Flashpoint #5
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Flashpoint #5

Event\Storyline: Flashpoint Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Andy Kubert Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 31, 2011 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 26
7.0Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

FLASH FACT: The war between the Amazons and the Atlantians has arrived. The battle between Diana of Themyscira and Emperor Aquaman will tear this world apart unless The Flash can fix it!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Aug 31, 2011

    This is, quite frankly, one of the most beautiful books I have read in a long time. Everything from the explanation of what Flashpoint is and how it came about, to the gut wrenching, tear-jerking moments at the very end; if you go out and buy anything this week, make it the final issue of Flashpoint. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 1, 2011

    Tomorrow, we'll look at the first issue for the New DC: Justice League. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Sep 1, 2011

    If youre looking for a book that breaks down each and every nitpick and tweak to the DCU, you wont get it here. This wont explain why Superman isnt wearing red trunks or Wonder Woman cant make up her mind about the pants. But it is a very satisfying way to explain that the whole universe is going to be a bit different now, and its heartfelt at the same time. It is, in fact, a very good way to begin something new. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Phillip Carson Sep 7, 2011

    Flashpoint is over and the world starts again. Brave New World and all that. Now let's go see what it has to offer, shall we? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 31, 2011

    Most of all, I started thinking back to the last few times I've finished an issue that was clearly the gateway to a new universe, and how I felt after each one. After Crisis On Infinite Earths #12, I was hopeful and shocked. After Zero Hour #0, I was annoyed. After Infinite Crisis #6, I was confused, hopeful and hungry. After Final Crisis #6, I had to wait a few hours for the dizziness to subside. Flashpoint #5 has left me hopeful, intrigued, and wanting to read about this brave, new DCU, which is what a book like this needs to have done, earning 4 out of 5 stars overall. I like to think I'm pretty savvy as a reader, and I enjoy when I'm actually surprised by the way the plot unfolds. It's not a perfect comic book, but it's a good one. And now, the new Justice League awaits! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser Sep 1, 2011

    It would be easy to relentlessly bash the final chapter of Flashpoint by nitpicking it to death, as it offers many opportunities to do so. In fact, with the past 13 weeks spent doing that exact sort of thing in a feature for this site called Flashpoint Marathon, you could say that I've become an old pro at it. As it was with many of the Flashpoint tie-in miniseries and one-shots covered there, Geoff Johns' grand finale for the event leans heavily on half-cocked sci-fi explanations that don't meet the burden of proof that readers in today's world of Warren Ellis and Christopher Nolan have come to expect. It's very stereotypically "comic booky," reflecting much of what those outside of fanboy circles purport to dislike about the superhero genre. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 3, 2011

    With the conclusion of the summer event series, the final issue is definitely a bit of a mixed bag. While it looks great and has some solid moments to it, particularly the setting for why the timelines are being merged, it feels like it falls very short of what it needed to do with the way it deals with all the miniseries that were supposed to tie into it. I liked a lot of the event overall and the final moments here are definitely intriguing, the core series feels like it finished without reaching its potential and somewhat anticlimactic as well. I also particularly didn't care for the epilogue between Bruce and Barry with how that could rather surprisingly undermine a good part of what Bruce is all about. It's good in one way, but it largely comes across as a negative to me. Still, with what it's unleashed into the world, I'm pleased with it overall and liked the various key moments here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 6, 2011

    As wrap-ups go this final issue does what it needs to, and does it better than I expected. Is the final moment between Barry and Batman a little too schmaltzy? Sure. Does the look of the rebooted DCU still make me a little queasy? Oh yeah, but this issue works (and gives us a glimmer of hope we haven't seen the last of the classic DCU). Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Erik Norris Aug 31, 2011

    Flashpoint #5 unfortunately does not turn this series around and make it amazing. The issue's final few pages make Flashpoint #5 better than most previous entries in the series, but that isn't saying too much. Flashpoint was an ambitious event that DC unfortunately didn't know how to properly structure. And because of it, we're left with a mini-series that features a bunch of neat concepts but completely lacks a soul. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Aug 31, 2011

    Continuity concerns aside, the final scene is the most grounded and poignant of the entire series. People have been saying from the start that Flashpoint has been a Flash/Batman teamup story, and nothing makes that more clear than the final scene. The story was, at its heart, one about grief on a personal level, about losing a loved one far too early in life. Johns softens the Batman here in a way that makes it clear he's a human being, not some madman driven to mete out justice. While Bruce Wayne's parents' deaths were the catalyst for the Batman, we seldom see the character actually dealing with those deaths. We see him trying to undo them time and time again, but really, the strength of the final scene is watching two men allowing themselves to feel their pain and to appreciate those loved ones despite the sense of loss that's consumed them for so long. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Sep 2, 2011

    Though Flashpoint #5 added so much needed emotional ties to what was going on, these elements could not hide the overall weak story by Geoff Johns. As with Blackest Night, Johns seemed to be overwhelmed by everything Flashpoint was supposed to accomplish which caused the story to suffer. Outside of Barry Allen and Thomas Wayne, there was nothing about the story that was developed enough to make the reader care about the Flashpoint Universe. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Aug 31, 2011

    And so, "Flashpoint" comes to an end. Ultimately, that two-page spread aside, it feels like a Flash storyline on steroids, one that probably didn't deserve all the extra spin-offs and one-shots and even core mini-series. With lower expectations and reach, I think "Flashpoint" might have been a fun little group of issues in "The Flash." (A nice closing moment for Johns, too, considering that he began writing "The Flash" with his alternate-world story "Wonderland.") Alas, this story just doesn't hold up to the expectations placed on its shoulders. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Aug 31, 2011

    The only real star of this attraction is Andy Kubert, whose art is glorious to behold. Every single panel is a vision of what this man can do with a pencil. Few have been able to really capture the movement of the Flash or put across how fast he moves like Kubert. The action scenes rage, the tiny moments are drawn with deep lines to the face, which put across the emotions. In fact, the only scene in this mess that carries any weight is when Bruce Wayne reads a note brought to him by the Flash from his Flashpoint Universe father. It's a touching scene and one completely devoid of speech; it's all Kubert's incredible artwork. Flashpoint has failed as a story to do more than usher in the era of the DC reboot. It's a shame such wonderful art should be wasted on such drivel. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 31, 2011

    Somehow too much and too little at the same time, we can only hope this issue serves as a Viking death ship to all the thin, ill-conceived, poorly executed storylines of the DC of yore. In any case, it's a pretty good example of one. Read Full Review

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