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Speed Reading: Podcast Catch-Up, Waid & Wieringo & More

I’ve gotten way behind on these link round-ups.

ComicsAlliance’s Chris Sims on Why Mark Waid’s Flash run is so great, and how it ties the entire post-Crisis on Infinite Earths DC Universe together. (video)

The Flash Podcast has covered Iris West, Weather Wizard and Professor Zoom since we last checked in.

Flash TV Talk has covered Young Justice & Reverse Flashes and interviewed Greg Weisman.

Back in a Flash podcast talks about Merge, the villain in the latest issue of the book.

CBR’s Pipeline looks back at The Flash by Waid and Wieringo.

Not Flash-specific, but worth a read: Radioactive Blackness And Anglo-Saxon Aliens: Achieving Superhero Diversity Through Race-Changing (ComicsAlliance)

Tons of stuff as always at The Rogues Kick Ass.

Kelson.

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Annotations: The Trial of The Flash, #344 – “Betrayal!”

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: Flash flashback within a Flash Flashback flashback.

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!

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COVER by Carmine Infantino and Klaus Janson. Prior to showing up on the last page of issue #343, Kid Flash had not appeared in Flash since #325, where he appeared in the main feature and his own backup story.

PG 1: Kid Flash and Flash were last together in Tales of the Teen Titans #49. In that issue, Wally mentions that he’s waiting to be called to testify but he expects to be questioned as an eyewitness and not a super-speed expert. Kid Flash retired in New Teen Titans #39 (Feb. 1984).

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This issue features partial, framed reprints of stories from Flash #110 (Dec./Jan. 1959, “Meet Kid Flash”) and Flash #149 (Dec. 1964, “The Flash’s Sensational Risk”).  Both stories, own their own and via internal flashbacks, show key points in Kid Flash history. Each also has a tie-in to the fate of Flash’s secret identity during the Trial.

PG 11 & 12: This animal-roundup sequence is referenced in Flash # 45 (1990):

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PG 14: This was the only appearance of the planet Ikora and the K-10 Gang.

PG 18: This story was probably chosen for reprint/flashback because it also flashes back internally to Flash #120 and #135.  The original art for #120, page 25 can be seen here, via Comic Art Fans.  This is the only original art I could find related to #344 and its flashbacks.

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Even though Joe Giella inks both reprints here, Infantino’s figures are a little more muscular in issue #149, an aspect weighted further by Frank McLaughlin’s heavy black inks in the 1985 framing sequence. Check out this “History of Guyana” for more on the locale seen in panel two.

PG 20: The reveal sequence here is another reminder of Barry’s choices and secrets in the Trial story. Barry was always secretive. He kept his Flash adventures a secret from his wife (though she knew ahead of time due to Barry’s sleep-talking) and didn’t reveal he was Barry Allen to Kid Flash until the latter’s seventh appearance in #120.

PG 23: On the back cover of the original, it says in a preview for this issue, “Kid Flash testifies against his mentor!”. That applies to two speech bubbles in the entirety of this issue.  The real testimony will happen next issue.

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See you next weekend!

Greg Elias.

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New Flash Action Figure Announced

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DC Collectibles has given us a sneak peek at the action figures and statues to be showcased at San Diego Comic-Con in a couple of weeks, and one of them is a figure of Barry Allen from the upcoming Flash TV series. So far it looks nicely poseable and is a great likeness of actor Grant Gustin in the Flash suit, which bodes well.

There are no other details as of yet, but you can see the rest of the imminent figures at DC’s blog, and some of them look really nice. Presumably we’ll learn more about the figures once SDCC is underway. And if you’ll be attending SDCC, the blog post has information about when and where the collectibles panels will be held.

What do you think of the figure so far? Is anyone hoping for more figures based on the TV series?

Lia.

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Flash #34 Selfie Variant Cover

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DC is doing a line-wide month of selfie variant covers in August, and Newsarama has posted the latest batch. This is the Flash #34 cover (click on the image for the full size), and it’s by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira. I think it’s really fun, as are a lot of these! What do you guys think?

Lia.

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TV Guide broke the news that, as we predicted, DC is launching new digital-first Flash and Arrow tie-in comics this fall. Flash: Season Zero will take place between the pilot and second episode, and will “embrace the franchise’s colorful roots” a bit more than the more “grounded” TV show with its own set of comic-specific villains.

Season Zero, which is being co-written by Brooke Eikmeier and Katherine Walczak and features art by Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur, will showcase the entire TV cast, plus these new rogues, a group of circus performers who gained super powers as a result of the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion that also transformed Barry (as seen in the Arrow episode “Three Ghosts,” as well as The Flash’s pilot). This “freakshow gallery,” as Kreisberg calls them, are lead by Mr. Bliss, a character who first appeared in DC’s Starman comic series: “He has the ability to manipulate peoples’ emotions. He and his cadre of circus folk have decided that they’ve been pushed around long enough and are going to take it to society.”

