If last week's teasers covering four of their biggest franchises wasn't clue enough, DC Comics made it clear today that their incoming "Flashpoint" event is going to be big. At least 15 tie-in mini series big, and that's just for starters.
The publisher revealed today on their The Source blog that the Geoff Johns/Andy Kubert five-issue event – ostensibly spinning out of Johns' run on "The Flash" – will be supported by 15 mini series, 14 of which saw their titles unveiled in the following order:
Whatever Happened to Gotham City?
FLASHPOINT: BATMAN KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: DEADMAN AND THE FLYING GRAYSONS #1-#3
Whatever Happened to the World’s Greatest Super Villains?
FLASHPOINT: CITIZEN COLD #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: DEATHSTROKE & THE CURSE OF THE RAVAGER #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: THE OUTSIDER #1-#3
Whatever Happened to the Aliens?
FLASHPOINT: ABIN SUR THE GREEN LANTERN #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: PROJECT: SUPERMAN #1-#3
Whatever Happened to Science & Magic?
FLASHPOINT: FRANKENSTEIN & THE CREATURES OF THE UNKNOWN #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: SECRET SEVEN #1-#3
Whatever Happened to Europe?
FLASHPOINT: EMPEROR AQUAMAN #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: WONDER WOMAN AND THE FURIES #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTANCE #1-#3
Everything You Know Will Change in a Flash
FLASHPOINT: KID FLASH LOST #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: THE WORLD OF FLASHPOINT #1-#3
An earlier Source post confirmed that a 15th mini series in on tap "along with several important one shots" while adding "'Flashpoint' spans the DC Universe from the dark streets of Gotham to the ruins of Big Ben. It’s an international tale of action and intrigue that impacts an entire universe."
Aside from the fact that no creative teams were announced for the 14 three-issue series that were revealed today, the one standout detail from DC's announcement is the "Whatever Happened?" question serving as story hook for each set of minis. Originated in Alan Moore and Curt Swan's classic pre-Crisis Superman tale "Whatever Happened To The Man of Tomorrow?" the phrase has recently been turned into a DC story brand of sorts thanks to Neil Gaiman and Kubert's "Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader?" story in Batman. Both of those comics involved "imaginary stories" picturing alternate futures and deaths for the two iconic heroes.
If the 15th mystery mini series also ends up clocking in at three issues, the entire "Flashpoint" event currently stands at 50 total issues – not counting any additional one shots or monthly series tie-ins. That means full immersion in the event will cost readers a minimum of $149.50 at DC's current $2.99-a-comics price point. "Flashpoint" launches with a preview in this year's DC offering for Free Comic Book Day, which is May 7. The regular series follows this summer.
For more information check out The Source and stay tuned to CBR News for more "Flashpoint" updates.