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“The Resurrected Hope” – Review of EARTH 2 #22

earth 2 22 coverThis issue of EARTH 2 has a theme of resurrection – in more ways that one.  A hero returns, another learns his way, and the “resurrected hope” may have the key to any chance our Wonders have of survival!

LIGHT SPOILERS ONLY

The returning hero is revealed in the first pages…Alan Scott is once again saved (or this time, resurrected) by the green flame. His teammates are unaware of this so far, as events elsewhere are ready to unfold quickly.  Young Jimmy Olsen of Earth 2 (only 13 years old on this Earth) is starting to figure out some of the meanings of Doctor Fates ramblings…including the identity of the person identied as the “resurrected hope”…and no, it isn’t Alan Scott.  As the Kryptonian starts to gain power, the group is attacked – and that sets up the twist at the end that may finally turn this battle around…but for that we’ll have to wait until next issue.

Tom Taylor is an excellent storyteller, and this issue is no exception.  There are a number of events going on simultaneously, but it doesn’t look forced – everything is blending well into the main plot.  The art as always is outstanding – I love Nicola Scott’s pencils, Trevor Scott’s inks and Pete Pantazis’ color work.  Jay Garrick fans will need to wait just a bit longer to see him in this story…but fans of these Wonders should be happy with another great issue of EARTH 2.

Ed Garrett.

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Full set of Justice League Hot Wheels cars, unless there’s a sixth I can’t remember. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, and Green Lantern. http://instagram.com/p/jatsWWjcs3/

Full set of Justice League Hot Wheels cars, unless there’s a sixth I can’t remember. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, and Green Lantern. http://instagram.com/p/jatsWWjcs3/

Preview Up for Flash Annual #2

Flash Annual #2 (via Comic Vine)Comic Vine has a 7-page preview of Flash Annual #2, on sale next week.

Find out how The Flash and Green Lantern first met when a case they teamed up together to solve years ago rears its head again in the present! It involves a foe neither of them can defeat on their own, and they might not have much luck together either! The outcome of this will affect The Flash for years to come… Plus, a backup story by Nicole Dubuc (the Young Justice cartoon)!

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Backup Written by: Nicole Dubuc
Art by: Sami Basri
Backup Art by: Cully Hamner
Cover by: Francis Manapul

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Flash Annual #2 First Look

DC has a preview of its July annuals, including Flash Annual #2, shipping July 31. The main story by Brian Buccellato and Sami Basri guest-stars Green Lantern, looking back at the first meeting (in new 52 continuity) of Hal Jordan and Barry Allen. Judging by the preview page, they don’t start off very well. (Do two heroes ever meet for the first time and start by, you know, working together?)

On a related note, last week Newsarama interviewed Nicole Dubuc about her back-up story in the book, about “a man who has lost his wife in a fire — and he blames the Flash for not saving her.”

Flash Annual #2 Preview Page

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DC has announced their July 2013 Annuals, including The Flash Annual #2:
THE FLASH ANNUAL #2Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO Backup story written by NICOLE DUBUC Art by SAMI BASRI Backup story art by CULLY HAMNER Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale JULY 31 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Find out how The Flash and Green Lantern first met when a case they teamed up together to solve years ago rears its head again in the present! It involves a foe neither of them can defeat on their own, and they might not have much luck together either! The outcome of this will affect The Flash for years to come… Plus, a backup story by Nicole Dubuc (the Young Justice cartoon)!
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DC has announced their July 2013 Annuals, including The Flash Annual #2:

THE FLASH ANNUAL #2
Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Backup story written by NICOLE DUBUC
Art by SAMI BASRI
Backup story art by CULLY HAMNER
Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL

On sale JULY 31 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

Find out how The Flash and Green Lantern first met when a case they teamed up together to solve years ago rears its head again in the present! It involves a foe neither of them can defeat on their own, and they might not have much luck together either! The outcome of this will affect The Flash for years to come… Plus, a backup story by Nicole Dubuc (the Young Justice cartoon)!

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Annotations: The Trial of the Flash, #332 – “Defend The Flash…and Die?”

Welcome to the latest installment in our annotations of the collected edition of The Trial of the Flash!  We analyzed related stories leading up to the summer 2011 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.  Are you ready, Batman?

IN THIS ISSUE:  Carmine Infantino vs. Dave Gibbons - you decide!  Plus, Legal…Vultures?

Links to original artwork, scans and research are included throughout this post.  For legal analysis of the story by Bob Ingersoll, go here.  Tom vs. Flash took on this issue here.  See you after the jump!

COVER by Carmine Infantino and Dick Giordano.  Here is this month’s corresponding Green Lantern #175 cover, by Dave Gibbons.  Flash and Green Lantern co-starred in each-others books this month.

