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Venditti Discusses Flash At WonderCon

Robert Venditti, the incoming co-writer of the Flash series, appeared at DC’s New 52 panel today at WonderCon. CBR was there to provide coverage of the event, and here are some of the Flash-related highlights. There are possible spoilers revealed here, although nothing major. The creators seem to be keeping most details close to the vest for now.

To the delight of many, Wally West will be a permanent member of the book.

“One of things we’re focusing on is how Barry affects Wally, how Wally affects Barry and how Wally affects the Flash,” said Venditti. “This new character designed by Brett Booth is a mystery figure, but is very central to what this first arc is going to be. We’re introducing new villains, we’re working with fan-favorite villains.”

In response to a fan question, Venditti said he and co-writer Van Jensen won’t be immediately picking up on the Nora Allen murder plotline. Though there weren’t many details about it, he said the book has a planned concrete story arc that will go until October. And part of the book is going to be about “the relationship he has with Wally. As far as solving that great mystery they left that last issue with, that’s going to be pretty far down the road.”

The next issue (out next week) picks up right at the end of Forever Evil, as indicated by the preview we’ve already seen.

“Central City was one of the main focuses of the ‘Rogues Rebellion’ storyline. … As a defender of the city, Barry has to try and put the city back together, but also put himself back together. How does he deal with the guilt of not being able to be there when the city needed him most?” Venditti said. “You can imagine the enormous backlog of crime and death he would have to deal with and there’s no avoiding it.”

Barry and the rest of the Central City police officers will have to undergo psychological evaluation, possibly because of the traumatic events in Forever Evil. Iris West will also be a major focus of the series, and there will be an “opportunity for Barry and Iris to spend more time together.” That seems to hint at a possible relationship and difficulties with Patty Spivot, although Venditti said the writers won’t force anything. And there will be conflict between Barry and Wally, but it “won’t be what [readers] are expecting.”

Are you glad to hear about Wally’s major role, and more interaction between Barry and Iris? Share your thoughts here.

Lia.

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Media Blitz!: Booth on Wally, Johns on Cold (via Newsarama)

Newsarama has been busy with Flash-related news and interviews over the past few days, and you can find links and relevant snippets here (read the articles for the full details).  Some of this information should be considered spoilers, so proceed with caution.

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First, they talked to Brett Booth about how Wally West will be handled in the New 52.

Nrama: Let’s talk about what you guys are facing now. We’ve had two and a half years of the New 52 with no Flash except Barry Allen. What’s the biggest challenge about introducing Wally West at this time, with Barry already established?

Booth: I think it will be getting people to accept this version. I know what some people are expecting, I know what I’d want. He will be different, for one thing, in the old DCU he was Iris’s sister’s kid. She has a brother now, so things won’t be exactly the same. The original Wally was from a different time, a very Norman Rockwell sort of place. That is no longer the case for anyone in the New 52. He will reflect that, I’m sure.

It was announced on Friday morning that Captain Cold (and Lex Luthor) will be joining Geoff Johns’ Justice League, and the Flash is mysteriously absent from the team’s pictured lineup.  Geoff Johns then gave an interview about what he’ll be doing with the series, as well as some details about some of the other Justice League-related titles.  He remained tight-lipped about the missing Flash, saying that people will have to read the book to find out.  However, he did say a little bit about Captain Cold and the Rogues’ response to the promotion:

Nrama: I know you love the Flash Rogues. How do they react to Captain Cold joining the Justice League? Is that something you’ll show?

Johns: Yeah, they have a lot of drinks and get really drunk. They assume they get a get-out-of-jail-free card. You know?  No, they think it’s golden, but Cold is in way over his head, you know? He’s the guy that goes to the Watchtower, after he teleports into space, and you know, he’s sick for 10 minutes.  But I think Captain Cold brings ­ again, it’s like, personalities. As soon as I start to put these characters in a room, they have these reactions. They have to work together.

Johns also mentioned he was busy working on the Flash TV series, but didn’t say much beyond that.  Still, it’s interesting to know he’s so heavily involved with the project.
What do you think about these revelations?  Feel free to share your thoughts here! For the full interviews, follow the links above to Newsarama!

Greg Elias.

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New FLASH Creative Team, Annual 3, and yes, Wally West

In an article at USA Today, DC Comics announced some major Flash news.

First, the new creative team will be co-writers Robert Venditti and Van Jensen (Green Lantern Corps) with artist Brett Booth (Teen Titans). They’ll take over with Flash #30 on April 23.

Venditti on the appeal of the Flash: “From a very young age, one of the first things you want to be able to do is run fast,” the writer says. “You don’t want to fly, you don’t want to have a ring that makes constructs out of light. It’s just a simple, basic thing: ‘I want to be able to run fast.’”

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Second, Flash Annual #3 hits the following week…and will reintroduce Wally West, DC’s original Kid Flash and the main Flash from 1986-2008.

