Monthly Archives: November 2009

Blackest Night: Flash #1 Preview is Up

IGN has posted a 5-page preview of Blackest Night: The Flash #1, due in stores this Wednesday. Here’s the final cover by Scott Kolins, complete with logo, next to Ethan Van Sciver’s cover for Flash: Rebirth #1:

Blackest Night: The Flash #1 (Standard) Flash: Rebirth #1

Blackest Night: The Flash #1 (Variant)Interestingly, Francis Manapul’s alternate cover turns out to be the one DC used in the solicitations for issue #3 — which means we have no idea what the real covers for #3 are going to look like!

A couple of things that come to mind reading this:

  • It’s great to see Scott Kolins’ art on the Flash again.
  • Nice touch to list the time-traveling Reverse-Flash on both the living and dead columns.
  • Am I misremembering, or is the new “about box” for Barry’s origin (at the bottom of the splash page) more complicated than the one they used for Wally?

Head over to IGN to read the preview!

Poll Results: Worth the Wait?

Well, of the 261 votes, the overwhelming consensus was that Flash: Rebirth #5 was good…but those responses were split between those who thought it was “absolutely” worth the wait and those who thought three months was too long. Those who thought the delay was excessive edged out the rest with 47% of the total vote to 35% for those who thought it was worth it.

Those who found it disappointing (or worse) or had already given up on the miniseries made up a sizable minority at 16%.

The latest poll: Which will end first, Flash: Rebirth or Blackest Night: The Flash?

Rebirth 5 Review Round-Up

Flash: Rebirth #5 - Alternate Cover

Let’s check in on the internet and see what people have been saying about the latest issue of Flash: Rebirth.

IGN – “Rebirth’s biggest flaw is that it all too often feels more like housekeeping than storytelling….Flash: Rebirth isn’t a bad comic; it’s just far from Johns and Van Sciver’s best.”

DoubleDCoverage – “With just one more issue to go I’m beginning to feel a little concerned about the entertainment value of this series versus it’s existence purely to “fix” things.”

Major Spoilers – “3.5 out of 5 stars overall, by getting past the dark-and-gritty and remembering that some of the best Flash comics are about fun, about dynamism, about family and about a guy who runs fast and does neat stuff…”

Comic Book Resources – “I couldn’t help but be reminded of Unbreakable. And I don’t mean that as an insult. But I do mean that this issue has some of the same assets, and some of the same deficiencies, as that Shyamalan movie”

Mania – “This is a book for fans of superheroes and has all of the classic ingredients thrown in this time around. The stakes are high, the villain is truly villainous and the fists are flying just as much as anyone could want.”

Creative Loafing – “I’m excited about what the future holds for the characters … even though I’m not too thrilled about the present.”

Newsarama: Best Shots – “With some of the method behind Geoff Johns’ madness getting revealed, this issue certainly means big things to the Flash family — as well as fans of the Scarlet Speedster.”

Newsarama: Best Shots Rapid Fire – “[E]ven with Barry sharing the spotlight, this issue was still chock full of great character moments…I can’t wait to find out what the future holds for the new and improved Flash franchise.”

iFanboy: JumpingJupiter – “in spite of it’s ridiculousness and tropes Johns and Sciver do turn this clunky fast-running engine around.”

Paradox Comics Group – “often so entrenched in Flash lore that it becomes difficult for anyone bar the hardcore elite fanboy to fully engage in the action.”

Comicgasm – “This issue finally comes along and explans why Barry’s angsting all this time…But the thing that I really loved about Rebirth #5 is that the Flash family’s finally the spotlight.”

Reilly2040 – “…the best issue of Rebirth so far. The pace finally felt right to me, and it built on the Zoom stuff from issue 4 well.”

Multiversity Comics – “The long and short of it is? It’s awesome.”

Exile in Geeksville – “Geoff Johns has single handedly started the Second Silver Age of Comics.”

Mart Gray is Too Dangerous For a Girl – “The eeeeevil Professor Zoom faces off against more good super-speedsters than you can shake a winged helmet at at an issue with the wow factor on pretty much every Flash-packed page.”

SciFiPulse – “Geoff Johns continues to intrigue and amaze as he re-defines the Scarlet Speedster for DC Comics. Ethan Van Sciver’s art pulls me in and makes me feel I’m experiencing what Barry Allen is going through”

And a few podcasts I haven’t had a chance to listen to yet…

Flash-Back Podcast

NewsOK Comics Podcast

Rokk’s Comic Book Revolution Podcast

And finally, there’s my review of the issue.

I didn’t find nearly as many reviews as I usually do. I guess the slow schedule is killing enthusiasm for the book.

Quick Thoughts: Weekly Twitter for 2009-11-29

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Speed Reading: DC 2000, Lo3W, Strips and Zoom

Some weekend linkblogging…

Comics and…Other Imaginary Tales looks back at DC Two Thousand, a two-part story from the turn of the millennium in which the modern Justice League of America goes back in time to 1941 and meets the Justice Society. The Golden Age heroes aren’t entirely sure the JLA’s future is worth saving, though.

Collected Editions reviews Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds.

Comic Book Movie fan-casts Flash: Rebirth.

Chris Samnee sketches Kid Flash.

What Were They Thinking? has another example of why they called the Golden-Age Flash a comic “strip.”

Over at Comic Bloc there’s a comedic discussion of What else Zoom did to Barry (spoilers for Flash: Rebirth #5).

Finally, if you’ll excuse the plug, there are only a few hours left in my Farscape DVD auctions on eBay. If you’d like to pick up a season set, now’s your chance!

Cheetor of Two Worlds


Cheetor of Two Worlds, originally uploaded by Gizmo_Tracer.

I found this photo while searching for more “Flash of Two Worlds” homages. There’s a whole series of comic book cover homages using Transformers toys.

Gizmo_Tracer describes the composition like this:

Cheetor as The Flash just seems obvious, and the ‘Flash of Two Worlds’ cover has always struck me as a real classic, thus, here we are.