DC’s June 2011 solicitations are up, and it looks like our Flash fix will be Flashpoint, pure and simple, for June. Creative teams and write-ups have already been announced over the past two weeks (Flashpoint & Booster Gold, miniseries part 1, miniseries part 2 & one-shots), but here are the dates:
Flashpoint: Batman – Knight Of Vengeance #1
Flashpoint: Secret Seven #1
Flashpoint: Abin Sur – The Green Lantern #1
Flashpoint: The World Of Flashpoint #1
Booster Gold #45
Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #1
Flashpoint: Deathstroke And The Curse Of The Ravager #1
Flashpoint: Frankenstein And The Creatures Of The Unknown #1
Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #1
Flashpoint: Wonder Woman And The Furies #1
Flashpoint: Deadman And The Flying Graysons #1
Flashpoint: Legion Of Doom Starring Heatwave #1
Flashpoint: Grodd Of War One-Shot
Flashpoint: Lois Lane And The Resistance #1
Flashpoint: The Outsider #1
Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost Starring Bart Allen #1
Flashpoint: Reverse Flash One-Shot
Flashpoint: Project Superman #1
Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #1
Flashpoint: Green Arrow Industries One-Shot
Flashpoint: The Canterbury Cricket One-Shot
The first round of Flashpoint Action figures also get a release date: July 20, right before Comic-Con International.
That said, there are some upcoming collections on the list…and the Tiny Titans “All-Flash” issue!
TINY TITANS #41
Written by ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO
Art and cover by ART BALTAZAR
Outta the way – It’s the “Flash” issue!
It’s the fastest comic ever and the race is on! This special issue introduces Jessie Quick and features Inertia and Mas y Menos. Plus: Kid Flash sharpens his pencil to a FLASHPOINT! Plus plus: Blue Beetle makes a special appearance!
On sale JUNE 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
BLACKEST NIGHT: BLACK LANTERN CORPS VOL. 2 TP
Written by JAMES ROBINSON, GEOFF JOHNS and GREG RUCKA
Art by SCOTT KOLINS, NICOLA SCOTT, EDDY BARROWS and others
Cover by RODOLFO MIGLIARI
The Flash, Wonder Woman and the JSA come face to face with their greatest foes and long-lost loved ones, newly undead as evil Black Lanterns, in this collection of three 3-issue BLACKEST NIGHT miniseries.
On sale JULY 20 • 240 pg, FC, $19.99 US
SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE TRIAL OF THE FLASH TP
Written by CARY BATES and JOEY CAVALIERI
Art by CARMINE INFANTINO, DENNIS JENSEN and others
Cover by CARMINE INFANTINO and KLAUS JANSON
Following the murder of The Flash’s wife by The Reverse-Flash, the two foes are locked in a round-the-world battle that ends in the death of the evildoer. Collected from THE FLASH #323-327, 329-336 and 340-350.
On sale JULY 20 • 592 pg, B&W, $19.99 US
Notes: This picks up years after Iris Allen’s death, with Barry Allen engaged to Fiona Webb, and the return of the Reverse-Flash. The issues skipped are:
Flash #328: A reprint of the Barry/Iris wedding story with a very brief framing sequence.
Flash #337-339: Pied Piper has a nervous breakdown, and the Rogues goad Big Sir into attacking the Flash. On one hand it’s sort of a diversion, but on the other hand, it sets up a key moment in the later part of the story.
Update: I can’t believe I missed this one!
DC COMICS PRESENTS: IMPULSE #1
Written by TODD DEZAGO
Art by ETHAN VAN SCIVER, WALTER SIMONSON, ANGEL UNZUETA and others • Cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER and WAYNE FAUCHER
It’s Batman vs. The Joker – with Impulse caught in the middle! Plus, Impulse battles Kalibak, son of Darkseid – and meets Inertia, the Reverse-Impulse! Featuring art by Ethan Van Sciver, from IMPULSE #50-53!
On sale JUNE 8 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US
Notes: Not where I would have started — the Waid/Ramos run is IMO the best of the series — but Todd Dezago’s stuff was really good, and these issues have big advantages for marketing: They introduced Inertia (making them Important™), and they guest-starred Batman.