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The Mashup Killer! Review of THE FLASH #33

Flash #33As the Future Flash continues his run back to our time, Barry Allen is on two trails (or should I say, three).  Who is the “Mashup Killer”, where is Wally, and why does Barry keep losing time every time he runs?  That’s where we pick up with THE FLASH #33, out today!


The Central City Police are stretched to their limit and beyond, tracking down the killer or killers of the crew who stole all those super-weapons out of the evidence room during the reign of the Crime Syndicate (in FOREVER EVIL).  One additional aggravation is that Iris West has been on that trail as well…and Singh is in no mood for people to be leaking news to the press.  Still, Iris and Barry talk…about more trouble that Wally may be courting with a group of friends who are leading him the wrong way.  Seven years from now, Future Barry has a confrontation with the future Trickster…with a notable difference from this blue Flash’s other meetings with Rogues in the future.  All this…and the identity of the Mashup Killer…are in issue #33!

Let’s talk Wally just a bit more.  No, Wally has NOT joined a gang – not in the sense of criminals bent on mayhem.  The planned “criminal activity” is still in the realm of petty crimes, even though he could wind up in some real trouble here. Still, he is in the wrong group of friends, and if someone (Barry?) doesn’t turn him around, this new 52 Wally could become the very stereotype of troubled youth very quickly.  Speaking of stereotypes, I still don’t believe that moving into unfortunate stereotypes is the intent of writers Robert Venditti and Van Jensen…but I am hopeful that we will move past this “troubled youth” phase of the story soon.   I still believe good things are ahead for Wally, but I’m getting anxious while waiting for that day to come.

That being said, the overall story by Venditti and Jensen  is very good.  We are seeing that Future Flash hasn’t lost all heart, even though he is VERY different to the Barry we know.  And, the hunt for the Mashup Killer has been excellent – and that story isn’t over yet.  The artwork for this story continues to excel, with Brett Booth’s pencils, Norm Rapmunds inks and Andrew Dalhouse’s colors. The expressions are as amazing as the action sequences throughout this issue.  While the Wally storyline is still a bit worrisome while we wait for the real Wally to step up, this is still an overall well-crafted tale – and I’m still looking forward to what comes next.

Ed Garrett.

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This Week: Flash #33 (Preview)

Flash #33

The Flash #33 arrives in stores tomorrow, and there’s a preview at Nerdist.

The only thing hurtling our way faster than San Diego Comic-Con is The Flash in this brand new exclusive preview of DC Comics’ The Flash #33 by Robert Venditti, Norm Rapmund, and Brett Booth. Because one timeline wasn’t enough danger and derring-do for our hero, issue #33 finds Barry Allen in the past about to be murdered by the very killer he’s hunting down. Meanwhile, Future Flash is fighting Future Trickster for the fate of his fair city, but the question remains: is Flash fast enough to save both timelines and prevent his future from being erased? Only time will tell, but this exclusive preview is a fantastic place to start.


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warnerbrostv The bag that will make you run faster!!! #theflash #sdcc #comiccon

Speed Reading

Flash Podcast 27 introduces a new co-host, as Justin Cavender joins Andy Behbakht.

CSBG’s Comic Legends Revealed: Contrary to popular belief, DC did not cancel the Flash because the Trial was going on too long. Quite the opposite, actually.

Mike Schmidt’s Flash opera has a new song, “Never Forget.”

The Mark Millar/Duncan Fegredo speedster series M.P.H. is off to a running start at Image.

Archie Comics is relaunching a speedster, with a new Sonic the Hedgehog series, Sonic Boom.

4thLetter offers a piece to think about before you dismiss criticism as “outrage” — or worse, “faux outrage.”


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Captain Cold Cast and Other Flash TV News Round-Up

TV Line reports that Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) has been cast as Leonard Snart, aka Captain Cold, and will appear in Episode 4. Additionally, Ronnie Raymond (Firestorm) will be joined by Martin Stein at some point.

