Flash Casting News/Rumors: Iris and Detective West
David Rappaport Casting tweeted a glimpse at some of the casting sheets for the Flash TV pilot yesterday, including Iris West and Detective West. The presence of Iris no doubt thrilled a number of long-time Flash fans, especially considering how quickly she was written out of the 1990 TV series, appearing only in the pilot episode. Detective West, however, was a mystery.
Detective West is a blue-collar cop who took Barry in after his mother’s death. Iris is his daughter, a grad student in psychology, and Barry’s “mile a minute, fast-talking, quick-witted best friend.” CW is looking for African-American actors for both roles. Head over to Bludhaven Banter to read the full descriptions.
I should start by mentioning that I’ve never seen an episode of Arrow before, and thus many of the established characters and ongoing storylines were a bit of a mystery to me. That said, it wasn’t too difficult to figure out what was happening. Spoilers after the cut.
I thought Barry was handled well, even if I’m slightly exasperated to see the dead mother plot happening again (it’s a pet peeve). Poor Henry Allen always gets the short end of the stick in every type of continuity! It was definitely a surprise to hear about the obvious implication of Professor Zoom, something I figured would either not happen in the show(s), or at least not be revealed until after Barry gets his own super-speed. However, it does provide an excellent reason for Barry’s interest in metahuman cases, and explains why he’d risk his job to come to Starling City. And for all we know, the intervention of another speedster may be why Barry gets his powers.
I enjoyed the little nods to comics continuity in the episode, such as Barry handling the lab chemicals during a thunderstorm, and always being late. He does seem a bit unbelievably young to me, though, and at least the characters acknowledged it by asking about his parents. But I guess his age is appropriate if he’s to be a love interest for Felicity. Overall I enjoyed the episode, even if it was paced a bit slowly (deliberate irony?), and am looking forward to the second part. And my fingers are crossed for the Flash pilot; Grant Gustin definitely handles Barry well, and the role appears to be in good hands.
Arrow Season 2 Episode 8 “The Scientist” Notes and Reactions (Devin) ***SPOILERS***
So as I am writing this Arrow has ended about 4 minutes ago and I’m extremely jazzed up from watching it. I’m just going to give my overall impressions and then after the break you can look forward to some details on the Barry bits. I will also add that I’m a huge fan of the show and it alone has made me care more about Green Arrow than I ever have before. With every episode I believe the show improves and I love keeping an eye out for all of the easter eggs and little nods. So many just in this night’s episode alone.
As far as this episode goes…while a lot of the Barry Allen stuff was extremely heavy-handed I can also understand why they chose to go that route. Overall they did a fairly good job introducing Barry Allen to new fans although does anyone else find themselves getting a Peter Parker vibe from Grant Gustin? I guess it doesn’t help that I rewatched Amazing Spider-Man last night. I do like how right in the first episode, we’ve established Barry’s general temperament, what he brings to the table as far as skills and resourcefulness, and his motivations. Bing, bam, boom. I can’t say that I am thrilled that certain aspects of his revised Brightest Day/New 52 origin were retained for that adaptation but I also can’t say I’m totally surprised as that was kind of the point of doing the New 52; streamlining origins and making characters easier to relate to. We also got some great hints of things to come, including a certain opposite who has yet to get his due in live-action.
Please do not read any further if you do not wish to read Spoilers. Spoilers are after the break.
The episode opens with a robbery at a Queen Consolidated factory/facility. The assailant is super strong and easily incapacitates the guards and makes off with an experimental device, called a Centrifuge. Obviously this is the first real appearance of Cyrus Gold (barring the teaser at the end of last episode) aka Solomon Grundy.
After some drama at the Queen Consolidated offices we next see Oliver Queen (aka the Vigilante, aka Green Arrow) and his team, John Diggle and Felicity Smoak discussing with former Detective Lance theories about the break-in at his facility. In the midst of this we see a young man get off the train in the pouring rain and promptly miss a taxi. Yep, Barry Allen is officially on the scene. He finally arrives in the middle of Lance expounding on his theory and after explaining his tardiness and who he is, promptly tears apart said theory using his great attention to detail and his forensic expertise. Felicity quickly takes a liking to him which does not go unnoticed by Ollie or Diggle.
