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More on the pricing of Flashpoint and its related mini-series

Flashpoint

Last month when DC Comics announced that the upcoming Flashpoint event would include not only a five-issue Flashpoint miniseries, but also 15 other miniseries that would “expanding on the events, along with several important one shots,” folks naturally wondered how much all that would cost.

Any way you slice it, 16 miniseries are going to add up if you decide you want to buy all of it, but today DC revealed the price for each comic. “The five issues of the core Flashpoint series are oversized, 40 page books priced at $3.99 each, while the other mini series and the one shots will be priced at $2.99,” said David Hyde on DC’s The Source blog.

Hydealso shared the solicitation text for the first issue of Flashpoint:

FLASHPOINT #1
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by ANDY KUBERT
1:25 Variant cover A by ANDY KUBERT
Variant cover B by IVAN REIS and GEORGE PEREZ

Everything You Know Will Change in a Flash!

Not a dream, not an imaginary story, not an elseworld. This is a Flash Fact: When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed. Family is alive, loved ones are strangers, and close friends are different, gone or worse. It’s a world on the brink of a cataclysmic war – but where are Earth’s Greatest Heroes to stop it? It’s a place where America’s last hope is Cyborg, who hopes to gather the forces of the Outsider, the Secret 7, S!H!A!Z!A!M!, Citizen Cold and other new and familiar-yet-altered faces.

It’s a world that could be running out of time, if The Flash can’t find the villain who altered the time line!

Welcome to FLASHPOINT!

On sale MAY 11 = 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US = Rated T

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Welcome to Age of Apocalypse!!! If immitation is the best form of flattery, DC sure has a lot of practice at flattering Marvel…..

Why would anyone read this? It takes place in an altered timeline…it’s not “really” New Earth as we know and love it. Count me out!

Of course, everything that’s not part of main continuity is totally worthless and doesn’t deserve reading. Jut like Kingdom Come, The Dark Knight Returns, Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, Red Rain, The Nail, etc.

“Why would anyone read this?”

Why would anyone read anything? Because it might be a good story. Also, to act as if nothing from this will end up in the main DCU is asinine, that’s the way these things work, at least when done correctly, some element remains in the main timeline.

Me, I’m hoping it’s the elevation of Cyborg. Vic Stone doesn’t get enough love.

But still, “Drawing The Line at $2.99!” didn’t last very long, did it? $1 more for 8 pages?

I don’t have a comic in front of me, but it is probably $1 more for 12 more pages of story, as the current stories are 20 pages. I think that is worth it.

Yeah, but just the main mini series is $3.99. It’s just like DC did with Blackest Night where those three part mini series were $2.99.

I too am eager to see what they do with Cyborg.

Three issues of build up, one all exposition, final issue leads to next weekly/biweekly event. Could still be good though.

Why is everyone making a big deal about the price? Their new pricing plan has always included 40 page/30 story page books at $3.99.

Also I am honestly a little confused that everyone brings up the similarities to Age of Apocalypse yet no one mentions Bob Harras. I mean how likely is that the first big event of Harras’s tenure as EiC just so happens to draw on the perhaps biggest and most remembered gimmick for a croosover from his time at Marvel?

I don’t remember exactly when Harras became EIC, but I think I first heard Flashpoint mentioned around 9 months to a year ago. And just because it sounds similar to AoA doesn’t mean it will play out that way. Plenty of comic stories sound like one another when all you have is the very bare bones framework of a storyline. I’m pretty excited about this one…then again, I’m excited about a lot of what DC does.

Well said Robert, personally if this is as good as AOA then i’ll be loving it that was a Marvel event that didn’t suck or end up being a letdown in the end like the one’s since Quesada took over have. Also DC has made it clear that the hold the line at $2.99 will have some exemptions like with these oversized/event comics, the important thing is that all the other tie-ins will be at $3 which is smart business on their end.

funkygreenjerusalem

February 10, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Welcome to Age of Apocalypse!!! If immitation is the best form of flattery, DC sure has a lot of practice at flattering Marvel…..

To pretend that door doesn’t swing both ways is a bit dishonest.

Why would anyone read this? It takes place in an altered timeline…it’s not “really” New Earth as we know and love it. Count me out!

The main mini sounds like it will spin out of Flash, with Barry Allen trying to bring his mother back – it will be about him messing up, then trying to fix the timeline.

The mini’s will probably be different adventures in the different realities/all tied into one reality.

Much like with AoA, and elseworld books, people will read them because there’s lots of potential for fun.

Hell, I remember reading the Amalgam books knowing there wasn’t going to be more – why? Cause it was fun.

Three issues of build up, one all exposition, final issue leads to next weekly/biweekly event. Could still be good though.

Though the last issue description made me laugh, Johns usually structures a bit better than that, doesn’t he?

Also I am honestly a little confused that everyone brings up the similarities to Age of Apocalypse yet no one mentions Bob Harras. I mean how likely is that the first big event of Harras’s tenure as EiC just so happens to draw on the perhaps biggest and most remembered gimmick for a croosover from his time at Marvel?

Perhaps – the seeds for this were laid in Flash: Rebirth, which was before he was an EiC.

He may be capitalizing on it – but Johns strikes me as being in charge of where his stories go.

When one reads comics for a long time, one is very likely to see similar themes occurring in different comics at different times. Not long ago, I had dinner with a friend who hasn’t read comics books in over 5 years. I asked him had he seen any lately, and he told me that he has perused some comics ocassionally since he stopped reading them regularly, but many things appeared to be the same; only the costumes changed for many characters.

I first speak to those persons who insistently (and perhaps incessantly) draw parallels between Flashpoint and Marvel Comics’ dabbling in alternate realities (e.g. What If?, Age of Apocalypse, Ages of Apocalypse, etc.). Do you forget there may be someone who didn’t those stories of the past? They might not be interested in buying the trades for those stories either. Therefore, Flashpoint could and just might be the FIRST time someone reads a comic story about alternate realities.

Second, while there are numerous tie-ins to Flashpoint, I wonder if many of the main titles will BECOME the tie-ins during Flashpoint. I’m familiar with other companies doing this in the past, but it’s not the past I’m concerned about, it’s how well this story, Flashpoint, will turn out.

Finally, if any comic story is one that’s good and one I’m interested in, I’ll buy it. Otherwise I won’t; but I won’t be so quick to criticize the comic because of recurring themes. On a related note, George Lucas used recurring themes throughout both Star Wars trilogies and yet created arugably the greatest saga ever to the silver screen. Is he to be criticized, too?

What would be fun and interesting is if Flash failed and things didn’t go back the way that they were. But he won’t and they will with a couple of character revamps and some minor noodling that will be un-noodled in the next five years.

I’m sure Flashpoint will be competently written and will have some fun moments- altered reality stories almost always have fun moments- but there’s nothing really exciting about it. There’s no “WOW, I’ve really GOT to read that!” hook.

I am talking about the mini-series gimmick, which is what I presume is drawing all the AoA comparisons. The whole core alternate reality aspect is nothing new though.

Peter David just posted a column from 1994 that points out the similarities Age of Apocalypse had to a previous DC miniseries:

http://www.peterdavid.net/index.php/2011/02/11/xerox-hour/

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