July 29, 2015

This Week: Zoom’s Squad in the Flash Annual, Season Zero Finale, Flash Goes Green

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New Flash comics out this week:

Flash Annual 4 features Professor Zoom/Eobard Thawne and introduces the team he’ll be setting against the Flash in the current storyline.

Flash Season Zero Chapter 24 concludes the misleadingly-named digital-first series set during season one of the TV show. It’s part two of a story featuring Caitlin Snow and a danger left behind by one of her old mentors. The print edition featuring both parts as Flash Season Zero #12 will be out in September. DC has not announced any plans for a follow-up, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see one launch with season two.

New to the digital backlist:

Flash #188 (1969): Everything turns green, as the Flash is unable to see any other colors. Surprisingly, the “most colorful villain of all” isn’t the Rainbow Raider, who wouldn’t appear for another ten years.

Flash #189 (1969): I’ll go with ComiXology’s description here, which is “Flash and Kid Flash battle futuristic lizard creatures while Iris ages rapidly. Letter to the editor from comics writer Mark Evanier.” (It’s always interesting to look at old comics and find the names of fans like Geoffrey Johns, or George R. Martin, and I find it amusing that ComiXology is pointing this one out in the synopsis.)

Flash 188 Flash 189

July 22, 2015

This Week: Flash #42, Digital Doom from Decades Past

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Flash #42 is out this week, featuring the continuing adventures of DCYou Barry Allen vs. Professor Zoom, as Barry’s father breaks out of prison. Preview at Uproxx.

DC’s digital backlist adds two more issues from 1969:

Flash #186 (1969) guest-stars Sargon the Sorcerer…and Professor Zoom! Also one of the more definitive Dead Flash covers. Our own Greg Elias put together annotations for Flash #186 as part of his “Zoom Room” series.

Flash #187 collects four stories from the 1960s, featuring Mirror Master, Abra Kadabra and the Top.

Flash #42 Flash187 Flash #186

July 15, 2015

This Week: Mutant Spiders, Flash vs. Hippies and the Most Tragic Day

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It’s an all-digital week for the Flash.

The latest Flash Season Zero chapter has the Flash going after giant mutant spiders in the sewers while Caitlin and Cisco pursue a mystery relating to Caitlin’s former mentor.

Newly added to the digital backlist:

Flash #184 (1969): You are about to witness the most tragic day in the life of the Flash.

Flash #185 (1969): “While vacationing in France, Barry and Iris see the Eiffel Tower being lifted off into space; other buildings take off as well; Barry and Inspector Martell of Interpol investigate.” Yeah, it’s that crazy. And check out the cover…

Flash #185: Flash vs. Hippies.

July 7, 2015

This Week: Digital Super-Speed Phobia!

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Flash 182Two more Silver-Age issues added to the digital backlist this week:

Flash #182 – Abra Kadabra makes the Flash afraid to use his super-speed.

Flash #183: “Flash learns about an assassination attempt prior to a scheduled speaking engagement at a police symposium in Central City; crooks capture Flash in ice.”

July 1, 2015

This Week: Season Zero, Silver Age Samuroids

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Flash Season Zero #10 (print edition): “When an astronaut turned metahuman becomes obsessed with Caitlin Snow, The Flash must protect her from the confused monster wielding a powerful cosmic energy!”

Flash Season Zero Chapter 23 (digital edition) continues the early days of Leonard Snart and Mick Rory, the criminals who would one day become Captain Cold and Heat Wave.

The digital backlist skips ahead a bit to Flash #180-181, a two-parter in which the Flash visits Japan to help an old friend on a case and battles samurai robots.

Flash #181

June 24, 2015

This Week: Post-Convergence Flash, Fastest Ape Alive, Global Heroes, and — STOP!!!!

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Flash #41 is out in stores today, launching the new direction for Barry Allen as Professor Zoom returns — and he’s got allies. Preview at ComicVine, plus there’s that sneak peek from a few weeks back.

And in the digital backlist, DC finishes up the 1990s annuals with two this week, and continues with another Silver Age classic. After 2000, DC stopped doing annuals for a few years, though the summer Our Worlds At War specials might as well have been. I think that’s the last of the missing issues, not counting the Wizard Flash #1/2 issue (which is probably tied up in ownership) and a few scattered specials like New Year’s Evil: The Rogues and the OWAW tie-in I mentioned.

Flash Annual #12 (1999) is part of the JLApe event and hits in the middle of the Dark Flash saga. Disastrous opening of diplomatic relations between Gorilla City and the human world have led to a war, with the gorillas launching a campaign to transform the world’s humans into apes. Which side is the Fastest Ape Alive on, and what happens when he meets up with Max Monkey and Chimpulse? (SRSLY, I am not making this up.)

Flash Annual #13 (2000) is part of the “Planet DC” theme, in which the main characters teamed up with superheroes based in different parts of the globe. In this issue, Wally West and Jay Garrick team up with Argentina’s premiere superhero team.

Flash #163 (1966) STOP! Don’t pass up this issue! The Flash’s life depends on it!

Flash #163