April 18, 2016

Flash Comics #2-3 in July: Rebirth Month 2

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Flash #2 - 2016

DC Comics has released their July 2016 solicitations. This is the second month of the Rebirth initiative, with the Flash now shipping two issues each month.

THE FLASH #2
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art by CARMINE Di GIANDOMENICO
Cover by KARL KERSCHL
Variant cover by DAVE JOHNSON

“LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE” Chapter Two: In issue #2, The Flash trains novice speedster August Heart to help protect the people of Central City from the Black Hole, a new breed of rogue with a deadly agenda for the Fastest Men Alive.
On sale JULY 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

THE FLASH #3
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art by CARMINE Di GIANDOMENICO
Cover by KARL KERSCHL
Variant cover by DAVE JOHNSON

“LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE” Chapter Three: In issue #3, dozens of innocent people mysteriously gain super-speed! But not all are heroic, and it’ll take everything The Flash and August have to harness the lightning before Black Hole does.
On sale JULY 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Also, we have a release date for the next softcover volume of the New 52 Flash collected editions:

THE FLASH VOL. 7: SAVAGE WORLD TP
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art by BRETT BOOTH, NORM RAPMUND, ANDRE COELHO and others
Cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND

In these tales from THE FLASH #36-40 and SECRET ORIGINS #7, The Flash is trapped in a bizarre lost land terrorized by castaways from the past, present, and future—and that leaves Central City without a hero! Even worse, a murderous new Flash shows up to take Barry’s place! Will the Fastest Man Alive make it back in time to put things right?
On sale AUGUST 3 • 144 pg, FC, $16.99 US

Finally, it looks like the Flash gets another spotlight in Injustice: Gods Among Us:

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR FIVE #14
Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art by MIKE S. MILLER
Cover by DAVID YARDIN

Since the rise of the Regime, The Flash has always been one of Superman’s most tenuous allies. Now his loyalty is really going to be tested, as someone he loves has to face Superman’s unswerving justice. Then, with the Speedster at his most vulnerable, Batman offers him a risky way out.
On sale JULY 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

Injustice Year Five #14

April 15, 2016

Flash #50 Preview is Up

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Flash 50 Cover Flash 50 Batman vs Superman Variant

ComicsAlliance has a preview of Flash #50, the giant-sized anniversary issue out in stores next week. In addition to a few early pages from the issue, we also get a first(?) look at the Batman v. Superman variant cover by Duncan Fegredo.

HE FLASH #50
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art by JESUS MERINO
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
Variant cover by DUNCAN FEGREDO
On sale MARCH 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

In our massive 50th issue, The Flash must win back the trust of Central City! But to do so, he needs to outrun the police force that’s been charged with bringing him down—with the awesome power of the Rogues behind it all!

So, what do you think? Are you looking forward to the conclusion of the fugitive Flash story?

April 6, 2016

DC’s June 2016 Solicitations

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DC recently published their solicitations for June 2016, which is the start of the DC Rebirth relaunch. That month will still have quite a few titles finishing up before getting their own rebirths, but it seems that DC is first starting the relaunch with their core Justice League characters.

DCU-RB-Cv1-c4d28 DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by GARY FRANK, IVAN REIS, ETHAN VAN SCIVER, PHIL JIMENEZ and others
Cover by GARY FRANK
It all begins here. Do not skip to the last page. Do not let a friend or message board ruin this comic for you. The future (and past) of the DC Universe starts here. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

THEY SAID IT: “Rebirth is about focusing in on the core of the character and their respective universe,” says writer and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. “It brings back what has been lost: the legacy of the characters, the love and the hope of the DCU!”
One-shot • On sale MAY 25 • 80 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

FLS-REBIRTH-318e5 THE FLASH: REBIRTH #1
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO
Cover by KARL KERSCHL
Variant cover by JASON PEARSON

Spinning directly out of the epic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1, the Fastest Man Alive finds himself at the center of a DC Universe at a crossroads.
WARNING: Do NOT read this issue until after you read DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1!
One-shot • On sale JUNE 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

FLS-Cv1-r1-50f2f NOW SHIPPING TWICE MONTHLY!

THE FLASH #1
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO
Cover by KARL KERSCHL
Variant cover by DAVE JOHNSON

“LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE” Chapter One
A new storm brews over Central City and disproves the old adage about lightning never, well…you know. Just as Barry begins to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, a new speedster debuts—but just where did this amazing new friend come from?
FLASH FACT: “2016 is the 60th anniversary of Barry Allen becoming The Flash, and it’s a privilege to be a part of it,” says writer Joshua Williamson. “‘The Return of Barry Allen’ in FLASH #79 [1993] is one of my favorite comics of all time. It’s where I became a Flash fan for life.”

On sale JUNE 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The Teen Titans book is still wrapping up its pre-Rebirth run in June, so there’s seemingly no solicitation which includes Wally West that month. However, you might be interested in Newsarama’s interview with upcoming Flash writer Joshua Williamson, in which he talks about Barry, Wally, the new antagonist Godspeed, and more.

Looking forward to anything in June and beyond? Feel free to share your thoughts!

April 5, 2016

Lots of Upcoming Flash Collections: Waid, Manapul, Johns, Silver Age & New 52

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The Beat has a list of upcoming DC collections for Fall 2016 — including some surprising Flash collections!

As expected, Flash Vol.9 comes out in hardcover, and Flash vol.8 in softcover. Also as expected is the third volume of The Flash by Geoff Johns. But there’s also an art book of Flash by Francis Manapul featuring the entire Manapul/Buccellato run that started the New 52…and there’s a 400-page Flash by Mark Waid!

