August 28, 2015
The Beat has a round-up of DC Comics books for 2016, including details and release dates for four Flash Collections:
I could swear I remembered seeing something about “The Flash: Silver Age” collection before, but I can’t seem to find it. Maybe I was thinking of last year’s Silver Age Flash Omnibus? In any case, it’s yet another reprint of the early 1950s Flash stories. I’m not sure why they don’t just reprint the Flash Chronicles series, since it seems to be the same material and format.
Presumably this means that Flash: Earth One (JMS) and Multiversity Too: The Flash (Grant Morrison), both announced for 2016, will be later in the year. That makes sense, as DC hasn’t announced an artist yet for either book. (For the record, Morrison & Paquette’s Wonder Woman: Earth One is on the schedule for April.)
Read on for more details.
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August 25, 2015
CW has cast another speedster: Violett Beane will play Jesse Quick. According to TV Line:
Jesse — who will appear in multiple episodes of the CW smash — is characterized as a brilliant but quirky college student who gets caught up in the battle between The Flash and Season 2 Big Bad (the not-yet-cast) Zoom.
Jesse Quick was introduced in the early 1990s Justice Society of America series as the daughter of golden-age heroes Liberty Belle and Johnny Quick (not to be confused with the Crime Syndicate villain of the same name). When her parents split up, she followed her father’s legacy, using his super-speed formula as a hero and taking over his business when he died. She became a recurring guest in the Flash comics. She eventually reconciled with her mother, and when she temporarily lost her speed, she took on the Liberty Belle persona for a while. She has yet to be seen in the New 52/DC You, though a version of her did appear in the Ame-Comi Girls digital-first series a few years back.
Jay Garrick, Wally West, AND Jesse Quick! They’re going to need a team name by the end of the season!
Image via The Flash Podcast.
August 24, 2015
Multiversity Comics has a preview of Flash #43, out in stores this Wednesday. The Folded Man takes the cover spot, but the preview is all about a certain escaped convict: Dr. Henry Allen.
Written by Robert Venditti and Van Jensen
Illustrated by Brett Booth
Barry Allen is a man divided, forced to either help his father remain on the run from the law, or bring him to justice. As Barry grapples with that impossible choice, The Flash becomes a target of the Folded Man, a mysterious deadly new villain to Central City who’s hell-bent on tearing The Flash apart—literally!
The issue also features a DC Bombshells variant cover by Ant Lucia featuring Killer Frost.
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August 17, 2015
Upcoming collections from DC include:
THE FLASH VOL. 7: SAVAGE WORLD HC
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art by BRETT BOOTH, NORM RAPMUND, ANDRE COEHLO and others
Cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
On sale JANUARY 13 • 144 pg, FC, $22.99 US
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?
This picks up after the previous volume’s confrontation between present and future Flashes, which leaves our hero stranded outside time and a darker, alternate version of the Flash in a position to take over his life.
Amazon has the book available for preorder.
August 5, 2015
Variety reports that Keiynan Lonsdale will play Wally West in season two of The Flash. The Australian actor recently appeared in Insurgent as Uriah.
EP Andrew Kreisberg is quoted: “Just like when we met Grant for the first time, we instantly knew Keiynan embodied all the heart and courage of a hero. We are so excited to be bringing this much-beloved character onto the show.”
No further details have been revealed at this time. We don’t know when he’ll make his first appearance, how he’s related to Iris and Joe West in the TV continuity (in the comics, he’s Iris’ nephew by way of older brother Rudy), or even whether he’ll become Kid Flash (I can totally see Cisco picking that name) this season or later on.
Update: EW says he’ll “join the show as a series regular in the winter,” so we probably won’t see him in the first third of the season, but he’ll be around a lot for the rest of the year.
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to seeing the live-action Wally West!
August 4, 2015
Legends of Tomorrow has cast Hawkman and Vandal Savage.
Falk Hentschel will play Carter Hall alongside already-announced Ciara Renée as Kendra Saunders a.k.a. Hawkgirl. Legends of Tomorrow is using the reincarnation origin, tying the pair to ancient Egyptian mythology.
Casper Crump has been cast as Vandal Savage, the main villain for Legends of Tomorrow. As in the comics, Savage is an immortal, who has manipulated history for millennia as he moves toward world domination. (In some versions, he’s been various famous conquerors throughout history, faking his own death and then starting again. In others, he’s been the power behind various thrones.)
Both Hawkman and Vandal Savage will make their first appearance in this season’s Arrow/Flash crossover before moving on to Legends.