When next we see Barry he is back at Queen Consolidated after being invited by Felicity to help with the investigation. She and Barry being tracking the thief, giving Ollie clues on where to find him and where he will strike. It is now when a bit of Barry’s true motives start to eek out, as he asks Felicity about the vigilante and confirms that his mom’s murder will be apart of his onscreen back story as well. I guess they needed some kind of hook I suppose. He then goes on to drop some hints that he might know a bit more about the Starling City vigilante than he originally let on. He also secretly hopes that the vigilante will be able to help him track down his mother’s killer. *groan* Just then Barry and Felicity get a hit on where Grundy might strike next and Oliver is off to try and stop him from escaping with blood from a blood bank.
After Oliver fails to stop Grundy from stealing the blood, Barry and Felicity are at it again attempting to track Grundy and we see some great little homages to Barry’s comic origin as he is standing over a lab rack organizing chemicals when thunder rumbles in the background. A bit more flirting occurs and Felicity ends up inviting Barry to Queen Consolidated’s Welcome Back Party for Ollie’s mother, Moira Queen. Barry accepts but of course has to add that he isn’t very good on his feet. *groan*
Just as the Central City Star Labs particle accelerator is mentioned yet again (a running subplot throughout the season so far that definitely looks to be heading towards one direction) Oliver and Dig confront Barry about the lies he has told. 1) Barry is only an assistant to a Forensic Scientist and 2) Barry originally claimed he was called in from Central City because of a similar case that occurred there and his bosses, in actuality, have no clue of his whereabouts. Barry then fesses up that he is a kind of super-natural storm chaser. Due to the nature of his mother’s death he travels to wherever strange cases of super-powered humans or events have taken place. He was also hoping to enlist the help of the vigilante in finding the real murderer. *sigh*. Oliver then kicks Barry out.
Later at the Queen Consolidated welcome back party for Moira Queen the turn out is not spectacular and the guests are all kind of down in the dumps, especially Felicity who was obviously hoping that Barry would be her date before his duplicity was uncovered. Ollie of course reveals that he actually invited Barry to the party after all and Barry and Felicity further their burgeoning romance.
When next we see Barry we are back at Queen Consolidated and he is being chewed out over the phone by Director Singh from back in Central City who demands that Barry return immediately before he doesn’t have a job to return to. After an awkward goodbye, Barry departs for the train station but not before giving the team one more key bit of information to help in their hunt for Grundy.
Later Oliver confronts Grundy again at an A.R.G.U.S. (!) Facility and is beaten brutally by Grundy and accidentally injected with two syringes: contents unknown! Seeing that Oliver needs medical help that they can’t possibly provide, Diggle attempts to dial 911 before Felicity comes up with the idea to contact a certain someone for help.
Barry is seen again missing the last train to Central City when he is kidnapped by Diggle and Felicity and brought to Oliver’s lair. The episode ends with Barry discovering that Oliver is the vigilante.
So what did you all think of the first live action version of Barry Allen that we’ve seen in years? Please let us know in the comments below.
Tonight’s ARROW episode guest-starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen hits in about 10 minutes on the east coast. This extended trailer for the mid-season finale two-parter, “The Scientist” and “Three Ghosts,” features what looks like a glimpse at the Flash’s origin, the lab accident gives Barry super-speed. (via FlashTVNews)
This week in Flash: ARROW on TV, Digital Impulse and Jay, Fast Friends
The big Flash release this week is, of course, Barry Allen’s first appearance on the TV show Arrow tonight. Not yet the Flash, Barry comes to Starling City to investigate a robbery. (Check out our round-up of Flash TV news.)
There aren’t any new Flash comic books this week, but there are two new digital re-releases at ComiXology on Wednesday:
Impulse #84: With Max Mercury still missing, Bart moves to Keystone City to live with Jay and Joan Garrick. The cover is a reference to the very first Flash cover ever: Flash Comics #1.
Green Lantern #67: Part 2 of “Fast Friends,” as Wally West and Kyle Rayner try to avoid sniping at each other long enough to stop Sonar.
Just in time for Barry Allen to make his first appearance on “Arrow” (tomorrow), The Flash Podcast has launched to focus on the new TV version of the character as played by Grant Gustin (and other media). Head over to soundcloud for the first episode and listen to host Andy Behbakht talk about what you can expect from the show!
