Over at The Source, DC unveiled five new covers, mostly variants, plus the main cover for The Flash #10. Not surprisingly, it’s the Francis Manapul piece originally scheduled for Flash #9 before they moved up the theme cover originally planned for #10.
It’s always sad to hear about someone in comics dying, but there are times when it just comes out of nowhere. Yesterday’s news about Dwayne McDuffie‘s unexpected death was one of those headlines that just made me say, “Wait…what?!?!”
I wish I had time to write more, so I’ll just toss these out:
1. Justice League Unlimited was fantastic.
2. McDuffie wrote the best Flash story of the short post-”Lightning Saga” relaunch: the Flash/Wonder Woman team-up in Justice League #20.
A couple of years ago, I wrote about cutting down the pull list by figuring out what I really liked reading, as opposed to what I just bought out of habit. This was followed up by a harsher test: if you could only buy three comics, what would you choose? At the time, I picked The Unwritten, Madame Xanadu, and The Unknown. Yes, at the time, The Flash wasn’t in my top three.
I found myself thinking about this again. Two of those series are gone, and I’m enjoying The Flash a lot more than I used to. What would my choices be today?
- The Flash, definitely. While I didn’t care much for Flash: Rebirth, the ongoing series has proved to be a fun adventure.
- The Unwritten. I think we’re approaching the half-way point with this series, which continues to be fascinating, thought-provoking, entertaining, and occasionally downright creepy as it explores the way stories shape the world. This book was one of my picks for the Read This Too! recommendation.
Those two are easy. The third one? That’s the hard part. The two contenders are:
- Velocity. In the strictest sense of the question, I’d have to go with this one. It’s been a great story, and I want to see how it ends. But once that last issue comes out, I’d go with…
- Lady Mechanika, which is shaping up to be a good steampunk mystery/adventure.
Actually, since Lady Mechanika is bimonthly and Velocity’s finale will probably come out between its issues, I could probably make a case for them sharing the third slot!
So what missed the cut, and why?
Remember those Hostess Flash Cakes? Shannon writes in:
Just thought I would share with you, we were in our local store and found Flash Cakes awhile back (we haven’t found them since though), and loved the whole idea. My boyfriend, Joe, is an Indy wrestler for RCW (a few others as well) and goes by the name Flash Fury. When we found the cakes on the shelf, he grabbed up a box up did a little pose with them for a picture, our friends at the wrestling shows love the picture. We are hoping to find more Flash cakes to take with us to the shows. We love them!
Great story, Shannon! Thanks for sharing!
First, some links to art!
- Valentine’s Day: Super-heroes in Love by Ty Templeton.
- The Flash Family by TJ Frias (via the Fastest Fan Alive)
- Impulse by docshaner at Fastest Fan Alive.
- Dennis Culver’s Batman Family is the “Batman Inc.” Team We Want To See – ComicsAlliance
More Flashy links:
- Sunday Slugfest: The Flash #9 Review – Line of Fire Reviews – Comics Bulletin
- What Were They Thinking?! has been following a Silver Age Flash/Green Lantern story all week, starting with… a double date?
- That F’ing Monkey offers a unique apology for missing this week’s Flash Friday.
More comics links
- The Beat has two articles on digital comics. First, Digital Is The New Direct Market. Following up on that, how can comic shops survive in the digital era?
- Pop Candy’s Top 10 comics podcasts includes Tom vs. the Flash.
- Grumpy Old Fan considers DC’s May solicitations
- Contribute to IGN’s comic shop directory.
Over at The Source, Geoff Johns answers three questions about Flashpoint. Key items: “Flash will learn what the universe would be like if the world’s greatest super-heroes never became the world’s greatest super-heroes.” “You won’t just see the DC Universe shaken up, you’ll see characters you’ve never met who’ve come into existence because of the historical damage done to the past,” such as Element Woman [different from Element Girl?], Blackout, the Outsider [presumably not the Silver Age Batman villain, then], and the Resistance. [Interesting that "The Resistance" is a character, not an organization.] S!H!A!Z!A!M!
Most importantly: You don’t need to have read any specific stories to understand Flashpoint. “The Flash series and The Flash: Rebirth give you the foundation for Barry today, but even then Flashpoint #1 will tell you everything you need to know.” Familiarity with the normal DC Universe may help you appreciate the differences more, but “You’ll meet the world and characters as you enter the story.”
Head over to The Source to read the full answers.
If you have more questions, DC wants to hear them. They’re soliciting questions on The Source, on Twitter (post with the #Flashpoint hashtag), and on the Facebook pages for DC Nation and The Flash. They’ll pick the top questions and answer them on The Source as part of upcoming Flashpoint Fridays.
- Whatever *did* happen to the World’s Greatest Heroes?
- Was Cyborg created to be their leader?
- Who will the Resistance summon?
- When do six become one?