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Flash Johnson, The Fastest Fan Alive: The Painting!

Hey Speed Readers,

So for my birthday a friend and co-worker of mine, Libby ‘Geuna’ Devins painted an excellent piece of yours truly in full Flash regalia.


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New Wally West and Jay Garrick Heroclix!

Hey Speed Readers,

Not a day after posting and praising Neca/Wizkid’s latest New 52 Justice League Fast Forces and Justice League Flash releases on my own site does Wizkids announce that they will be releasing Wally West and Jay Garrick in the upcoming DC 10th Anniversary set.

First we take a look at the original speedster, Jay Garrick known in this set as The Flash #018. There have been two versions of Jay released previously representing the Golden and Silver Age:

This will be the first Modern Age iteration of Jay released and it looks like it was worth the wait. We saw a similar lightning bolt base with Wizkid’s new 52 Flash releases and it looks just as good here if not better. I have to say that the cosmic treadmill used as a base for the Silver Age Jay probably beats out this one. However, the overall sculpt on the new one looks to be better than both previous efforts, especially with the awesome running pose they have him in. He looks as if he is slicing the air in two as he speeds through it. Of course the real test will be when we see him in person. Still great stuff.

Excuse me but OH HECK YEAH! Why is Wizkids the only company to put out this version of Wally? I’m sure DC and Warner Bros. have a huge say in who and what gets made by the companies that hold their license but wow. I’m just happy HeroClix is on the ball. In fact HeroClix is the only licensed company to give us just about every member of the Rogues (sans Golden Golder) and every member of the *ahem* Speed Force in one iteration or another. In fact there have been by my count five solo Wally releases and one where he was teamed with Barry:

That is a feat unto itself. Wally is known in this set as The Flash #010 and he is doing one of my all time favorite offensive speed tricks, the arm-spun whirlwind. Man, these almost bring a tear to my eye. That is how excellent they look. Just wow. Consider my collecting passion renewed at least for a bit. I will definitely be picking these guys up.

You can see the original preview and some in-depth descriptions of the ‘Clix and their abilities, HERE.

These guys are finally expected to hit stores September 12, 2012. Who plans on picking up a brick or ordering them online? Please let us know in the comments below.

And as always thanks for reading,

-Devin ‘Flash’ Johnson

This Week: Flash Annual #1 and Digital Dead Heat

Flash Annual #1 Cover

  • The Rogues – victorious? If THE FLASH had trouble with them individually, together they’ll kill him!
  • Something worse than The Rogues is just waiting for the right moment to attack….

Written by Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato
Art by Francis Manapul & Marcus To

DC has a spotlight article and a preview of the issue.

Flash #111As far as back issues go, ComiXology is releasing Flash #110-111 and Impulse #12. This concludes the “Dead Heat” crossover started last week. The Flash and his allies have tracked Savitar to his lair, but can one Flash and a team of powerless speedsters stand against an army of super-speed ninjas? And how can Wally West defeat someone who has dedicated his life to studying the speed force?

In the aftermath, time-lost Legionnaire Jenni Ognats (XS) joins her cousin Bart Allen trying to fit in as a 20th-century teenager.

Flash (1987-2009) on ComiXology
Impulse on ComiXology

It’s Read Comics In Public Day!

Read Comics In Public DayIn honor of Jack Kirby’s birthday, today is the third annual Read Comics In Public Day, created by Brian Heater and Sarah Morean at The Daily Cross Hatch.

Comics are fun — that’s why we read them, right? So why hide your love of comics? Read about the event or just go out and read. Bring some comics along to read on your lunch break, or at a park, or on the bus or train. Head to one of the meet-up events today.

And if you want to share stories or photos, the official hashtag is #readcomicsinpublic and there’s a Flickr pool as well.

Preview up for the Flash annual

DC’s site has several preview pages from this week’s Flash Annual #1, written by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato and featuring the work of several artists.