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The Origin of Kid Flash Starts Here! Review of Teen Titans #25
The New 52 Bart Allen has a dark secret, one that is finally coming to light as we prepare for the “Trial of Kid Flash” in Teen Titans #25. But, just what DID he do…and how did he end up in our present time? There’s a LOT more to this story, and that’s where we pick up with the latest issue of Teen Titans.
LIGHT SPOILERS ONLY
Kid Flash and Solstice have ended up where things began for Bart Allen, or rather, Bar Torr – in a place described as “a squalid corner of the universe known as the Backlands.” Bart and Kiran are in serious danger, and Bart’s reaction brings him to the breaking point. As the rest of the Titans finally catch up, the Echo Chronal authority arrive and place Bart under arrest. It seems that Bart has been in a chronal version of the witness protection system – but from what? The truth is just beginning to be revealed, and a lot of shockers are still ahead for us.
Scott Lobdell is setting up a terrific storyline as we begin to unfold the mysteries that have surrounded Kid Flash since the beginning of the New 52. There are a lot of layers left to be uncovered here, and I’m looking forward to how this arc will affect not only Bart but also the Titans as a group moving forward. The artwork from Scott McDaniel on breakdowns, Tyler Kirkham on pencils, Art Thibert with inks and Arif Prianto on colors is excellent throughout, with great page layouts, spot-on expressions and terrific action sequences. No, this isn’t your pre-Flashpoint Bart…but if you want to find out who THIS Bart is…and what he has done…this arc of Teen Titans is a must-read.
In the past year I’ve had the chance to meet a lot of comics fans and even interview some exceptionally creative people who create the comics that I love. And, I’ve had the chance to observe some of the best…and worst behavior in comics fans. The thing that gets to me the most is those who try to…
Barry’s “Zero Year” Story – Ending With a Beginning (Review)
The “Zero Year” arc edition of The Flash finds a younger, pre-Flash Barry Allen on the streets of Gotham…and he isn’t the only citizen of the Gem Cities hanging around these mean streets. Manapul and Buccellato give us one last great story before their own move to Gotham City, complete with one “beginning” we see in this issue for the first time anywhere!
LIGHT SPOILERS ONLY
The call for help has gone out from Gotham to law enforcement agencies across the country, and new Central City Police Academy graduate Barry Allen is one of those who has answered the call! Barry has been assigned to Harvey Bullock and his partner Spencer. Together, they are tracking down a very dangerous street drug called Icarus, one that eventually causes it’s users to explode into flames! If you want a quick lesson on the differences between Gotham and Central City, just watch the ways Barry and Bullock approach the situation here. While investigating, they meet up with another Gem Cities native who is working as an intern with the Gotham Gazette…Iris West! Yes, in this issue we get the New 52 first meeting between Barry and Iris…and it is every bit as awesome as any Barry/Iris fan could ever wish.
This last issue for the team of M&B was a bit of an interesting choice in that Barry hasn’t had his lab accident “yet” and therefore can’t put on the familiar red and yellow uniform. Still, The Flash #25 provided a great back story for Barry himself, one well worth checking out even if it weren’t the last time Manapul and Buccellato are paired together on The Flash (Buccellato will script some additional issues before M&B take on Gotham in the pages of Detective Comics). And, just a note for fans looking for that familiar hidden “DC Comics Proudly Presents The Flash” on the title page…you won’t find it there (it features the main “Zero Year” format)…but you won’t be disappointed either, just keep looking.
I have been a fan of Francis Manapul’s and Brian Buccellato’s work from the beginning, and while I wish them both the very best for their run on Detective, I will miss what they have brought for the last 2+ years to my favorite superhero here in the pages of The Flash. The next team will have some rather large yellow boots to fill.
A convention needs additional days at the convention center to set up and tear down the event. So for a 3-day weekend event, they need to be in Wednesday or Thursday through Monday.
They’ve been trying to avoid conflicting with other big comic conventions, specifically C2E2 in Chicago and Emerald City in Seattle. I remember one year they were the same weekend as MegaCon, but it was all the way on the East coast, so the two events were drawing from a different pool of guests and attendees.
WonderCon’s last year (so far) in San Francisco was 2011. C2E2 launched in 2010, and grew to 41,000 attendees in 2012 and 50,000. Emerald City has been around for a decade, but expanded dramatically over the last few years, jumping from 13,000 attendees in 2009 to 32,000 in 2011. This year, all three cons* were in the 53-56K range.
