTERBURY CRICKET #1. Not a dream, not an imaginary story, not an elseworld. This is Flash Fact: When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed. Family is alive, loved ones are strangers, and close friends are different, gone or worse. It's a world on the brink of a cataclysmic war – but where are Earth's Greatest Heroes to stop it?


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Don't miss this Superman volume collecting PROJECT SUPERMAN #1-3, WORLD OF FLASHPOINT #1-3, BOOSTER GOLD #44-47, and THE CANTERBURY CRICKET #1. Not a dream, not an imaginary story, not an elseworld. This is Flash Fact: When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed. Family is alive, loved ones are strangers, and close friends are different, gone or Don't miss this Superman volume collecting PROJECT SUPERMAN #1-3, WORLD OF FLASHPOINT #1-3, BOOSTER GOLD #44-47, and THE CANTERBURY CRICKET #1. Not a dream, not an imaginary story, not an elseworld. This is Flash Fact: When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed. Family is alive, loved ones are strangers, and close friends are different, gone or worse. It's a world on the brink of a cataclysmic war – but where are Earth's Greatest Heroes to stop it?

30 review for Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Superman

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B) 75% | More than Satisfactory Notes: It’s sci-fi gothic, where monsters grow from good intentions and saving the world means flying into the danger zone.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I actually liked this quite a bit more than the Flashpoint story with Wonder Woman vs Aquaman. I mean, you still kind of need to read that one to understand what's happened in the FP world, but I thought the writing was just more interesting for Superman's story. Traci 13 was not a character I was familiar with, but I ended up being really interested in those issues! Would love to read more about her, if anyone knows where I can find something? Booster (and I love Booster) had a somewhat duller st I actually liked this quite a bit more than the Flashpoint story with Wonder Woman vs Aquaman. I mean, you still kind of need to read that one to understand what's happened in the FP world, but I thought the writing was just more interesting for Superman's story. Traci 13 was not a character I was familiar with, but I ended up being really interested in those issues! Would love to read more about her, if anyone knows where I can find something? Booster (and I love Booster) had a somewhat duller storyline than I thought he would, but it was still fun to see him show up for this. And, of course, this volume wouldn't be complete without an issue of fan-favorite CANTERBURY CRICKET! I'm just going to let this one hang there... Overall, pretty good volume if you are interested in the Flashpoint stuff.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    I wasn't expecting much from this volume, but the Superman story was quite innovative, with a narrative angle I wasn't expecting at all. It's really kind of a scary what if about Superman's origins. He is not the man we know but that doesn't mean he doesn't come into his own as much as he's able. I liked the theme of villainy not necessarily starting from a place of pure evil or self-interest. To my mind, some of the worst villains are true believers or fundamentalists. Their intense belief in t I wasn't expecting much from this volume, but the Superman story was quite innovative, with a narrative angle I wasn't expecting at all. It's really kind of a scary what if about Superman's origins. He is not the man we know but that doesn't mean he doesn't come into his own as much as he's able. I liked the theme of villainy not necessarily starting from a place of pure evil or self-interest. To my mind, some of the worst villains are true believers or fundamentalists. Their intense belief in their cause can lead to committing atrocious acts in the course of the mission. In this case, it makes for a disturbing story. I really loved Lois Lane. Normally, I'm not a fan, but the Flashpoint situation seems to bring out the best in her character. The Booster Gold story was interesting, and I think it shows him as heroic in ways I haven't previously encountered. In other words, he doesn't come off as inept and fixated on looking heroic. He has to deal with well-meaning military who decide to harness Doomsday as a weapon, but fail to realize that he cannot be controlled. It wasn't the strongest volume here, but it was pretty good. Traci 13 is not a character I'm familiar with, but this story was very good. Traci finds herself in an adversarial relationship with her father, who both want to save the world, but in vastly different ways. Very intense look at how grief can tear a family apart. "Canterbury Cricket" was pretty weird. Closest to horror in this volume out of the stories. A bunch of antiheroes have become guerilla warriors for the cause of England, including Cantubury Cricket, who has a very checkered past. I liked it, but it ended a bit too abruptly for my tastes. Overall a very good volume of this series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jesse A

    A much better Flashpoint companion book. Well done. 3.5 stars. Even has a solid Booster Gold story so bonus half star.