The issue promises to tell how the Rogues got their powers, and also features a tale of Barry’s youth.

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This Week: Flash #12, Digital Dead Heat

This week it’s The Flash #12. The regular art team returns as all the individual stories of the Rogues come together, leading into next week’s Flash Annual #1.

  • Setting up The Rogues as a team as the next major storyline for the series begins!
  • Glider takes center stage!

Written by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato
Art by Francis Manapul

In the digital realm, ComiXology is releasing four issues of “Dead Heat”, the Flash/Impulse crossover from 1995. Flash #108-109 (Mark Waid and Oscar Jimenez) and Impulse #10-11 (Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos) cover chapters 1-3 and 5 of the 6-part story, and I’m sure we’ll see chapters 4 and 6 next week. With any luck, they’ll jump back and release Flash #50 soon as well, since they left of with one heck of a cliffhanger in Flash #49 last week.

Savitar, an old enemy of Max Mercury’s, has returned. Obsessed with speed, he has found a way to divert all of the Speed Force’s energy to himself and his followers. But there’s one speedster still in the running, someone who recently connected himself more closely to the speed force than even Savitar: Wally West. Jay Garrick, Johnny Quick, Jesse Quick, Max Mercury, Impulse and XS team up to stop Savitar, but more than one speedster won’t make it out alive!

Flash (1987-2009) on ComiXology
Impulse on ComiXology

Flash Annual Spotlight at The Source

As part of a weeklong look at the upcoming New 52 Annuals, DC Comics’ Source blog has a new post up with some new information on the upcoming Flash Annual #1, by Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato and a cast of artists working from Manapul’s layouts. From Brian Buccellato:

"We couldn’t be happier with the collection of talent we assembled to work from Francis’ layouts. Broken up into chapters, on art duties we have Marcus To, Diogenes Neves, Marcio Takara, Wes Craig, and FLASH legend Scott Kolins! We just had to offer Scott the Rogues ‘flashback chapter,’ and were delighted that he accepted. His take on ‘The Old Rogues’ is new and fresh, yet pays homage to the gang’s history. It might sound clichéd, but it’s truly everything we hoped for and more."

In the post, Buccellato also promises that the Annual will deliver the first Rogues team-up of the New 52 Flash series, as well as the much-anticipated tale of their journey from “…the old ‘gun-toting’ Rogues that everyone remembers from previous continuity, and the new meta-powered incarnations. In the Annual, we finally reveal HOW the Rogues got their super powers and at what cost.”

Check it out at The SourceFlash Annual #1 is in stores August 29.

Next Tuesday is Read Comics In Public Day (August 28)

Read Comics In Public DayRead Comics In Public Day is coming up next week, on Tuesday, August 28. Celebrating it is simple: Just read comics in public!

From the announcement of this year’s event:

That’s right, we haven’t abandoned the cause — for as long as people sneak comics home from shops in unmarked brown paper bags, we will be there. As long as men and women conveniently fail to mention their love of sequential art until the third date, we will be there. As long as we’re content to use any excuse to celebrate — and read — comics, we’ll be there.

It’s held on August 28 because that’s Jack Kirby’s birthday (he would have been 95 this year).

So head over to your local comic shop this weekend, pick up some reading material, and plan to kick back on a park bench, a bus or train, the break room at work, at a restaurant, or anywhere else where you can show people that yes, regular folks do in fact read comics!

You can also check out one of the meet-up events if there’s one nearby, or plan your own.

Questions for iPad & Other Tablet Users

Do you visit Speed Force using a tablet? If so, I have a few really quick questions for you.

  1. What type/brand of tablet is it? (iPad, Android, Galaxy Tab, Kindle Fire, etc?)
  2. What size? (Roughly speaking, 10” iPad size or 7” paperback book size?)
  3. On Speed Force, do you see the full layout, or the stripped-down mobile layout?
  4. Which view would you prefer?

Thanks!