April 20, 2015

This Week: 1980s Barry Allen in Convergence: The Flash #1 (Preview)

Category: Out This Week — By

Convergence Flash 1It’s pre-Crisis week for DC’s Convergence event, and that includes a second Flash miniseries, this one focusing on early 1980s Barry Allen. Crave Online has a preview of the issue, revealing just how Barry ended up back in the 20th Century to be trapped under the dome, and what he’s been doing there.

Trapped in Gotham City, 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 who thinks faster than even The Flash can run!

Written by Dan Abnett, art by Federico Dallocchio, colors by Veronica Gandini. Cover by Mike Allred. Variant cover by Chip Kidd.

Update: DC has posted the Convergence Confidential recap pages.

Also: The latest digital chapter of Flash: Season Zero (set in the TV continuity) came out today, continuing the King Shark/Suicide Squad story.

March 30, 2015

Flash 75th Anniversary Collection on Wednesday

Category: Out This Week — By

Flash: A Celebration of 75 YearsFlash: A Celebration of 75 Years arrives in stores on Wednesday. The $40, 480-page hardcover* collection features stories of all the major Flashes, from Jay Garrick to Barry Allen to Wally West to Bart Allen and back to Barry again, from the Golden Age through the New 52.

We looked at the stories included a few weeks ago — feel free to check out the list, our commentary, and join in on the discussion.

Update: To clear up a little confusion that came up on the Facebook thread, the book ships to comic stores this Wednesday. Bookstores get new releases on Tuesdays, so Amazon and other stores that get it on the bookstore schedule will have it next Tuesday.

*DC’s website says softcover, but Previews World and Amazon both say hardcover, and given the page count, I’m inclined to believe the latter until I see a copy.

March 23, 2015

This Week: Flash #40, Rogue Time, Season Zero

Category: Out This Week — By

Flash #40 Flash #40 Movie Poster Variant

Three days of Flash!

Monday: The latest digital chapter of Flash: Season Zero guest-stars Arrow and the Suicide Squad as King Shark is captured by a shadowy agency.

Tuesday: Things don’t go quite the same as last week, as Heat Wave and Captain Cold return to town…along with Cold’s sister Lisa. (We’ll have to see whether she’ll be called Golden Glider in the show.)

Wednesday: Flash #40 arrives in stores. Barry Allen has found a way out of the speed force…or has he? Back on earth, the future Flash finally faces Overload, at the risk of exposing his casual attitude toward killing villains. Preview at CBR. And doesn’t that North by Northwest-inspired variant cover look awesome?

March 3, 2015

This week: King Shark, Mr. Element and the Reverse-Flash

Category: Out This Week — By

It’s a digital-to-print and print-to-digital kind of week for the Flash.

The print edition of Flash Season Zero #6 is out on Wednesday:

When peculiar homicides start to occur in Central City, Barry and Joe recruit the S.T.A.R. Labs team to help with the investigation. It isn’t long before the gang discovers something even more shocking when reports indicate that the wounds on the deceased appear to have been caused by…a great white shark!

The classic Silver age issue Flash #147 (1964) joins the digital backlist on ComiXology and elsewhere, featuring “Our Enemy, the Flash:”Professor Zoom hypnotizes the reformed Al Desmond into becoming Dr. Alchemy again. John Broome, Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella
Flash #147

February 24, 2015

This Week: Flash #39, Season Zero, Digital Tangent & Silver Age

Category: Out This Week — By

The Flash TV show has gone on a four-week hiatus, but there are a lot of Flash comics coming out!

Flash 39 CoverFlash #39 arrives in stores Wednesday, continuing the saga of the future Flash taking over present-day Barry Allen’s life, and bringing us more information about Overload (but not an overload of information). Preview at 13th Dimension. Written by Robert Venditti and Van Jensen, art by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse.

Monday saw the release of the latest Flash Season Zero chapter, featuring the origin of King Shark. Written by Lauren Certo, Andrew Kreisberg and Kai Wu with art by Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur and Kelsey Shannon.

DC adds two more Silver Age Flash comics to the digital backlist on Wednesday, Flash #145 and Flash #146 from 1964: “The Weather Wizard Blows up a Storm,” “Girl From the Super-Fast Dimension!” “The Mirror Master’s Master Stroke” and “The Fatal Fingers of the Flash.” Stories written by Gardner Fox and John Broome with art by Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella.

Tangent Comics: Flash

DC has also been adding the Tangent Comics issues to their online catalog, and this week features both Tangent Comics: The Flash and Tangent Comics: Trials of the Flash. The idea behind the Tangent Universe was to take just the names and come up with a whole new set of characters (kind of like revamping the Atom from a short boxer into someone with shrinking powers). Lia Nelson is the first baby born in space, now a teenage celebrity who has light-based powers. Both books are a lot of fun, and kind of resemble the Road Runner/Coyote cartoons: a secret agent keeps setting ridiculously complex traps for her, and she just keeps casually eluding them. Bio of the Tangent Flash. Todd Dezago writes both issues, with Gary Frank & Cam Smith on the first and Paul Pelletier & Andy Lanning on the second.

February 17, 2015

This Week’s Flash: Fallout, False Green Lanterns and the Menace of the Man-Missile

Category: Out This Week — By

Tonight’s episode of the Flash features the *ahem* “Fallout” from last week’s “The Nuclear Man.” Watch the preview.

GENERAL EILING TARGETS FIRESTORM — After the nuclear explosion separates Ronnie (guest star Robbie Amell) and Dr. Stein (guest star Victor Garber), Barry (Grant Gustin) and the team believe both men are safe. Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) is thrilled to have her fiancé back and prepares to resume their life together while Dr. Stein returns to his wife. However, when General Eiling (guest star Clancy Brown) targets Firestorm, Ronnie and Dr. Stein must decide if they are safer together or apart. Meanwhile, Mason Bridge (guest star Roger Hayworth) tells Iris (Candice Patton) that there is something secretive going on at S.T.A.R. Labs and Dr. Stein gives Barry some important information about time travel. Steve Surjik directed the episode written by Keto Shimizu & Ben Sokolowski.

New on DC’s digital backlist this Wednesday: Flash #143 and #144 from 1964, featuring “Trail of the False Green Lanterns” (guest-starring Hal Jordan) and “Menace of the Man-Missile.” If I remember correctly, that story features a human nuclear bomb, which makes for an interesting bit of timing. There’s also a Kid Flash solo story, “Lesson for a Star Athlete.” Gardner Fox writes, with art by Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella, and covers by Infantino and Murphy Anderson.

Flash #144

(Cover via GCD)