PHILADELPHIA — The summer film hype may be around Green Lantern, but for DC Comics it’s The Flash who will steal the spotlight.
The Scarlet Speedster is poised for greatness in an event that promises a soaring, if radical, tale that uses superheroes in ways that may surprise both first-time readers and longtime fans.
“Flashpoint,” written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Andy Kubert, launches next week with the first of a five-issue miniseries that also will see another 15 separate miniseries and four one-shots through the summer.
Many of the superheroes will be unlike what most people know of them, including Batman, Aquaman and Wonder Woman, the latter now apparently the ruler of not Themiscyra, but Europe! Batman? He’s running a casino. Aquaman has sunk an entire continent.
But the center of the story arc remains The Flash, who moves at superspeed, and his alter ego, Barry Allen, a police crime scene investigator who finds that things are not the way they should be and tries to solve the puzzle.
Johns, DC’s chief creative officer and architect of the recent “Blackest Night” epic that gave new energy to Green Lantern, called “Flashpoint” unlike anything he has done.
Readers will get their first taste of the arc on Saturday as part of Free Comic Book Day, when comic-book stores around the globe will give away copies.