This Week (Sep 4): Titans & Invasion!

Keep in mind, that comics are out Thursday this week (at least in the U.S.) due to the Labor Day holiday.

That said, it’s a pretty light week for the Flash, with only Titans and background appearances in Trinity and the collected Invasion!

Titans #4

Written by Judd Winick; Art by Joe Benitez and Victor Llamas; Cover by Ian Churchill and Norm Rapmund

The conclusion of the team’s first adventure features the return of their deadliest foe and the sacrifice of one of the Titans! Will the Sons of Trigon live up to their father’s expectations?

Invasion! (TPB)

Written by Keith Giffen and Bill Mantlo; Art by Todd McFarlane, Bart Sears, P. Craig Russell, Joe Rubinstein and others; Cover by McFarlane and Rubinstein

The massive 3-issue miniseries from 1988 is collected for the first time! In this universe- spanning saga, the deadly but emotionless Dominators have come to Earth to wipe out the threat posed by metahumans. But what is the real reason for their attack?

Notes: It’s been a while since I’ve read this, but it was one of those rarities: a good crossover. I don’t remember how much the Flash was involved in the main series, but there was a four-part crossover between Flash and Manhunter that took place during the event, with shape-shifting Durlans trying to establish a base in Cuba. This was Flash #21-22 (with #20 as a prologue) and Manhunter #8-9. It was also notable for apparently killing Wally’s father, though he later showed up alive, offering no explanation for his survival.

Trinity #14

Written by Kurt Busiek and Fabian Nicieza; Art by Mark Bagley and Art Thibert, Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens, Mike Norton, and Tom Derenick and Wayne Faucher; Covers by Jim Lee and Scott Williams

Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman lead the heroes of the DCU against the machinations of their malevolent counterparts, resulting in a cataclysmic event that will change the world – but not like anyone involved expects. Plus, Hawkman and Gangbuster make their move to rescue Tarot, and Konvikt breaks loose.

Notes: The Justice League has been guest-starring in Trinity lately. I haven’t always been listing it in these posts, partly because it’s not clear from the solicitations, and partly because the book is out every single week.