Details:

Flash Vol.8: Zoom (softcover)

November 22, 2016
$16.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
Venditti, Jensen, Booth, Rapmund
Flash Sneak Peek & Flash #41-47

Just when Barry’s life had returned to something that resembled normal, one of the most powerful and dangerous foes emerges. Professor Zoom and his team of acolytes have broken Barry’s father out of prison for some unknown reason and Barry must stop them before his life, reputation, and family are torn apart.

Flash Vol.9 (hardcover)

November 22, 2016
$24.99 USD, $29.99 CAD
Venditti, Jensen, Merino
Flash #48-52. (That sounds short, but #50 is going to be oversized.)

In the aftermath his recent clash with Zoom, The Flash finds himself on the run…from the law! And the task force charged with arresting him is made up of his enemies, The Rogues! Including villains like Captain Cold, Weather Wizard and Mirror Master, the Scarlet Speedster must clear his name all while a new enemy emerges: the Riddler!

The Flash by Mark Waid Book One

September 13, 2016. 400 pages, softcover.
$24.99 USD, $29.99 CAD

Superstar writer Mark Waid’s run on THE FLASH is now re-collected in a new series of graphic novels, beginning with THE FLASH BY MARK WAID BOOK ONE!

When Wally West, the adolescent nephew of the Flash’s fiancée, accidentally gained powers of superspeed, he became the Scarlet Speedster’s sidekick. Growing up as his hero’s protégé, Kid Flash had a childhood of amazing action and adventure. But on the day that The Flash died, Wally’s carefree adolescence abruptly ended and his life as an adult began.

THE FLASH BY MARK WAID BOOK ONE looks back at Wally’s earliest days as the Kid Flash and explores the gamut of his emotions and experiences from his first day as a child hero to his succession of Barry Allen as the new Flash. A journey full of humor and drama, this story shows just how much Wally West loves being the fastest man alive.

I’ve got to say, I wasn’t expecting to see this for a long time!

The Flash by Francis Manapul Unwrapped

November 1, 2016, hardcover
The Flash #1-25 (2011 series)
$34.99 USD, $41.99 CAD

For the first time ever, experience Francis Manapul’s acclaimed run on THE FLASH through beautifully reprinted original line drawings that showcase the artist’s masterful skill and creative vision without any inks or colors laid over them.

THE FLASH BY FRANCIS MANAPUL UNWRAPPED collects the artist’s entire body of work on the revered reintroduction of the Fastest Man Alive that he spearheaded with best-selling writer Brian Buccellato (BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS). Not only will this collection inspire with its gorgeously reproduced pencil work, but it also acts as the perfect entry point into the world of the Scarlet Speedster.

The Flash By Geoff Johns Book Three

November 1, 2016, softcover
$24.99 USD, $29.99 CAD
The Flash #189-200 (1987 series)

In this third volume of his best-selling take on THE FLASH, critically acclaimed writer and Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, Geoff Johns takes the Fastest Man Alive on the most thrilling run of his life!

Try to keep up with the Flash as he races through Iron Heights Prison as he tries to take down a rampaging Gorilla Grodd. Go on a fantastical journey featuring the Flash and Hawkman taking on the fairy tale horrors of the Brothers Grimm. And, in the epic storyline BLITZ, find out the secret history of the villainous Professor Zoom!

The Flash By Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato Omnibus

December 13, 2016. Hardcover, 480 pages
$75.00 USD, $85.00 CAD
Flash #1-25 (2011 series)

A mysterious and powerful Speed-Force killer has left a trail of bodies in his wake and only Barry has the power to stop him. But when the killer stays one step ahead of him, Barry finds himself face-to-face with the Teen Titans and Kid Flash for the first time. All this will lead to a confrontation with the Flash’s most deadly foe, the Reverse Flash!

The Flash: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 2

December 13, 2016, Hardcover
$75.00 USD, $85.00 CAD
Collects THE FLASH #133-161.

This new graphic novel series collects the early stories of the Flash from the start of the 1960s, including the Flash’s battles with some of his best-known foes: Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Pied Piper, Reverse-Flash, Heat Wave, Trickster, Weather Wizard and more. This collection also guest-stars Kid Flash, the Golden Age Flash, the Elongated Man (super-sleuth Ralph Dibny), and Green Lantern.

March 26, 2016

Flash Announcements From DC Rebirth

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b044_-_flash_1_fls_cv1_r2 Today DC unveiled many of the details about their upcoming relaunch, DC Rebirth. This includes a new creative team on The Flash book, as well as a few hints about what we’ll be seeing in it. The new title will be written by Joshua Williamson with art by Carmine Di Giandomencio and Neil Googe, and will ship twice monthly starting in June.

More news and details behind the jump.

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March 11, 2016

The Flash Renewed for Season 3

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Not that this will surprise anyone, but the CW has officially renewed “The Flash” for a third season!

CW actually renewed their entire slate, from new shows like “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” to double-digit veteran “Supernatural.” That means we’re also getting a fifth season of “Arrow,” a third season of “iZombie,” and a second season of “Legends of Tomorrow.” Add in CBS renewing Supergirl for a second season, and it’s clear DC Entertainment has had another successful year of TV shows! (No word yet on renewals for Gotham or Lucifer, but they seem safe.)

“Flash” and “Arrow” were safe bets for renewal, but there’s been discussion as to whether “Legends of Tomorrow” can keep up the scale of the crazy sci-fi adventure on an ongoing basis. I’ve been worried about “iZombie” because it reminds me so much of “Pushing Daisies,” which barely squeaked into half a second season, and I’m thrilled that they’ll be continuing for a third year!

So…after the Flash stops Zoom at the end of this season, what super-speed feats, adventures, guest stars and threats do you want to see in season three?