February 21, 2012
David Huang writes in about the soon-to-be-released DC animated feature, Justice League: Doom, based on the “Tower of Babel” storyline in JLA.
I recently attended the premier of Warner Brothers Entertainment’s Justice League: Doom at the Paley Center in NYC and just thought I’d share a few Flash facts about the animated feature… mild spoilers follow: Read the rest of this entry »
February 20, 2012
The webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal presents the Flash with a challenge: Can he run 3,000 miles in order to catch someone tossed from the top of a building? Read on to find out…and to learn at what cost! (Keep in mind the comic’s twisted sense of nerd/geek humor.)
SMBC has joked about Superman & Batman a number of times before, but this is the first I can recall seeing him take on the Flash, And hey…bonus points for using the original!
Flash writers Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato are featured in a new article and interview over at USAToday.com, which also has an exclusive preview of issue #6, out this Wednesday.
Manapul and Buccellato continue to hint at the mystery surrounding the Rogues’ new power manifestations, as well as their view of the Flash and the world at large, in the New 52. The group will be introduced one-by-one, according to Manapul:
“They have reasons for feeling how they feel about him and that will unfold over the course of the next two issues,” Buccellato says. “The dynamic is the same — it’s just the relationships are not the same as they were because some stuff has happened.”
While there’s a certain charm to them working together, Manapul adds, “showcasing them one by one at the moment puts an emphasis on how much stronger these characters are.”
Manapul states that Captain Cold is “definitely a lot more dangerous than he was before,” but also addresses what sets the Rogue and his associates apart in the New 52 DCU:
“The Rogues are about the score — they’re about getting in, getting paid and getting out. They’re not the Joker, they’re not Lex Luthor. They have their own way of doing things,” Buccellato says.
For more, including Manapul on Cold’s bold new look, check out USA Today!
Hey Speed Readers,
Beginning today, February 20th, 2012, participating Sonic Restaurants nationwide will begin offering Justice League Tots along with their Wacky Pack Kid’s Meals. The website specifically states that the Justice League Tots are only available with the purchase of a kid’s meal, but I went to McDonald’s a few times when they were running the Young Justice promotion and just purchased them straight up without buying the kid’s meal. So that may be a possibility.
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February 18, 2012
Bleeding Cool has just posted a report from this weekend’s Megacon in Orlando, Florida. Within, there appears to be the first acknowledgement of a possible return of Wally West in the New 52 DCU:
That led us to a young man that asked about Wally West…[DC's Dan Didio and Eddie Berganza] said because there were de-aging Barry, they didnt want him to be the same age as Wally. Plus they didnt want to take away Wally’s kids and family or make him a teenager again, especially with Bart already in that role…Their answer was that they are simply focusing on establishing the characters they started out with in this new 52, but not saying those other characters don’t exist or aren’t around in some way. They understand that everyone’s character is someone’s favorite. They just ask us Wally and Donna [Troy] fans to be a bit more patient with them and those characters will be seen once more.
Haven’t seen this corroborated elsewhere as of yet, but it is still early in the day. Watch this space for more!
February 15, 2012
Earth Two has been officially announced. Batman: Earth One has a release date. Action Comics #9 will explore the Supermen of alternate realities. The DC Multiverse is in the spotlight this week, so what better time to look back at the different approaches to cataloging worlds taken by DC Comics, Marvel, and others.
Read on at Cataloging Worlds. What do you think is the best way to identify alternate universes?
February 14, 2012
The Source has posted the new cover to Flash #7, featuring Captain Cold. The solicit still features the cover to issue #6, which was originally intended to be #7 but was bumped up. A time-hopping CSI story originally intended for #6 was scrapped in favor of moving up the New 52 debut of the Man Who Mastered Absolute Zero.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, the post focuses on the love triangle that has been on display since the last issues of the pre-Flashpoint series. Editor Brian Cunningham poses some rhetorical questions about the relationship between Barry and Patty, with Iris on the outside (for now).
The fun part is building a love triangle where no one knows how the heck it’ll turn out. For now, Barry’s happily dating Patty…and it might stay that way for a while, with Iris outta luck waiting in the wings. Will Barry someday succumb to Iris’s charms and brassy style, making for a difficult time at work with Patty shooting daggers with her eyes?
Maybe…maybe not. Keep reading to find out. In fact, the cover to FLASH #7 shown below is probably an apt metaphor for our hero with Patty on the left, and Iris on the right.
Happy Valentine’s Day, speed-readers!
February 13, 2012
Toy Fair 2012 got underway on February 12 with a variety of action figure news and photos from Mattel. For Flash fans, the big point of interest is two new figures from the DC Universe Club: Jay Garrick and Mirror Master. The figures are primarily available to subscribers, but people who don’t subscribe to the club can order them at a slightly higher price from Mattel’s site MattyCollector.com. Jay will be available on April 16, and Mirror Master on June 16.
Honestly, these figures look great. The sculpts are wonderful (from Jay’s easy-going smile to Mirror Master’s smirk), and the shiny vacuumized metal on Jay’s helmet is a nice touch. I’ll definitely be picking up Mirror Master, of course.
Another bit of big news is the momentary return of Justice League Unlimited 3-Packs. This series was cancelled a while ago and some figures that had already been announced would seemingly never be released, but will now be available in Autumn 2012 at MattyCollector.com! This includes a set of Batman, Future Superman, and Vandal Savage.
Also shown were some DC Action League 2-Packs, including the Flashpoint set of Flash and Citizen Cold. These were originally shown at San Diego Comic-Con, but haven’t been released yet. And the New 52-design DC Universe Flash figure was also on display again.
DC Direct has not yet shown anything Flash-related, but Toy Fair spans several days and they may not have unveiled all their new products.
Images and information courtesy of Toy News International. See all their photos of Mattel’s DC figures here.
Collected Editions made a discovery on Amazon.com this morning: The Flash Omnibus by Geoff Johns Vol. 3 is available for pre-order with a September 4 date, meaning it will most likely arrive in comic stores the last week in August. (Amazon gets their new releases on the Tuesday bookstore schedule, not the Wednesday comics schedule.)
What’s surprising about this is that volume 2 isn’t out yet (it’s due in April), and there was a full year’s gap between the first two volumes of the massive hardcover collection.
Volume 2 runs through issue #200 of the Wally West Flash series, completing the Geoff Johns/Scott Kolins run on the book. This will pick up with Alberto Dose’s “Ignition.” If the page count on this book is anywhere near the 640 quoted in the listing, it will easily cover Flash #201-225, including the entire Geoff Johns/Howard Porter run on the series. Highlights include a Superman/Flash race (pictured here in Michael Turner’s cover); the origin/profile issues of Mirror Master and Heat Wave; the Identity Crisis tie-in, “The Secret of Barry Allen”; at least half of the Villains United Flash/Wonder Woman crossover; and of course, “Rogue War.”
I still think we’ll see a volume 4 at some point covering Flash: Rebirth through Flashpoint. It’ll be about the same length as this one.
»Pre-order at Amazon.