Preview of DC Retroactive: The Flash 1980s

DC has posted a preview of the DC Retroactive Flash: 1980s, arriving in stores on Wednesday.

Central City is filled with villains cleverly trying to stay under the radar of The Flash. So then why is one of them doing everything in her power to attract his attention? And when an obsessed fan gets out of hand, Wally West must follow an unlikely trail of victims to his latest challenge: a gallery of his most notorious Rogues.

What becomes of this super-fan will shock you in an all-new story from writer William Messner-Loebs and art by Greg Larocque. DC RETROACTIVE: THE FLASH-THE 80s also includes a 22-page classic story originally published in the ’80s by Messner-Loebs, Larocque and Tim Dizon. Pick up this one-shot in stores on Wednesday.

9 thoughts on “Preview of DC Retroactive: The Flash 1980s

  1. Lee H

    Greg LaRocque’s art just gets better and better. I like that the story is playing with the Flash as a celebrity concept that was active when Flash’s identity was publicly known.

    I’m very much looking forward to this one.

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  2. Jesse

    I wonder if my wife would mind if I just forwarded my salary to Larocque and Messner-Loebs directly to continually make Flash comics. No need to go through DC.

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  3. Kyer

    The art is great as usual…I always loved their art.

    That said, I’m likely going to win me some boo’s when I say how worried and disappointed I am by the four-pages of preview from a 22-page book.

    Sorry, guys and gals, but I’m starved for Wally West as the Flash: Wally cracking jokes and being awesome. DC made me so hungry with their pandering to Allen since Rebirth and now this is the second to the last story featuring Wally as the Flash….

    …and at least four pages of it are about the Rogues (who likely will be back in the DCnU) and of an OC? (!) If it turns out that Wally (and I mean as in a speaking role and not as just a memory/fantasy of that twit lady fan) is in this only at the last page or two I’m going to turn out the lights, curl up in bed, and moan about the unfairness of it all.

    God, I hope this is better than I’m fearing.

    Okay….go ahead and throw stones at me. Stupid DC Editorial has made me paranoid…there it is.

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  4. papa zero

    Overall I enjoyed this book as it really felt like a back issue I missed. That being said, the cover seems out of place… more like a silver age cover than the era in question. There were two major plot holes that struck me as well. They didn’t take away from how fun the plot idea was, but did make it feel like it was a homework assignment done at the last minute.

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    1. Jesse

      I loved it. One of the only complaints I had was that the coloring seemed dark, with weird sky colors. But the art was great. And yes, the cover seemed a little anachronistic.

      It also reminded me how nice it used to be to get single-issue stories. There were some longer ones at the time, too, but it was a good mix.

      Here’s a weird tidbit: the story they reprinted in the back (who are they, Marvel now?) contains the two people who Chunk accidentally sent to the multiverse. At the time, this was one of the only references to the multiverse in any comic after Crisis. Interesting to bring that up again on the cusp of another universe-reboot. Will Chunk have the power to go back to the current DCU? 🙂

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    2. I_Strange

      Árt and writing both felt rusty (or rushed), but I really enjoyed the issue. LaRocque & Messner-Loebs got me into collecting, and it was great to see *my* Wally again. Loved the wink at the end.

      Fanboy nitpick: Wally’s shiny suit debuted 1991.

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  5. Kyer

    A certain well known scan site has put up a couple more pictures from this book. Got to say am really disappointed in the people over there: out of 21 posts only three were about the book. The rest went off on a tangent about Australia.

    Sadly, this does not bode well for Wally fans making their case to DC. 🙁

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