  5. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    An absolutely awful and pathetic excuse for a Superman story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gary Butler

    40th book read in 2018. Number 334 out of 700 on my all time book list. Very cool.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rituraj Kashyap

    Project Superman - 3.5/5 Would've found it more interesting if the story had focussed more on Kal-El instead of someone called Subject Zero who started interesting but later turned out to be just a run-of-the-mill Superman villain. World of Flashpoint - 2/5 Had the potential to be a Frontline: Civil War type tie-in, but squandered it horribly. Booster Gold - 2.5/5 Started with Booster trying to figure out how the world changed, but turned into a romantic subplot and a two-issue long Doomsday beatd Project Superman - 3.5/5 Would've found it more interesting if the story had focussed more on Kal-El instead of someone called Subject Zero who started interesting but later turned out to be just a run-of-the-mill Superman villain. World of Flashpoint - 2/5 Had the potential to be a Frontline: Civil War type tie-in, but squandered it horribly. Booster Gold - 2.5/5 Started with Booster trying to figure out how the world changed, but turned into a romantic subplot and a two-issue long Doomsday beatdown. The Canterbury Cricket - 1.5/5 Shitty backstory of one of the members of the Resistance. Completely unnecessary. Average Rating - 2.375/5, rounded off to 2 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    We start with Scott Snyder, Lowell Francis and Gene Ha's Project: Superman mini-series, which is probably the weakest of Snyder's work to date. The plot doesn't focus on Superman at all until the final issue, instead having the Flashpoint version of Apollo as the point of view character, and whilst it does fill in some gaps in the main Flashpoint series like where Superman flies off to once he escapes from Project: Superman, it really isn't that rivetting a story. Add to that some very messy art We start with Scott Snyder, Lowell Francis and Gene Ha's Project: Superman mini-series, which is probably the weakest of Snyder's work to date. The plot doesn't focus on Superman at all until the final issue, instead having the Flashpoint version of Apollo as the point of view character, and whilst it does fill in some gaps in the main Flashpoint series like where Superman flies off to once he escapes from Project: Superman, it really isn't that rivetting a story. Add to that some very messy art from the usually infallable Gene Ha, and this just didn't hit many good notes with me. Shame, since Snyder is usually very reliable. World of Flashpoint, by Rex Ogle and Eduardo Francisco is next and thankfully it turns out a better story than the previous mini-series. Focusing on Traci-13 as she travels around the world in order to try and stop her father from destroying 118 million people, this mini-series is a great glimpse at a few fan favourite characters and gives a more rounded view of the Flashpoint world as a whole. The main plot with Traci and her father is a little contrived and predictable, but it has a sweet ending that doesn't leave a sour taste, so I'm going to call this one a success. The art by Francisco is consistent and adequate, though nothing special. I did enjoy the covers by Brett Booth though. The only ongoing series to tie into Flashpoint, Booster Gold, fills the final third of the book. Written and drawn by Dan Jurgens, creator of Booster, it is an enjoyable ending to the series. If you've read Booster's previous adventures, you'll be up to speed quicker than those who haven't, and there's a fair amount of reference to the Time Masters mini-series too, which sort-of sets up Flashpoint too. The storyline itself is nothing too spectacular, with most of it dealing with Booster battling Doomsday, though this feels like the right way to end Booster's solo series since Doomsy is one of his most powerful foes. The art is excellent for the first three issues, with Jurgens handling most of it with a few pages by Ig Guara, however the final issue by Rick Leonardi is horrendous and looks unfinished most of the time, which is not indicative of Leonardi's previous work. Still, this is probably the best part of this trade. Oh, and then there's the Canterbury Cricket one-shot in the back of this trade, and the less said about it, the better. First of all, it shouldn't have been collected here because it refers to events in the Lois Lane/Wonder Woman series, which are collected elsewhere, and second of all, it makes no sense. The storyline is daft, the origin of the Cricket is contrived and almost arrogant, and there isn't a conclusion. There's also a strange love subplot that lasts all of about 3 pages before one of the characters dies. The art by Rags Morales is a saving grace, but the story is so bad that I wish I hadn't read this at all. Yet another Flashpoint trade that is full of material that could be avoided. The World of Flashpoint and Booster Gold mini-series are probably worth the purchase, but the Superman series is dull, and the Canterbury Cricket one-shot shouldn't even exist. Probably the weakest of the four Flashpoint trades I've now reviewed, but there are still some worthwhile bits hidden amongst the terrible, as you'd expect.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    This barely qualifies as a Superman story... perhaps if they had chosen to tell just a little bit of the story from the perspective of Superman, it would have helped; but, not one story gives us Supes' point of view. The saving grace in this collection is the Booster Gold story. I firmly believe that if you want to make a comic book better, include either Booster Gold or the Legionnaires. With Booster's story, we are given a lot of information about the time anomaly that caused Flashpoint to happ This barely qualifies as a Superman story... perhaps if they had chosen to tell just a little bit of the story from the perspective of Superman, it would have helped; but, not one story gives us Supes' point of view. The saving grace in this collection is the Booster Gold story. I firmly believe that if you want to make a comic book better, include either Booster Gold or the Legionnaires. With Booster's story, we are given a lot of information about the time anomaly that caused Flashpoint to happen, so it is essential reading if you want to understand the Flashpoint crisis. Also int his collection, Traci 13 resurfaces with a very well written, but utterly irrelevant story. Similarly, the Canterbury Cricket gets a one-shot. This collection illustrates my biggest qualm with the Flashpoint cross-over event... why spend so much time and page-space on characters that no one really remembers or cares about. In the middle of this crisis, is it really necessary to create a new origin story for a character that will cease to exist by the end of the run? Canterbury Cricket, Outsider, Traci 13... they spend how many issues telling the story of these characters when their stories cross-over in no way with the main plot. Wouldn't it have been better to use those pages to flesh out some of the main characters and concepts of Flashpoint? 2.5/5. But only because Booster Gold is amazing.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Cristiani

