November 25, 2014

Bronze Age Barry Allen in Convergence: The Flash

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DC Comics has announced the titles that will make up the third week of Convergence’s miniseries that will take the place of the New 52 line for two months next April and May. Convergence tells the story of what happens when Braniac takes all the fragments of different realities he’s collected from across the multiverse…and allows them to interact.

The first week was all about the 2000s versions of DC’s characters (including the West family) interacting with worlds like Flashpoint. Week two is all about the 90s right around the time of Zero Hour. Week three, not surprisingly, seems to be focusing on the early 1980s pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths heroes.

And there’s this solicitation and art at Nerdist:

THE FLASH

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Federico Dallocchio
Colorist: Veronica Gandini

Trapped in Gotham, Barry Allen has nowhere to run. He fights on, seeking justice as well as a way to save the city. But he faces a Tangent Universe foe that thinks faster than the Flash could ever move.

I’d guess that’s the Tangent universe’s Superman he’s up against. I really hope somewhere in all this they do a Flash of Two Worlds cover. Anyway, here’s a splash page from the book, via @dccomics on Twitter:

Convergence Flash Art

November 21, 2014

Media Blitz: Venditti, Jensen & Booth on Wally West & Future Flash

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After the last issue of The Flash, Newsarama and Comic Book Resources spoke to the writers and penciller of the series about the just-finished and upcoming stories.

CBR: Venditti and Jensen Form “The Flash” Fight Club with Four Flashes.

Regarding future Barry:

…what we’ve explored with this future version of Barry is that he has decades under his belt of seeing the justice system fail. What happens when he decides that course of trying to make things right doesn’t work? Now, he’s taking matters into his own hands.

As far as present-day Barry Allen’s current status:

Barry has quite a journey that he must undergo from the end of “The Flash” #35 to where that story ends — not only in terms of where Barry is but that fact that he is without his powers. He has quite a journey to get back to Central City and Patty and the life that he is supposed to have, and how different he is when he gets to that point is as much a part of the journey as how far he has to travel.

They talk about the Rogues, and how we’ll be seeing some new villains soon, including the two that future Flash name-dropped: Overload and Plague.

Newsarama: Brett Booth on Redesigning Wally West & Bringing the Future Flash

On designing future Wally West’s Flash outfit:

Wally’s costume is actually based on a proposal I did years ago. He’s sort of a hybrid between Flash, Kid Flash and Max Mercury. I had to talk very fast to get them to change the open top to the regular skullcap.

And on designing the future Barry Allen’s costume:

I used Barry’s current costume as the base, I added in a bit of tech, and that was that. I wanted a more armored look, a darker look, but I also wanted to show him being more in control of the Speed Force.

I covered his face in the energy to keep who he was a secret — didn’t know they were going to reveal it in the first issue.

I did pull a bit of John Fox for the earpieces, a nod to the old universe.

Regarding Wally in general:

The purists aren’t happy because he was changed, but the rest of folks seem to be OK and even happy with the change. I know some bi-racial fans are very happy; they are now represented in the Flash Universe.

My hope is to get him some powers and maybe a spin off book! Wally was cool because he was an out superhero, and while the secret identity works for most characters, he is simply the Flash; you get what you see, warts and all. Doing that with a teen would be interesting and could be a lot of fun!

November 17, 2014

Flash Comics for February 2015: Flash #39 & Season Zero #5 Covers and Descriptions

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DC has been releasing their February 2015 solicitations. Flash comics include…

Flash #39 Cover

THE FLASH #39
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by AMANDA CONNER
Blank variant cover
On sale FEBRUARY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
Barry Allen is trapped in the Speed Force while an impostor wreaks havoc at home! Can The Fastest Man Alive make it back in time to put things right?

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November 14, 2014

Firestorm Jason Rusch to appear on The Flash

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Quick note for those who haven’t already heard: Luc Roderique will play Jason Rusch on The Flash TV show, and will make his appearance in the tenth episode of the season.

A graduate student at Hudson University, he was part of Martin Stein’s research team on the F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M. project. In the DC comics, Jason takes over the Firestorm matrix after Ronnie Raymond’s death.

November 11, 2014

Classic Wally West & Family Return in Convergence: Speed Force

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DC has started announcing the tie-in miniseries for Convergence, the spring 2015 event that will see the new 52 line go on hiatus for two months while we look in on fragments of various other realities tossed together…including the reality formerly known as the DC Universe. The 40 two-issue miniseries will run April and May, along a 9-part weekly Convergence series.

Among the titles revealed at IO9:

Speed Force / Convergence

SPEED FORCE

Wally West and his kids are separated from Linda, which was bad enough, but when the dome falls, Flashpoint Wonder Woman comes for them. Tony Bedard (W), Tom Grummett and Sean Parsons (A).

JUSTICE LEAGUE

When Supergirl, Zatanna, and Jade went to Jesse Quick’s baby shower, they didn’t expect to be taken to another planet for a year, or to be attacked by Flashpoint Aquaman. Frank Tieri (W), Vicente Cifuentes (A).

Wally West and the kids — not just pre-Flashpoint, but pre-Rebirth, it appears — and Jesse Quick. It’s been a while.

Update: DC announced Convergence in an article at USA Today last week. Here’s how they describe the in-world premise:

Convergence spins out of the April 1 finales of the Earth 2: World’s End and The New 52: Futures End weekly series. The alien supervillain Brainiac has trapped cities from various timelines and planets that have ended, brought them in domes to a planet outside of time and space, and is now opening them for a great experiment to see what happens when all these folks meet.

“We’re picking up at points of their lives where we left them and finding out what’s gone on with them since then,” says DiDio.

November 3, 2014

Quick Hits: Future Flash, Plastique & More

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The Flash comic book writing team of Venditti and Jensen talk to Newsarama about the upcoming arc and what’s in store for Wally West and the present & future versions of Barry Allen.

IMDB has a poll for best new TV show. The Flash is at #2 right now, ahead of Gotham and behind Outlander.

The trailer is up for next week’s Flash Episode 5, “Plastique”

Flash TV news has the description for episode 6, “The Flash is Born,” featuring Girder.

DC has announced “Convergence” as their 2015 spring event. Spinning out of Future’s End and Earth 2: World’s End, the New 52 will go on a two-month hiatus in April and May, to be replaced by 40(!) two-part miniseries and a 9-issue framing story, all dealing with alternate realities in the DC Multiverse — including those that were thought lost after Flashpoint. (As The Beat notes that April-May is when DC is moving their offices from New York to Burbank.)