Flash & Flashpoint Comics for May 2011

DC’s May solicitations are up!

The Flash #13

Art and cover by SCOTT KOLINS
1:10 Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT

THE ROAD TO FLASHPOINT concludes! His name is Eobard Thawne. He is the fastest man alive. He is the Flash of the 25th Century. You know who he is and how he got his speed. But you don’t know the rest of the story. Find out how Thawne went from Flash to Reverse-Flash and what his mission is next in this unlucky thirteenth issue on the Road to FLASHPOINT!

On sale MAY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Note: I don’t have my comics here to check, but isn’t this cover the final splash page from the Reverse-Flash spotlight in Flash #8?

Flashpoint #1

Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by ANDY KUBERT
1:25 Variant cover A by ANDY KUBERT
Variant cover B by IVAN REIS and GEORGE PÉREZ

Not a dream, not an imaginary story, not an elseworld. This is Flash Fact: When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed. Family is alive, loved ones are strangers, and close friends are different, gone or worse. It’s a world on the brink of a cataclysmic war – but where are Earth’s Greatest Heroes to stop it? It’s a place where America’s last hope is Cyborg, who hopes to gather the forces of The Outsider, The Secret 7, S!H!A!Z!A!M!, Citizen Cold and other new and familiar-yet-altered faces! It’s a world that could be running out of time, if The Flash can’t find the villain who altered the time line!

Welcome to FLASHPOINT!

On sale MAY 11 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Booster Gold #44

Written by DAN JURGENS
Art and cover by DAN JURGENS and NORM RAPMUND

Dan Jurgens returns to BOOSTER GOLD just in time for this FLASHPOINT prelude. Booster Gold returns to Rip Hunter’s lab after the events of TIME MASTERS and finds that this world isn’t the same one he left behind.

On sale MAY 18 • 32 pg, FC $2.99 US • RATED T

DC Comics Presents: The Flash #1


Spotlighting tales of time travel and the Rogues, these tales from SHOWCASE #4 and 14, THE FLASH #125, 130 and 139 pit The Scarlet Speedster against “The Giants of The Time World,” “The Conquerors of Time,” along with Mirror Master, Captain Boomerang, The Top, Captain Cold, The Trickster and The Reverse Flash!

On sale MAY 11 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US

Note: This is a pretty good set of time travel stories that haven’t been reprinted in years. (More on Silver-Age Flash reprints.) The cover shown here is the Andy & Joe Kubert variant cover from Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1.

And coming up later this summer:

Brian Bolland: Cover to Cover HC

Art and cover by BRIAN BOLLAND

Artist Brian Bolland, best known for his work as illustrator of the best-selling title BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, is the subject of this new hardcover collecting his covers for DC Comics. Featuring highly detailed and meticulous craftsmanship combined with dramatic takes on the world’s best-known Super Heroes, Bolland’s work has been featured on GREEN LANTERN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN, THE FLASH, ZATANNA and the Vertigo series THE INVISIBLES and ANIMAL MAN. This spectacular collection includes rarely seen and never-before-published art, along with commentary from Bolland.

On sale AUGUST 31 • 208 pg, FC, 8.625” x 11.625”, $39.99 US

Note: Bolland had a long run as the cover artist on The Flash when Geoff Johns took over the book in 2000, from Flash #164 (“Wonderland”) through Flash #187 (“Crossfire”), and did the highly-recognizable Showcase homage for the cover of the collected Flash: The Return of Barry Allen.

As a reminder, we’re keeping track of the Flashpoint creative teams as they’re announced or leaked.


13 thoughts on “Flash & Flashpoint Comics for May 2011

  1. Craig MacD.

    If they do release a second Flash title starring Wally and the others, I hope some of the old Baron/Loebs/Waid stories that have never been reprinted get some respect. A lot of those Silver Age Flash stories have been reprinted a dozen times already.

  2. Lex

    Looks like my guess about one-shots in May was wrong. I wonder if they’ll show up during the months of the minis.

    Flash #13 sounds like the second part of the Reverse-Flash profile issue. I’m looking forward to it!

    And I’m glad Booster Gold is a tie-in. When Geoff started that book, it seemed like it would be involved in any time-related event. So it’s great to see that pay off.

  3. Steve

    #13 looks like it’s going to deal with the events of Waid’s “The Return of Barry Allen.” I have a bad feeling it will involve massive, unneccesary recons that will ruin the whole purpose of that story.

    1. Kelson Post author

      Of course. The purpose of that story was to show that we didn’t need Barry Allen back, because Wally West had come into his own and was a worthy successor. The whole point of Flash: Rebirth is that we need Barry Allen back because Wally West can never matter as much as Barry Allen.

  4. Hyperion

    Note: I don’t have my comics here to check, but isn’t this cover the final splash page from the Reverse-Flash spotlight in Flash #8?

    It is, but I have a feeling this is just a placeholder…

  5. Grill_Monkey

    Wow, even just between Flash 13 and Flashpoint 1 thats 72 pages of Flash for may. That sounds pretty good.

    Wish they would start reprinting some of the later Barry Allen stories instead of constantly trying to milk the first few years of his run.

  6. Luke

    “Note: This is a pretty good set of time travel stories that haven’t been reprinted in years.”

    Well, not in color, anyway. All of these have been collected in black and white in the Showcase volumes. Still, to have those in color is worth 8 bucks to me!

    1. Wayne Lippa

      They’ve all been reprinted in colour in the Flash Archives volumes. Granted, those are a lot pricier than the Showcase volumes and this new one.

      1. Kelson Post author

        That’s what I get for writing in a hurry. I even *have* those Archive books (and one of the Showcase collections) and forgot about them!

        Even with the Flash, not everything is best done at super-speed.


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