The following contains spoilers for Flash point beyond #4, on sale August 2 from DC Comics.
Two-Face makes its way into DC’s Flashpoint Universe – only this time Harvey Dent’s widow is the one with the two faces.
In the August 2022 solicitations for DC Comics, the publisher released new cover art for the upcoming Flash point beyond #4. One of the variant covers shows Harvey Dent’s wife, Gilda Dent, sitting on a bed in what appears to be Arkham Asylum. Also on the bed are a pile of bloody bandages, as she throws a circular object – not a coin, but what appears to be a poker chip – into her left hand. Half of Gilda’s face is also scarred in a way that resembles her husband’s alternate reality.
Flash point beyond #4 is written by Geoff Johns, Jeremy Adams, and Tim Sheridan, with art by Xermánico, cover art by Mitch Gerads, and alternate cover art by Xermánico, Jim Cheung, and Francis Manapul. The issue’s synopsis reads, “Thomas Wayne is fast closing in on the Clockwork Killer, but his investigation may be hampered by young Dexter Dent and his own vigilante agenda: getting his mother out of Arkham!”
In the Flashpoint universe, Harvey Dent never becomes Two-Face. Instead, he’s a respected judge in Gotham City. Gilda’s mental health deteriorated following the events of the Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance spin-off, which resulted in the death of Harvey and Gilda’s young daughter. In Flash point beyond #0, Harvey is murdered by an unknown killer. Thomas Wayne/Batman then chooses to foster Harvey and Gilda’s other young child, Dexter Dent, while Gilda remains in Arkham Asylum. One of the epilogues of Flash point beyond #0 sees Gilda asking to meet Thomas, but we haven’t seen the Dark Knight do so so far in the series.
Flash point beyond #1 sees Thomas banging on Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin to deal with Dexter while he flees to deal with Aquaman and Wonder Woman. Sheridan previously announced that the series would continue to explore Dexter’s story in future issues. “We’ve all seen the long, great history between Batman and other lost young men,” Sheridan said. “I don’t want to say too much, but I think you can see the ideas we’re playing with and how they relate to the Batman legacy story. Let’s leave that for now.”
Flash point beyond #4 goes on sale Aug. 2 from DC.
Geoff Johns, Jeremy Adams and Tim Sheridan discuss returning to DC’s Flashpoint Universe