August 10, 2011

What’s Missing from Showcase Presents: the Trial of the Flash?

Category: Flash History — By @ 12:36 am

Astute readers have no doubt noticed that Showcase Presents: The Trial of the Flash, in stores today, does not cover a continuous string of issues from #323 through #350. It starts with the desperate race around the world in which the Flash kills Professor Zoom, and it ends with fallout from the Flash’s trial, but along the way it skips Flash #328 and #337-339.

What’s in those issues?

The Flash #328 is a reprint issue, with a couple of pages of framing sequence added. The reprint in question is Flash #163, the wedding of Barry Allen and Iris West, which was also interrupted by Professor Zoom. In the original run, it served as a reminder of just how long the rivalry had run between Barry Allen and Eobard Thawne, and how personal it was. It’s an obvious choice to cut.

In The Flash #337-339, the Pied Piper has a nervous breakdown, and the Rogues, blaming the Flash, trick a super-strong but mentally deficient man (who becomes Big Sir) into attacking the Flash in hopes that he’ll kill him. It’s an odd choice considering that the ongoing subplots continue throughout the three issues, including:

  • Preparations for the trial.
  • The missing persons case for Barry Allen.
  • The mystery of why the Flash’s lawyer hates him.

One of the jurors has a strange encounter, which becomes a major plot point near the end of the storyline, and #339 ends in the middle of a battle, which picks right up in #340, and leads into another key plot point: Big Sir beats Barry so badly that he needs facial reconstruction surgery.

Presumably the issues were cut for page count, but I do have to wonder why DC chose these three issues.

» Showcase Presents: Trial of the Flash at Amazon