February 28, 2009
WonderCon From Above, originally uploaded by Kelson.
Having a great time at WonderCon so far. The con floor is divided into 3 main areas – publishers, comic dealers, and Artists’ Alley. There’s a bit more variation, but that’s the main breakdown. Not too many people in costumes today. Everyone seemed very patient in the line waiting to get in, much more than I’d expect in, say, San Diego.
Talked to some artists, picked up some autographs, bought some trades I’d been meaning to pick up. Got over to the Boom booth to pick up the Farscape exclusive, hit the DC Nation and Boom panels, saw an interesting one on the real archaeology behind the Indiana Jones series.
Also attended the screening of the direct-to-DVD Wonder Woman movie coming out on Tuesday. It’s incredible. It’s epic. Ares is the main villain, there’s an all-out war that nearly gave the film an R rating (I think the final cut is PG-13), and it doesn’t shy away from any aspect or implications of Diana’s origin — and because it tackles everything head-on, it works.
After WW, there was a brief trailer for the next direct-to-DVD animation, Green Lantern, which looks to be very cosmic and sci-fi in tone.
More comments on Twitter, and first batch of photos are up on Flickr.
Update: I have a more thorough con report up at K-Squared Ramblings.
February 26, 2009
February 25, 2009
Not much Flash-related this week, only Justice Society of America.
Justice Society of America #24
Written by Geoff Johns & Jerry Ordway
Art and variant cover by Jerry Ordway
Cover by Alex Ross
“Black Adam and Isis” part 2 and featuring an “Origins and Omens” backup! The Justice Society faces off against a fully powered Black Adam and his wife, Isis, for control of the Rock of Eternity. But when Mary Marvel enters the fray, will she side with the Justice Society or join the Black Marvel family?
32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
One Flash or another often appears in Trinity.
February 24, 2009
Winged Lions Quiver looks at Flash casting rumors. Kneel Before Zod casts the Flash’s Rogues.
Nwego’s Dirty Mind looks at the Barry vs. Wally debate.
Lordportico ponders the nature of the Flash’s super-speed [Edit: the author moved this to a new blog in April] [Edit 2: The author seems to have removed the article entirely. I wish I'd been a little more descriptive in this link, since I don't remember what the approach was.]
Flash-back podcast has a new installment focusing on the Speed Force (not this blog, of course, but the concept it was named after).
Major Spoilers has a sneak peek at Mark Waid’s Irredeemable, while the writer himself has launched a podcast, 15 Minutes With Waid, starting with Inside Potter’s Field. (I quite liked the first two issues of the Potter’s Field miniseries that came out last(?) year, and would definitely be interested in more.)
A Comic Bloc discussion over why Moose Baumann is no longer the colorist on Flash: Rebirth has made it to Lying in the Gutters.
February 23, 2009
This week’s going to be a bit light because I’ll be on vacation. That’s not to say I won’t be around — I’ve pre-written and scheduled a couple of posts, some of the hotels will have wifi, and I’ve got a near-permanent link to the Internet now in the form of a G1 phone — but I’ll be spending a lot of time doing touristy things and hanging out with people instead of spending all day in front of a computer.
Then at the end of the week I’ll be attending WonderCon in San Francisco. Keep an eye on SpeedForceOrg on Twitter and my Flickr photos, plus I’ll make occasional posts here. My con report(s) will go up at K-Squared Ramblings, with anything Flash-specific here.
You can read my write-up of last year’s WonderCon, as well as check out last year’s photos.
February 22, 2009
February 21, 2009
Mark Waid talks to Newsarma about Batman in Barcelona: Dragon’s Knight #1
Comicbook.com includes the Flash’s Rogues in their Top 10 Costume-Dependent Comic Book Characters.
Seduction of the Indifferent is starting a feature on Pied Piper covers, and the first installment highlights Flash Comics #59. A decade before the Rogue of the same name first appeared, this other villain based on the Piper of legend fought Hawkman and Hawkgirl.
Robot 6′s Grumpy Old Fan looks into “Flash of Two Worlds” and its influences on later comics as part of his “Towards A Modern Superhero Canon” series.
February 18, 2009
I downloaded the first issue of Boom Studios’ Hexed for the Android-based T-Mobile G1 phone yesterday and wrote up some thoughts on the reading experience (with pictures) on my other blog.
February 17, 2009
DC’s solicitations for May are up at Newsarama and elsewhere.
The Flash: Rebirth #2
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ethan Van Sciver
Covers by Ethan Van Sciver
What’s happened to the Speed Force? One of the world’s most powerful speedsters is dead, and Barry Allen must discover who – or what – is responsible! But the reborn Barry is a man haunted by a dark secret in his past. A secret that drives him to push far beyond his limits. A burden that, if he’s not careful, could send him right back into oblivion! Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver’s reinvention of the Scarlet Speedster picks up the pace – we dare you to keep up!
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Ethan Van Sciver), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Ethan Van Sciver). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale May 6 • 2 of 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Notes: Oh, joy, another dead speedster. Awesome cover, though. (I can’t believe I just wrote “awesome.” I feel like I’m in fifth grade.)
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This week we have the conclusion of Tangent: Superman’s Reign as well as a new issue of Justice League of America.
Justice League of America #30
Written by Dwayne McDuffie
Art and cover by Ed Benes
Featuring an “Origins and Omens” backup story! Can the entire combined might of the Justice League of Amercia and Dr. Light stand up to the cosmic entity known as Starbreaker as he continues consuming the sun? Could this be another Final Night for the DC Universe?
32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Tangent: Superman’s Reign #12 (of 12)
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Carlos Magno & Julio Ferreira
Cover by Dan Jurgens & Will Conrad
The dual universe-spanning epic concludes as the Justice League of America attempts to rally against Tangent Superman. It all comes down to one last-ditch effort as all hope remains with one lone individual. Who’s this being, and what’s their relationship to the Man of Telekinesis? And what will become of the Tangent Universe?
12 of 12, 32 pg, FC, $2.99
Other likely appearances: Tiny Titans and Trinity.