Justice League Dark #20, guest-starring Flash & Swamp Thing.
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Justice League Dark #20, guest-starring Flash & Swamp Thing.
In the last issue of Justice League Dark, the House of Mystery had been hijacked and Swamp Thing had been captured, allowing Doctor Destiny to send nightmare visions into the world. The Flash had been brought into this battle, as there is something about his powers that makes him uniquely qualified to help. Now, the battle heats up in Justice League Dark #20, the second of a three issue arc guest starring The Fastest Man Alive!
SOME MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD! Don’t go further until you’ve read the issue!
In The Flash #20, the all-new Reverse Flash stars in what promises to be a fantastic story arc, pitting his very different power set against The Fastest Man Alive! Barry has his job back…in a way, and starts a new page in his personal life just in time to see the biggest danger he has yet to face in the New 52. If you have been missing out on The Flash, this is a great time to jump back on and take a look at this excellent series.
SOME SPOILERS AHEAD – READ THE ISSUE BEFORE CONTINUING!
Lots of Flash comics are out this week!
Flash #20: “Reverse” Part 1 of 6. An all-new Flash epic begins here, and the stakes have never been higher as Barry races toward a confrontation with the Reverse Flash! Preview at Kotaku.
Justice League #20: The PROLOGUE TO TRINITY WAR continues as a revelation about Batman could destroy Wonder Woman and Superman’s relationship! Plus, in the backup story, the penultimate chapter of the tale of Shazam finds Billy Batson learning the shocking secret of Black Adam! Preview at CBR.
Justice League Dark #20: The Flash and Swamp Thing guest-star as the team struggles to recover the stolen House of Mystery from Dr. Destiny! Preview at CBR
Teen Titans #20: “Light and Dark” continues as the fallout of last issue’s attack threatens to drag the team into darkness! Preview at CBR
And in digital back issues at ComiXology…
Flash #147: While traveling the time stream to prevent two future Flashes and Barry Allen from falling prey to Cobalt Blue’s magical gem, Wally West runs into the Reverse Flash. “Chain Lightning” part 3. Preview/buy.
Impulse #71: Lucius Keller–one of Max Mercury’s oldest foes–has returned. Meanwhile, Impulse and Carol discover some strong feelings for each other, but this revelation comes far too late. Preview/buy
Something is claiming the lives of those who’ve been touched by the Speed Force, and The Flash is in a race against time to unlock this mystery before someone else turns up dead! Don’t miss the start of Reverse-Flash’s game-changing arc in the pages of THE FLASH #20!
The issue, by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, arrives in stores on Wednesday.
Today’s guest post is by Glenmarc Antonio. Read part one first.
Reinvigorated as if I was able to tap into the Speed Force, I went back to living normally. I also went back into my happier self, though slowly. As part of my personal recovery, I tried a lot of things, and was fortunate to have been successful once more.
In early 2011, a crazy idea occurred to me. I wanted a Flash suit. With the rise of cosplaying in local hobby events in the Philippines, I began to strongly consider suiting up in one of the local cons as the Scarlet Speedster. A very good friend and established local cosplayer, Paolo Cordero, helped me craft my very first Flash costume. I said I was only to wear it if he joined me as Green Lantern. He gamely agreed, and thus JUSTICE Ph (the Philippines’ DC cosplayers group) was born.
Basically it was a dream come true. I was now The Flash – well, sans real superhuman speed. Whenever I don my Flash suits (I have both the classic Barry Allen version and the New 52 suit), people instantly recognize me and gather around for photo ops. I was on a geek high. But other than being a costumed curiosity, I was blessed with the opportunity to reach out to others. To reach out to the less fortunate. To some extent, to do something heroic.
Alongside my Justice Ph teammates, we were able to join charity events, benefit marathons, and even conducted our own gift-giving drive for the local kids. We weren’t just geeks in costume. We are, in our little way, able to bring hope to our fellow Filipinos.
Countless events afterwards, Justice Ph has grown its member base from just two to more than 20, with subgroups Gotham Ph, Young Justice Ph, and Teen Titans Ph. We became local celebrities somewhat, and have been asked to guest in local hobby conventions such as the annual Philippine Toy Convention, TAGCOM, Collecticon, Philippine Cosplay Convention, and Cosmania, among others.
To this day, we maintain that we are hobbyists foremost, and our costuming is an extension of the fandom. It is with this credo that we abide that enables us to easily relate to fellow fans of DC Comics and the casual observer. I guess if the die-hard fans respect us for what we do, then we are doing it right – in other words, “legit geek cred”.