Digital chapters will be released on Mondays, with Flash and Arrow alternating each week. The first digital chapter of Flash: Season Zero will be available on September 8, with the first print edition hitting the shelves a month later on October 8, the day after the TV series premiere.
So, will you be picking this up digitally or in print? Or both? Or just sticking with the TV show for now?
Via Flash TV News. Also, I’m pretty sure the covers from TV Guide’s article are mock-ups, since they’re using existing publicity photos. Edit: Maybe not. I’ve pulled the full-sized images from DC’s blog, and updated with the Flash cover above.
Originally posted at Speed Force.

TV Guide broke the news that, as we predicted, DC is launching new digital-first Flash and Arrow tie-in comics this fall. Flash: Season Zero will take place between the pilot and second episode, and will “embrace the franchise’s colorful roots” a bit more than the more “grounded” TV show with its own set of comic-specific villains.

Season Zero, which is being co-written by Brooke Eikmeier and Katherine Walczak and features art by Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur, will showcase the entire TV cast, plus these new rogues, a group of circus performers who gained super powers as a result of the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion that also transformed Barry (as seen in the Arrow episode “Three Ghosts,” as well as The Flash’s pilot). This “freakshow gallery,” as Kreisberg calls them, are lead by Mr. Bliss, a character who first appeared in DC’s Starman comic series: “He has the ability to manipulate peoples’ emotions. He and his cadre of circus folk have decided that they’ve been pushed around long enough and are going to take it to society.”

Digital chapters will be released on Mondays, with Flash and Arrow alternating each week. The first digital chapter of Flash: Season Zero will be available on September 8, with the first print edition hitting the shelves a month later on October 8, the day after the TV series premiere.

So, will you be picking this up digitally or in print? Or both? Or just sticking with the TV show for now?

Via Flash TV News. Also, I’m pretty sure the covers from TV Guide’s article are mock-ups, since they’re using existing publicity photos. Edit: Maybe not. I’ve pulled the full-sized images from DC’s blog, and updated with the Flash cover above.

Originally posted at Speed Force.

Flash #35 Monster Variant Cover

DC is going to be doing monster variant covers for October, including a zombie Flash by Ryan Ottley and FCO Plascencia. It’s a bit more gruesome than some of the other monster covers I’ve seen, so I’m putting it after the cut.

Flash #35 Monster Variant

Kelson.

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Half of Firestorm Joins Flash TV Cast

Robbie AmellMore Flash TV news: The Flash is adding a new supporting character who will look familiar to readers of the comic books: Ronnie Raymond, better known as one of the two people who combine to form Firestorm: The Nuclear Man.

According to DC’s website, he’ll be “a maintenance worker at S.T.A.R. Labs and Dr. Caitlin Snow’s fiancé, and he plays an integral part in the particle accelerator accident that transforms Barry Allen into the Flash.”

Considering that Killer Frost/Caitin Snow comes out of the Firestorm corner of the DCU, linking the characters makes sense.

Raymond will be played by Robbie Amell, most recently seen on The Tomorrow People. (And yes, he’s related to Arrow star Stephen Amell – he’s his cousin.)

Flash and Firestorm may not seem like an obvious combination, though they have of course worked together in the Justice League and in various universe-spanning events…but back in the 1980s, Firestorm appeared in a series of backup stories in the pages of The Flash, making his appearance here even more appropriate!

Kelson.

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Flash “Season Zero” Digital-First Comic Launches in September

Flash and Arrow ComicsTV Guide broke the news that, as we predicted, DC is launching new digital-first Flash and Arrow tie-in comics this fall. Flash: Season Zero will take place between the pilot and second episode, and will “embrace the franchise’s colorful roots” a bit more than the more “grounded” TV show with its own set of comic-specific villains.

Season Zero, which is being co-written by Brooke Eikmeier and Katherine Walczak and features art by Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur, will showcase the entire TV cast, plus these new rogues, a group of circus performers who gained super powers as a result of the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion that also transformed Barry (as seen in the Arrow episode “Three Ghosts,” as well as The Flash’s pilot). This “freakshow gallery,” as Kreisberg calls them, are lead by Mr. Bliss, a character who first appeared in DC’s Starman comic series: “He has the ability to manipulate peoples’ emotions. He and his cadre of circus folk have decided that they’ve been pushed around long enough and are going to take it to society.”

Digital chapters will be released on Mondays, with Flash and Arrow alternating each week. The first digital chapter of Flash: Season Zero will be available on September 8, with the first print edition hitting the shelves a month later on October 8, the day after the TV series premiere.

So, will you be picking this up digitally or in print? Or both? Or just sticking with the TV show for now?