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This isn’t a cryptic remark from Dan Didio. This is a clear statement in a national newspaper. Wally West is returning. In what form, in what role, remains to be seen. This black-suited speedster could be him, or it could be someone else. Brett Booth has long championed the idea of bringing Wally West into the New 52, and went so far as to design a costume for him back when the New 52 was young.

(Images via Newsarama)

Kelson.

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Thoughts on Kid Flash’s New 52 Origin – SPOILERS

Teen Titans 26 CoverAs hinted at in our review of the issue, Teen Titans #26 reveals at last the New 52 origin of Kid Flash, a.k.a. Bart Allen.

Stop reading now if you don’t want to find out.

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Friday Flashback: The Flash’s New 52 origin!

Flash in November: Barry in Gotham, Rogues in Rebellion, Kid Flash’s Origin

DC’s November 2013 solicitations are out, including…

Flash #25

THE FLASH #25
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art by CHRIS SPROUSE and KARL STORY
Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
1:25 B&W Variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale NOVEMBER 27 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

A BATMAN: ZERO YEAR tie-in! What crucial part did Barry Allen play in the Zero Year saga, and how did it shape his future as The Flash?

More after the jump.

Teen Titans #25

TEEN TITANS #25
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by TYLER KIRKHAM and ART THIBERT
Cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
1:25 B&W Variant cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
On sale NOVEMBER 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! The Titans’ fall through the time stream is stopped by Echo! But is this the help they’ve been looking for, or are things about to go from bad to worse? Plus: The secrets of Kid Flash’s origin begin here!

Rogues Rebellion #2

FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION #2
Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY
1:25 B&W Variant cover by DECLAN SHALVEY
On sale NOVEMBER 20 • 32 pg, FC, 2 of 6, $2.99 US RATED T

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!

Also: Earth 2 #15 features the start of the new storyline by Tom Taylor, and Forever Evil #3 continues the universe-spanning mega-event.

Collected editions for December include the paperback of Rogues Revolution. (The hardcover is out this week).

THE FLASH VOL. 2: ROGUES REVOLUTION TP
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art by FRANCIS MANAPUL, MARCUS TO, MARCIO TAKARA, SCOTT KOLINS and others
Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale DECEMBER 4 • 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US

The Rogues Gallery is united for the first time in The New 52 in this title collecting issues #0, 9-12 and THE FLASH ANNUAL #1! Who is behind their sudden organization, and why are they after their Captain Cold?

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New 52 Gets Animated in Justice League: War, Flash Cast

Justice League #1With Comic-Con International on the verge of taking over the comics press cycle and fan collective mind for the next week, DC Comics has announced their next animated feature after Flashpoint Paradox: Justice League: War in 2014, based on the first storyline in the New 52 Geoff Johns/Jim Lee Justice League series.

This is the first New 52 storyline to be adapted to animation. Some of the voice case has been announced, including Chris Gorham (Covert Affairs, The Batman) as the Flash.

More info at Newsarama and Comic Book resources.

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First Look at The New Reverse-Flash! [SPOILERS]

In addition to the climactic showdown between Flash and Grodd for Central City and the Speed Force, today’s Flash #17 gave readers the first look at the new Reverse-Flash!

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Speculation on the villain’s new identity has been rampant since the announcement that there would be an all-new Reverse-Flash for the New 52.  Kelson presented an analysis of the possibilities and guest writer Scott Timms made the case for erstwhile Flash Wally West as the new opposite number for Barry Allen’s heroic identity.  While the identity remains a mystery, today’s issue provided the first look and at least answered a couple of the up-front questions.  Follow the jump for the reveal!

Beware, SPOILERS for FLASH #17′s reveal of the new REVERSE-FLASH are after the jump.  You’ve been warned!

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DC Collectibles New 52 Flash Available!


Hey Speed Readers,

Just wanted to let you all know (if you didn’t already) that DC Collectibles New 52 Flash is now available at the DC Collectibles website, Comic Book & Collectible Shops and various online dealers. Oddly enough DC Collectibles website is only taking preorders for October 31st, 2012 at the moment while the figure has already been released worldwide.

I myself have not yet picked up Flash or ordered it. I’m really on the fence on whether I want to support this figure or not. The completist in me definitely wants it in my collection but to support it would be to support this new direction DC is going in. Although I can’t lie, I already caved and purchased the New 52 Flash Heroclix and DC Squinkies which are based on New 52 Designs. So really who am I kidding? For some reason it just feels different when you are giving money directly to the publisher as in the case of DC Collectibles. Plus the aforementioned figurines are so small in scale that in most cases it isn’t even that evident that it is the New 52 design. Yes, I know I’m rationalizing.

For those that do plan on purchasing the figure or are also on the fence Toynewsi.comhas a great review of the action figure, HERE.

Here is one more picture courtesy of Toynewsi.com:

So who plans on picking this guy up or has already? I’m curious to hear what you all think of it.

Thanks for reading,

-Flash Johnson

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