The other shows’ explosion in size coincides with WonderCon’s move out of San Francisco. Both shows were already growing before WonderCon moved to Anaheim, so while I’m sure some former regulars decided to go to Emerald City instead, I doubt it accounts for the bulk of the growth. It makes me wonder (no pun intended) whether WonderCon might be facing similar scheduling conflicts even if it had stayed in San Francisco back in 2012.
If they do have to go up against another high-profile convention, it’s going to be one of those damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t situations. My feeling is they’d be better off scheduling for the same weekend as C2E2, since Chicago’s three times the distance and two time zones away. Sure, it could be seen as a proxy battle between the NYCC and SDCC juggernauts, but it would play better than looking like they’re stepping on the little guy.
The final Manapul/Buccellato issue of The Flash is out today. It’s a flashback, set in Gotham City during Zero Year, featuring a pre-speed Barry Allen and Iris West. Preview at Heat Vision.
ComiXology doesn’t have any new Flash or Impulse backissues this week. I suspect DC has moved Flash from a biweekly reissue schedule to a monthly, leaving Impulse biweekly for now. I hope they’ll at least wrap up Impulse on this schedule since there are only four issues left (Impulse #85 was already rereleased as part of a Young Justice crossover). Also two annuals, a pair of team-up, and Bart Saves the Universe.
I spent Saturday at Long Beach Comic and Horror Con, which despite its name is still, five years on, one of the most comics-focused “comic con” events I’ve been to. Among other things, I caught the Young Justice Voice Acting panel with a dozen cast members and Greg Weisman, a discussion panel between Marv Wolfman and Scott Lobdell and a spotlight on Mark Waid (see photo). Wolfman and Waid are always fascinating, and Lobdell turned out to be really interesting as well. Brian Buccellato was supposed to be there as well, but I never saw him. Artist’s Alley was huge, though, and I never quite managed to do the full systematic pass that I intended, so it’s entirely possible that all my trips through the area missed him.
Some interesting Flash-related bits:
Jason Spisak, when asked about getting into his character, remarked that Wally West’s lines in the script always look like he’s a “total douche,” but what he had to do was think: His friends keep him around. There’s got to be something endearing to him that they want to have around. He’d find that and make it come through in his acting.
Speaking of Young Justice, the game studio that did Young Justice: Legacy still has the license. If the game does well enough, they’d like to do a sequel…set during what would have been season three.
Mark Waid, when asked what story felt like he’d finally made it, said “The Return of Barry Allen.” That’s interesting, since the story was about Wally West reaching the point where he felt like he’d finally made it. He also said that his record at making good cliffhangers is due to the fact that he writes them before figuring out how the character’s going to get out (which makes for a few stressful days at the beginning of the next script). If he doesn’t know how, the audience isn’t going to guess!
Scott Lobdell compares the New 52 Kid Flash’s personality to Woody Woodpecker.
Heat Vision has a preview of Flash #25, out in stores next Wednesday. It’s a Zero Year tie-in, written by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato — their last issue of Flash together before moving to Detective Comics — with art by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story.
In it, a pre-Flash Barry Allen and Iris West meet in Gotham City five years ago. “What crucial part did Barry Allen play in the Zero Year saga, and how did it shape his future as The Flash?”
Flash #25 arrives in stores on Wednesday, November 27.
Some Days Nothing Goes Right…Review of Rogues Rebellion #2
The Rogues are in a battle with the Crime Syndicate, the same group that took down the Justice League with barely a thought. This simply cannot end well…and that’s the premise that starts this issue of Rogues Rebellion. There are big changes everywhere in the DCU, none more evident than what happens in this story. Still, we see once again the qualities that have made the Rogues such a fan-favorite among DC villains in a true game-changing issue.
LIGHT SPOILERS ONLY
The Rogues have been ordered to level Central City…something that goes against the Rogues’ code against killing. When you add to that the fact that Lisa is still in one of the hospitals in the Gem Cities you know the Rogues won’t comply. Besides, have they ever taken orders from anyone? There is one major plot point here that has been spoilered by Forever Evil, but just in case you haven’t read that we won’t give a further spoiler here – let’s just say that there is a MAJOR change for at least one Rogue that has big-time implications moving forward. What we do see is the battle between the Rogues and the Crime Syndicate in greater depth than we have previously read. The result changes so much for every member of the Rogues, and takes them to…a very interesting cliffhanger that sends them to unexpected places.
