December 17, 2014

This Week in Flash Comics: End of Bliss

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Flash Season Zero Chapter 8 is out digitally, completing the story of Mr. Bliss and his circus. They’ve previously said that this story takes place between episodes 1 and 2 of the TV show, but there are a few cues suggesting that it takes place after episode 2.

DC has also added two more Silver-Age issues to its digital backlist: Flash #114-115 (1960), featuring the return of Captain Cold, Kid Flash vs. the King of the Beatniks, the Elongated Man, and the Day the Flash Weighed 1,000 Pounds.

You can read these at ComiXology, Google Play, iBooks and in theory Comics Plus (though they need to work on their search feature — searching for “Flash” should not bring up several pages of American Flagg first!)

December 10, 2014

Digital Silver Age continues with Flash #111-112: Cloud Creatures & Elongated Man

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Flash 111It looks like DC has, indeed, started filling in the classic Silver Age Flash comics from the late 1950s/early 1960s on their digital backlist! ComiXology has added Flash #111 and Flash #112 this week, featuring the Invasion of the Cloud Creatures, Kid Flash Wally West’s first two solo adventures, and the first appearance of Ralph Dibny, the World-Famous Elongated Man.

December 2, 2014

Flash Comics This Week: Season Zero #3, Digital Silver Age

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Flash Season Zero #3Flash: Season Zero #3 is out in print this Wednesday, collecting chapters 5-6 of the digital-first comic. “The origin of Mr. Bliss is revealed! What plans does this terrible telepath have for Central City? And what can The Flash do to stop him when he can’t even control his own mind?!” Written by
Andrew Kreisberg and Katherine Walczak; Pencils by Phil Hester; Inks by Eric Gapstur.

Flash: Season Zero Chapter 7 was released digitally on Monday. “As the S.T.A.R. Labs gang frantically tries to revive Barry, Mr. Bliss’ dastardly plan is revealed!” Written by
Brooke Eikmeier, Andrew Kreisberg and Katherine Walczak; Pencils by Phil Hester; Inks by Eric Gapstur; Colored by Kelsey Shannon.

DC is also releasing two more Silver-Age Flash comics to their digital backlist: Flash #108-109 (1959), featuring stories written by John Broome with pencils by Carmine Infantino and inks by Joe Giella and Frank Giacoia. Early appearances of Gorilla Grodd and Mirror Master. Could this be the start of DC filling in the Silver Age Flash backlist?

And that’s it for the Flash this week! Oh, wait a minute. There’s one other thing, just a trifle: Only a big crossover TV event between The Flash and Arrow! :-) Part one of “The Brave and the Bold,” “Flash vs. Arrow” airs on tonight’s episode of The Flash, and Part two is tomorrow’s episode of Arrow.

November 25, 2014

This Week’s Previews: Flash #36, Secret Origins #7, and Blackout on TV

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Flash36 Secret Origins #7

Two new Flash stories are out in comic shops this week!

AICN has a preview of Flash #36 by Venditti, Jensen, Booth, Coelho, Rapmund, and Dalhouse. There’s also a LEGO variant cover. “Out of time! The Flash is trapped in a bizarre, lost land terrorized by castaways from the past, present, and future. But that leaves Central City without a hero…or does it?”

At Comicosity, read the beginning of Secret Origins #7, featuring the origin of Barry Allen (New 52 edition) as written by Robert Venditti and Van Jensen with art by Andre Coehlo.

Update: As Wayne points out in the comments, DC has also released a digital edition of DC Special Series #11 from 1978, featuring an 80-page Flash story starring Barry Allen, Wally West, Jay Garrick, and Johnny Quick.

And finally, there’s a single-page comic book preview of tonight’s Flash TV show episode, “Blackout.”

November 11, 2014

This Week: Plastique; Superman & Flash Race out of the 1970s

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DC Comics Presents #2The Flash TV series returns tonight with “Plastique.” In comics, DC’s digital backlist has started on the classic DC Comics Presents series that began in 1978. Last week, they released issue #1, the first part of a two-part race across time and space between Superman and the Flash. Issue #2 will be out on Wednesday.

Superman and the Flash are forced to take sides in an alien war: Flash must protect a time traveller who plans to change the past, or one side will destroy the Earth. Superman must stop him, because the new timeline will erase Krypton from history. Professor Zoom, dimensional warps, and the Legion of Super-Heroes all get in the way. Written by Martin Pasko, with art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and Dan Adkins.

Read up on more Superman/Flash races.

November 3, 2014

This Week: Flash Seazon Zero Comics in Print & Digital, Rerun on TV

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Flash Season Zero Chapter 5The Flash TV show is a rerun this week, but new episodes return next Tuesday with an episode featuring Plastique.

Flash: Season Zero #2 print edition (collecting chapters 3&4) arrives in stores on Wednesday. “Barry Allen and the CCPD investigate the murder of a man who appears to have been killed by snakes! But what’s the connection to last issue’s freakishly strong bank robber? And who is the mysterious Mr. Bliss?”

Flash: Season Zero chapter 5 is available digitally today. “Held captive by a band of circus freaks, the Flash’s attempt to contact S.T.A.R. Labs is thwarted–and the origin of the dastardly Mr. Bliss is revealed!”

Flash: Season Zero is set in the TV series continuity between episoes 1 and two. The current story is written by Andrew Kreisberg and Katherine Walczak with art by Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur.