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Annotations: The Trial of The Flash, #350 – Part Two

Welcome to the final installment in our annotations of the collected edition of The Trial of the Flash!  A while back, we analyzed related stories leading up to the release of Showcase Presents: The Trial of the Flash.  In addition, we interviewed author Cary Bates about the buildup and the Trial itself, plus showed you what wasn’t included in the collection.

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IN THIS CHAPTER: Adventures of Psychic Iris!

This is it: the final chapter! Thank you very much for reading along. Links to original artwork, scans and research are included throughout this post.  For definitive legal analysis of the story by Bob Ingersoll, go here.  Tom vs. Flash Podcast links here, including these issues.  As always, huge thanks to the DC Indexes. See you after the jump!

We left off last week at page 22. Catch up here!

PG 24: This article and recording from NPR goes into great detail about police interrogations, including the “Reid” and “PEACE” techniques:

PEACE is an interview technique that more closely resembles what journalists do. It’s to gather information; confessions are not sought. Unlike the Reid technique, the questioner does not try to pal up the suspect, does not try to say, “I understand where you’re coming from.” It’s very straightforward…It’s basically based on a different model. That model is: Lying and anxiety have nothing to do with each other, and lying and body language have nothing to do with each other. However, lying creates a cognitive load, and the more you lie, the more elements you have to juggle, and if you keep going back and asking for more and more details, eventually that system breaks down.

PG 27: Prior to his appearances in the guise of Reverse Flash, Abra Kadabra’s last appearance was in Flash #300, in the story “1981 – A Flash Odyssey!”. In that issue, Kadabra tried to convince Flash he was not his super-self via an elaborate illusion. The trick was broken when Kadabra included Reverse Flash in his taunts, as Flash explains below.

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In The Trial, Kadabra appears to be revisiting this plan from Flash #300 by introducing another illusion of Reverse Flash, albeit in an elaborate effort to save The Flash and cement his own legacy in the process. The original art for page 27 can be seen here, via Comic Art Fans.

Kadabra’s on-page history with The Rogues was pretty limited. He appeared alongside Mirror Master in Justice League of America #158 (1978). Kadabra also teamed up with Reverse Flash in Flash #175, one of the famous Superman/Flash races.

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PG 29: This issue is the first and last appearance of Snurff. Abra’s plan is to keep Flash in the 64th Century long enough to avoid his death in Crisis on Infinite Earths. Everything from ensuring a murder conviction in #348 to destroying Zoom’s lab earlier in this issue was a feint by Abra to lure Flash into the 64th Century as part of a “trick” to change history and elevate his art. The use of “final fate” in panel four is a nod to the cover of Crisis on Infinite Earths #8, which went on sale three weeks after Flash #50.

PG 31: Abra thanks Flash for his “convoluted and gut-wrenching lifetime of tragedy and trauma.” This is, of course, decades prior to Flash: Rebirth and Nora Allen’s untimely death. I’ve always wondered what Abra was going to add before the alarm goes off.

PG 33: Although they’re working together here, Mirror Master and Captain Boomerang converged on Gotham City in Batman #388, following this issue.

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PG 36: Abra wouldn’t stay down for long. He could be seen in Crisis on Infinite Earths #5.

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PG 38 – 40: The tower-city panel gave it away to longtime readers back in issue #349, but Iris Allen’s soul survived the events of Flash #275. Both she and Flash returned to the 30th Century following the events in the 64th. See Kelson’s comprehensive “The Lost Days of Barry Allen” post over at the reference site for the entire timeline of Barry appearance from Flash #350 to Final Crisis.

For everyone who has read even one of these posts, you have my sincere thanks! My deepest admiration to Mr. Cary Bates, the late, great Carmine Infantino and all the creators involved with this series. Everyone should buy Showcase Presents: The Trial of The Flash (and the missing issues)!

Thank you again!!

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Greg Elias.

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Flash Season Zero Chapter 2 Preview is Up

Crave has a preview of the second chapter of Flash: Season Zero, which goes online Monday. After his encounter with the strong man, the Flash returns to S.T.A.R. Labs with a broken bone…that’s healed wrong.

Flash Season Zero preview

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Flash: Futures End Preview on Uproxx

Flash Futures End 1Next week DC releases Flash: Futures End #1. Like the rest of DC’s New 52 line this September, the issue jumps ahead five years. Of course, the current storyline with the Flash of twenty years from now has him coming back in time to undo mistakes, particularly one that will cost Wally West his life…five years from today! Like last year’s Reverse Flash one-shot for Villains Month, the Flash team has managed to work the event theme into their main story instead of going off on a tangent for a month.