Brian Buccellato has placed the Rogues in the toughest situation they’ve seen in the New 52, and really the worst situation they’ve been in since that mess with Neron in the old continuity. Still, he keeps the characters true to their most basic qualities, what makes them unique among DCU villains. Scott Hepburn’s illustrations (with colors from Nick Filardi) work very well with the Rogues, espcially dealing with some very critical scenes that will have major implications moving forward. It is a bit of a shame that one of the truly major moments for the Rogues was spoilered by another title, but it is still effectively dealt with in this issue. I’ll say this again…if only this was an ongoing instead of a mini-series.
OLIVER IS VISITED BY GHOSTS FROM THE PAST — After a fight with Cyrus Gold AKA the Acolyte (guest star Graham Shiels), Oliver (Stephen Amell) is drugged and left for dead. Determined to cure him, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) makes a risky decision. The cure causes Oliver to hallucinate, and what he sees forces him to confront his past. Meanwhile, Barry (guest star Grant Gustin) continues to help Felicity, and their connection grows stronger. The Arrow asks Lance (Paul Blackthorne) to look into Gold, but when the stakeout on Gold goes bad, someone is killed. Roy (Colton Haynes) is captured and tortured by Brother Blood (guest star Kevin Alejandro). John Behring directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kresiberg and teleplay by Geoff Johns & Ben Sokolowski (#209).
This Week: Rogues Rebellion #2, Impulse, Fast Friends
This week features the release of Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #2.
Separated from their leader Captain Cold and trapped in Metropolis, the Rogues must fight for their lives against the Secret Society’s secret weapon: the horrifying Parasite!
Brian Buccellato, Patrick Zircher, cover by Declan Shalvey.
In digital backissues at ComiXology:
Impulse #83, Part 2 of “Double Visions,” in which two of Bart’s classmates’ psychic battle threatens to spill over the whole school. Todd Dezago, Carlo Barberi, Juan Vlasco.
Green Lantern (1990 series) #66:: “Fast Friends” Part 1 of 2. Kyle Rayner and Wally West try to get along while battling Sonar. Ron Marz, Paul Pelletier, Romeo Tanghal.
Speaking of Green Lantern, ComiXology is also running a Green Lantern by Geoff Johns sale which includes all of Blackest Night including every tie-in, so if you want to pick up digital copies of Blackest Night: The Flash or the GL issue in which Barry Allen gets possessed by Parallax for 99¢ an issue, now’s your chance.
DC Collectibles New 52 Heroes vs. Villains 7-Pack Review and Pics! *Image Intensive*
New 52 Super Heroes Vs. Super-Villains 7-Pack featuring The Flash, Batman, Aquaman, Captain Cold, The Joker, Black Manta and an exclusive release of Catwoman.
Hey Speed Readers,
So even though this set actually isn’t scheduled for release until Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 thanks to some enterprising individuals I got the set in my hands a few days early. Check out my review and bunch of pics below.
More pics after the jump!
This is the second 7-Pack released by DC Collectibles (the first featuring the New 52′s Big Seven) and this is a perfect companion pack to the first release. The set features redecos of Batman, Aquaman, The Flash, Captain Cold, and The Joker.
First off we will be looking at Batman, who is sporting a fantastic gunmetal colored armor and an excellent matte black finish on his cowl, gloves, and boots. This contrasts greatly with the previous release which had Batman with a rather dull, gray costume and a glossy black coat of paint used on the cowl, gloves, and boots. I never realized just how lame the first figure looked until compared with this Batman. I think this may be the ultimate Batman for my collection. It is that good.
Aquaman is the second redeco and he is not only chainless, but he also features a older more regal head sculpt and a new trident more befitting of his status five years later as a king and ambassador. The trident still unfortunately looks like a toy and could do with a gold coat of paint, but it is a lot more intricate than the trident included with the previous release. I placed him with the blue camo Aquaman from DC Universe Classics (I only really bought him to turn into Tempest, but this is my favorite Aquaman costume) and the previous DC Collectibles Aquaman release. I think I’m going to be swapping the heads of the blue camo Aquaman and the latest release I just received. I’m not really digging the newer release’s head sculpt and I’m going to be popping the head off of blue camo Aquaman to make Tempest anyway. I might as well switch out the tridents too. It is random but every once in a while Mattel will absolutely school DC Collectibles on details in sculpts. This I believe is one of those times. The figure still fits in extremely well with the previous releases of Aquaman’s wife, Mera, the second Aqualad, Kaldur’ahm/Jackson Hyde, Black Manta and Ocean Master.