    Loved the backstory on this superman, and how so many characters were woven in. The other stories were pretty fun too. I felt even worse for Booster Gold than I usually do.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pratip Vijayakumar

    I think I'm going in a wrong with this "The World of Flashpoint series" because of the 2nd Series featuring the World of Flashpoint is incohesive for me. Maybe I should go check the Reading order and connect the dots myself. Nevertheless, I like this TBP not love it for various reasons. For me, this alternate version of Superman is new except that I have seen him of various Animated Movies and TV shows. I love the way the story takes twists and portrays Superman and his origin differently. The Wh I think I'm going in a wrong with this "The World of Flashpoint series" because of the 2nd Series featuring the World of Flashpoint is incohesive for me. Maybe I should go check the Reading order and connect the dots myself. Nevertheless, I like this TBP not love it for various reasons. For me, this alternate version of Superman is new except that I have seen him of various Animated Movies and TV shows. I love the way the story takes twists and portrays Superman and his origin differently. The What if situation about the Superman's Origin is beautifully handled is what I must say. The World of Flashpoint part: I liked the way Traci 13's character is written but the end was more dramatic and sounded like an Indianisation for me where they could have brainstormed more in order to give a more different and interesting ending to her story. Booster Gold: My first encounter with him in Comics and he is kinda nice the way he is written. I'm also eagerly looking forward to what Booster and The Flash can do to bring things back to normal. On a whole this TBP is not as bad as I expected but a very decent read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cameron Purcell

    I loved this book. If there is one thing you have to understand about this comic, it's that it is a "What if scenario". Nothing that happened in this book has any impact on the rest of the comic book storylines. This comic takes place in a dark and gritty version of the typical comic book world. One where almost everyone is dead, and the heroes that are typically good are now murderers and warmongers. The reason I loved this book so much is because you never knew what to expect, since no charact I loved this book. If there is one thing you have to understand about this comic, it's that it is a "What if scenario". Nothing that happened in this book has any impact on the rest of the comic book storylines. This comic takes place in a dark and gritty version of the typical comic book world. One where almost everyone is dead, and the heroes that are typically good are now murderers and warmongers. The reason I loved this book so much is because you never knew what to expect, since no character acts like you thought they would.

