Monthly Archives: May 2009

Geoff Johns: Building a Mystery

IGN interviews Geoff Johns about Flash: Rebirth, Blackest Night and Superboy. He’s still being really cagey about Flash: Rebirth, since it’s “about the greatest crime ever committed against the Flash family and a mystery doesn’t start with the answers, it ends with them.” But a few items that stood out:

I want to explore regarding Barry’s time before he became the Flash. There hasn’t been a whole lot done, if anything, about what Barry did before he was the Flash and what Central City was like before the Flash was around. That’s going to be something I’ll be exploring in the future.

It’s been a few years since I’ve read most of the Barry issues, but yeah, I seem to recall there was very little of Barry’s pre-Flash career as an adult. Readers learned more about his childhood in Fallville, his friendship with Daphne Dean, his comic book collecting and fascination with the Golden Age Flash than about how he met Iris or ended up working for the Central City Police Department. The book that did go into it was Mark Waid’s The Life Story of The Flash, which dealt with how Barry ended up in criminology, how he and Iris met and got engaged, etc.

As far as various character cameos in the first two issues:

There’s stuff going on with all of the Flash’s enemies and allies….every villain that appears there are plans for. Seeds sown. Like Black Hand in Green Lantern: Rebirth. There’s a long race ahead of us.

So Geoff Johns has long-term plans for The Flash. And since he’s Geoff Johns and not Grant Morrison, chances are DC will actually follow through with them and not try to sweep them under the rug as soon as his book is over. (Though to be fair they do seem to be following through on Morrison’s Batman arc, at least.)

At this point, it sounds like a virtual certainty that Geoff Johns will be writing the inevitable ongoing series that will follow Flash: Rebirth. This is probably a good thing, though at this point I want to see where Rebirth goes before calling it.

This Week (May 28): JSA, JLA, Trinity?

Remember: due to the holiday, comics are shipping on Thursday this week (at least in the US).

Justice League of America #33

Justice League of America #33Written by Dwayne McDuffie
Art by Rags Morales
Cover by Ed Benes
It’s Dharma vs. Starbreaker for control of the greatest source of power in the DC Universe. No matter the victor, the Justice League loses!

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Note: I’m not actually sure that any Flashes will appear in this one, since Wally quit the team a few issues ago.

Justice Society of America #27

Justice Society of America #27Written by Jerry Ordway
Art by Jerry Ordway & Bob Wiacek
Cover by Jerry Ordway

The younger JSA team members find their headquarters in total lockdown — with The Flash, Green Lantern and Wildcat trapped inside! Can the junior JSA-ers break into their own home base? And what secret from the Atomic Age seeks retribution from the three founding members?

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Also a good bet: the final issue of Trinity, which is likely to guest-star just about everyone in the DCU.

Happy (belated) Birthday, Carmine Infantino!

Barry Allen ClassicLA Times’ Hero Complex has a tribute to Carmine Infantino, co-creator of the Silver Age Flash, who celebrated his 84th birthday yesterday.

I got to see the legendary artist at the 2006 Comic-Con International, where he appeared on at least two panels: a Carmine Infantino spotlight (where he mostly reminisced about his time in the comics industry) and the 50 Years of the Flash (not counting Jay Garrick) panel featuring at least half a dozen writers and artists who had worked on The Flash.

One of the stories he told at both panels was about the “war” between him and Julius Schwartz: he’d try to draw ever-more-nasty cliffhangers on his covers, and every time, Julie would come up with a story to go with it. So finally he drew one with the Flash and the Golden Age Flash both racing to save some guy, and said, “There! Top that!” The rest, of course, is history

The HeroComplex post incudes a gallery of classic Infantino covers.

Comment Issues

Comment threading is enabled now, so you can now reply to a specific comment on a post and have it appear below it and indented — just like on LiveJournal or WordPress.com. See the comments on this post for an example.

The downside is that it required some changes to the theme, some of which I missed initially. If you’ve visited the site in the last few days, you may have seen some comments showing up in unreadable light yellow-on-white. That should be taken care of now, but if you still see it, just hit reload and it should be fine.

