July 14, 2015
Among DC’s upcoming collections:
THE FLASH BY GEOFF JOHNS BOOK ONE TP
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by ANGEL UNZUETA, DOUG HAZLEWOOD, SCOTT KOLINS, JOSE MARZAN, JR., and ETHAN VAN SCIVER
Cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
On sale NOVEMBER 25 • 368 pg, FC, $24.99 US
Geoff Johns’s unforgettable run on THE FLASH begins when Wally West finds himself without super speed in a darker, mirror version of Keystone City. Can a powerless Flash defeat Captain Cold and Mirror Master and save the city he loves? Plus, The Flash is shocked to learn that a strange cult is killing all the people he’s ever rescued. Collects THE FLASH #164-176 and THE FLASH: IRON HEIGHTS #1.
Some thoughts: This is almost the same contents as the hardcover Flash by Geoff Johns Omnibus vol.1 that came out in 2011. That book also started with “Wonderland” and “Blood Will Run,” ran through #176 and included “Iron Heights,” but also included “Flash: Our Worlds at War” and the story from “Flash Secret Files #3.” Given the page count, it makes sense to refactor the collections a bit, and this may even be a better place to break it. The Secret Files story works better as build-up to “Crossfire” than as a wrap-up to “Blood Will Run.”
DC’s October solicitations are up.
THE FLASH #45
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
Monsters Variant cover by GUSTAVO DUARTE
On sale OCTOBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US RATED T
Assault on Central City! Professor Zoom’s attack against The Flash turns personal as Zoom’s team targets the Central City Police Department! Barry Allen’s closest friends are drawn into the battle, and he’ll need the help of some unlikely allies to prevent the destruction of all he holds dear.
Additionally, there’s this:
JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MEN – THE FLASH #1
Written by ROB WILLIAMS
Art by JESUS MERINO
Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
ONE-SHOT • On sale OCTOBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The Flash is forced to take on the role of the Black Racer, harbinger of death! But can anyone escape this unlikely grim reaper?
DC hasn’t released a cover, but we now know who’s writing and drawing it. The SDCC announcement only mentioned Geoff Johns and a Francis Manapul cover, leading everyone to conclude that Johns was writing the one-shots along with Darkseid War.
Update: The list includes the print editions of several digital digital-first books, but no sign of a follow-up to Flash: Season Zero. The comic set in the TV continuity wraps up its digital run later this month, with the final print issue and collected edition TP hitting in September. DC might be letting the series rest for a bit, but I think it’s more likely they’ll launch the next tie-in book digitally in October, when the TV show returns, with the print edition launching in November.
July 13, 2015
Wow! This was a big Comic-Con for Flash news, with the TV series getting ready to go into its second season and a host of new comics projects on the way.
Here’s a link to all the announcements in one place:
TV and Movies
Preview Night Reveals: DC Collectibles Flash & Arrow figures and Mezco New 52 Flash
- Flash exclusives including an unmasked POP! figure, a retro Flash TV show figure, a superhero cage match mug pen holder, and a Flash symbol letter opener. A few may be available online after the con, but chances are you’ll have to scour eBay to find them now.
July 12, 2015
The animated Vixen series will stream on CW Seed starting in August, and is set in the same universe as the TV shows Arrow, Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.
The teaser footage, in addition to the title character, also features Flash, Arrow and Cisco. (Who else was going to give her a code name?)
J. Michael Straczynski announced at Comic-Con that he’ll be writing The Flash: Earth One graphic novel. As CBR reports:
Straczynski told a packed room of around 300 fans at Comic-Con International in San Diego that “Flash: Earth One” will focus on the Barry Allen version of the speedster. The graphic novel, he said, should be on shelves in 2016, and will feature the fourth franchise to make the leap to the OGN line which JMS helped launch with “Superman: Earth One.”
“It’s a very different take on the character,” he promised. To convince the audience of his enthusiasm for the character, he described how when he was a kid he repeatedly used to practice catching a falling glass of water because he saw the Flash do it in a comic.
No artist has been announced yet.
The “Earth One” series is built around original graphic novel series instead of monthly comics. The current DC You books are mostly set on Earth-Zero (with a few obvious exceptions like Earth-2: Society, Prez and the recently-announced Superman: Lois and Clark series. Two volumes of Superman and one each of Batman and Teen Titans are available now, with Wonder Woman and now Flash on the way.
Update: Also announced at SDCC: Francis Manapul will be writing and drawing Earth One: Aquaman!
Lost in all the Flash TV news on Saturday was this announcement from the Grant Morrison spotlight panel at SDCC: Morrison will follow up the success of Multiversity by writing a series of original graphic novels called Multiversity Too, set in various realms of the DC multiverse. The first is planned to be Multiversity Too: The Flash in 2016.
There’s no word yet on an artist, or which reality, or which Flash the book will focus on. DC is playing up the possibilities.
It’s been a while since Morrison wrote a Flash solo story, back when he and Mark Millar co-wrote the main series for a year back in the late 1990s. He has of course written the character in plenty of team-up books, most recently a number of Flashes in the pages of Multiversity.
UPDATE: As JasonV points out in the comments, Morrison spoke to CBR about the project, explaining:
[I’m] doing the Flash almost as a sci-fi story where it’s a guy getting faster. Really simple, a Richard Matheson idea like “Shrinking Man,” or Stephen King’s “Thinner” where you just take a really simple notion — bigger, smaller. This one, he’s someone getting faster. What does that mean? And seeing how The Flash would emerge from just this very simple scientist getting faster story. So I’m doing that, and to a certain extent it’s a revamp, but it’s happening outside the main continuity.
He went on to add:
I love Wally West, but this one I want to be Barry Allen. He fits in better. I like the idea of the police forensic scientist. And I know they’ve done a lot more of that in the recent [comics], but back in the day that was barely looked at. And I want to do the Iris relationship, the idea of this girl who’s like super fast in this city who’s obsessed with fashion and they all drink coffee. It’s just a fast city and [all that] information. And she can’t stop talking — like me, I can’t stop talking. And Barry’s this methodical guy and suddenly he’s like he’s on speed all the time and it’s just getting worse and worse and worse. And she’s kind of having to deal with her boyfriend who she quite liked as being the slow, methodical guy is suddenly turned into this pop star, this fizzing as if he’s on coke constantly. And there’s there’s also a tragedy of what happens as we start to approach the speed of light.