  13. 5 out of 5

    B

    I really wanted to read a Scott Snyder alternate universe Superman story. That seemed like it had some real possibility. But that's only a small part of this book and the story largely features (view spoiler)[ a kind of boring, alternate universe Doomsday. (hide spoiler)] The Booster Gold story was fine although it was weird that (view spoiler)[ that story was ALSO really about Doomsday (hide spoiler)] and that teenage witch story was completely uninteresting. I don't have any reason to care about I really wanted to read a Scott Snyder alternate universe Superman story. That seemed like it had some real possibility. But that's only a small part of this book and the story largely features (view spoiler)[ a kind of boring, alternate universe Doomsday. (hide spoiler)] The Booster Gold story was fine although it was weird that (view spoiler)[ that story was ALSO really about Doomsday (hide spoiler)] and that teenage witch story was completely uninteresting. I don't have any reason to care about those characters

  14. 4 out of 5

    John Shaw

    The main FLASHPOINT book was awesome. The companion series meant to elaborate on / cash in on the main story line. These stories are progressively more and more half assed and derivative. What in the FLASHPOINT comic is a clever and innovative way of seeing a long standing character becomes pedantic upon reviewing in the hands of a less gifted writer. another example of a clever idea killed by corporate greed.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karen Bernal

    4.5 Stars! What is Kal El never met the Kents? Instead he was kept prisoner by the US Government, so he never got sunlight.... then-----Skinny Superman! But hey! Skinny Superman is still fun! Also I liked that they kept Lois and Kal as LOIS AND SUPERMAN TRUE MF LOVE!! The tie in of that witch was pretty good too. And I looooooooooved those Booster Gold tie-ins. All of them. He rocks!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    Wow! I was so pleasantly surprised by this. The Flashpoint tie-ins have been all over the place but this collection was really done well, with the exception of the poitnless Canterbury Cricket one off. Booster Gold, Project Superman, and Traci 13 were all standouts. The Booster story was classic Dan Jurgens and it was very good. Traci 13 starred in her book as a young witch. Gene Ha's art in Project Superman got a little wild but the story was sad and moving. Overall, a really good read. Wow! I was so pleasantly surprised by this. The Flashpoint tie-ins have been all over the place but this collection was really done well, with the exception of the poitnless Canterbury Cricket one off. Booster Gold, Project Superman, and Traci 13 were all standouts. The Booster story was classic Dan Jurgens and it was very good. Traci 13 starred in her book as a young witch. Gene Ha's art in Project Superman got a little wild but the story was sad and moving. Overall, a really good read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Graeme Dunlop

    ...and so Scott Snyder tries to save the day with an Elseworld story about why Superman never appeared on the scene. Oh, sorry. Not an Elseworld. The worst part of this is Rovercide. I super-hate it when writers kill dogs for emotional effect.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Raj Aich

    3 stories staring Superman, a witch and Booster Gold fighting Doomsday. All very well written. 1 shorty with Etrigan the demon which is very much avoidable and did ruin my pleasant read (I skipped it completely). Overall a 4 and a good companion to the amazing Flashpoint storyline.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    Rounding up to 4 stars since we cannot award half, this is a solid 3.5.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pato Myers

    A quick and enjoyable read. I will say the best things about the flashpoint world is that I know it won't last. It's like a fan made alternate universe. A quick and enjoyable read. I will say the best things about the flashpoint world is that I know it won't last. It's like a fan made alternate universe.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Actual rating: 3.5/5 stars

  22. 5 out of 5

    BlvckManta

    Project Superman - 3,5/5 World of Flashpoint - 3/5 The Canterbury Cricket - 2,5/5 Booster Gold - 3,5/5

  23. 5 out of 5

    James Marriott

    Loved the superman and booster gold stories.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Victor Orozco

