Actually, there aren’t any Flash comics for January 2009, since the current series ends with #247 and Flash: Rebirth isn’t starting until March. But DC’s January Solicitations do list team books and events which will probably feature one Flash or another, and include the official announcement of The Flash Archives Vol.5, to be released in March 2009. Plus there are several collections that include Flash stories, and even an appearance by Impulse!
Final Crisis #7
The dramatic finale to the epic, seven-part saga of the DC multiverse concludes with an apocalyptic battle for the soul of humanity that must be seen to be believed! Can the heroes of 52 Earths save the multiverse? And is the only way to save it, to change it forever?
On sale January 28 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Notes: Please tell me they aren’t going to do yet another continuity reset. Unless it involves opening up the 52-multiverse to something a bit more flexible.
Tangent Comics: Superman’s Reign #11 of 12
In this penultimate issue, the Justice League of America is defeated as Tangent Superman has conquered the DC Universe by setting the Ultra-Humanite loose on the populace. Is anyone left to challenge the Tangent Man of Telekinesis? Or has the mad dictator truly won?
On sale January 21 • 11 of 12, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Notes: Way to spoil things, DC! (Yeah, for me and the two other people who are reading this.) But props for using “penultimate” correctly.
Justice League of America #29
A “Faces of Evil” issue! Dr. Light’s powers are fully restored, but at what cost? Meanwhile, with the Shadow Cabinet out of the way, Shadow Thief is more powerful than ever. But even if the JLA manages to stop him, there’s still the little problem of Starbreaker, who is one step closer to consuming the sun.
On sale January 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Justice Society of America #23
“Black Adam and Isis” part 1 and a “Faces of Evil” issue! The new Justice Society regroups just in time to face one of their greatest and most personal enemies – Black Adam! The sorcerer Felix Faust has imprisoned the soul of Isis, Black Adam’s deceased wife. But the Black Marvel just figured that out, and nothing will save Faust from his wrath — nothing except maybe the Justice Society of America. And everybody will be in for a surprise when they discover how Isis has changed since her death at the hands of the Four Horsemen. Will she be a friend to the world – or will she be its destruction?
On sale January 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
A “Faces of Evil” issue! With Jericho around, no one is safe. He can hide in plain sight, and he’s far more powerful than he’s ever been before. Even those best equipped to understand and deal with him — his old teammates the Titans — are at a loss this time. What is his ultimate goal, and whom will he possess next to attain it?
On sale January 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Collections and Memorabilia (February and Later)
The Brave and the Bold Vol.3: Demons and Dragons (HC)
Superstar writer Mark Waid rounds out his run on The Brave and the Bold with this new hardcover! Collecting The Brave and the Bold #13-16 along with extra tales including The Brave and the Bold (Vol. 1) #181, The Flash (Vol.2) #107 and Impulse #17!
Advance-solicited; on sale March 25 • 168 pg, FC, $24.99 US
Notes: This includes the Jay Garrick/Batman team-up against the Samuroids from The Brave and the Bold #13. Interesting choices for the additional stories. Flash #107 was an “Underworld Unleashed” tie-in that had Wally West teaming up with Captain Marvel against the Shadow Thief. Impulse #17 was a fun team-up with Zatanna.
The Flash Archives Vol.5
The Fastest Man Alive takes on some of his greatest foes in this new Archive, including Captain Cold, Abra-Kadabra, Mirror Master, Pied Piper, Heat Wave and The Reverse Flash! Collecting THE FLASH #133-#141 from 1962-1963.
Advance-solicited; on sale March 18 • 248 pg, FC, $49.99 US.
Notes: And now we know for sure what’s included. It’s exactly what Keith Dallas predicted, plus one more issue — which features the first appearance of the Rogues’ tailor, Paul Gambi. Also: Amazon only wants $31.50 for pre-orders.
Justice League International Vol.4 (HC)
The 1980s adventures of the Justice League continue! This new volume collects Justice League International #23-25 and Justice League America #26-30.
Advance-solicited; on sale March 4 • 208 pg, FC, $24.99 US
Notes: The cover comes from an issue that set up Justice League International spinning off into Justice League America and Justice League Europe. Wally West made an appearance here before joining the JLE — the start of his long membership in the Justice League.
Tangent: Superman’s Reign Vol.1 (TP)
Written by Dan Jurgens, Ron Marz and Dwayne McDuffie
Art by Jamal Igle, Fernando Pasarin, Matthew Clark, Joe Benitez, Robin Riggs, Jesse Delperdang and Victor Llamas
Cover by Dan Jurgens & Norm Rapmund
The Tangent Earth and our DC Universe collide in this collection of Tangent: Superman’s Reign #1-6 and Justice League of America #16.
Advance-solicited; on sale February 4 • 160 pg, FC, $19.99 US
Notes: JLA #16 was the issue in which the Tangent Atom showed up and got into a mix-up with the Justice League. The Tangent Flash made the cover, but only showed up on one page at the very end of the story. The whole thing was essentially a promo for Superman’s Reign.
The Flash Mini Neon Sign
Decorate your home or store with this exciting, affordable neon sign featuring The Flash’s classic lightning strike logo!
The adjustable base unit can sit on a tabletop or be mounted to a wall.
Powered by a plug-in, UL-adapter, the sign itself measures approximately 8″ wide x 9″ high and has a base measuring approximately 5.5” in diameter. Packaged in a 4-color box.
Advance-solicited; on sale June 24, 2009 • Neon Sign • $89.99 US
Notes: Just the centerpiece every living room needs! (Okay, maybe not.)