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Jul 22

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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Jul 21

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Jul 20

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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Jul 18

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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Jul 16

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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Jul 14

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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Jul 13

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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Jul 12

Annotations: The Trial of The Flash, #344 – “Betrayal!”

Welcome to the latest 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.


IN THIS ISSUE: Flash flashback within a Flash Flashback flashback.

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!


COVER by Carmine Infantino and Klaus Janson. Prior to showing up on the last page of issue #343, Kid Flash had not appeared in Flash since #325, where he appeared in the main feature and his own backup story.

PG 1: Kid Flash and Flash were last together in Tales of the Teen Titans #49. In that issue, Wally mentions that he’s waiting to be called to testify but he expects to be questioned as an eyewitness and not a super-speed expert. Kid Flash retired in New Teen Titans #39 (Feb. 1984).


This issue features partial, framed reprints of stories from Flash #110 (Dec./Jan. 1959, “Meet Kid Flash”) and Flash #149 (Dec. 1964, “The Flash’s Sensational Risk”).  Both stories, own their own and via internal flashbacks, show key points in Kid Flash history. Each also has a tie-in to the fate of Flash’s secret identity during the Trial.

PG 11 & 12: This animal-roundup sequence is referenced in Flash # 45 (1990):


PG 14: This was the only appearance of the planet Ikora and the K-10 Gang.

PG 18: This story was probably chosen for reprint/flashback because it also flashes back internally to Flash #120 and #135.  The original art for #120, page 25 can be seen here, via Comic Art Fans.  This is the only original art I could find related to #344 and its flashbacks.


Even though Joe Giella inks both reprints here, Infantino’s figures are a little more muscular in issue #149, an aspect weighted further by Frank McLaughlin’s heavy black inks in the 1985 framing sequence. Check out this “History of Guyana” for more on the locale seen in panel two.

PG 20: The reveal sequence here is another reminder of Barry’s choices and secrets in the Trial story. Barry was always secretive. He kept his Flash adventures a secret from his wife (though she knew ahead of time due to Barry’s sleep-talking) and didn’t reveal he was Barry Allen to Kid Flash until the latter’s seventh appearance in #120.

PG 23: On the back cover of the original, it says in a preview for this issue, “Kid Flash testifies against his mentor!”. That applies to two speech bubbles in the entirety of this issue.  The real testimony will happen next issue.

See you next weekend!

Greg Elias.

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