Other than cosplaying, I also began to take up running (how late, I know!) and became a regular weekend marathon participant. I was hooked into it that I decided to compete for my company’s track team in the 4×100 event. I also went back to playing basketball, streetdancing, and re-ignited my geekery. My Flash collection has then more than doubled since my mid-2000 heydays, and my other hobbies have flourished as well.
A minor setback in 2011 during which I tore my left knee’s ACL was just that – minor. After surgery, I pushed myself and got back to shape – enough to play basketball again in mid-2012 and compete in my company’s ultimate Frisbee team in April 2013 (in which we were able to snag the inaugural event’s bronze medal against 7 other teams). All because I know that I can bank on my Flash fandom to be there for me as my security blanket.
I also met my own Iris West. But that’s not for the evening news. J
To this day, I am thankful for my ever-supportive family, most especially my Mom and my kid sister. The Flash family is tighter than ever. “Iris”, you are much loved – now and forever, and in all of the multiverse.
My friends in the hobby deserve my thanks as well – Justice Ph, TS118, Reverse Flash Corps, TPTS, DC-MOTU, and a lot more. Being a geek has indeed kept me sane.
My officemates have been fairly tolerant of my quirks, and for that I am most thankful to them. They allow me to be my “other me” and have supported me both professionally and in extra-curricular activites. They are some of the best in the nation at what they do, and it is a blessing to be working with them.
My fandom has made me realize that despite his superhuman speed – The Flash does need to take a lot of things slow at times. It allows him to appreciate everything that is around him, and not everything can be rushed to be enjoyed. Those who have worn the Flash mantle have their unique traits (most notably Jay, Wally, and Bart) – but personally, it is still with Barry that I am most attuned to. My fandom in him gave me enough reasons to never lose hope. While it is quite difficult to explain to “normal/regular” people, geeks will always understand.
My name is Glenmarc F. Antonio, and I AM THE FLASH. I’m The Fastest Man Alive.
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As most fans are aware by now, James Robinson has announced in a series of Tweets that he is leaving Earth 2 and DC Comics. This marks the beginning of some uncertain times for Jay, Alan, Kendra, Khalid, Al and company. This has been a consistently excellent series, one near the top of my pull list for some time. The fact that it has done so well is testament to Robinson’s talent as a creator, and he will be sorely missed. There is certainly time for DC to try to make this right, as they previously have done wih Gail Simone on Batgirl…but just in case this is a good time to say a few words about James Robinson’s excellent run on Earth 2.
Earth 2 has been both a critical and sales success, with Robinson taking on one of the most difficult and controversial changes in the New 52 – the complete redesign of the Justice Society. Robinson took the Golden Age Heroes who for years had literally been the elder statespersons of the DC Universe and made them young again, placing them on a parallel Earth for the first time since before the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths in the 1980s. In doing so, he revamped both the look and origin stories for characters long cherished by DC fans, with many fans (including myself) waiting for the results with skeptical eyes. What we got was something truly special, and something that has been one of the great success stories of DC’s lineup.
Jay Garrick in particular had caused some early concern. The initial drawings released to the public didn’t cast the new uniform in the best light, and while the first issue allayed that concern with a very interesting new look it also cast Jay as a bit of a slacker who couldn’t keep his life together. Yet, over the issues so far we have seen Jay grow as both a person and as a hero. Jay Garrick didn’t ask for his powers, but he didn’t shirk the responsibility that came with them. And, he is still growing and becoming both a true hero and a leader. Jay as the everyman hero has become a great character in this series.
Even the change that generated the most news in the mainstream media, revamping Alan Scott as gay, was handled expertly by Robinson. We find an Alan Scott who is noble, brave, truly heroic, and a strong leader who happens to be gay. It is one part of who he is, not merely a stunt to generate controversy or sales. In remaking these characters, Robinson has taken the best of their Golden Age and Silver Age qualities and reshaped them to fit the sensibilities and realities of today.
I could go on and on about the characters created for this series, from the great Hawkgirl to the wonderful new Doctor Fate, to the new Al Pratt and the new Mr. Terrific (who doesn’t seem so interested in “fair play” at the moment, if you are following the storyline). This is a series that I didn’t want to like, didn’t want to believe in…yet James Robinson won me (and a lot of other fans) over with his excellent storylines and characterization. He has proven that writing matters, that good writing can make most any character compelling, and that a good story is always worth reading.
