September 15, 2014

The USS…Epinephrine!? – Help Me Raise Funds for Food Allergy Research

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USS Epinephrine

This weekend I’m participating in the annual Walk for Food Allergy, and I need your help to raise funds for FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education), an organization dedicated to, well, research and education about food allergies.

Food allergies can vary in severity from mild discomfort to immediately life-threatening. We’re still trying to nail down exactly what causes them to develop, why they’re on the rise (current estimates are 15 million people in the US alone), and what can be done to stop allergic reactions from happening.

Until then, the best we can do is:

  • Avoid the foods we’re allergic to as best as we can. (This depends on industry and food preparers labeling properly and trying to avoid cross-contamination.)
  • Always carry epinephrine injectors and always plan for the possibility of a trip to the emergency room. (I had to go to the ER during SDCC last year!)

FARE funds research, provides educational resources for everyone from allergic patients to the food industry, promotes awareness of the problem, and pursues advocacy for people living with food allergies.

I’ll be walking in the September 21 event near Los Angeles. You can help by donating here. Every bit helps. Thank you!

Amanda Pays Returns as Dr. Tina McGee on THE FLASH

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Some surprise casting news: the Flash TV Show has officially added the role of Dr. Tina McGee, a regular from the early days of Wally West’s solo Flash comic and co-star of the 1990 TV Flash series…and they’ve got Amanda Pays back to play the character! (via CBR.)

Rather than a scientist at S.T.A.R. Labs, this version of Dr. McGee works for a rival firm.

“When we decided to bring Tina onto our version of ‘The Flash,’ who better to get than the amazing actress who originated the part?” “Flash” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg is quoted by Variety. “Like with John Wesley Shipp, we are so proud and excited to have another actor from the original series join us on our new adventures for Barry Allen.”

No word yet on which episode she’ll appear in, or whether the role is intended to be recurring.

Flash #37 and Season Zero #3 for December

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Flash #37

DC has been releasing their December solicitations, including the New 52 comics and
beyond.

THE FLASH #37
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
On sale DECEMBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Behold the all-new, all-murderous Flash!

I understand this is editorial or PR trying to avoid spoiling the end of the big epic story, but…may I just say this isn’t what I look for in a Flash comic? It’s also strikingly at odds with the gorgeously optimistic Darwyn Cooke variant:

Flash #37 Darwyn Cooke variant cover

Also, it’s odd to see the Future Flash on that cover, since I thought that story was wrapping up in Flash #36.

Flash Season Zero #3

THE FLASH SEASON ZERO #3
Written by ANDREW KREISBERG
Art by PHIL HESTER and ERIC GAPSTUR
Photo cover
On sale DECEMBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

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?!

Upcoming Flash Paperbacks: Reverse & History Lessons

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Flash Vol5: History Lessons

DC Comics has released their collected editions for Dec. 2014 and the next few months, including TWO Flash trades coming in January 2015. Presented, thematically, in reverse…

THE FLASH VOL. 5: HISTORY LESSONS TP
Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO and CHRISTOS N. GAGE
Art by BRETT BOOTH, NORM RAPMUND, PATRICK ZIRCHER, AGUSTIN PADILLA, NEIL GOOGE and others
Cover by PASCAL FERRY
On sale JANUARY 28 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
In these stories from issues #26-29 and FLASH ANNUAL #2, find out how Barry Allen adjusts after his battle with Reverse-Flash! Plus, witness the first meeting of The Flash and Green Lantern!

DC is going straight to paperback with this collection. It’s not yet clear whether that’s a planned switch for all Flash collections, or whether they just think this one isn’t likely to sell as well in hardcover.

THE FLASH VOL. 4: REVERSE TP
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art by FRANCIS MANAPUL, TOM NGUYEN and SCOTT HEPBURN
Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale JANUARY 28 • 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US
In these stories from THE FLASH #20-25 and #23.3: REVERSE FLASH, a Speed-Force killer has left a trail of bodies in his wake, and only Barry has the power to stop him. But when the killer stays one step ahead of him, Barry finds himself face to face with the Teen Titans and Kid Flash for the first time, which leads to a confrontation with Reverse-Flash!

The hardcover edition came out last month. DC has been releasing the paperback the same day as the next new volume, so pushing these two out the same day isn’t a huge surprise from that standpoint.

Flash Vol.4: Reverse

September 13, 2014

Annotations: The Trial of The Flash, #350 – Part One

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Welcome to the latest installment in our annotations of the collected edition of The Trial of the Flash!  A while back, we analyzed related stories leading up to the release of Showcase Presents: The Trial of the Flash.  In addition, we interviewed author Cary Bates about the buildup and the Trial itself, plus showed you what wasn’t included in the collection.

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IN THIS ISSUE: Sympathetic Vibrations!

We’ve reached the final issue! Thank you very much for reading along. Links to original artwork, scans and research are included throughout this post.  For definitive legal analysis of the story by Bob Ingersoll, go here.  Tom vs. Flash Podcast links here, including these issues.  As always, huge thanks to the DC Indexes. See you after the jump!

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September 10, 2014

Francis Manapul is Back in a Flash for the Season Zero #1 Variant Cover

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Flash Season Zero #1 variant cover by Francis Manapul

From DC’s blog: Flash Season Zero #1 (print edition) variant cover by Francis Manapul. In stores October 1.