Flash Comics for January 2010

DC’s January solicitations are up at CBR and elsewhere, including the second issue of Blackest Night: The Flash.

Blackest Night: The Flash #2

Blackest Night: The Flash #2Written by Geoff Johns
Art and cover by Scott Kolins
Variant cover by Francis Manapul

Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins continue this must-have BLACKEST NIGHT tie-in!

The Flashes find themselves more tangled into Nekron’s ultimate plan than they could ever have imagined. Meanwhile, it’s a well-known fact that Captain Cold hates running. But when the Rogues of the past rise to claim those that still survive, he has no choice!

This issue will ship with two covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Scott Kolins), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Francis Manapul).

On sale January 13 – 2 of 3 – 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Notes: The Black Lantern Rogues appear to be, from left to right:

Three of the dead Rogues have successors (four if you include the Rainbow Raiders). Two of them — Top and Boomerang — have died and come back to life before. Four of the surviving Rogues — Captain Cold, Mirror Master (Evan McCullogh), Weather Wizard, and Heat Wave — have also died and returned to life (Underworld Unleashed and Hell To Pay).

Team books and events after the cut.

Blackest Night

Blackest Night: JSA #2

Blackest Night: JSA #2Written by James Robinson
Art by Eddy Barrows & Ruy José
Cover by Eddy Barrows & Nei Ruffino
Variant cover by Gene Ha

BLACKEST NIGHT continues! Black Lantern Lois Lane tracks down her undead husband, but their reunion could mean Power Girl’s funeral! Don’t miss this terrifying tie-in from James Robinson and Eddy Barrows!

This issue will ship with two covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Eddy Barrows & Nei Ruffino), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Gene Ha).

On sale January 27 • 2 of 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Starman #81

Starman #81 (Blackest Night)Written by James Robinson
Art by Fernando Dagnino & Bill Sienkiewicz
Cover by Tony Harris

James Robinson revives his beloved STARMAN series for one more issue as a Black Lantern Starman haunts Opal City. Which Starman has returned and who can stop him from wreaking havoc on the city? Well, the Shade would rather just continue his date with Hope O’Dare, but if no one else can be bothered, what choice does he have but to investigate? Just don’t dare call him a Super Hero.

As the rest of the DC Universe is learning, defeating Black Lanterns isn’t easy – is this the final curtain call for the immortal Shade? Find out in another of this month’s one-issue revivals of classic DC Universe titles!

ONE SHOT – on sale January 20 – 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Suicide Squad #67

Suicide Squad #67 (Blackest Night)Written by John Ostrander & Gail Simone
Art by J. Calafiore
Cover by Daniel LuVisi

Original SUICIDE SQUAD writer John Ostrander and Gail Simone resurrect The Suicide Squad as they take on BLACKEST NIGHT and the Secret Six! The Fiddler has risen from the dead, and he’s targeting Deadshot and anyone who stands in his way. But someone else has targeted Deadshot – the Suicide Squad! Everything is about to hit the Wall (Amanda Waller, that is) – and this Wall hits back!

Continuing this month’s one-issue revival of classic DC Universe titles, this epic story carries into January’s SECRET SIX #17!

ONE-SHOT – on sale January 6 – 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Secret Six #17

Secret Six #17Written by John Ostrander & Gail Simone
Art by J. Calafiore
Cover by Daniel LuVisi

John Ostrander and Gail Simone continue their epic team-up that begins in SUICIDE SQUAD #67! Suicide Squad has taken capture of Deadshot, forcing him to rejoin their ranks. But the Secret Six doesn’t see that happening any time soon!

On sale January 13 – 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Team Books

Justice League: Cry for Justice #6

Justice League: Cry for Justice #6Written by James Robinson
Art and cover by Mauro Cascioli

After a shocking loss, Prometheus reveals an even greater threat to the team than they thought possible! How will this new crisis change the face of the DC Universe? Find out in the penultimate chapter of this groundbreaking miniseries event!

On sale January 27 • 6 of 7 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Justice Society of America #35

Justice Society #35Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Travis Moore & Dan Green
Cover by Jesus Merino

It’s all-out war as the leaner, meaner Justice Society of America confront another intruder in their midst! But this time it’s bad news for their enemy, as he’s facing a team that has learned from its past mistakes! The new incarnation of the Justice Society is more together than ever!

On sale January 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

JSA All-Stars #2

JSA All-Stars #2Written by Matthew Sturges; co-feature written by Jen Van Meter
Art and cover by Freddie Williams II; co-feature art by Travis Moore & Dan Green

In “Constellations,” part 1, The All-Stars have survived their first major battle, but in the aftermath, one team member is missing without a trace. The mysterious Strike Force has that member captive, but there’s someone else who wants the missing All-Star even worse than Strike Force does. Plus, the rift between Power Girl and Magog widens.

And in the first chapter of a new co-feature, Liberty Belle and Hourman embark on a worldwide hunt for a mysterious book – and the killer who may be after the secrets held within it! Icicle and Tigress aren’t responsible for the murder, but they just might hold some keys to solving the mystery!

On sale January 6 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Titans #21

Titans #21Written by J.T. Krul
Art by Angel Unzueta & Wayne Faucher
Cover by Angel Unzueta

In part 1 of the 2-part “Fractured,” with Dick back in Gotham City and Gar and Raven returning to the West Coast, the Titans find themselves in crisis. As the team continues to fall apart, the remaining members struggle to put the pieces back together. But the future of the Titans might be out of their control altogether.