I’m still holding out hope that something can be resolved a la Gail Simone and her return to Batgirl. If not, DC will have the very difficult task of finding someone who can effectively continue James Robinson’s excellent vision for this team and this series. Jay Garrick and company have lost an excellent friend…and so has the DC Universe. Wherever you go, Mr. Robinson, we will anxiously await your next work. Thanks for a great ride with Earth 2!
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Today’s guest post is by Glenmarc F. Antonio, whose Flash memorabilia collection has previously been featured here on Speed Force in our first Collector’s Showcase.
My name is Glenmarc F. Antonio, and I’m Flash. That makes me the Fastest Man Alive. Well, not really.
I’m actually a 30-something Digital Media specialist for the Philippine’s largest telco provider. In my heyday, I was one of the fastest runners in my company, and was fairly athletic, having competed in basketball at a varsity level back in college. My self-confessed similarities to the Flash’s (superhuman) speed however do not end there.
An introduction with the Scarlet Speedster
I got introduced to the Scarlet Speedster when I was really young, having watched and loved the live-action Flash TV series starring John Wesley Shipp in the late 90s-early 2000s when it was shown in the local channel. The moment I saw that golden lightning emblazoned across John’s chest as the opening credits were shown (plus Danny Elfman’s masterful The Flash theme song), I fell in love with the character. For me, Shipp was THE Flash. His portrayal of Barry Allen (with a subtle mix of Wally West) was in my honest opinion, absolutely on-point. I watched all of the episodes and didn’t mind re-runs. Seeing him running in his bright red suit was a joy. I wanted to be him. No, I wanted to be The Flash.
I guess I have my mom to blame as well. Being the very 1st geek in the family, my mother Ruby introduced me to the world of comics, as she was the one who bought me my 1st title (Jim Lee’s X-men #1), and over the years, has steadily maintained and monitored my voracious consumption of comicbook geekery. I still remember when she gave me the Death Of Superman TPB as a gift when I graduated from grade school school. Yes, that’s how geeky she is. From there, I have shuttled between fandoms, Marvel and DC Comics (and for a brief period, Image Comics).
Over time, I saw myself being more of a DC-fan long after the live-action TV series was cancelled. I have always been pro-mutant given my X-men roots, but I have grown to appreciate the Justice League and its many incarnations. And while the comics have already focused on Wally West taking over the cowl of The Flash since Barry’s apparent demise in the 80s mega-crossover “Crisis On Infinite Earths”, I still hoped that Barry would come back. That he would be The Flash again.
“We meet again, old friend”
Fast forward to about 6 years after I graduated from grade school. I have since completed 4 years of high school and while it was one of the geekiest times of my life (I got introduced to console gaming, RPGs, Magic The Gathering, etc), my fandom for The Flash lay dormant. While I have utmost respect for Wally West and his run as The Flash (as well as his fans), Barry was still the definitive Flash for me.
Two years into college, and after having been selected to play for my university’s Men’s Basketball Varsity Team, I got reintroduced to the Flash fandom. It was during one of my regular trips to the neighborhood computer rental shop that I noticed that the shop owner kept a collection of DC action figures, and a loose but complete The Flash from the Total Justice line produced by Kenner got me staring at the counter (where it was prominently displayed). Since I was friends with the owner, I managed to buy the figure off him after numerous attempts (action figure collecting wasn’t that much of a boom yet back in 1998 here in the Philippines).
Now a proud owner of my very first The Flash action figure, I began to look for more to add to my collection – hence the start of my Flash Museum project. As long as a Flash item was official DC merchandise, it became part of the Flash stash. I slowly began acquiring Flash collectibles in 2nd year of college, and expanded my collection to cover comicbooks, keychains, shirts, mugs, and other Flash-themed novelty items. [Editor’s note: Speed Force featured Glenmarc’s collection in our very first Collector’s Showcase article!]
Other than material possessions, I have slowly ingrained my fandom into playing sports. Since I was barely of average Filipino male height, I had to rely on my speed to play competitive basketball. I wasn’t really much of a leaper as well, so my quickness was key to everything that I did on the court. The local Flash was born.
After having graduated from university studies and having since worked with three companies, I have already amassed a good number of Flash collectibles and was steadily building my reputation for speed (in playing sports). Sometime between 2001-2003, I was then invited to join a local group of hobbyists to display our DC collectibles (Gerry Sibal for Superman, Richard Cadiz for Batman, Matto Garcia for Wonder Woman, Ricky Tinio for Green Lantern, Dan Castro for everything else DC, and me for Flash) during the local launch of Justice League The Animated Series here in the Philippines in Shangri-La Mall.
