DC has started releasing information about its October comics this week, including several miniseries launching in the second month of the DC relaunch. Among them: James Robinson’s 12-issue miniseries featuring The Shade, as reported by CBR.
The Shade is probably more associated with Starman these days, but he started life as a Golden-Age Flash villain, one of the trio whose place in DC history was later secured by appearing in Flash of Two Worlds.
Even though he only made one appearance in the Golden Age (as compared to the many tines Jay Garrick fought the Thinker or Fiddler), the Shade is the oldest Flash villain to survive it. The only older themed/named villain, the Threat (All-Flash #2), was a one-off who died in his first appearance and never returned.
THE SHADE #1
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by CULLY HAMNER
Cover by TONY HARRIS
1:10 Variant cover by CULLY HAMNER
On sale OCTOBER 12 * 1 of 12, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T+
James Robinson returns to the world of his acclaimed STARMAN series with a new 12-issue series starring the antihero known as The Shade! An attack at the Starman museum kicks off a globe-hopping, centuries spanning quest that will irrevocably change The Shade’s life, and ultimately shed light on his true origin! Artist extraordinaire Cully Hamner (RED) kicks off the series, and upcoming issues will feature art by such luminaries as Darwyn Cooke, Javier Pulido, Jill Thompson, Frazer Irving and Gene Ha!
UPDATE: CBR interviews Robinson about the series.
I saw some pages for this at Heroes. It looks good enough that I wanted to buy one of the pages from Cully.
“the Threat (All-Flash #2), was a one-off who died in his first appearance and never returned.”
Heh. He should change his name to The Irony.
Well, to be fair, his first appearance was in a story that spanned something like 20 years. What Were They Thinking?! did a week-long series on the story, which I’ve indexed here as Flash vs. the Threat.
Aw…I was really hoping that somehow Jay Garrick would be in this considering…
Expletive self-deleted. There truly are no speedsters existing after August other than Barry. 🙁
You’ve got Bart still over in Teen Titans. :/
🙁 Rendered rather inaccessible to me due to a real phobia on bugs. Not even the presence of Wally could make me look at panels that also contained spider/cocroach/whatever woman.
The unfairness off it all is biting.
How do we know he won’t be in there somewhere?
That’s not Bart the same way that’s not Cassie & that’s not Conner…I refuse to read that. 🙁
But back on subject: cannot wait to see how this looks!!! I’ve been interested in reading Starman & issue 81 definitely piqued my curiosity. I’m on board for at least one issue. ^_^
Well, this should be a pretty good indicator that the JSA are not going to be completely removed from continuity. We just won’t see them around for probably the first year of the relaunch.