This Week: Flash #8 (With Preview)

Comic Book Resources has a preview of Flash #8 by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, due in stores this week.

The Flash gets pulled into the Speed Force that gives him his super-speed powers…and he learns he’s not alone in there! Introducing Turbine, a prisoner of the Speed Force who just wants out – even if it means trading places with The Flash!

Lia points out on Twitter, “So Turbine spins and his name is Roscoe? Uh huh.” Indeed, that sounds strangely familiar


18 thoughts on “This Week: Flash #8 (With Preview)

  1. Lia

    I dunno. I guess it’s possible that through Speed Force wormholes, Roscoe Dillon was tossed back in time and decided to become a fighter pilot in his new body, but it seems more likely that DC thought he was lame and simply decided to revamp him in the reboot.

    I guess I’ll see how it plays out, but I’m pretty discouraged.

    1. Kyer

      Roscoe was not lame, Lia…DC is just being…’modern’ DC. (I’m trying to stay away from four-letter words of profanity here, but gotta admit I’m coming close this week.)

      Trust me, not a particular fan of the Rogues per say, but I’ll never tell you to “just re-read your old comic books and be happy you have those” like some….(god I almost slipped there) do.

      1. Lia

        Yep, well, one of the Flash co-writers described some of the Rogues as “silly” a few weeks ago, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what’s happened here. I think there’s a pretty good chance they didn’t like Roscoe, so they’ve scrapped him but added a few of his elements to a new character. Which is their perogative, but if that’s the case I’ll probably stop buying the book.

        Going to give the story a chance first though, see if it’s what I’ve feared or there’s some kind of swerve that’ll make me happy.

        1. Mike W.

          How can they be the creators of an entire “family” of characters and refer to them as “silly”? The Top is an one of the cooler looking Flash Villains. I really hope that Turbine isn’t the creators idea of an update for The Top.

        2. Kelson Post author

          FWIW, as I understand it, the biggest changes to the Rogues have been editorially-directed rather than writer-driven. I know it doesn’t help if the finished product still isn’t what you want, though.

          1. Lia

            On the sneaking suspicion that this IS a swerve (I’ve rambled about it on Tumblr), I’m giving the book another chance.

            (For those who don’t follow my Tumblr, I think there’s at least a passing chance it’s Roscoe Dillon after possessing a new body and losing his marbles).

            I may be completely clutching at straws because there’s really nothing to suggest it in the story, but everybody’s gotta have hope.

        3. Kyer

          That had better be a case of “In general, costumed people in comics are silly” (which is true..I mean face it.) as opposed to “The Rogues are silly -even if we don’t consider Barry or Spigot or Superman or The Joker…- to be silly.” Because if its the later I’m going to blow a gasket and demand an explanation. Make that an explanation that would make sense to anyone with at least half a working brain.

          Maybe Editorial is too old for comics if it was them. Too fuddy-duddy. No sense of imagination or joy.

  2. Rob S.

    I like what I’ve seen of Turbine so far… and whether or not he’s an unofficial revamp of the Top, he certainly doesn’t invalidate the other’s existence. He’s a cool character with a terrific history — one I’d like to see more of.

    (Although more than anything else, the Speed Force reminded my of the limbo dimension where Barry encountered the Lord of Limbo decades ago…)

    1. Kyer

      I read that thinking ‘Limbo’ was the Trinidad party dance.

      Please make my day and tell me that in some Silver Age story Barry got trapped by The Lord of Limbo in some sort of Dance to the Sixties scenario. Sort of a pre-dated Flashdance. 😛

      1. Kelson Post author

        *groan* I don’t recall any dancing in that story…though I do recall a Teen Titans story in which Mal was dancing the Limbo, which bothered some random passer-by who was secretly a villain who had been trapped in Limbo for a while, and didn’t want to be reminded.

        Hey, can someone (Lia perhaps) find a panel of the Flash being forced to dance by Pied Piper or someone, then caption it Flashdance?

  3. JD

    Honestly, I think there is still space for the Top. Just play up his ability to create nausea in others, along with his gadgets, which were always his most dangerous attributes.

  4. Lee H

    This was a great issue. The new Speed Force is a stroke of genius, finally a concise sci-fi concept to work with and an interesting visual. The way Turbine was tied into established plot threads added to his impact as a character. And after last issue’s hint, a New 52 introduction to Hartley Rathaway!

  5. Martin Gray

    I think a supervillain creating top-gadgets and calling himself the Top is a lot less ‘silly’ than an ordinary fella trapped in another dimension asking to be called Turbine.

    As for the Speed Force itself, I still find it a clunky concept and hope it goes away, after giving Barry a permanent power source.

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