Via Flash TV News. Also, I’m pretty sure the covers from TV Guide’s article are mock-ups, since they’re using existing publicity photos.

Kelson.

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Annotations: The Trial of The Flash, #343 – “Revenge and Revelations!”

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:  “Love Over Gold”!

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. We’ll cover the clues here in the post. Here is someone who really didn’t like it.

The original art for page two is viewable here, via Comic Art Fans.

PG 3 & 4: Looks like the future city may be dealing with the effects of a coronal mass ejection, sometimes called “ion storms”.

The original art for page five can be seen here.

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PG 6: Goldface’s appearances in this issue and back in Flash #315 – 317 were his only pre-Crisis on Infinite Earth’s appearances outside of the pages of Green Lantern. Here’s the original sequence of Office O’Malley’s execution. His funeral occurred off-panel.

PG 7: Here’s the first appearance of Nathan Newbury, omitted from the Showcase collection.

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PG 9 – 11: Not only was Goldface lying about the timing of his ultimatum to Flash – once Flash did receive the warning he moved only at hyper-speed to avoid detection. Page nine also has the secret origin of Cecile’s watch.

PG 13 & 14: Going back to the cover – the yellow/gold hand on the cover seems to represent three things: Goldface (as seen in last panel on page 13), the murdered-by-gold O’Malley (actual grave occupant) and, in the context of future issues, a certain opposite number’s comeback. Goldface’s usual alias is Keith Kenyon, but his is named here as “Curtis” Kenyon. The last five issues alone have seen a couple of secret ID discrepancies, something of a Flash inside joke.

PG 16: The encephalo-scanning technology used here is reminiscent of Magnetoencephalography (MEG), which “is a non-invasive neurophysiological technique that measures the magnetic fields generated by neuronal activity of the brain.” Check out this site for more on MEG.

PG 18: Jet-copters use jet engines to drive the rotors/propeller. Here is an article from a couple of years back about the fastest jet-helicopter on Earth.

PG 20: There is no precise speed at which a fall into water can be fatal, but this article on cliff diving goes into terminal velocity and one 22,000 foot fall onto snow that a pilot happened to survive. A 2,000-foot fall at Flash’s top super-speed, assuming he’d go all-out to catch up to Cecile’s fall, is not considered.

PG 22: Michael Jackson participated in The Jacksons’ Victory Tour in 1984. Here is video of a full show from Dallas.

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PG 23: Kid Flash had retired back in New Teen Titans #39 (cover date Feb. 1984), but appeared as Wally West occasionally in that book (i.e. “The Terror of Trigon“) and Tales of the Teen Titans prior to his showing up here. The appearance most relevant to The Trial is an Infantino-illustrated story in Tales of the Teen Titans #49, written by Titans scribe Marv Wolfman, where Flash and Kid Flash meet to discuss a condition that was causing Kid Flash great pain and a loss of his super-speed. Wally and his girlfriend Frances Kane also fight Dr. Light in Central City during their visit.

See you next weekend!

Greg Elias.

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Beguiled? Review of EARTH 2 #25

earth 2 25 coverVal-Zod finally joins in the fight, and Jay Garrick plays a major role as new aspects of his power are revealed in the battle to save Earth 2 from the Bedlam-controlled, “Brutaal” former-Superman.  But, are the best efforts of the Wonders too late?  That, and much more are found in this action-packed issue of EARTH 2!

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This issue picks up with Jay, Alan and Kendra trying to escape Beguiler and an army of Parademons.  Green Lantern can only hold Beguiler off for so long, but Jay Garrick comes to the forefront of the fight as he pushes his own powers to the limit to discover…something approaching infinity.  While this fight goes on, Val-Zod reveals his own backstory to Jimmy Olsen – with some very interesting revelations about his early life.  The former-Superman-now-Brutaal and Lois visit the Kents with some truly disturbing results, as Bedlam’s plan to move all of Earth 2 through a Boom Tube is ready to come into place.  Can the Wonders stop Earth 2 from becoming the new Apokalips?  To see more you’ll need to grab the issue!

For Jay Garrick fans, this is a very welcome chapter, and the Flash of Earth 2 gets some well-deserved time in the spotlight. Actually, for fans of EARTH 2 this is a great chapter – a fast-paced, action-packed story with significant developments for a number of characters.  There are a couple of truly disturbing moments here – some that will generate a lot of talk for some time to come.  But, this is a series that has taken risks from the very beginning, and what comes next should be pretty much astounding. Thanks to Tom Taylor for another excellent script, and to the art team of Nicola Scott (pencils), Trevor Scott (pencils) and Pete Pantazis (colors) for another beautifully illustrated tale.  EARTH 2 is one of the gems of the New 52 – don’t miss out on it!

Ed Garrett.

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