One of the things I’ve enjoyed up until now about “Flashpoint” was how in some of the mini-series, they’ve been quietly telling their own little story about the Atlantis/New Themyscira conflict. Barely a part of the main “Flashpoint” story, it’s been fun to see the other writers run with this basic idea, and see what they can come up with.
Unfortunately, in the case of “Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies,” it’s feeling like that particular story is running out of gas. Even though Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning are handing us the next piece of the story, this one feels rather leaden. Maybe it’s because half of it involves things we’ve already figured out, and the other half turns out to be anti-climactic.
Take, for example, the explanation of what happened to the original Themyscira. Without giving anything away, I found myself disappointed that of all the possible reasons for the destruction of the island, we’ve ended up with one of the most boring ones. Maybe in outline form it carried more of a punch, but here it hits the page with a thud. There’s no drama in the scene, no energy, not even the feeling that it was a terribly difficult moment. Just a throw-away line from one of the characters involved, and that’s it. Likewise, the conquering of Great Britain feels like an afterthought, not a dramatic moment at all.
It’s a problem that persists throughout the issue. While “Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman” has had a bit of pep and energy to it, “Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies” is lacking. (While we’re at it, the lack of any real Fury action has been a bit disappointing. I guess “Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and Unmemorable Other Amazons” didn’t have the same ring to it.) Up until now, it’s been a little fun to see the war play out in these other issues, but this one felt more like a combination of stalling tactic and information dump.
Agustin Padilla’s pencils are fine, here; they remind me a lot of early comics from J. Calafiore. I like the way he mixes older and newer popular styles together (a little bit of manga, a little bit of classic comic artists) to provide a clean, angular look. (The panel where Aquaman says, “I do not want this war,” in particular, strikes me as a good portrait of the character.) It’s easy to follow and pleasant; I’d certainly welcome him on other comics down the line. But hopefully? Something with a little more zing to it. We’ve had good comics from Abnett and Lanning in the past, but this is one of their less memorable efforts.