On sale January 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Justice League of America Special #1

Justice League of America SpecialWritten by Brad Meltzer, Mark Waid and Brian Azzarello
Art by Ed Benes, Ivan Reis, Andy Kubert, Adam Hughes, Jim Lee and others
Cover by Ed Benes

Previously offered as part of DC Direct’s JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA ACTION FIGURE BOX SET, this special collects JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 and origin stories from 52 #12, 22, 46 and 51 and ABSOLUTE SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW.

On sale January 20 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US

Notes: I have no idea whether a Flash appears in this.

Super Friends #23

Super Friends #23Written by Sholly Fisch
Art by Stewart McKenny & Dan Davis
Cover by J. Bone

It’s a mystery in space when the Super Friends discover Despero, Mongul and Queen Bee are all after magical artifacts that could doom the whole galaxy!

On sale January 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Tiny Titans #24

Tiny Titans #24Written by Art Baltazar & Franco
Art and cover by Art Baltazar

The Tiny Titans get tinier than they’ve ever been when a mishap in the Treehouse makes them all Atom-sized! Even the most familiar things become strange and new when you’re suddenly very bitty – will the Teeny Weeny Titans ever be just Tiny again? Don’t miss the all-small issue!

On sale January 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Collections: February and Later

All-Star Superman Vol.2 TP

All-Star Superman Vol.2Written by Grant Morrison
Art and cove by Frank Quitely
The New York Times bestseller from the team of writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely (BATMAN & ROBIN) is now in trade paperback!

In this follow-up to the award-winning ALL-STAR SUPERMAN VOL. 1, the Man of Steel goes toe-to-toe with Bizarro, his imperfect duplicate, and the new Zibaro, also from the Bizarro planet. Plus, more exciting adventures that take Superman across the universe and back in these tales from ALL-STAR SUPERMAN #7-12.

Advance-solicited; on sale February 10 • 160 pg, FC, $12.99 US

Note: During the Bizarro story, Superman meets Bizarro-Flash.

DC Universe: Origins TP

DC Universe: OriginsWritten by Mark Waid, Scott Beatty and Len Wein
Art by various
Cover by Alex Ross

Collecting the origins of over fifty characters from Animal Man to Zatanna, including Batman, Wonder Woman, The Joker and many more, from DC’s hit weekly series 52 and COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS as well as several first seen online, featuring the work of some of comics’ top talents!

Advance-solicited; on sale February 17 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Notes: Interesting to have Flash right there at the front, since neither 52 nor Countdown told any of their origins! Though if I’m not mistaken, this is reused from some other piece.

Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance TP

Final Crisis Aftermath: DanceWritten by Joe Casey
Art by ChrisCross, Eduardo Pansica, Rob Stull and others
Cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau

Japan’s Super Young Team just wants to be seen as heroes by their adoring public in this title collecting the 6-issue miniseries. Unfortunately, their part in FINAL CRISIS went unnoticed, and they’ve been reduced to performing at public appearances and on TV. Now, intense media scrutiny and a deadly threat complicates the motives of the team.

Advance-solicited; on sale February 17 • 144 pg, FC, $17.99 US

Notes: The Super Young Team has its own speedster, Well-Spoken Sonic Lightning Flash.

Tiny Titans: Sidekickin’ It TP

Tiny Titans: Sidekickin' ItWritten by Art Baltazar and Franco
Art and cover by Art Baltazar

As the end of the school year approaches, the gang plans a birthday party for Robin. Plus, Supergirl and Kid Flash have a race around the world and Zatara mixes up her magic words, unleashing a furry fury of fun. Collects TINY TITANS #13-18.

Advance-solicited; on sale February 3 • 144 pg, FC, $12.99 US

Previously Solicited for January

Titans: Old Friends TP

Titans: Old FriendsWritten by Judd Winick
Art by Ian Churchill, Joe Benitez and Julian Lopez
Cover by Ethan Van Sciver

The former teen heroes known as the Teen Titans are all grown up and under siege in this trade paperback collecting TITANS #1-6 as well as the hard-to-find one-shot TEEN TITANS EAST SPECIAL #1!

On sale January 6 · 200 pg, FC, $19.99 US

Justice League of America: Sanctuary TP

JLA: Sanctuary TPBWritten by Dwayne McDuffie and Alan Burnett
Art by Ed Benes, Carlos Pacheco, Ethan Van Sciver and others
Cover by Ed Benes

The Justice League face off with The Suicide Squad when a cabal of Super-Villains turn themselves over to the Super Heroes for protection — much to the chagrin of Amanda Waller and her super-team. This volume collects JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #17-21 and features a tale drawn by THE FLASH: REBIRTH artist Ethan Van Sciver!

On sale January 20 · 128 pg, FC, $14.99 U

Notes: That tale drawn by EVS would be the excellent Flash (Wally West)/Wonder Woman team-up from Justice League of America #20.

Justice Society of America: Strange Adventures TP

JSA: Strange AdventuresWritten by Kevin J. Anderson
Art by Barry Kitson and Gary Erskine
Cover by John Watson

Johnny Thunder wants to become a big-time writer by chronicling the adventures of the JSA. But when a deadly villain called Lord Dynamo appears with a crew of deadly robot zombies, it’s up to Johnny and his mentor, real-life science fiction writer Jack Williamson, to help the rest of the JSA save the day! Collecting the 2004 six-issue miniseries for the first time!
On sale January 27 · 200 pg, FC, $14.99 US


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