    In 2011, every DC Comics fan was told of a major event happening in that a massive reboot of the entire DC Universe was going to occur and that it would all be in part to a storyline guided by the character of Barry Allen/The Flash. With the last major story having been the Blackest Night and the Brightest Day, Flashpoint would be the last actual story of the Post-Crisis DC Universe. All in part to the machinations of the Flash. Barry Allen finds the world that he had known before has changed fro In 2011, every DC Comics fan was told of a major event happening in that a massive reboot of the entire DC Universe was going to occur and that it would all be in part to a storyline guided by the character of Barry Allen/The Flash. With the last major story having been the Blackest Night and the Brightest Day, Flashpoint would be the last actual story of the Post-Crisis DC Universe. All in part to the machinations of the Flash. Barry Allen finds the world that he had known before has changed from how had remembered. With Barry Allen having been dead for years and then resurrected his memories are muddled. But he is not the only one back from the dead but also his futuristic rival Eobard Thawne/The Reverse Flash. Barry realizes that his power in tapping the speed force has it so that he cannot change the past, Eobard's power with the negative speed force is different in that change has happened. With Eobard having harmed Barry's own family. This, in turn, causes Barry to try his hardest to change it back. Unfortunately, he wakes up to a world far worse than he could have known. A world in which he would have saved the life of his family but his friends either fail to become heroes or become villains. As this story goes on for Barry attempting to change back the world to the way it was before it was changed, he races against time as the rest of the world goes on to its eventual destruction. Eventually, it does return or should I say reform to what we know as the New 52 DC Universe. Flashpoint becomes an epic read. With a miniseries dedicated to the horrific world that no longer exists. Readers gain incredible insight into just how bad yet at the same time how unique this world was. Each collection of this miniseries has the change the Flashpoint effect occur for each of its heroes in various ways. Like it was said in the animated movie, “Ripples of distortion radiated out through that point of impact shifting everything just a tiny bit. But enough. Enough for events to happen slightly differently." This world of Flashpoint is with Superman. But its not just Superman its others as well. Each character has been impacted by the Flashpoint effect. For Superman, his ship was thrown off course and crashed into the city of Metropolis, thankfully the city only endures some damage with it still intact, however, the ship is found by the United States Military as they take the child inside and take him to be studied. It’s the movie E.T. only done to a sweet little boy as General Sam Lane takes his DNA and injects it into a man to become an experimental soldier, don’t have to really describe how awful this ends up. Especially when we see what happens to a young Lex Luthor, Krypto, and Lois Lane. Basically, some bits and pieces are mentioned in Flashpoint some are not. Some are so bad I can see why they weren’t shown. The second part of the story deals with Teen Titan Thirteen as she ends up living a much different origin story. Basically having grown up trying to understand her power while caught up in the war between Atlantis and Themiscyra does change things. Its learned from here just how fractured the world has become. Interesting seeing some characters like Leonid Kovar, Ra’s al Ghul, Adeline Kane, Osiris, and so many others. All this becomes secondary to helping Thirteen looking for hope amidst the chaos of the world. Some nice cameos with other superheroes who don’t fulfill their original destinies like Jason Todd, Guy Gardner, Natasha Irons, Beast Boy, Circe, etc. Not too bad. The third part of this story is downright phenomenal as Booster Gold, the superhero from the future ends up being protected from the changes in the timeline and ends up waking up with most of his memories intact all the while trying to find out what’s going on. It's really cool as Booster Gold does this while being hunted down by the US military and its mighty weapon Doomsday. Though being assisted by master time traveler Rip Hunter it’s a mighty and particularly lovely woman named Alexandra who comes to Booster’s help as he does his best to send an important message. The final part of the story deals with some new characters as well as the Wildstorm comics incorporated into this universe. The origin story of the Canterbury Cricket, Mrs. Hyde, Godiva united with Etrigan in the resistance fight against New Themiscyra. I really love this collection with Superman, though its mostly with others such as Booster Gold which is a great story itself. The Thirteen story and the Resistance were okay I guess. But well worth a read. Still, there were some other things I would have liked to know about. What happened with Supergirl? My guess is without a Lex Luthor to hunt down Kryptonite he wouldn't have found that giant asteroid that contained her ship. I can only assume other characters became something else without a Superman. Still some pretty good stuff. Very good. A

