March 20, 2011
Some linkblogging for the weekend:
Flashpoint and other comics:
C2E2. Not much Flash or Flashpoint news out of C2E2. DC was being very cagey about both. That said, we now know that Hunter Zolomon is in Flashpoint, and while DC would rather tweak Wally West’s fans than answer any questions about him, we do know that he gets chased by someone with a white lantern ring in a tie-in.
March 18, 2011
So haw many Flash comics have there been, anyway?
With the news that DC is canceling the current Flash series in the lead-up to Flashpoint, speculation has turned to the inevitable relaunch that we’ll see afterward.
Now, DC could just pick up the numbering where they left off, as if the book had simply been on hiatus (like many of us expected)…but that sort of puts a lie to the statement that “Issue 12 will be the final issue of THE FLASH.”
DC could also restart at #1…again. But is that really what they want to do after Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 in 2006, All-Flash #1 in 2007, Flash: Rebirth #1 in 2009, and Flash #1 in 2010?
So the prospect of renumbering raises its head again. It’s a natural with The Flash. After all, Barry Allen’s 1959 launch started at #105, picking up the numbering from where Jay Garrick’s series left off in 1949, and Wally West’s 2007 launch picked up right where it left off the year before. And with books like Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and Thor adding up the totals from multiple relaunches, it seems a clear possibility.
So, if we added up all the Flash comics, what number would we be at?
350 issues of Flash Comics starring Jay Garrick and The Flash starring Barry Allen
247 issues of The Flash starring Wally West (not counting #0, #1,000,000, or #1/2, all of which would have been numbered out of sequence anyway).
13 issues of Flash: The Fastest Man Alive starring Bart Allen
12 issues of The Flash starring Barry Allen.
That’s 622 issues there, making the next one Flash #623. Though if you include Flash #0 and #1,000,000, which were part of the monthly series (but not #1/2, which was a promotional giveaway from Wizard Magazine), that would bring the total to 624, making the next one #625.
You could also make a case for including a few others:
1 issue of All-Flash, since it filled the monthly slot and bridged the gap between the end of Flash:TFMA and the 2007 relaunch.
6 issues of Flash: Rebirth, since it replaced the monthly series and served as the primary Flash book for 2009.
I wouldn’t include the annuals, or the 1970 Flash Spectacular, or the original Flashpoint miniseries, or the two Flash 80 Page Giants, or the four Flash Secret Files books. I also wouldn’t include Blackest Night: The Flash or Final Crisis: Rogues’ Revenge. These are all miniseries or specials that feel separate from the main Flash series, though I’d consider Blackest Night: The Flash a possible candidate.
That brings it to 629 issues.
Could we be looking at a post-Flashpoint launch of Flash #625 or Flash #630?
A somewhat less controversial bit of Flashpoint news: All Flashpoint-related titles will be available digitally 4 weeks after the in-store arrival of the print version, released on Fridays to keep the “Flashpoint Friday” theme going.
Personally I think this would be a great opportunity to do day-and-date releases, but DC and Marvel seem desperately afraid that digital comics will destroy the retail market, so they keep hobbling the digital market so that it can’t reach its potential.
Ever popped onto a news site and found yourself saying, “Wait…what?” That was my reaction when I read this at The Source. They’re answering a fan question from fhiz:
Johns wrote that Booster Gold was the only ongoing to tie into Flashpoint, so where does that leave his book, The Flash?
The Source explains:
Great question, fhiz. While the effects of FLASHPOINT will be felt throughout BOOSTER GOLD even after the series concludes, we can’t quite say the same for THE FLASH past issue #12… Why’s that?
Issue 12 will be the final issue of THE FLASH.
It’s just as well they turned off comments the other day, or the fans would be going nuts!
I was sort of half-expecting DC to put The Flash on hiatus during Flashpoint. But to outright make #12 the final issue? Especially since they’ve already solicited #13? That’s a surprise. Not only is it an extremely short run for such a high-profile (and apparently successful) relaunch, but it if it’s canceled now, it makes it shorter than the ill-fated Flash: The Fastest Man Alive back in 2006–2007.
I guess we can look forward to yet another relaunch after Flashpoint ends.