Check out a preview at Uproxx Gamma Squad, revealing just why Barry Allen was late (this time), and showing a new look for Reverse Flash Daniel West.

Full animated cover behind the cut:

Flash Futures End Cover (animated)

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Captain Boomerang Cast For Arrow

IGN reports that actor Nick Tarabay has been cast as Captain Boomerang for season three of Arrow — and it’s not a huge stretch to guess that he’ll eventually cross over to the Flash series as well. Tarabay is best-known for playing Ashur on the television series Spartacus.

The TV series’ Captain Boomerang is described as a “former A.R.G.U.S operative, highly skilled in martial arts and espionage, with a deadly thirst for vengeance against his former employers.” It is reported that he’ll appear in episodes 7 and 8 of Arrow; as IGN notes, episode #8 is the crossover with the Flash series.

There have been unofficial rumblings of a potential Suicide Squad series for a while now, and when I saw Arrow‘s Stephen Amell at Fan Expo last month he said he wanted the team to guest-star in multiple episodes. One wonders if Digger will eventually be joining the Squad.

Lia.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7SERIES PREMIERETHE FLASH“City of Heroes” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, LV) (HDTV)THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE IS BORN — Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) was just 11 years old when his mother was killed in a bizarre and terrifying incident and his father (John Wesley Shipp) was falsely convicted of the murder. With his life changed forever by the tragedy, Barry was taken in and raised by Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), the father of Barry’s best friend, Iris (Candice Patton). Now, Barry has become a brilliant, driven and endearingly geeky CSI investigator, whose determination to uncover the truth about his mother’s strange death leads him to follow up on every unexplained urban legend and scientific advancement that comes along. Barry’s latest obsession is a cutting edge particle accelerator, created by visionary physicist Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and his S.T.A.R. Labs team members, Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), who claim that this invention will bring about unimaginable advancements in power and medicine. However, something goes horribly wrong during the public unveiling, and when the devastating explosion causes a freak storm, many lives are lost and Barry is struck by lightning. After nine months in a coma, Barry awakens to find his life has changed once again – the accident has given him the power of super speed. Thrilled with his new powers, Barry learns how to control them with the help of Dr. Wells and his team. However, keeping his secret from his best friend Iris (Candice Patton) is proving to be harder than he thought, especially when Joe’s new partner, Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett), catches her eye. When another meta-human attacks the city, it’s time to put Barry’s new powers, and himself, to the test. David Nutter directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kresiberg and Geoff Johns and teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns (100). Original airdate 10/7/2014

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7

SERIES PREMIERE

THE FLASH
“City of Heroes” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, LV) (HDTV)

THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE IS BORN — Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) was just 11 years old when his mother was killed in a bizarre and terrifying incident and his father (John Wesley Shipp) was falsely convicted of the murder. With his life changed forever by the tragedy, Barry was taken in and raised by Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), the father of Barry’s best friend, Iris (Candice Patton). Now, Barry has become a brilliant, driven and endearingly geeky CSI investigator, whose determination to uncover the truth about his mother’s strange death leads him to follow up on every unexplained urban legend and scientific advancement that comes along. Barry’s latest obsession is a cutting edge particle accelerator, created by visionary physicist Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and his S.T.A.R. Labs team members, Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), who claim that this invention will bring about unimaginable advancements in power and medicine. However, something goes horribly wrong during the public unveiling, and when the devastating explosion causes a freak storm, many lives are lost and Barry is struck by lightning. After nine months in a coma, Barry awakens to find his life has changed once again – the accident has given him the power of super speed. Thrilled with his new powers, Barry learns how to control them with the help of Dr. Wells and his team. However, keeping his secret from his best friend Iris (Candice Patton) is proving to be harder than he thought, especially when Joe’s new partner, Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett), catches her eye. When another meta-human attacks the city, it’s time to put Barry’s new powers, and himself, to the test. David Nutter directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kresiberg and Geoff Johns and teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns (100). Original airdate 10/7/2014

Flash Collections in 2015: Future Flash/Mashup TPB and Showcase Moves into the 70s

The Beat has a list of upcoming DC collected editions, including two coming up in June that should be of interest to Flash fans:

The Flash Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Robert Venditti, Van Jensen, Brett Booth
On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback

Summary: The start of a new era for the Fastest Man Alive! In the future, The Flash is a broken man. His powers have failed him time and again at great cost to him and the city he has sworn to protect. Now he’s coming back to the current time to stop the one event that destroyed his life. Meanwhile, in the present, Barry Allen must contend with thieves trying to capitalize on the devastation of FOREVER EVIL. It’s a tale of two timelines that ushers in one of The New 52’s most anticipated character debuts!

