July 11, 2014
DC Collectibles has given us a sneak peek at the action figures and statues to be showcased at San Diego Comic-Con in a couple of weeks, and one of them is a figure of Barry Allen from the upcoming Flash TV series. So far it looks nicely poseable and is a great likeness of actor Grant Gustin in the Flash suit, which bodes well.
There are no other details as of yet, but you can see the rest of the imminent figures at DC’s blog, and some of them look really nice. Presumably we’ll learn more about the figures once SDCC is underway. And if you’ll be attending SDCC, the blog post has information about when and where the collectibles panels will be held.
What do you think of the figure so far? Is anyone hoping for more figures based on the TV series?
DC is doing a line-wide month of selfie variant covers in August, and Newsarama has posted the latest batch. This is the Flash #34 cover (click on the image for the full size), and it’s by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira. I think it’s really fun, as are a lot of these! What do you guys think?
July 9, 2014
DC is going to be doing monster variant covers for October, including a zombie Flash by Ryan Ottley and FCO Plascencia. It’s a bit more gruesome than some of the other monster covers I’ve seen, so I’m putting it after the cut.
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More Flash TV news: The Flash is adding a new supporting character who will look familiar to readers of the comic books: Ronnie Raymond, better known as one of the two people who combine to form Firestorm: The Nuclear Man.
According to DC’s website, he’ll be “a maintenance worker at S.T.A.R. Labs and Dr. Caitlin Snow’s fiancé, and he plays an integral part in the particle accelerator accident that transforms Barry Allen into the Flash.”
Considering that Killer Frost/Caitin Snow comes out of the Firestorm corner of the DCU, linking the characters makes sense.
Raymond will be played by Robbie Amell, most recently seen on The Tomorrow People. (And yes, he’s related to Arrow star Stephen Amell – he’s his cousin.)
Flash and Firestorm may not seem like an obvious combination, though they have of course worked together in the Justice League and in various universe-spanning events…but back in the 1980s, Firestorm appeared in a series of backup stories in the pages of The Flash, making his appearance here even more appropriate!
TV Guide broke the news that, as we predicted, DC is launching new digital-first Flash and Arrow tie-in comics this fall. Flash: Season Zero will take place between the pilot and second episode, and will “embrace the franchise’s colorful roots” a bit more than the more “grounded” TV show with its own set of comic-specific villains.
Season Zero, which is being co-written by Brooke Eikmeier and Katherine Walczak and features art by Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur, will showcase the entire TV cast, plus these new rogues, a group of circus performers who gained super powers as a result of the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion that also transformed Barry (as seen in the Arrow episode “Three Ghosts,” as well as The Flash’s pilot). This “freakshow gallery,” as Kreisberg calls them, are lead by Mr. Bliss, a character who first appeared in DC’s Starman comic series: “He has the ability to manipulate peoples’ emotions. He and his cadre of circus folk have decided that they’ve been pushed around long enough and are going to take it to society.”
Digital chapters will be released on Mondays, with Flash and Arrow alternating each week. The first digital chapter of Flash: Season Zero will be available on September 8, with the first print edition hitting the shelves a month later on October 8, the day after the TV series premiere.
So, will you be picking this up digitally or in print? Or both? Or just sticking with the TV show for now?
Via Flash TV News. Also, I’m pretty sure the covers from TV Guide’s article are mock-ups, since they’re using existing publicity photos. Edit: Maybe not. I’ve pulled the full-sized images from DC’s blog, and updated with the Flash cover above.
July 5, 2014
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.
IN THIS ISSUE: “Love Over Gold”!
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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