Mera, Aquaman, Aqualad, Black Manta and Ocean Master
Not much was altered when it came to Captain Cold’s redeco except for the paint which is a darker blue. He is also missing all of his accessories, so no ice dagger and no attachable ice mace. Still the sculpt on on his iced up right hand is excellent and the figure really isn’t missing that much when it comes to the accessories. I’m glad I have the extras but honestly I wouldn’t miss them too much if I didn’t pick up the single release. The darker Cold will be joining my Secret Society of Super-Villains display and the lighter one will hang out in my Flash display. I pictured him below with a number of different releases from Mattel and DC Direct and then with his fellow Rogues, Mirror Master and Captain Boomerang.
On the flip side the redeco of the Joker came with all of his accessories that also manage to handily fit onto his tool belt; Pretty slick if you ask me. This is actually the first Joker I’ve ever purchased and I’m not nearly as disappointed as I thought I might be with this crazier than normal interpretation of The Joker. The sculpt is excellent and the included tools fit his sadistic nature perfectly, His body has this thin, wiry quality that just screams “Joker” and I could just imagine him taking those pliers and rearranging some ‘parts’ or beating some sidekicks with his wrench or hammer. I may seek out a “classier” Joker sometime in the future but for now this one is pretty solid. Great interpretation. For those curious the original release came with a blue jumpsuit as opposed to the orange jumpsuit. Not a huge difference and definitely not something that is going to make me seek out the variant but still worth noting. I wanted to give you a good idea of just how much stuff they included with ol’ Mr. J. I also included a shot with classic Harley as well.
Next is the redeco that originally caught my eye in the first place, The Flash. Featuring a metallic sheen and the electric seams of his armored costume painted in and aglow with speed force energy, this is easily my favorite Flash release of the last few years. This figure easily blows the Mattel version out of the water (although it took them threetries to do so) and is without a doubt going to be my DCU display Barry Allen. I can’t stop staring at it; it’s so dang shiny. Great figure!
Fortunately for me (since I skipped out on the single release) Black Manta is for all intents and purposes the same as the single release of the figure that came out last month. He also comes with all of the accessories that were included with the single release which are two swords that slide into his backpack and another claw weapon that also fits on the backpack (although not as well). Black Manta is another figure that I’d been holding out on picking up due to this upcoming release. Being one of Aquaman’s principal foes and Aqualad’s (Kaldur’ahm) father I would be remiss if I didn’t pick up some incarnation of Black Manta. I’m half thinking about picking up another one and popping a DC Direct/DC Collectibles Brightest Day Aqualad head on it, but that would be a waste of resources. Still I’m very, very pleased to add Black Manta to the Secret Society.
Last but not least is the New 52 version of Catwoman. I’ve waited a long time to add a Catwoman to my collection and it took a lot of patience to wait for this release. I have to say she was well worth the wait and the figure is absolutely perfect. Not only does the sculpt look like she leapt out of the comics, but she sports excellent details such as goggles that can be adjusted to go over her eyes or sit above, and a well-made flexible whip accessory. She isn’t going to set the world on fire with her articulation but she has some decent surprises, such as boot swivels and wrist swivels. The details on the boots are especially slick.
For those on the fence about the set, for me, Catwoman and the redeco’d Batman, and Flash are worth the price of admission alone. Of course I was also looking forward to Black Manta and The Joker as well, so perhaps I artificially inflated the value of the 7 pack by waiting to purchase those two. Whatever, I saved money and I got some excellent figures. Sounds groovy to me.
The Injustice League: Circe, Captain Cold, Black Adam, Lex Luthor, Sinestro, Catwoman, Black Manta, and Professor Zoom, The Reverse-Flash
Green Lantern (Simon Baz), Vibe, Catwoman, Stargirl, Martian Manhunter, Katana, Hawkman and Green Arrow.
The New 52 Super Heroes vs. Super-Villains 7-Pack officially hits stores tomorrow Wednesday, November 20, 2013. So who plans on picking it up?