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tony Laplume

    Flashpoint was a summer event series in 2011 that led to a complete revamp of the entire DC comics line. It was accompanied by a number of spin-off books that explored the ways the alternate reality presented in Flashpoint reflected on the familiar concepts that fans had come to know over the course of decades. Though Flashpoint itself centered on the speedster known as the Flash, the interesting thing was that the spin-offs were allowed to focus on their own corners without worrying about the c Flashpoint was a summer event series in 2011 that led to a complete revamp of the entire DC comics line. It was accompanied by a number of spin-off books that explored the ways the alternate reality presented in Flashpoint reflected on the familiar concepts that fans had come to know over the course of decades. Though Flashpoint itself centered on the speedster known as the Flash, the interesting thing was that the spin-offs were allowed to focus on their own corners without worrying about the central story. This collection features a number of these stories, as all the collections do, headlined by Superman but also more obscure characters like Traci 13, Booster Gold, and the debuting Canterbury Cricket. The three issues of Superman were conceived by current wunderkind Scott Snyder but executed by Lowell Francis. They feature a Superman whose spaceship crashed into Metropolis rather than Smallville. The world was already on a different historic path at this point, and the young Kal-El was quickly drafted into a war effort, subject to a military project creating supersoldiers, the primary recruit being a man who ironically is infused with the powers of Doomsday, who in a different reality was responsible for Superman's death. The story because a meditation on responsibility. Its central strength and weakness isn't Superman or his curious predecessor, but General Sam Lane, father of Lois. In the comics Sam can sometimes be on par with Lex Luthor as the greatest bane of Superman's existence, obsessed with containing the alien menace Superman embodies. Lois has never had a great relationship with her father, and in Flashpoint Sam has a chance to explore a little of why that is. Like some men he can never quite grasp the idea that he had a daughter rather than a son. This project is a way of having the experience he always yearned for. In fact, he loses his objectivity because he becomes personally involved with his subjects. The problem is that Francis doesn't seem to appreciate this. Maybe not just Francis but Snyder as well. In fact, most of the stories in this collection feature writers who can't quite capitalize on the potential in their stories. The Superman effort would have been stronger with the focus on Sam Lane. Rex Ogle has the same problem with his Traci 13 adventure. Traci 13 is the most obscure existing character in this collection. I know her best from some old Blue Beetle comics (referenced in the story), but she actually had her debut in Superman adventures. But Ogle's story pretty much apes the Bennet saga from Heroes, though it never quite reaches the depth featured in that TV series, even from the first season everyone still admires (while they loathe the rest of it). Again, the result isn't bad, but better execution could have made it better. Booster Gold, a character created by Dan Jurgens, who was responsible for the famous issue where Superman was killed by Doomsday, is the focus of the last extended arc. He's one of the few characters, besides the Flash, who know that reality was altered. The bulk of his story, however, reflects back on Doomsday, who of course is a semi-active member of this reality. I've always enjoyed Jurgens as a creator, but he seems not to have known what to do with Booster, and as a result kind of diddled for four issues. Thankfully, the collection has a trump card in the Canterbury Cricket. In a tale written by Mike Carlin, better known for years as an editor, we learn Cricket's origin, how he started out as not such a great guy before given a second chance as a monster. In comics, monsters are about half the time heroes. Since it's only one issue, maybe Carlin simply didn't have the space to spoil the character. That's always a possibility. The character doesn't get much more than the origin in the story. The rest is general context, but it's enough context to remind the reader of the strength of the whole Flashpoint spin-off concept, that these are all characters struggling against their most selfish instincts. In a world gone bad, focusing on your own problems has drastic consequences. Looking outward, trying to have a positive effect, is truly heroic. If that's what these Flashpoint stories are really all about, then that's awesome. That's what superhero stories are supposed to be about, right? Sometimes that message can be lost. Sometimes writers forget the point and simply dump their characters into whatever story seems right for the character. But the character is nothing without their context. Even with the context flipped on its head, these stories prove a worthy point. Even imperfect stories like this one are worth experiencing because of it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline O.

