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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

USS Epinephrine

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 Returns as Dr. Tina McGee on THE FLASH

Some surprise casting news: the Flash TV Show has officially added the role of Dr. Tina McGee, a regular from the early days of Wally West’s solo Flash comic and co-star of the 1990 TV Flash series…and they’ve got Amanda Pays back to play the character! (via CBR.)

Rather than a scientist at S.T.A.R. Labs, this version of Dr. McGee works for a rival firm.

“When we decided to bring Tina onto our version of ‘The Flash,’ who better to get than the amazing actress who originated the part?” “Flash” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg is quoted by Variety. “Like with John Wesley Shipp, we are so proud and excited to have another actor from the original series join us on our new adventures for Barry Allen.”

No word yet on which episode she’ll appear in, or whether the role is intended to be recurring.

Kelson.

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Flash #37 and Season Zero #3 for December

Flash #37

DC has been releasing their December solicitations, including the New 52 comics and
beyond.

THE FLASH #37
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
On sale DECEMBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Behold the all-new, all-murderous Flash!

I understand this is editorial or PR trying to avoid spoiling the end of the big epic story, but…may I just say this isn’t what I look for in a Flash comic?

Also, it’s odd to see the Future Flash on that cover, since I thought that story was wrapping up in Flash #36.

Flash Season Zero #3

THE FLASH SEASON ZERO #3
Written by ANDREW KREISBERG
Art by PHIL HESTER and ERIC GAPSTUR
Photo cover
On sale DECEMBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

The origin of Mr. Bliss is revealed! What plans does this terrible telepath have for Central City? And what can The Flash do to stop him when he can’t even control his own mind?!

Kelson.

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Upcoming Flash Paperbacks: Reverse & History Lessons

Flash Vol5: History Lessons

DC Comics has released their collected editions for Dec. 2014 and the next few months, including TWO Flash trades coming in January 2015. Presented, thematically, in reverse…

THE FLASH VOL. 5: HISTORY LESSONS TP
Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO and CHRISTOS N. GAGE
Art by BRETT BOOTH, NORM RAPMUND, PATRICK ZIRCHER, AGUSTIN PADILLA, NEIL GOOGE and others
Cover by PASCAL FERRY
On sale JANUARY 28 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
In these stories from issues #26-29 and FLASH ANNUAL #2, find out how Barry Allen adjusts after his battle with Reverse-Flash! Plus, witness the first meeting of The Flash and Green Lantern!

DC is going straight to paperback with this collection. It’s not yet clear whether that’s a planned switch for all Flash collections, or whether they just think this one isn’t likely to sell as well in hardcover.

THE FLASH VOL. 4: REVERSE TP
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art by FRANCIS MANAPUL, TOM NGUYEN and SCOTT HEPBURN
Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale JANUARY 28 • 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US
In these stories from THE FLASH #20-25 and #23.3: REVERSE FLASH, a Speed-Force killer has left a trail of bodies in his wake, and only Barry has the power to stop him. But when the killer stays one step ahead of him, Barry finds himself face to face with the Teen Titans and Kid Flash for the first time, which leads to a confrontation with Reverse-Flash!

The hardcover edition came out last month. DC has been releasing the paperback the same day as the next new volume, so pushing these two out the same day isn’t a huge surprise from that standpoint.

Flash Vol.4: Reverse

Kelson.

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

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.

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IN THIS ISSUE: Sympathetic Vibrations!

We’ve reached the final issue! 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!

COVER by Carmine Infantino and Klaus Janson. This issue came out one week after Crisis on Infinite Earths #7. While Flash does not appear in that issue, he does appear on the cover. This is more symbolic than literal, as Flash was in captivity when Supergirl died. Flash also appeared on the cover of Who’s Who #8, out one week after Flash #350.

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PG 1: The newspaper in the background is The New York Times from May 9, 1985. Here is the article that belongs to the “Officer Is Suspended; Bar Picture Wounded” text.

PG 2 & 3: Horton is spelled “Horten” here.

The original art for page five can be seen here, via Comic Art Fans.

PG 9: The Bates name-games continue with Newburgh vs. Newbury between panels one and two. Flash gets it right again on page 11.

PG 12: The original art for this page can be seen here.

PG 15: Barry’s favorite food was traditionally veal scaloppine, as seen in issues #237 and #272.

PG 16: Paul Gambi first appeared in Flash #141. A tailor who also designed a number of The Rogues’ uniforms, he continued to appear in Flash, including flashbacks and references to his work, through 2008’s Rogues Revenge. His nephew Tony became the Wally West-era villain Replicant. He also created The Suit. His name was a reference to a fan, now-famed BBC radio and television presenter Paul Gambaccini, who appeared frequently in the letter column of Flash and other DC titles in his youth.

PG 18 & 19: The Cosmic Treadmill first appeared in Flash #125, but had not been seen since the cover of #283 (1979). The treadmill was shown destroyed in that issue. In all other appearances (especially Flash vol. 2 #196) the treadmill could only be powered by super-speed.

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PG 20: Reverse Flash’s last name, of course, is traditionally Thawne. The original art for this page can be seen here, via All Star Auctions.

PG 21: The original art for this page can be seen here.

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PG 22: Inner ear issues can cause balance disorders, as outlined in this article. “Vibratory ratio” is a concept related to the work of inventor and self-described “humbugJohn Ernst Worrell Keely. Keely claimed to be able to produce a vapor or “ether” many times more powerful than steam by manipulating the atoms of water and air via vibrations. From this article:

Keely explained that he was tapping a “latent force” of nature—the vibratory energy of the ether [generated by his devices]. Keely often used a harmonica, violin, flute, zither or pitch pipe to activate his machines…A central idea of Keely’s theory of nature was the notion that musical tones could resonate with atoms, or with the ether itself.

With ties to metaphysics, it is not unreasonable to assume Cary Bates was well aware of Keely. Bates confirmed his interest in these subjects during our interview with him:

Ross [Andru, former Flash artist and editor] and I shared an interest in all things parapsychology and the paranormal, so it was no surprise this was reflected in some of the storylines.

TO BE CONCLUDED NEXT WEEKEND!

Greg Elias.

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covermashups:

Stopped you cold, right Flash?
Mashed coverS:
Hawkeye #6
Flash #196

covermashups:

Stopped you cold, right Flash?

Mashed coverS:

  • Hawkeye #6
  • Flash #196

no_birds_sing has added a photo to the pool:

Captain Cold - DC Comics

• Modelo : Florencia Sofen [www.facebook.com/ClintJillianCosplay] as Captain Cold [ Genderbender of Lenny Snart ]
• Photo: Victor Castaño
• Edit: Florencia Sofen

Flash - The Rogues
New 52 -DC Comics

From DC’s blog: Flash Season Zero #1 (print edition) variant cover by Francis Manapul. In stores October 1.
This post also appears on Speed Force.

From DC’s blog: Flash Season Zero #1 (print edition) variant cover by Francis Manapul. In stores October 1.

This post also appears on Speed Force.

foodbyfax has added a photo to the pool:

Jesse Quick