Update: More comments at at Robot6, Comic Bloc, CBR….
March 17, 2011
DC Comics’ official blog, The Source announced earlier this morning that an exclusive White Lantern Flash action figure will be sold this weekend at C2E2 and later at WonderCon. Distributed by popular pop culture t-shirt company, Graphitti Designs and limited to 1000 pieces, this is sure to be a big collector’s item one day. Of course we fans have actually known about the figure for quite sometime but this is the first official statement and pictures regarding it. Take a look:
They chose the smallest picture ever to show off the figure on the site here is a slightly clearer one courtesy of AFI:
I don’t fully get the whole White Lantern thing as I have not been following Brightest Day at all really, but not a bad figure. It is obviously a repaint of the DC Direct Blue Lantern Flash released a bit ago and that is not a bad thing at all. In fact that figure is probably one of the best sculpted DC Direct Flash figures in years, so I have no problem with them reusing it.
The design elements of the costume itself are pretty interesting, especially the choice of Wally’s belt instead of Barry’s classic straight across design. I don’t particularly like when they mix and match elements of Wally and Barry (as in the case of Young Justice’s Flash) but it definitely works better for the overall look. I can’t wait to see this figure up close and personal though, I have a feeling that the pictures don’t do the piece justice.
Oddly enough, DC left out the information about pricing. I believe it will be going for around 18 dollars or so. Availability of the exclusive will be limited to one item per guest. A number of websites and sellers on evilBay are offering preorders for the item for those that can’t make it out to the Cons. The prices however range from as low as 16.99 on some websites to as high as 70 dollars on evilBay.
Does anyone else plan on picking up White Lantern Flash?
Thanks for reading,
-Devin “Flash” Johnson
March 16, 2011
It seems like just last week that Kid Flash and Superboy raced against each other…oh, wait — it was! Now Superman and the Flash get in on the action.
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI & CHRIS ROBERSON; Art by EDDY BARROWS & J.P. MAYER; Cover by JOHN CASSADAY; 1:10 Variant cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Superman visits Boulder, Colorado, as “Grounded” races forward! And speaking of racing, here comes The Flash! The Scarlet Speedster has made a strange discovery that relates to Superman, so he tracks The Man of Steel down in the Centennial State to get some answers! What did Flash discover? Well, let’s just say there’s a reason Superman isn’t very happy to see him…
DC has a one-page preview at The Source. And speaking of Kenneth Rocafort, the concluding issue of Velocity is currently on Top Cow’s calendar for March 30.
March 14, 2011
DC’s June 2011 solicitations are up, and it looks like our Flash fix will be Flashpoint, pure and simple, for June. Creative teams and write-ups have already been announced over the past two weeks (Flashpoint & Booster Gold, miniseries part 1, miniseries part 2 & one-shots), but here are the dates:
Flashpoint: Batman – Knight Of Vengeance #1
Flashpoint: Secret Seven #1
Flashpoint: Abin Sur – The Green Lantern #1
Flashpoint: The World Of Flashpoint #1
Booster Gold #45
Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #1
Flashpoint: Deathstroke And The Curse Of The Ravager #1
Flashpoint: Frankenstein And The Creatures Of The Unknown #1
Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #1
Flashpoint: Wonder Woman And The Furies #1
Flashpoint: Deadman And The Flying Graysons #1
Flashpoint: Legion Of Doom Starring Heatwave #1
Flashpoint: Grodd Of War One-Shot
Flashpoint: Lois Lane And The Resistance #1
Flashpoint: The Outsider #1
Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost Starring Bart Allen #1
Flashpoint: Reverse Flash One-Shot
Flashpoint: Project Superman #1
Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #1
Flashpoint: Green Arrow Industries One-Shot
Flashpoint: The Canterbury Cricket One-Shot
The first round of Flashpoint Action figures also get a release date: July 20, right before Comic-Con International.
That said, there are some upcoming collections on the list…and the Tiny Titans “All-Flash” issue!
TINY TITANS #41
Written by ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO
Art and cover by ART BALTAZAR
Outta the way – It’s the “Flash” issue!
It’s the fastest comic ever and the race is on! This special issue introduces Jessie Quick and features Inertia and Mas y Menos. Plus: Kid Flash sharpens his pencil to a FLASHPOINT! Plus plus: Blue Beetle makes a special appearance!
