Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #3

Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #3

Event\Storyline: Flashpoint Writer: Tony Bedard Artist: Vicente Cifuentes Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 10, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 5
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FLASH FACT: Arthur Curry's rage has sunk countries, killed millions, and begun a world war. But as the end approaches, he will have to gather the ferocity needed to destroy his enemy utterly.

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 14, 2011

    If I had to keep two miniseries to work alongside the main Flashpoint series, it would definitely be this one as well as the Wonder Woman miniseries. This book gives us a look at the world from Arthur's point of view, his origins that are rather different in some key ways and the way he decided to fight back against Diana after everything went wrong. It's a solid book, a bit uneven at times, but deals with a lot of material across several flashbacks to pull it all together. If it had told things in a bit more linear fashion it might have come together better, but they had a lot of parallels to draw and wanted to tease out the mystery of what happened a little too much. But like Wonder Woman, it's one of the pillars of the world in which Flashpoint occurs and it contains a lot of good material that I'd love to see fully expanded and detailed in novelized form. Good stuff with flaws, but generally fun and enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Aug 17, 2011

    This is a story with no heroes and more than its share of villains " sad, powerful, and a solid lead-in to the finale of Flashpoint. Vicente Cifuentes definitely holds his own on the art, delivering a very strong battle sequence between Arthur and Diana, making for a book that's visually engaging as well as moving to read. This book, along with the Wonder Woman title, is really where the circumstances of the world are given shape, and it's made for a very strong story all around. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 10, 2011

    That's not to say this issue doesn't hold some appeal still. Bedard ties most of his threads together nicely enough. The scenes of Aquaman sacrificing his soul and his marriage for his people are very effectively handled. Vicente Cifuentes' art is also generally strong aside from some occasionally dubious facial work. Had this series simply distanced itself from the main Flashpoint threads a little more, it may have been able to reach a more fitting and satisfying conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 11, 2011

    Gorgeous art can't mask underwhelming story, I've always said, and this issue is good evidence of that. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Aug 10, 2011

    The book ends on a particularly sour note, though, with a slightly ham-handed "if only this timeline had gone differently" piece of narration. I understand that Tony Bedard is trying to tie this into the whole idea of the timeline gone wrong (and I appreciate that he's making an effort that few people have tried), but it feels overwrought and intrusive in those final pages. It's a bad final taste (and image) to close out the mini-series, and it in some ways sums up the vast majority of the "Flashpoint" experience. It was the road paved with good intentions, but ultimately it took us to a less than enjoyable destination. Read Full Review

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