    The World of Flashpoint featuring Superman is another volume in the World of Flashpoint series that fleshes out the characters and situations from Flashpoint, explaining in greater detail this alternate view of the DC world we know, created when Barry Allen travels back in time to save his mother. This volume also features four stories. The Superman story is definitely the strangest of the bunch - and the focus of this volume is the more mystical aspects of the DC universe. The Superman story fea The World of Flashpoint featuring Superman is another volume in the World of Flashpoint series that fleshes out the characters and situations from Flashpoint, explaining in greater detail this alternate view of the DC world we know, created when Barry Allen travels back in time to save his mother. This volume also features four stories. The Superman story is definitely the strangest of the bunch - and the focus of this volume is the more mystical aspects of the DC universe. The Superman story features Lt. Sinclair, recruited by General Lane (Lois's father) to become a super-soldier. But Sinclair is a bit unbalanced before he starts the process and the experiments, drugs, and torture only make him worse. At the same time, the being who would be Superman is a small child - who is tortured, experimented upon, and abused. We even see Krypto the Super-dog, as well as what happens to him. Sinclair, meanwhile, develops strong mental powers, influencing Project S 1 (Flashpoint's "Superman"). Both Sinclair and Project S escape, but Sinclair goes on a rampage. Project S also meets General Lane's young daughter, Lois. When they escape, both Sinclair and Project S head to Europe to join the fray. The next story, "World of Flashpoint", features a character I couldn't pin down as being a version of a known DC character - a magic user known as Traci 13. But she was fascinating and I really enjoyed her story. 13 is, as I said, a magic user. Her mother was a precog - who dies during the Atlantean attack on Europe. This creates a rift between her and her father (who becomes the leader of H.I.V.E.). Her father blames her for her mother's death (to be precise for not preventing it) and tells her to not use magic. Traci 13 uses magic anyway, especially her teleporting ability. She meets with a fortune teller in New Orleans who becomes a good friend. The fortune teller sends her on a mission to find other people to assist in the fight for Earth. This gives a wider view of what's going on in the Flashpoint world - Red Tornado and his android brothers and sisters protect Japan but want nothing to do with the rest of the world; Nat Irons in Brazil leads a group fighting the Nazis who have taken over the country; Guy Gardner has found Buddism, let go of his anger, and opened a bar in Australia; and Jason Todd is a priest in Gotham. Although none of these people can help in Traci's fight - Traci returns to H.I.V.E. and finds her father has primed the weapon that will take out New Themyscira and Atlantis - despite projected casualties in the billions. Traci 13 tries over and over to talk her father out of the destruction. Her father, who'd preached against the use of magic - is revealed to be a strong magic user who is soaked in dark magic. But Traci manages to finally get through to him. He makes a tremendous sacrifice, but Traci also manages to save him. It's a great story with a lot of levels to it - especially as these aren't characters we "know" at all. That Traci is a magic user reminds me a bit of Zatanna but Traci's magic is different and far stronger. Her teleporting ability is also something we've seen a few times in DC characters. The next story is Booster Gold's story. Booster is the same guy we know - and, as a time traveler he knows the Flashpoint world is wrong. Booster, tries to figure out what is going on, and he's not helped by the military strike team "Sea Devils" who are convinced he's an Atlantean and keep trying to kill him and the woman with powers that he picks up as an ally. This story may be integrated with the graphic novel Time Masters: Vanishing Point. The last story is "The Canterbury Cricket" - what happens when a former con man is turned into a giant cricket? This story tells us. Canterbury Cricket joins a number of bug-themed heroes in the Resistance. This story is short, and focuses more on Cricket's back story, but it's fun and an enjoyable read. Other than the Superman story which was both confusing and very sad, this volume was excellent. I liked all four stories, even the Superman one, I just found that story to be sad. Booster's story is great - I always like Booster Gold stories. Traci 13 is an awesome superhero in her own right, and intriguing as a new character. Even Canterbury Cricket, though that story is quite short, is something very different as both a hero and as a story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    James Bowman

