DC Comics has begun to bombard its core audience with teasers and other promotional hyperbole for its next big summer event book, Flashpoint. Taking its cues from the success of the Green Lantern-centered Blackest Night event book, this time around, the story is going to be built around the publisher’s Flash family of characters. Judging from the teasers, the story will feature alternate-reality versions of DC’s super-hero icons. Sounds like it could be fun. We’ll have to wait and see what writer Geoff Johns and artist Andy Kubert have in store.
What some readers may not realize is that this isn’t the first time DC has published a limited series entitled Flashpoint. And that previous series also featured alternate-reality versions of familiar super-hero characters. Flashpoint was a three-part series released in late 1999. Published under DC’s then-active Elseworlds imprint, it was written by Pat McGreal and illustrated by Norm Breyfogle. I had a vague memory of not only reading the series, but reviewing it as well. A quick web search revealed that I did write about the comic (or at least the first issue) during my days as a staff writer for the now-defunct comics website Psycomic.