In the principle DCU, Bruce Wayne turned Batman – however within the DC Omniverse there’s an alternate actuality the place his father, Thomas Wayne, turned Batman in an occasion referred to as Flashpoint. And this April he is going again dwelling – to learn how his universe survived, and if he can convey again his useless son with it.
Picking up the strands from the 2011 DC occasion sequence Flashpoint the place the Thomas Wayne/Batman debuted, the brand new seven-issue comedian ebook sequence Flashpoint Beyond will return to that universe – however do it from the attitude of this darker Batman, and different alt-reality variations of DC icons. News of FLashpoint Beyond broke over at IGN, who additionally ran artwork for the sequence.
And sure, Flashpoint co-creator/author Geoff Johns is again to jot down Flashpoint Beyond.
Flashpoint Beyond #0 can be written by Johns and drawn by Eduardo Risso, who drew the 2011 Flashpoint spin-off specializing in the Thomas Wayne Batman, Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance.
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The six remaining problems with Flashpoint Beyond can be co-written by Johns, alongside present Batman scribe Joshua Williamson and Teen Titans Academy‘s Tim Sheridan. Former Justice League artist Xermanico can be drawing these points.
The sequence kicks off April 5 with a particular double-sized Flashpoint Beyond #0, adopted by six points launched every-other-week culminating June 21 with Flashpoint Beyond #6.
What is Flashpoint Beyond?
In the 2011 Flashpoint occasion, Thomas Wayne/Batman helped the Flash determine the place their world went fallacious and set proper the occasions that produced this tragic variant timeline. They succeeded and set in regards to the line-wide DC reboot ‘New 52’ which seemingly erased the Flashpoint actuality, and the Thomas Wayne/Batman jumped to the principle DCU actuality for intermittent appearances in storylines such because the Batman/Flash crossover ‘The Button,’ the latest DC occasion sequence Infinite Frontier, and the present Justice League Incarnate.
But Flashpoint Beyond, we be taught that the Flashpoint actuality survived – and Thomas Wayne/Batman is much more shocked than we’re. In the seven-issue sequence, he’ll take again to the streets of his Gotham City to determine the multiversal thriller of how his universe did not die – and if there’s some option to resurrect his expensive, departed son Bruce Wayne.
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Along the way in which, he’ll discover an obvious lead with a brand new serial killer referred to as the Clockwork Killer, and this alt-Batman’s pursuit of the villain will lead him to Aquaman, who on this actuality is a domineering tyrant of an Atlantean empire – an empire that has conquered Europe.
Who is the Clockwork Killer?
There’s no DC character (but) named the Clockwork Killer, however given Johns’ most up-to-date large sequence Doomsday Clock (and its connection to Watchmen), the ‘clock’ motif connection right here is unmistakable. Especially after it was revealed the Watchmen’s Doctor Manhattan was behind the multiversal shenanigans that led to Flashpoint, after which the ‘New 52.’
For his half, Johns says this Clockwork Killer thriller is a “single story.”
“[It’s a] mystery that will affect Thomas Wayne and all of reality,” Johns tells IGN. “. There will be new characters and concepts between the panels, things that will appear as throwaways at first… but it’s all tightly woven together.”
But there’s additionally one thing else from DC’s previous this may be referring to – one thing a bit extra off the overwhelmed path.
In 2011, the DC sequence The Spirit featured a storyline referred to as ‘Clockwork Killer‘ – the very actual identify of this obvious antagonist of Flashpoint Beyond. In the Spirit sequence by David Hine and Moritat, the ‘Clockwork Killer’ is a reference to a villain named the Professor who creates automatons with clockwork accuracy to kill his opponents. This shared identify could possibly be simply insignificant… however cannot be discounted simply but.
Flashpoint’s connection to DC Comic and DC motion pictures
The 2011 Flashpoint comedian ebook occasion set the stage for the 2011 ‘New 52’ relaunch of your entire DCU, and the Flashpoint sequence itself was tailored within the 2013 animated movie Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
The upcoming live-action movie The Flash is impressed by the Flashpoint occasion to some extent, though it is unclear what previous the multiversal inclusion of alt-reality Batman corresponding to Michael Keaton’s Batman has made its approach into the movie.
Regardless, the Flashpoint Beyond sequence is timed to conclude – and probably launched as a group – simply because the Flash film hits theaters on November 4.
Flashpoint Beyond #0 (of 6) goes on sale on April 5.
Interested within the thought of Batman variants? Here’s our listing of all the opposite Batmans working across the DC Omniverse.