Monthly Archives: January 2010

Speed Reading: Fan Art, Blackest Night & More

I’m mostly linkblogging via Twitter these days, and you can follow along at @SpeedForceOrg. Some highlights from the last few weeks include:

Fan Art

Blue Lantern Flash Custom Figure at The Green Lantern Corps Forum.

Death Race on Reality Prime by Dave Myers and Kurt Christenson.

Blackest Night: The Rogues by xanychaos at Comic Bloc.

Commentary

Uncanny Comic Book Scans just finished a week of Flash posts featuring single pages from throughout Wally West’s run on the book.

Broken Frontier unearths the dead Rogues.

Bleeding Cool spots an error in Blackest Night: The Flash #2 – Barry Allen’s narration boxes feature the wrong Lantern Corps symbol!

Beyond the Flash

LiveScience: Humans Could Run 40 mph, in Theory (via Devin “The Flash” Johnson).

Perspective: schmevil reminds us all that Your fandom is not Fandom. (Via Comics Worth Reading).

Myth Adventures, Phil Foglio’s comic-book adaptation of Robert Asprin’s comedic fantasy novel, Another fine Myth, is now available online as a free webcomic. They’ve just started serializing it a page a day, three days a week.

For more frequent updates, follow me on Twitter at @SpeedForceOrg.

DC Offers Promotional Flash & GL Rings

Following up on the Blackest Night ring promotion, DC will be offering promotional Flash and Green Lantern rings in April, linked to sales of the “Brightest Day”-labeled Flash #1 and Green Lantern #53.

The Flash rings will arrive in stores the same day as The Flash #1, on April 14.

It looks like they’ve reused the same mold and plastic used for the rings they handed out at conventions in 2008 (see right). The simple change of adding some paint to the face makes them look a whole lot better!

Alas, DC “can’t promise it’ll make you any faster.” 😉

This should prove less controversial than the Blackest Night ring promotion, for two reasons: First, retailers only need to order 10 copies of the book to qualify, not 25 or 50. Second, it’s the first issue of a major relaunch of one of DC’s top 5 heroes, written by their top writer, spinning out of DC’s most successful event in years. I expect most retailers would have ordered enough copies even without the promotion, and they’re not likely to be stuck with stacks of unsold Flash books to trade in for the next Deadpool variant.

Now if they could just find a way to stick a tiny costume in there…

This Week (Jan 27): Cry for Justice, JSA, Blackest Night

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!
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!
32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Blackest Night: JSA #2

Written 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).

2 of 3 · 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Green Lantern #50

Written by Geoff Johns; Art and cover by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy; Variant cover by Jim Lee; Sketch Variant cover by Doug Mahnke

BLACKEST NIGHT spreads with an oversized anniversary issue! Surrounded by friends and enemies, Hal Jordan goes into battle with a being he will never defeat – the Black Lantern Spectre! Can Saint Walker, Sinestro and the others put a stop to this bizarre Spectre rebirth?

Plus, Atrocitus reveals a tie to a power that may make him the most unbeatable of all the Lanterns!

DC Universe 40pg. Color $3.99 US

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!

200 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Heroes of the DC Universe: The Flash Bust

Heroes of the DC Universe: FlashDesigned by Gary Frank
Sculpted by Jean St. Jean

After offering his realistic, detailed style on the covers of the Superman monthly series, artist Gary Frank turns his talents to interpreting the men of the DC Universe in the second series of DC Direct’s HEROES OF THE DC UNIVERSE busts line!

First up is Barry Allen as The Flash, as the Scarlet Speedster channels the Speed Force.

This hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain bust measures approximately 5” high x 3.5” wide x 5” deep and is packaged in a 4-color box. Manufactured to order.

Bust * $70 US

DC 75th Anniversary Store on Amazon

I was looking something up on Amazon tonight and saw the following item in the sidebar: “Now Open: DC Comics 75th Anniversary Store.”

Well, with a name like that, I had to look. It led me to the DC Comics Collection: Movies and TV category, which has probably been around for a while, but I suspect the following branding is new:

DC 75: World's Greatest Super-Heroes

The big push right now, of course, is for Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, but they have a lot of the other direct-to-video movies and TV shows, plus video clips, interviews, and even links to a few actual comic books. (Well, trade paperbacks, anyway).

Cool stuff, but I can’t help but think that someone’s missing…

Flash Comics on Sale April 2010

So, a couple of days late, but here are the Flash appearances on sale for April 2010 — including what we have all been waiting for: a new Flash comic.

THE FLASH #1
On sale APRIL 14 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art, cover and 1:100 variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
1:25 Variant cover by Tony Harris
A BRIGHTEST DAY tie-in! Get in on the ground floor of DC’s next epic in the making! The Flash races out of BLACKEST NIGHT and into his own monthly title as the all-new adventures of The Fastest Man Alive start with “Case One: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues!” Barry Allen runs back to his life in Central City, but when one of the Rogues turns up murdered under mysterious circumstances, it’s up to The Flash to not only solve this bizarre crime, but protect those that are still targeted by the elusive killer. Plus, don’t miss a peek into the future of the Flash universe in this special, extra-sized starting point issue!
This issue will ship with two covers.

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