PG 1: Flash was in Florida at the end of last issue, following a visit to Gorilla City and a super-speed rescue at sea, hence the palm trees.

PG 2 & 3:  Here’s another video of an explosion where you can see the shockwave, for super-speed reference.

Here is the original art for page four from Comic Art Fans.  It appears the same collector has page two at his personal page as part of a substantial Infantino collection.

PG 6 & 7:  Rainbow Raider suits up.  The Raider was last seen in the pages of Flash in issue #299, the second part of a villain two-fer with The Shade.  After that story, in the pages of Brave and the Bold #194 (by Mike W. Barr with art by Infantino), Raider and Dr. X/Dr. Double-X “switched heroes” to face off against Batman and Flash, respectively.  That is likely why the editor’s note at the bottom of page 7 is incomplete/incorrect.  The Brave and the Bold issue is a nice bonus to Infantino’s second Flash run, along with DC Comics Presents # 73 and Tales of the Teen Titans #49.

The two-parter featuring The Shade in Flash #298 - 299 features great art by Infantino and Bob Smith, and some cool black-and-white gimmickry.

PG 9 & 10 : Flash is pretty short with the nurse in the first panel.  Bates peppers Flash’s dialog with signs of stress as the story progresses.  This page also has shady lawyer N.D. Redik circling in an aircraft, watching the news on the health of Flash’s injured lawyer and swooping in on the apparent vacancy on Flash’s defense.  Redik pulls strings with a national newspaper columnist to gain a public “endorsement”.

PG 11 & 12:  Captain Frye dropped the missing persons flyers last issue.  Flash is curt with the telegram delivery man.  “C. Horton” is Flash’s lawyer’s law partner and the owner of the house Flash has been using as a “temporary headquarters”.

PG 15:  Visit this site to read about Melvin Belli, known as the “Father of Demonstrative Evidence”.  Here is a video of F. Lee Bailey.  Besides being famous defense lawyers, Belli and Bailey were also controversial public figures and were seemingly chosen to provide Redik with an level of instant characterization by association.

PG 18 - 20 :  The Brave and the Bold issue mentioned above is correctly noted here.

Pages 18 - 21 of this issue feature the same script as pages 8 - 11 in Green Lantern #175.  Green Lantern Hal Jordan had just returned from a lengthy period in outer space.  This fact is also why Tomar-Re was sent by the Guardians in Jordan’s stead to alert Flash of Professor Zoom’s return back in issue #319.

Each issue credits only its own writer, Bates and GL's Len Wein (former Flash editor) with the full script.  Dave Gibbons and Carmine Infantino each give their own interpretation and they are fun to compare (below, numbered as Flash/Green Lantern, from original issues):

Page 18/8: Infantino / Gibbons

Page 19/9: Infantino / Gibbons

Page 20/10: Infantino (original, from Comic Art Fans) / Gibbons

Page 21/11: Infantino / Gibbons (original, from Comic Art Fans)

Which version do you like most?  Let us know in the comments, and we’ll announce the winner of this matchup of masters in the next installment.

Both artists approach it from unique perspectives and disparate styles, focused on their respective stars.  The Green Lantern issue will be reprinted for the first time in the upcoming Green Lantern: Sector 2814 collection of Gibbons’ work on that title.

PG 22 & 23:  The matter-of-fact second panel shows some of the deterioration of the Barry Allen identity.  Big reveal: C. Horton is a lady lawyer!  1984!

See you next time!

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Have some DC steampunk by J.L. Straw!

I don’t know which I love more: The Flash’s prostheses or Oracle’s monocle.  Or Peej’s jetpack.  Or Harley’s dress!

Anyway, DC should do more Gotham by Gaslight, drawn by Ms. Straw, that’s my point.

This is the intro for the Flash segments that ran during theSuperman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967-1968). Filmation produced three Flash cartoons in which the Flash and Kid Flash battled original evildoers including a giant mutated bug (The Chemo Creature, seen here), a mad scientist in a robot suit (Professor Crag), and an alien speedster (The Blue Bolt). Sadly, he didn’t actually “conquer the barriers of time and space” in any of the segments they produced.

Warner Bros. released all the non-Superman/Aquaman sequences on DVD a few years back, and I reviewed the set a couple of months after this blog went online.

Even setting aside the image quality, you can see that it’s a very different style from modern shows like Justice League Unlimited and Young Justice, or even Super-Friends.

Incidentally, one of the Green Lantern shorts is the one where Hal Jordan gets hit in the head by an angry bird.

If you’re interested in super-hero cartoon intros, you’re in for a treat. Fifteen blogs are getting together for Animated Anthem Day. Check out the rest of these superhero title sequences!

Thanks to Diabolu Frank for organizing the event and The Irredeemable Shag of Firestorm Fan for inviting Speed Force to participate.

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