Barry’s suit was also a point of contention, as it’s not quite as vibrant as in the comics. Berlanti noted that designer Colleen Atwood went through a series of different looks and that the team will be “evolving the suit over time. … It will become more vibrant and red” as the series progresses.

Several episode titles have been revealed:
Episode 2: The Fastest Man Alive
Episode 3: Things You Can’t Outrun

William Sadler (Iron Man 3) will play Simon Stagg in Episode 2, suggesting a possible Metamorpho appearance down the line.


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Flash Giant Tote Bag at SDCC

Flash Tote Bag SDCC 2014

Warner Bros.’ giant tote bags have become a fixture at Comic-Con the last few years, and SuperHero Hype has the full set for 2014 — all 13 of them, including bags for each of DC Entertainment’s current and upcoming TV shows.

Yes, if you’re attending SDCC this year, you have a 1 in 13 chance of walking away from badge check-in with a Flash tote bag.


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This Week: Digital Wally West Buzz

Flash #247Over the past two weeks, DC has released the last four issues of the Wally West Flash series to their digital backlist, Flash #244-247, featuring the story “This Was Your Life, Wally West.” Written by Alan Burnett with art by committee, it pitted Wally against both the Queen Bee and his own mortality.

They’re not done yet, though. Up until last month, DC had been working their way through the Geoff Johns/Scott Kolins run, and once it was solid through #200, they jumped forward to the end of the book. Only a handful of issues from Flash #201-230 (most of which is Geoff Johns with Howard Porter and Livesay) are available digitally so far, and I’d expect that’s where they’ll fill in next.

There’s also an odd four-issue gap from #116-119, clipping off the end of “Race Against Time” and the “Final Night” tie-in from Mark Waid’s run on the book. Why they skipped those four issues, I have no idea.

So there’s another thirty or so issues of the main series to go before it’s complete.

Then there’s the ½ issue that’s a prologue to “Rogue War,” three Secret Files, and thirteen Annuals, some of which stand alone and some of which tie into ongoing stories. Not to mention Iron Heights and Flash: Our Worlds at War, both of which tied into the build-up to “Crossfire.”

And that’s not even getting into stand-alone one-shots like the two Flash 80-page giants, or Time Flies, or, well, Speed Force…


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Flash in October: Flash #35 & Season Zero #1

The Flash #35

Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
On sale OCTOBER 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

It’s The Flash vs. Future Flash as these two super-speedsters battle for the fate of Wally West! Will a Flash die?

And Beyond the New 52

Flash Season 0 Issue 1

Photo cover
1:5 Variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale OCTOBER 1 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • Digital First

An all-new digital first series From the world of the highly anticipated new TV show The Flash! Follow the adventures of Barry Allen as he struggles to balance his job as a police crime scene investigator, his unrequited crush on Iris West (who also happens to be his boss’ daughter) and his new life as Central City’s guardian angel! Don’t miss out!

Also keep an eye on the Justice League titles, Multiversity, Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse and more.


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Flash vs. the Bleak Despair of Existence

I’ve been meaning to post this all week: The Flash faces bleak existential despair in Patrick (H) Willems’ short fan film, En Fläsh, bringing you the scarlet speedster in the style of classic director Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal).


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Speed Reading: Podcast Catch-Up, Waid & Wieringo & More

I’ve gotten way behind on these link round-ups.

ComicsAlliance’s Chris Sims on Why Mark Waid’s Flash run is so great, and how it ties the entire post-Crisis on Infinite Earths DC Universe together. (video)

The Flash Podcast has covered Iris West, Weather Wizard and Professor Zoom since we last checked in.

Flash TV Talk has covered Young Justice & Reverse Flashes and interviewed Greg Weisman.

Back in a Flash podcast talks about Merge, the villain in the latest issue of the book.

CBR’s Pipeline looks back at The Flash by Waid and Wieringo.

Not Flash-specific, but worth a read: Radioactive Blackness And Anglo-Saxon Aliens: Achieving Superhero Diversity Through Race-Changing (ComicsAlliance)

Tons of stuff as always at The Rogues Kick Ass.


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