On sale JUNE 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
BLACKEST NIGHT: BLACK LANTERN CORPS VOL. 2 TP
Written by JAMES ROBINSON, GEOFF JOHNS and GREG RUCKA
Art by SCOTT KOLINS, NICOLA SCOTT, EDDY BARROWS and others
Cover by RODOLFO MIGLIARI
The Flash, Wonder Woman and the JSA come face to face with their greatest foes and long-lost loved ones, newly undead as evil Black Lanterns, in this collection of three 3-issue BLACKEST NIGHT miniseries.
On sale JULY 20 • 240 pg, FC, $19.99 US
SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE TRIAL OF THE FLASH TP
Written by CARY BATES and JOEY CAVALIERI
Art by CARMINE INFANTINO, DENNIS JENSEN and others
Cover by CARMINE INFANTINO and KLAUS JANSON
Following the murder of The Flash’s wife by The Reverse-Flash, the two foes are locked in a round-the-world battle that ends in the death of the evildoer. Collected from THE FLASH #323-327, 329-336 and 340-350.
On sale JULY 20 • 592 pg, B&W, $19.99 US
Notes: This picks up years after Iris Allen’s death, with Barry Allen engaged to Fiona Webb, and the return of the Reverse-Flash. The issues skipped are:
Flash #328: A reprint of the Barry/Iris wedding story with a very brief framing sequence.
Flash #337-339: Pied Piper has a nervous breakdown, and the Rogues goad Big Sir into attacking the Flash. On one hand it’s sort of a diversion, but on the other hand, it sets up a key moment in the later part of the story.
Update: I can’t believe I missed this one!
DC COMICS PRESENTS: IMPULSE #1
Written by TODD DEZAGO
Art by ETHAN VAN SCIVER, WALTER SIMONSON, ANGEL UNZUETA and others • Cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER and WAYNE FAUCHER
It’s Batman vs. The Joker – with Impulse caught in the middle! Plus, Impulse battles Kalibak, son of Darkseid – and meets Inertia, the Reverse-Impulse! Featuring art by Ethan Van Sciver, from IMPULSE #50-53!
On sale JUNE 8 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US
Notes: Not where I would have started — the Waid/Ramos run is IMO the best of the series — but Todd Dezago’s stuff was really good, and these issues have big advantages for marketing: They introduced Inertia (making them Important™), and they guest-starred Batman.
March 13, 2011
Some weekend linkblogging…
March 11, 2011
DC has posted solicitation info for June’s main Flashpoint book and the corresponding issue of Booster Gold. No word yet on a schedule for all the miniseries and one-shots announced today.
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE
1:25 Black and White Variant cover A by ANDY KUBERT
Variant cover B by IVAN REIS and GEORGE PÉREZ
The world-changing miniseries continues! Where are the World’s Greatest Super Heroes? Barry Allen is on a mission to find out or die trying – and that may be what’s happening as he tries to make lightning strike twice! Meanwhile, around the submerged Paris, the pirate Deathstroke confronts Emperor Aquaman!
On sale JUNE 1 • 2 of 5, 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
I really hate it when Batman straps me into an electric chair and turns it on. I always know the day’s completely shot when that happens.
Booster Gold #45
Written by DAN JURGENS
Art and cover by DAN JURGENS and NORM RAPMUND
Booster knows that the Flashpoint world isn’t his own. But how does he get back? How does he make things right?
On sale JUNE 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Hmm, that looks like a slightly Flashy Captain Marvel (S.H.A.Z.A.M.?), Cyborg, Batman, Green Lantern Abin Sur, the Sandman, and Captain — I mean Citizen Cold.
FLASHPOINT: GRODD OF WAR #1
Cover: Francis Manapul
Writer: Sean Ryan
Art: Ig Guara
“Africa belongs to him!”
Well, Grodd’s always wanted to take over the world. It sounds like in the Flashpoint timeline he’s been a bit more successful at it.
One of the one-shots announced at The Source.
Update (June 15): A lot of people are landing here today, since the book just came out. Here’s a more recent article including a link to a preview of the issue.