April 16, 2014

FLASH TV Show Supporting Cast on Tonight’s ARROW

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Quick note: Danielle Panabaker and Carlos Valdes will appear as Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon on tonight’s episode of Arrow. The characters, based on Killer Frost and Vibe, are members of the Flash supporting cast and will appear as regulars on that show if the CW picks it up as a series. See also the latest DC All-Access episode:

April 9, 2014

This Week: Earth 2 Collections, Digital Crossfire

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Flash comics out this week include…

Two Earth 2 collections featuring the New 52 Jay Garrick:

  • Earth 2 vol.2 TP: The Tower of Fate
  • Earth 2 vol.3 HC: Battle Cry

Digital backissues:

  • Flash #185 (Wally West series) is part 2 of Crossfire.
March 12, 2014

This Week: Digital Trickster (Flash #183)

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There aren’t any new Flash comics this week, unless he appears in one of the Justice League books. Speaking of which, the Justice League: Trinity War hardcover collection is now available.

DC’s digital backlist jumps ahead 20 issues over the last Flash release, since issues #164-182 are already available online. These issues feature:

  • “Wonderland” by Geoff Johns and Angel Unzueta, placing Wally West in an alternate reality where he’s powerless, allies are enemies, and the Flash never existed.
  • “Blood Will Run” by Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins, in which cult leader Cicada decides to undo all the lifesaving the Flash has done over the years.
  • “Birthright” by Johns & Kolins, in which an old flame of Wally’s leaves behind an infant with lightning in his eyes.
  • One-off stories by Johns & Kolins, introducing new Rogues like Tar Pit, Peek-a-Boo, and Fallout, or bringing back older characters like Chunk, Grodd, and Captain Cold.

Flash #183 is avaialble on ComiXology this week. The Johns/Kolins story (with a cover by Brian Bolland) is a prologue to “Crossfire,” and introduces Axel Walker, the second Trickster.

Flash #183

February 26, 2014

This Week: all-new Flash #29 and digital Flash #163

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The Flash #28Flash #29 by Brian Buccellato and Patrick Zircher is out today. You can find a preview on DC’s blog.

The Flash and Deadman team up to stop the Keystone Killer! How far back do the killings go, and is his target the key? What or who are the “Fletchers”?

And in digital backissues, we have….

Flash #163The Flash #163 (1987-2008 series)

A mysterious villain has rigged five bombs to simultaneously kill the Flash, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and Aquaman. Can the Flash rescue them all in a single heartbeat? – Written by Pat McGrealwith art by Ron Lim and Dough Hazlewood, cover by Steve Lightle.

This connects the re-releases with the next big section that’s already available digitally: Flash #164-182, covering “Wonderland” by Geoff Johns and Angel Unzueta plus a full year of the Geoff Johns/Scott Kolins run on the Wally West series (including “Blood to Run” and the stories collected in “Rogues”) have been available for a while now.

This would make the digital series complete from #1 through #182…except that DC still hasn’t released #116-119 from the Waid/Augustyn run, featuring the second half of “Race Against Time” and a “Final Night” tie-in.

Here’s hoping for a “Flash 102″ sale sometime this year to fill in the gaps.

February 12, 2014

This Week: Rogues Rebellion #5, Gorilla Warfare HC, Shazam

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Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #5Flash comics out this week include the latest issue of Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion by Brian Buccellato and Scott Hepburn. Crave Online has a preview

Things are not looking good for the Rogues ever since they refused the Crime Syndicate’s edicts to fall in line. They’ve had to run the gauntlet of every supervillain coming out of the woodwork to punish them in the name of the Crime Syndicate, and now they’ve been rounded up by the new-look Royal Flush gang on the way to their doom. How are they going to get out of this jam? Possibly not in one piece.

Flash #13: Gorilla WarfareAlso out this week: The hardcover collection of The Flash Vol.3: Gorilla Warfare. This book collects the New 52 Flash #13-19 by Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul with additional art by Marcus To, Ryan Winn, and Marcio Takara.

When Grodd and his army descend on Central City, The Flash will have to contend with a threat that’s murderous, ruthless and without principle. The Flash will need the help of the Rogues if he wants to keep himself and Central City alive.

Flash #162And in digital backissues, Flash #162 (Brian Augustyn, Paul Pelletier, Doug Hazlewood; cover by Steve Lightle) has the Flash (Wally West) and Captain Marvel going up against the villainous sorcery of Felix Faust.

February 5, 2014

This Week: Rogues Revolution TPB, Justice League: War, Impulse Conclusion

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Flash vol.2: Rogues RevolutionThere are several Flash releases this week, including:

Flash vol.2: Rogues Revolution TP
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art by FRANCIS MANAPUL, SCOTT KOLINS, MARCUS TO, MARCIO TAKARA and others
Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
The Rogues Gallery is united for the first time in The New 52 in this title collecting issues #0, 9-12 and THE FLASH ANNUAL #1! Who is behind their sudden organization, and why are they after their Captain Cold?

The hardcover was released last summer.

In digital re-releases, we have:

Impulse #89
Written by Todd Dezago
Art by Carlo Barberi and Terry Austin

Bart Allen and his friend Carol return from the future, and the hyperactive speedster learns the truth about what happened to Max Mercury. It’s Impulse and Jay Garrick vs. Rival in a final showdown.

That’s the last issue of Impulse, which means you can now read the entire series digitally at ComiXology or on DC’s portal. There are still a few related issues left: Two annuals, a short-form OGN (“Impulse: Bart Saves the Universe”), and two team-up one-shots. But the primary series is all online now.

Impulse #89

And finally, Flash is one of the stars in the new animated movie, Justice League: War, adapted from the first arc in the New 52 Justice League series, “Origin,” by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee. The feature launches a new shared DC Animated Universe with a planned three titles each year, alternating between Batman and the Justice League.

An alien attack threatening cataclysmic worldwide devastation brings together the world’s greatest super heroes – for the first time – in Justice League: War.

When the powerful Darkseid and his massive, relentless forces invade Earth, a group of previously unaligned super heroes – misunderstood and, in some cases, hunted by the authorities – discover the only way to fend off the attack will be to work together as a cohesive unit. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Shazam! and, in his origin story, Cyborg combine their respective talents in an all-out battle to save the planet.

Christopher Gorham voices Barry Allen, the Flash.

Justice League War