Flashpoint. The event of mid 2011 that completely altered DC's timeline to give a very weird reality as well as set up for a new universe altogether. Reading the event itself, Flashpoint, will help give a reader an idea why this world is the way it is. But these mini series are not necessary to Flashpoint itself, they just expand and build on the event and the world itself.
This volume contains the three issue series, "Project Superman", "World of Flashpoint", Booster Gold issues 44-47, and the one-shot, "The Cantebury Cricket".
"Project Superman" is written by Lowell Francis and co-plotted with Scott Snyder (of recent Batman fame!). The story of Superman in the world of Flashpoint, has the baby of steel's rocketship not landing in Smallsville, Kansas and being found by a kindly couple, but in Metropolis by the U.S. military. The story is interestingly told through the eyes of a soldier who gives his body up to become the ultimate weapon. He is backtracked and shelved due to field duty complications and the arrival of the last son of Krypton. This series is not exceptional but it is an interesting outlook on what if Superman were raised in a hostile environment and could he still be Earth's greatest champion? It is also a nice touch to have the story told through the jealous soldiers' eyes.
"World of Flashpoint" is the highlight of this collection. We are introduced to Traci 13 a homo-magi, a race of humans that are inherently magical. Tracy 13 and her father witnessed firsthand the destruction of Aquaman's tidal wave of western Europe with the loss of the rest of their family. Traci goes on a warping journey throughout the world to find a way to bring peace to this war torn world, while her father plots with world leaders to use a weapon of mass destruction to eliminate Aquaman and Wonder Woman's armies, as well as millions of innocents. This is a nice take on the world from a character created within the world (pretty sure on that...). Although, we still get Flashpoint versions of familiar characters, this is Traci 13's story of a unique voice in this world trying to make it better and find peace with her dad.
The last four issues of Booster Gold, 44-47, plop Booster smack dab in the middle of this new timeline much the same as with The Flash, Barry Allen, in the Flashpoint series. They both know something is a bit...off. Booster is mistaken for an Atlantean spy by the U.S. military. The military feels the need to unleash their discovered and untested weapon, Doomsday!!! This one is just a lot of fun. Dan Jurgens loves writing his 25th century screw up, and pencils most of it, and it is a fun mad dash as Booster tries to figure out how to set things right. Kind of a confusing ending, though.
"The Cantebury Cricket" is collected as well. Not very interesting.
All in all, a good collection to the Flashpoint saga, with excellent art all around but just a few lackluster moments to bog it down a little bit.