November 26, 2014
The latest episode of THE FLASH gives us a somewhat Wally West-themed look at the developing power set of TV’s Barry Allen, up against a bad guy who literally adds a huge spark to the show (ouch! Sorry for the pun). Barry also gets to see another side of Harrison Wells…and we see the nature of time in a way in this episode as well. Welcome to another fast-paced, action-packed episode of THE FLASH!
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One of The Flash TV series’ mysteries is Barry Allen’s benefactor at S.T.A.R. Laboratories, Harrison Wells. He’s got secret abilities, secret knowledge, a secret agenda, and only the vaguest of backstories, and if he’s not actually a time traveler, he at least has access to future knowledge.
We ran a poll over the last week asking readers which secret identity they thought was most likely. Here are the results.
The most popular theory, so far, is that he’s the Reverse Flash. A few people wrote in to specify Hunter Zolomon or Eobard Thawne. Future Barry Allen and “exactly who he says he is” were very a close second and third. After that, it was a sharp drop.
Write-ins Abra Kadabra (a time traveler who uses a lot of future technology) and Hunter Zolomon (wheelchair-bound, obsessed with making the Flash a better hero in his own twisted way) were popular, making me wonder how many people would have chosen them if I’d remembered to include Kadabra on the list, or split the two Zooms across separate options.
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November 25, 2014
The CW has finally released the trailer for next week’s Flash episode of the crossover, titled “Flash Vs Arrow”. The episode will air December 2nd, with the Arrow half of the crossover airing December 3rd. You can find the synopses for the episodes here.
Who’s excited? I’m definitely looking forward to the villains!
Two new Flash stories are out in comic shops this week!
AICN has a preview of Flash #36 by Venditti, Jensen, Booth, Coelho, Rapmund, and Dalhouse. There’s also a LEGO variant cover. “Out of time! The Flash is trapped in a bizarre, lost land terrorized by castaways from the past, present, and future. But that leaves Central City without a hero…or does it?”
At Comicosity, read the beginning of Secret Origins #7, featuring the origin of Barry Allen (New 52 edition) as written by Robert Venditti and Van Jensen with art by Andre Coehlo.
Update: As Wayne points out in the comments, DC has also released a digital edition of DC Special Series #11 from 1978, featuring an 80-page Flash story starring Barry Allen, Wally West, Jay Garrick, and Johnny Quick.
And finally, there’s a single-page comic book preview of tonight’s Flash TV show episode, “Blackout.”
DC Comics has announced the titles that will make up the third week of Convergence’s miniseries that will take the place of the New 52 line for two months next April and May. Convergence tells the story of what happens when Braniac takes all the fragments of different realities he’s collected from across the multiverse…and allows them to interact.
The first week was all about the 2000s versions of DC’s characters (including the West family) interacting with worlds like Flashpoint. Week two is all about the 90s right around the time of Zero Hour. Week three, not surprisingly, seems to be focusing on the early 1980s pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths heroes.
And there’s this solicitation and art at Nerdist:
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Federico Dallocchio
Colorist: Veronica Gandini
Trapped in Gotham, Barry Allen has nowhere to run. He fights on, seeking justice as well as a way to save the city. But he faces a Tangent Universe foe that thinks faster than the Flash could ever move.
I’d guess that’s the Tangent universe’s Superman he’s up against. I really hope somewhere in all this they do a Flash of Two Worlds cover. Anyway, here’s a splash page from the book, via @dccomics on Twitter:
November 21, 2014
After the last issue of The Flash, Newsarama and Comic Book Resources spoke to the writers and penciller of the series about the just-finished and upcoming stories.
CBR: Venditti and Jensen Form “The Flash” Fight Club with Four Flashes.
Regarding future Barry:
…what we’ve explored with this future version of Barry is that he has decades under his belt of seeing the justice system fail. What happens when he decides that course of trying to make things right doesn’t work? Now, he’s taking matters into his own hands.
As far as present-day Barry Allen’s current status:
Barry has quite a journey that he must undergo from the end of “The Flash” #35 to where that story ends — not only in terms of where Barry is but that fact that he is without his powers. He has quite a journey to get back to Central City and Patty and the life that he is supposed to have, and how different he is when he gets to that point is as much a part of the journey as how far he has to travel.
They talk about the Rogues, and how we’ll be seeing some new villains soon, including the two that future Flash name-dropped: Overload and Plague.
Newsarama: Brett Booth on Redesigning Wally West & Bringing the Future Flash
On designing future Wally West’s Flash outfit:
Wally’s costume is actually based on a proposal I did years ago. He’s sort of a hybrid between Flash, Kid Flash and Max Mercury. I had to talk very fast to get them to change the open top to the regular skullcap.
And on designing the future Barry Allen’s costume:
I used Barry’s current costume as the base, I added in a bit of tech, and that was that. I wanted a more armored look, a darker look, but I also wanted to show him being more in control of the Speed Force.
I covered his face in the energy to keep who he was a secret — didn’t know they were going to reveal it in the first issue.
I did pull a bit of John Fox for the earpieces, a nod to the old universe.
Regarding Wally in general:
The purists aren’t happy because he was changed, but the rest of folks seem to be OK and even happy with the change. I know some bi-racial fans are very happy; they are now represented in the Flash Universe.
My hope is to get him some powers and maybe a spin off book! Wally was cool because he was an out superhero, and while the secret identity works for most characters, he is simply the Flash; you get what you see, warts and all. Doing that with a teen would be interesting and could be a lot of fun!