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Writer: Geoff Johns
Matt C: As someone who bailed out on the New 52 fairly early on I was hopeful that this issue would provide a gateway back into the DC Universe because, to be honest, I’ve missed have a regular dose of Batman, Superman et al on my pull-list. The last time I really loved something that was a solid part of the DCU was Flashpoint, and that actually factors in heavily here, the implication being something went wrong following the shifting of the timeline after that event. And yes, it doesn’t take much to see that as essentially a sort of stealth apology for the New 52 from the people behind the New 52 (and at this point I’m not sure if this is brave or foolish, but I’m leaning towards the former). Geoff Johns wraps all this up in an engaging tale of desperation as a character with knowledge of what should have been attempts to convince various parties they’re living the wrong life. That will probably sound a fairly familiar premise to those who’ve read more than a handful of comics, but Johns knows these characters better than most and has knack for making space time continuum dimensional madness palpable thanks to the way he hooks into the emotional cores of his characters. There’s a reveal towards the end that will doubtless get the hackles up for some, and how it’ll will factor in longterm may prove to be a problem, but as way of beckoning back lapsed readers (complete with the read-between-the-lines apology) I felt it did its job well. Thanks to Johns’ (and the artists) input it’s resolutely a DC comic book, but it’s a DC comic book that offers an optimistic vision of the future. And it’s about time. 8/10