DC’s Blog has relased more information on the upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #1, coming to your LCS in December. Just follow THIS LINK to get all the latest, including some interior artwork and links at DC’s site to several additional interviews and articles.
Photos from Barry Allen’s first ARROW Episode: “The Scientist.”
CW has released 24 promotional images from the December 4 Arrow episode, “The Scientist,” featuring the first appearance of the Arrowverse’s Barry Allen (Green Arrow TV). Head over there for the whole set, or check out the shots with Grant Gustin as Barry Allen below.
A character is more than his or her code name, costume, and power set. He’s more than his civilian job, or external circumstances. A compelling character must have a personality, and similar characters must have different personalities.
I’ve tried to distill a core personality set for each of the major Flashes at DC Comics, in a way would set them apart from each other even if you put them all in the same outfit.
Jay Garrick: The Gentleman Adventurer. In his younger days as the Flash, Jay Garrick was a bit of a practical joker, toying with the criminals whose plans he foiled. He never lost his humor, but it evolved into more of a dry wit as he began to face more challenging villains and superheroics became a lifelong career. Eventually he grew into the role of elder statesman, mentoring younger heroes and serving as an example to a new generation.
Barry Allen: The Methodical Scientist. Long before he became the Flash, Barry Allen trained as a forensic scientist. His police training means he approaches super-crime as an investigator, not just a fighter, and his scientific approach allows him to come up with new and creative ways to use his speed. He discovered time travel, vibrating through objects, creating whirlwinds, and more in his time as the Flash. Barry is also a lifelong comic book fan, who maintains his collection with the same meticulous care that he uses in the crime lab.
Wally West: Living the Dream. All his life, Wally West wanted to be a super-hero like the Flash, and once he gained super-speed, he reveled in it. Barry might have felt embarrassed by things like the Flash Museum, but Wally welcomed the attention and fame.* (Exception: When Wally’s speed was killing him, he avoided everything related to it when he could.) This lends him a bit of a temper when things don’t go his way. While he doesn’t take Barry’s experimental approach to his powers, he’s quite willing to seek out experts when he needs to, incorporating knowledge and techniques from such varied sources as Max Mercury’s zen philosophy, Johnny Quick’s speed formula, and Savitar’s knowledge of the speed force.
Bart Allen: The Impulsive One. To Bart, super-speed is normal. He’s never known anything else. Growing up in a virtual reality left him with no sense of danger. Combine the two, and you have someone acts at the speed of thought without considering consequences. When consequences do hit (Carol’s disappearance, or the death of one of his scouts), they hit him hard. He struggles to keep himself from tearing off at the speed of light, but most of the time, he just doesn’t worry about it.
How does it Track?
It fits quite well for all the comics and cartoons up through Flashpoint. Looking at animation: For Justice League Unlimited you drop Wally’s specific fandom for the Flash, but everything else fits. For Young Justice, you actually enhance it (he deliberately recreated Barry’s origin), and you drop the VR/danger non-sense from Bart. Jay, especially, in the Flash episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
Live action shows have changed things a bit more. The Flash TV Series from 1990 offloaded a lot of the scientific approach to Tina McGee in favor of just having Barry punch people really fast, though he did retain the detective mindset. Smallville’s version of Bart Allen was a bit more mopey, and of course skipped the origin entirely, but he still had the careless attitude more typical of Bart than the other speedsters.
As for the New 52: Barry Allen is more like his old self now than he was under Geoff Johns’ pen, but Jay Garrick and Bart Allen are different enough that I gave up trying to reconcile them and just stayed with the pre-Flashpoint versions. Bart has incorporated the haunted-past element from Smallville, though it’ll be interesting to see how much that lasts after his history is explored over the next few months. And, well, there is no New 52 Wally West yet to worry about working in.
*Nightwing once speculated that Wally West deliberately draws villains’ attention to keep them focused on himself instead of the general public.
NC Comicon in Durham NC Nov 9-10 featured a lot of excellent cosplayers…and thankfully quite a few Flash fans in familiar red t-shirts with lightning bolts. Below are the Flash fans we saw, both old and young…along with an additional pic or two of some of the other awesome cosplays we saw there!
Just click on any pic to get a larger version. Enjoy!
Crave Online has a preview of Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #2, due in stores next Wednesday. The issue by Brian Buccellato and Scott Hepburn has some overlap with Forever Evil #3, and beware: there are spoilers for that issue in the description at the top of the page.