    A mix of various side stories from the Flashpoint universe. The Superman story is the best and most interesting, mostly for the (likely DBZ-inspired) character of Subject Zero than anything else. World of Flashpoint is fine, more an opportunity to show off the setting. The Booster Gold storyline, pitting him against "Project Six", is also fine, although kind of a non-conclusion to the title. Lastly, the one-shot with the Canterbury Cricket is fine, but another issue or two would have been nice ( A mix of various side stories from the Flashpoint universe. The Superman story is the best and most interesting, mostly for the (likely DBZ-inspired) character of Subject Zero than anything else. World of Flashpoint is fine, more an opportunity to show off the setting. The Booster Gold storyline, pitting him against "Project Six", is also fine, although kind of a non-conclusion to the title. Lastly, the one-shot with the Canterbury Cricket is fine, but another issue or two would have been nice (we don't even get to know the other British heroes that well). (B)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    I pretty much only bought this for the Booster Gold issues. Project Superman was secondary. The Project Superman issues started off a little rocky; it took me a little while to understand what was going on. But once I understood it, it was pretty good. Out of the three issues, I liked the second one the most because it had the most emotion. The Traci 13 issues were...interesting. In a good way. I'd never heard of the character until reading this, so I probably missed out on some Easter eggs, but t I pretty much only bought this for the Booster Gold issues. Project Superman was secondary. The Project Superman issues started off a little rocky; it took me a little while to understand what was going on. But once I understood it, it was pretty good. Out of the three issues, I liked the second one the most because it had the most emotion. The Traci 13 issues were...interesting. In a good way. I'd never heard of the character until reading this, so I probably missed out on some Easter eggs, but that's no problem. There were definitely Easter eggs thrown in there that didn't require any knowledge about her (like when she met that priest in Gotham...holy shit). Booster Gold! These issues mark the end of this comic series. So sad. It was a good series. Knowing this would be the end, I was hoping for certain things to happen, none of my hopes came to be. Oh well. It was a good story nonetheless. Doomsday is always cool. And Nathaniel Adam (who also appears in Project Superman) was a nice touch. It definitely leaves me wondering if the New 52 Booster remembers anything about the Pre-Flashpoint universe. And then we have the Canterbury Cricket. I honestly don't care at all about this. I almost didn't read it because I knew I wouldn't care for it. But I read it. And I was right. And the fact that it referenced Ambush Bug should be enough to hate it. All-in-all, this was a decent collection of Flashpoint stories.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amélie

    World of Flashpoint: Very intersting series, nicely written and with a compelling heroine. Some choices were a bit weird ((view spoiler)[Jason, seriously ? (hide spoiler)] ) but I still liked it. Booster Gold: Didn't know that character at all, it makes for a very interesting introduction! Not so fond of how Alexandra was treated (a recurring trend in Flashpoint stories...) but enjoyed the rest. And that's definitely a character I'd like to see in the TV universe. The Canterbury Cricket: What. Did World of Flashpoint: Very intersting series, nicely written and with a compelling heroine. Some choices were a bit weird ((view spoiler)[Jason, seriously ? (hide spoiler)] ) but I still liked it. Booster Gold: Didn't know that character at all, it makes for a very interesting introduction! Not so fond of how Alexandra was treated (a recurring trend in Flashpoint stories...) but enjoyed the rest. And that's definitely a character I'd like to see in the TV universe. The Canterbury Cricket: What. Did I. Just read. Project Superman: Not what I expected at all, I thought we'd focus more on Kal El. And yet, the relationship between Lane and Subject Zero was really interesting and well written. However the last part (view spoiler)[completely ruined Lois' arc (hide spoiler)] so I'm not happy about that.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ben Mariner

    Another Flashpoint spin-off. Still not as good as the main arc. This one was slightly more interesting than the Wonder Woman spin-off, but only by a little. It was kind of neat to see how things could have happened if the government had gotten a hold of Superman instead of the Kents. The story focused on a completely different character that ended up kind of being the villain of the whole thing. Overall, it was ok. I didn't bother to read any of the other stories for the other characters that we Another Flashpoint spin-off. Still not as good as the main arc. This one was slightly more interesting than the Wonder Woman spin-off, but only by a little. It was kind of neat to see how things could have happened if the government had gotten a hold of Superman instead of the Kents. The story focused on a completely different character that ended up kind of being the villain of the whole thing. Overall, it was ok. I didn't bother to read any of the other stories for the other characters that were included because I frankly don't care about The Canterbury Cricket and those lot. Big froopin' whoop.

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