- The Flash and Quicksilver in “Fast Track to Hollywood!” – a great cover mashup at Super-Team Family: The Lost Issues
- Mattel’s Speed Strike Flash and DC Collectibles Injustice Flash Double Review and Pics at Fastest Fan Alive!
- The Flash Podcast Episode 5: Jay Garrick Spotlight
- Best Shots Rapid Reviews: HAWKEYE #15, THE FLASH #28 and more at Newsarama
- Weird Science: The Flash #28 Review
- Tons of Rogues-related stuff at The Rogues Kick Ass.
First: The Flashy Links
- The Flash Podcast episode 4: Casting - the latest episode talks about the casting news that’s been coming out for the Flash TV show pilot.
- The Flash and Property Rights - Remember when the Flash rebuilt an entire apartment building? Law and the Multiverse tackles the legal implications.
- The Flash and the Furious – MAD TV – apparently only viewable in the US
- Retcon Punch reviews Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #5
- Comics-inspired typographic prints at Robot6, including one of the Flash
- Lego DC Super-Heroes at Fastest Fan Alive
- As usual, tons of Rogues-related stuff at The Rogues Kick Ass.
More comics-related links
- “Johnny Come Lately” Has Another Name She Has No Head! explains why you shouldn’t look down on people who haven’t been into your chosen fandom as long as you and therefore don’t know as much: They’re NEW READERS.
- Related: xkcd: Ten Thousand - If you belittle people for discovering something later than you, you miss out on the fun of helping them discover more.
- Two sure-to-be-controversial pieces that I stumbled on the same day: Ch-Ch-Changes - Peter David writes (back in 2000) about the nature of change in comics, and fan reaction to it, particularly long-term fans (something that basically didn’t exist back in the Golden and Silver Age of comics). And then View from the Gutters writes I Think Every Superhero You Love Should Be Dead (or, On the Nature of Time) and reinventing new heroes for new generations of readers. They both make interesting points, but I think they veer into “you’re wrong for liking what you like” territory.
- Jill Pantozzi (aka the Nerdy Bird) is doing the New Jersey Muscle Walk and needs help to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association
It’s time for another link round-up post!
Flash commentary and reviews
- The Culture Cast reviews The Flash #27
- Weird Science: The Flash #27 Review
- FLASH #27 « Comic Book and Movie Reviews
- What Culture: 10 Characters Who Should Recur On The Flash TV Series
- Total Heroes Series 1 New 52 The Flash Action at Fastest Fan Alive
- DC Collectibles’ Suicide Squad Captain Boomerang Action Figure review and pictures at Fastest Fan Alive
- Can The CW’s The Flash Capture Arrow’s Magic? (CBS) - A more business-oriented look at The Flash’s prospects via @FlashCWFans
- SHOWCASE PRESENTS: The Flash Doesn’t Run Really Fast – an alternative interpretation of the Flash’s powers
Flash art and Cosplay
- John Byrne Rogues commission
- Flash #139 cover homage
- Golden Age Flash Movie Poster Mashup – Imagine Fred Astaire as Jay Garrick, The Scarlet Speedster
- Speed Force photo pool on Flickr: Recent additions include a Green Arrow/Flash cosplay team-up
More Comics Reviews
- Justice League: War at DVDs Worth Watching
- Forever Evil #5 - at TMStash
- Earth 2 Vol. 2: The Tower of Fate - Collected Editions
- What Would You Do With 30 Minutes to Live? - Powerful concept behind this webcomic, reviewed at Comics Worth Reading
More Comics Stuff
- IO9: Real-Life Locations That Would Make Badass Supervillain Lairs (via TMStash)
- It Was Years Ago But We’re Still Angry With You – Interesting opinion piece on Alan Moore, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and authors’ relationship to their audience at CSBG
- Keeping the Titans from Growing Old – Grumpy Old Fan looks at team dynamics and various approaches DC has taken toward keeping the concept fresh.