THE FLASH VOL. 6 begins a brand new era for the Scarlet Speedster, from writer Robert Venditti (GREEN LANTERN), Van Jensen (GREEN LANTERN CORPS) and artist Brett Booth (NIGHTWING, TEEN TITANS). Collects THE FLASH #30-34 and THE FLASH ANNUAL #3.

Well, I guess that answers the question about hardcovers. Starting with vol.5, the New 52 Flash is going straight from monthlies to paperbacks.

There is one thing odd about this solicitation: As I understand it, the storyline launched in Flash Annual 3 continues in next week’s Flash: Future’s End and wraps in next month’s Flash #35, with a new storyline starting in Flash #36. It seems like that would be a more logical place to break it. Sure, it would be a little long at effectively 9 issues (I’m counting the annual as two), but there are several other New 52 trades on the same list that clock in at a 200-250 page count.

Showcase Presents: The Flash Vol. 5
Robert Kanigher, Irv Novick
On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
$19.99 USD
528 pages
Trade Paperback

Summary: Over 500 pages of classic super hero adventure are collected in this value-priced volume!
The Fastest Man Alive is back in this new collection of tales from the 1960s. In this fifth volume, The Flash faces foes from his Rogues Gallery including Captain Cold, and faces difficulties include amnesia, his girlfriend, Iris Allen, being granted invulnerability, and much more.

Collects THE FLASH #185-208.

One of DC’s reprint lines has finally brought the Flash into the 1970s! I’ve criticized DC before for its tendency to start a complete reprint run with the early Silver Age stories, then the next time they introduce a new format, start over with the same early Silver Age stories, never moving past around 1964.

Showcase Presents: The Flash Vol.5 brings the black-and-white reprint series up to August 1971. I wouldn’t count on the Archives or Chronicles getting there anytime soon.

Incidentally: Someone needs to tell whichever PR group wrote that summary that Barry and Iris were married at the time. I mean, the name “Iris Allen” ought to be a clue…

Kelson.

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Meeting Flash writers/artists Mark Waid, Brian Buccellato, and Geoff Johns, plus Flashy cosplayers at past Long Beach Comic Cons. I can’t believe this year’s convention is almost here!

Meeting Flash writers/artists Mark Waid, Brian Buccellato, and Geoff Johns, plus Flashy cosplayers at past Long Beach Comic Cons. I can’t believe this year’s convention is almost here!

Keystone Kops in Gotham Central Sale at ComiXology

Gotham Central 29While the announcement makes no mention of the “Gotham” TV show launching soon, ComiXology is running a Gotham Central sale with over 100 issues of the series and other Batman books discounted to 99 cents each. That includes the 4-part “Keystone Cops” story in Gotham Central #28-31, which sees Detectives Montoya and Allen pursuing a case to Keystone City and the captive Dr. Alchemy, who may be the source of a bizarre chemical weapon used on a Gotham City police officer. Keystone City Detectives Chyre and Morillo and Rogue profiler Ashley Zolomon guest star as well.

With any luck there will be a Flash sale in the coming weeks as well, especially since DC stopped releasing the 1987-2008 series without finishing it. (Most of the Geoff Johns/Howard Porter run is missing, plus for issues of Waid/Augustyn).

Kelson.

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The USS…Epinephrine!? – Help Me Raise Funds for Food Allergy Research

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This weekend I’m participating in the annual Walk for Food Allergy, and I need your help to raise funds for FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education), an organization dedicated to, well, research and education about food allergies.

Food allergies can vary in severity from mild discomfort to immediately life-threatening. We’re still trying to nail down exactly what causes them to develop, why they’re on the rise (current estimates are 15 million people in the US alone), and what can be done to stop allergic reactions from happening.

Until then, the best we can do is:

  • Avoid the foods we’re allergic to as best as we can. (This depends on industry and food preparers labeling properly and trying to avoid cross-contamination.)
  • Always carry epinephrine injectors and always plan for the possibility of a trip to the emergency room. (I had to go to the ER during SDCC last year!)

FARE funds research, provides educational resources for everyone from allergic patients to the food industry, promotes awareness of the problem, and pursues advocacy for people living with food allergies.

I’ll be walking in the September 21 event near Los Angeles. You can help by donating here. Every bit helps. Thank you!

Kelson.

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Amanda Pays from the original 1990’s series of The Flash has joined the 2014 revamp as Dr Tina McGee