The New 52’s Kid Flash gets the spotlight in this week’s DC Universe Presents #12. CBR has a preview of the issue
KID FLASH stars in his first solo adventure, racing against time as he deals with the prehistoric trouble the TEEN TITANS brought back from MYSTERY ISLAND!
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Jorge Jimenez
Cover by Ryan Sook
Meanwhile, ComiXology’s digital back-issue releases continue with Flash #49 (1990) and Impulse #9.
Flash #49 is the second part of a three-parter leading up to the big Flash #50. Vandal Savage is dying, and he’s going to take the worldwide drug trade with him…no matter the collateral damage. But before he goes, he issues a very special challenge to the Flash: Wally West vs. a bullet…without his speed.
Needless to say, this cover made my gallery of Dead Flash Covers.
Impulse #9 is a prelude to the Dead Heat crossover with The Flash. Bart Allen gets a surprise visit from a strange girl who turns out to be his cousin Jenni Ognats (A.K.A. XS) from the future. She’s been stranded in the past on a mission for the Legion of Super-Heroes. Can Bart help her get home? Can she blend in at a 20th-century middle school? And can either of them find the missing Max Mercury?
XS’ trip to our era takes her into “Dead Heat,” then one more issue each of Impulse and Flash, then Legionnaires Annual #3, in which she briefly meets her grandfather Barry Allen while jumping through time trying to make her way home.
I’m beginning to wonder about the Flash/Impulse schedule at ComiXology. After months of three Flash issues a week, they’ve slowed to one and added Impulse. Going sequentially, the next Flash will be an anniversary issue, and the next Impulse is part of a crossover with The Flash. Meanwhile, we’ve got the current Flash #12 coming out next week and The Flash Annual #1 the week after. Meanwhile on the print side, August sees three Flash reprint volumes: Flash Archives vol.6, Flash Chronicles vol.3, and Flash Omnibus by Geoff Johns vol.3. Could ComiXolgy be gearing up for a “Flash 201” sale sometime in the next few weeks?
Flashback covers via comics.org.
I’ve been hoping for weeks upon weeks that they would break from their slow Flash schedule to just post the missing issues from 140 up to the beginning of Geoff Johns’s run. Those Waid issues were the books that got me into the Flash to begin with. Instead, an issue a week for stories that — well, I’m sorry — aren’t really that good.
(The New) Kid Flash is finally getting his own solo adventure! Which is nice.
But also kind of annoying seeing how little we know about the characters, and how cleverly they’ll avoid revealing more. (is he still a descendant of Barry Allen? Actually Wally with a fake id?!)