- Two thought-provoking articles at Multiversity Comics on artists in comic books: The Diminishing Role of Artists in a Visual Medium and the follow-up, What To Look For When You’re Talking About Comic Art.
- Committed: The Wrong Kind of Nerd (?) – Fandom: There’s more than one way to do it (CSBG)
- Solar Eclipse of November 3, 2013, Observed from Space - AWESOME Time-lapse video of the moon’s shadow crossing the earth during a solar eclipse, as seen from orbit. Notice how it covers a relatively small area and moves as the moon orbits and the earth rotates.
- Marvel vs. DC: Crossover Craziness blog launches dedicated to those rare inter-company crossovers.
- Five Ways to Use a Smart Watch at Comic-Con - So I was reading about smart watches the day before the Comic-Con presale, and couldn’t help but think about combining them.
I know it’s been a while, but I’m going to try to run a Speed Reading post every so often (maybe monthly?) featuring links to Flash-related articles around the net. I have been keeping up posting these links on social media, so if I fall behind on the round-ups again, you can follow along on Twitter at Facebook: Speed Force, or Google+: Speed Force.
TV and Movies
IGN’s DC/CW TV update: Flash, Hourman, iZombie, Wonder Woman, Gotham. Flash’s chances look good.
Flickering Myth has a run-down of the Flash’s long journey to the screen, including reviews of the scripts by David Goyer, Chris Brancato, and the most recent draft by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim.
@FlashCWFans is doing a digital comics giveaway.
The TV Addict interviews Grant Gustin, the actor playing Barry Allen
That F’ing Monkey looks at the bizarre Speed Strike Flash action figure.
Collected Editions reviews Flash vol.2: Rogues Revolution.
The Fire and Water podcast reviews Fury of Firestorm #6, guest-starring the Pied Piper.
Added: Grumpy Old Fan contemplates the return of Wally West at Robot6.
Superhero Movie News has what purports to be a detailed-spoiler-filled review of the leaked Flash movie script by Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim, based on a story by Guggenheim, Green and Greg Berlanti. It’s interesting, particularly where reviewer Michael J. Petty compares it to the Green Lantern movie script by the same team…and to elements that have already worked their way into Arrow.
Speaking of the Arrowverse, a video surfaced briefly, claiming to be an audition tape for the role of Iris West in the Flash TV show pilot before it was taken down.
MTV analyses the video and the script review in extensive detail. (TBH, I’ve only skimmed it myself so far.) You’ll want to read the whole article at MTV, but beware…there are SPOILERS galore (for a movie that may or may not ever be made in that form).
Two things to consider:
- Movie scripts go through many revisions before being produced, and the Flash film has been scrapped and restarted a number of times since it was announced nine years ago.
- Auditions sometimes use early drafts and sometimes use scripts that are specific to the audition, and not intended to be filmed for the final product.
Some recent Flash-related articles…
Brian Buccellato talks about Villains Month, Rogues Rebellion, Forever Evil, Zero Year, and more at CBR. In addition to co-writing the main Flash series, he’s solo writing the Grodd and Rogues one-shots and the Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion miniseries.
EW reports that Arrow is casting Barry Allen and will begin shooting the Flash’s first episode on September 30.
Scott Lobdell talks about Kid Flash’s origin at Newsarama.
Mark Waid, who has been accused by some comics retailers of trying to put them out of business with his digital comics efforts (particularly Thrillbent), has bought a comic store to prove that he’s not anti-print.
Ron Marz talks about hanging onto ideas for the right time, describing how a concept for an unused Hourman revamp in the early 1990s eventually inspired the story structure of the Velocity miniseries.
Plus a few links from early August that made it to Twitter and Facebook but somehow never made it onto the blog:
In a reprint column, Peter David rounds up a discussion on comic book villainy.
Lots of people talk to Newsarama about the Flash’s lasting appeal (including me!)
Brian Buccellato’s Top 8 Flash Rogues.
Kid Flash appears in the twelfth Who’s Who Podcast episode.