Technical note: It was a caching issue. New visitors, or anyone who hit reload, would get the updated stylesheet, but anyone who had visited the site recently would see it displayed with their local copy of the old version. After I realized this, I renamed the stylesheet to make sure that all visitors would get a fresh copy.

Quick Thoughts: Twitter Through 2009-05-24

  • Star Trek and an Earthquake. #
  • “T-shirts are 110% bio-friendly…they actually leave the environment better than it was before you bought the shirt.” #
  • Local theater @ocpac says “this week is filled w/dance, dance, dance” – and that’s not counting the Final Crisis Aftermath! #
  • So Flash: Rebirth, Batman Reborn, and Fallen Angel: Reborn will all overlap in publishing schedule. That’s a lot of born-again superheroes. #
  • Odd: Last time I commented at The Source, it was moderated. This time it went straight through. Maybe they only mod new commenters? #
  • Retweeting @VanetaRogers: My final Green/Guggenheim interview re: fiction on TV – this time focused on ratings #
  • Interview at CBR with J.T.Krul, writer on Titans #15 & Blackest Night: Titans #
  • 10 years ago today I was really, really tired after seeing a 3AM showing of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. #
  • Yes, Flash outsold Wolverine last month. #
  • Is Barry Allen’s return contentious? “Not at all” says Dan Didio at Bristol Comic Expo. #
  • Looks like I’m closest to Braniac. Which Superman villain are you? #
  • FTC wants bloggers to disclose compensation. Remember that controversy over reviewers disclosing freebies? #
  • Retweeting @karlkerschl: The 100th episode of my #webcomic The Abominable Charles Christopher is now online! #
  • Finally watched Smallville season finale. Not used to the JLA as cannon fodder, but what the heck, it’s Smallville, not JLA. #
  • Preview of next week’s Justice Society of America #27. #
  • RT @Robot6: Thursday passes sell out for Comic-Con International. That leaves Sunday. #
  • Was going to listen to Word Balloon w/ Geoff Johns at lunch, but forgot my headphones. #
  • EVS confirmed for HeroesCon next month. #
  • Experimenting with comment threading on speedforce.org – Let’s see how well this works. #
  • Just got spam advertising an “Anti-Crisis Sale.” There’s an idea: put a discount on every comic that’s NOT part of a big event! #
  • Terminator made $13.37 million on Thursday. Seems appropriate for a movie about robots and AI. #
  • RT @karlkerschl: A progress shot of The Flash being inked for Wednesday #Comics. #
  • Just made the 2,000th post on my other blog, looking back at…the year 2000. #
  • Ah, free time! Just caught up on 7 first issues I’ve picked up over the last few weeks. (5 of them are miniseries) #
  • Finally canceled my backup hotel for SDCC. I’m sure the room will find its way to someone who needs it. #
  • Comic Treadmill indexes Astro City #16-20. I’ll have to re-read these sometime. #

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Speed Reading: Mirrors and Rainbows Addicted to Crime

Some links of note before this holiday weekend:

Flashy Links

Comics Should Be Good’s Year of Comic Book Moments features Flash v.2 #73, Wally and Linda’s first Christmas together and a surprise visit from the man in red.

Somehow I missed this when it was posted, but Mightygodking has an off-kilter profile of the Rainbow Raider.

Comic Coverage looks at the time Mirror Master managed to transform the Flash into a mirror.

Silver Age Comics looks at the way crime was treated as an addiction in many comics of the era, particularly The Flash — again focusing on the Mirror Master.

Update: Karl Kerschl has posted a progress shot of the Flash being inked for Wednesday Comics.

Whirlwind Tour

The Source previews what’s in store for Justice Society of America as Bill Willingham, Matt Sturges and Jesus Merino take over the book.

Darcey McLaughlin of the Miramichi Leader notes that death has lost all meaning in comic books.

Scott’s Classic Comics Corner (Comics Should Be Good) has an interesting post on measuring scarcity in comics collecting.

Karl Kerschl’s (Flash in Wednesday Comics) webcomic, The Abominable Charles Christopher, has reached its 100th episode.

Finally, if you’ll excuse the plug, please take a look at my eBay auctions if you haven’t recently. I’ve got several DVDs and CDs up right now, as well as a promotional Star Trek T-shirt from San Diego 2007.