Flashpoint – 4


Flashpoint – 4

General Info

Issue No:
4
On Sale Date:
August 2011
Cover Date:
Early October 2011
Era:
Modern Age
Story Title:
Chapter Four

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Andy Kubert, Sandra Hope
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Penciller:
Andy Kubert
Inker:
Jesse Delpergang
Letterer:
Nick J. Napolitano
Colourist:
Alex Sinclair
Editor:
Kate Stewart, Rex Ogle

Characters

Main:
Flash (Barry Allen), Batman (Thomas Wayne), Cyborg (Victor Stone)
Heroes:
Element Woman (Emily Sung), Captain Thunder/S.H.A.Z.A.M. (Billy Batson, Mary Batson, Freddy Freeman, Pedro Peña, Darla Dudley, Eugene Choi, Tawky Tawny)
Villains:
Professor Zoom (Eobard Thawne), Emperor Aquaman (Orin), Ocean Master (Orm Marius), Wonder Woman (Queen Diana)
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
Penthesilea
Other:
Deathstroke (Slade Wilson), Sonar (Bito Wladen), Clayface (Basil Karlo), Icile (Cameron Mahkent), Dr. Hector Hammond, Hal "Highball" Jordan, Barack Obama, Henry Allen, Nora Allen, Black Adam, Frankenstein, Grifter
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Flashpoint was a crossover event that eventually lead up to the rebooting of the entire DC Universe and the introduction of the controversial New 52 era in September, 2011.

DC Comics took the unprecedented decision to consolidate and relaunch all their comic lines, discontinuing some series while introducing new ones, resulting in 52 titles each all starting at #1. This consolidation included the incorporation of both the Wildstorm Productions and the reincorporation of certain Vertigo properties into the mainstream DC Universe. The event took its name from the company’s thematic associations with the number 52, which began with the publication of the weekly series 52, in which it was revealed that a Multiverse of 52 parallel realities existed within the DC Universe.

This story line features an alternate, more evil version of Diana.

Synopsis

In Fawcett City, the Marvel Family contemplates over what to do after the President announces Cyborg’s failure to unite the world’s super heroes and the United States’ entry into the Atlantian-Amazon war. Billy Batson feels distressed about trying to intervene with the war after being easily defeated by Wonder Woman.

Back at Metropolis, The Flash, Batman, and Cyborg have difficulty fending off the guards until they are rescued by Element Woman. Flash’s memories begin to change much more drastically, altering his past and states that he is running out of time and soon he will not be able to restore the timeline to normal. In order to slow the process, Batman gives him an anti-epileptic to slow down his brain electrical activity.

Back in Fawcett City, Billy Batson finally decides to put a stop to the war just as the Flash, Batman, Cyborg, and Element Woman break down the door saying they need the Marvel Family’s help. Batman asks Billy to use his lighting to prevent the Flash’s memories from changing even and doing so, Billy sees the memories of his DC timeline counterpart.

The group then hears of the failed air assault on England with Hal Jordan being the first casualty and a giant tidal wave that will wipe out the rest of New Themyscira. The Flash tells Batman that he cannot just stand by as people die since if he fails to stop the Reverse Flash the world will destroy itself. Despite Batman’s initial arguments, he joins the Flash as the group heads off to New Themyscira in Batman’s plane and are joined by Enchantress.

Wonder Woman and Aquaman are fighting one on one until the Flash and his team arrive. Captain Thunder attacks Wonder Woman and appears to be winning until Enchantress reveals herself as the Amazon spy and uses her magic to separate the Marvel Family and restore them to their mortal forms. Wonder Woman is enraged that her enemy was just a boy. One of her Amazons, Penthesileia kills Billy Batson just as the Reverse Flash appears in front of The Flash.