I was now recognized as unofficially, one of the biggest Flash collectors in the country – with a good buddy, Joe Dy being the other one. (Sidenote: His Flash collection is also one of the best, and very impressive with his statues and mini-busts).
Life in the fast lane
Because of my Flash fandom, I became more exposed to TV features and interviews. At least two local TV stations have visited my house to gather footage of my Flash collectibles and I was blessed to be introduced to a lot of influential and important personalities in the local hobby scene. Stints in local hobby conventions and publication features (magazine and newspaper interviews) for my Flash stash and other action figure lines (I collected a host of other toylines as well – GI Joes, TMNT, LOTR, etc) were fairly common and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. It was really (pun-intended) a rush.
In the workplace, I have used Flash as my nickname. While my boss and close friends still call me by my first name, more and more people have been referring to me as Flash (including funny references to Flash Gordon, Flash David – a former professional basketball player for the PBA, and Flash Elorde – deceased professional Filipino boxer). I was still very much into basketball, and was still able to utilize my speed to contribute to my team’s amazing run of 6 championships in 8 years for the company’s annual hoop tournament.
After settling down (early) in 2001, I was blessed with two kids, Dylan Rose Alexis (girl) and Dwaynemarc Rohan (boy). My youngest somewhat became my Kid Flash. He was into it as much as I was! Flash t-shirts, shoes, and yes – even a Flash costume for the company-sponsored Trick or Treat celebration. Fun times, indeed.
Crisis and Blackest Night
Not all was peachy in my life though. In 2010, I hit rock-bottom after a nasty marital separation with the woman that I was with for almost 10 years. Forced to move out from the house, and totally away from my kids, I was devastated. I was – in superhero terms – de-powered.
I lost hope and was desperate. Too desperate in fact, that I was suicidal. Crazy times. Everything was in shambles, and it took its toll on me. Suddenly, I wasn’t too happy to play basketball anymore. My geekery was waning. With the need to transfer to a new home, my Flash items were stored in large plastic containers. Slowly, I am not too keen about being The Flash anymore. Priorities and practicality took over fandom.
Around this time, Geoff John’s “Blackest Night/Brightest Day” run was happening in the comicbook scene. Forcing myself to living normally again after 3 months of self-imposed “mourning”, I started reading the said widely-acclaimed series. One thing struck me hard – Barry Allen’s transformation into the Blue Lantern – the avatar of hope.
After Barry’s successful return as The Flash in Flash: Rebirth (following Hal Jordan in Green Lantern: Rebirth) sometime around late 2000, I was ecstatic. My hero is back. Barry’s here again! However, things got dark after my personal issues and my Flash fandom took a backseat. The storyline about the Blue Lantern Flash made me realize – despite it being from a geeky perspective – that I can still move forward. The line “Barry Allen of Earth, you have the ability to instill great hope..welcome to the Blue Lantern Corps” gave ME just that – HOPE.
My frequent Facebook exchanges with SpeedForce.Org’s Devin “The Flash” Johnson (there ARE a lot of Flashes internationally, of course…LOLs) helped me recover from the depression. I had to endure. I had to move on. And eerily, my fandom helped me. It kept me sane. It allowed me get back up, to move forward, and run towards the better things in life.
Barry Allen continued to inspire me…and gave me great hope.
Come back tomorrow for part two!
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MTV Geek has an extensive write-up of a Grant Morrison talk in which he discussed (among other things) his long-in-the-works Multiversity. Each issue will focus on a different reality in DC’s multiverse, surrounded by a pair of bookends tying the story together.
One issue focuses on…
“The Just”, taking place on Earth-11, showcasing the return of the Super-Sons and the children of other superheroes. Surprisingly citing The Hills as an inspiration, the disaffected super-kids will be introduced in ways similar to that program, and the utopian world brought on by their parents will be echoed by their dull, meaningless, “shallow” conversational patterns. We’ll also see the remnants of a bored Justice League, filled with nearly-forgotten 90s characters with nothing to do but superhero/supervillain battle re-enactments. When asked who would be appearing, Kyle Rayner will be the Green Lantern featured in the book, but Guy Gardner will be present. Other 90s characters set to appear include Bloodpack, Bloodwynd, Anima, Walker Gabriel and, yes, Wally West, amidst a host of other legacy characters introduced in the era, hinting at appearances by Azrael and the “replacement” Supermen. Knowing that it would always come back to the most iconic versions of the characters, such as Bruce Wayne, Barry Allen and Hal Jordan, Morrison wanted to give these heroes “a world they did inherit, but they didn’t inherit anything” worthwhile.
Scroll down all the way to the end for the Flash.