February 18, 2014

MPH: Millarworld launches a speedster comic in May

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Image Comics’ May 2014 solicitations include a 5-issue miniseries about speedsters from Mark Millar and Duncan Fegredo: “MPH”

The all-new Millarworld Universe kicks into high gear with the launch of Millar and Fegredo’s fast and furious miniseries. When a group of hard-luck teens in Motor City stumble upon a street drug called MPH, they gain the power of super speed. Will they use it to save the world? Hell no! Not when there’s dolla, dolla bills to be had, y’all. A high-octane urban adventure, MPH brings you super speed like you’ve never seen before! This launch features a variant cover by Jock, a blank cover variant, and a special series of linked cover variants by Fegredo showcasing the book’s cast.

Millar, who co-wrote The Flash with Grant Morrison for a year back in 1998-1999, spoke to THR last fall (via CBR) about the book, which is the first piece of a 21st-century superhero universe he plans to build over the next few years.

The first issue arrives in stores May 21.

MPH #1

February 21, 2013

Odd Cameo in JLA: Vibe #1: Krakkl

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Krakkl of Kwyzz

Did you read Justice League of America’s Vibe #1 yesterday? There’s a collection of cameos near the end, one of which is a character who hasn’t been seen since the yearlong Grant Morrison/Mark Millar run on The Flash back in 1998.

Flash: The Human RaceIn The Human Race, we meet Krakkl of Kwyzz, Wally West’s childhood imaginary friend from Radioland, who turns out not to be quite so imaginary after all. In the story, the Flash and Krakkl were chosen by a pair of cosmic-powered gamblers to race along a four-dimensional track twisting through the past, present and future of the whole universe. (Krypton’s explosion is one of the obstacles.) The loser’s homeworld would be destroyed, and the winner’s would be spared…long enough to begin the next race, against another world’s speedster champion. Wally managed to break the cycle with a new wager, and even though the world of Kwyzz was destroyed, its inhabitants were able to migrate to Earth, living alongside humans but outside our perception.

If you’re interested in reading more, I reviewed the collection as a guest writer at Collected Editions.

Anyway, near the end of Justice League of America’s Vibe #1, we see a collection of “dimensional anomalies,” including an energy being who looks a little less like Sonic the Hedgehog than he used to. Read the rest of this entry »

June 23, 2010

Review — Flash: The Human Race

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Flash Week continues at Collected Editions with my guest review of Flash: The Human Race. The trade covers the second half of the year-long Grant Morrison/Mark Millar run: The Flash must run in a cosmic race or else the Earth will be destroyed, but even afterward, death comes for him in the form of the Black Flash. Finally, rounding out Grant Morrison’s Flash solo stories is a short from Secret Origins which retells the classic “Flash of Two Worlds” in modern Post-Crisis continuity.

June 22, 2010

Review: Flash — Emergency Stop

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Flash Week continues at Collected Editions with my guest review of Flash: Emergency Stop. The trade covers the first half of the year-long Grant Morrison/Mark Millar run with art by Paul Ryan and covers four stories:

  • Emergency Stop (Flash vs. the Suit)
  • Through the Looking Glass (Flash vs. Mirror Master)
  • Still Life in the Fast Lane (a focus on Jay Garrick)
  • Three of a Kind: Part Three (a courtroom drama dealing with the aftermath of a Flash/Green Lantern/Green Arrow team-up)

Read the review at Collected Editions, or order the book at Amazon.

October 1, 2009

An Earlier Identity Crisis

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A brief exchange from The Flash 80-Page Giant #1 (1998).

The setup: The DCU version of comic book writer Mark Millar is interviewing the Flash to get ideas for his next script. Apparently DC Comics exists in the DCU, but they publish stories about “real world” heroes. As you can see, they don’t know all the details—like their secret identities—and have to fill in the gaps themselves.

Mark Millar and the Flash discuss secret identities and how DC had to rewrite continuity when heroes started revealing their real names... with "The Identity Crisis."

Originally posted at K-Squared Ramblings.

In 1998 it was a play on the title of DC’s biggest ever crossover event. In 2004, it was the title of DC’s latest big crossover event.

March 10, 2009

Speed Reading: Retro Reviews, Doug Hazlewood, TV Shows and More

The Victoria Advocate profiles Doug Hazlewood.

Comics In Crisis presents Flash v.2 #182 (2002), the Captain Cold Rogue Profile story, among the 10 Essential Bronze Age Comic Stories You Should Read. I’d disagree with the Bronze-Age classification (traditionally, the Bronze Age of Comics ran from the 1970s through mid 1980s, with Crisis on Infinite Earths being a good reference point for DC books), but it’s absolutely a must-read.

X-Man reviews Flash vol.2 #1 (1987), noting how different Wally West was at the age of 20 than he is today. That’s actually one of the things Wallys’ long-term fans like most about the character: that we’ve seen him grow and change naturally, rather than simply be given a personality transplant whenever a new writer shows up.

The Quantum Blog talks about TV shows canceled before their time, including the 1990-1991 Flash TV Series. (Hard to believe it’s been almost 20 years. Seriously, Quantum Leap is having a 20th Anniversary convention this month. I feel old…)

The Worlogog celebrates Weird Silver Age Tales of the Flash.

I haven’t had a chance to listen yet, but Raging Bullets Podcast #152 features Flash’s Rogues with listener guest Mike Simms.

Heritage Auctions will be selling a CGC 9.6 copy of Showcase #4, the comic that rebooted the Flash as Barry Allen, launching the Silver Age (via It’s all Just Comics)

A Journal of Zarjaz Things looks at Flash: Emergency Stop, griping that Grant Morrison’s 9-issue run is split across two trades with the second “padded” out with a 3-parter by Mark Millar. IMO, though, Morrison didn’t write a 9-issue Morrison run — he co-wrote 9 issues of a 12-issue Morrison/Millar run. It would have been less responsible for DC to print only the Morrison issues and leave out “The Black Flash,” which has arguably had more lasting impact on the Flash mythos than the other stories in these trades, good as they are. (It is silly that they left out the first two parts of “Three of a Kind,” though.)