Something I missed in DC’s February solicitations:
BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #13
Written by ADAM BEECHEN, J.T. KRUL, DUSTIN NGUYEN and DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art by DUSTIN NGUYEN, HOWARD PORTER, LIVESAY, NORM BREYFOGLE and JORGE CORONA
Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
On sale FEBRUARY 20 • 48 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
- The first time in print for these digital first adventures!
- Don’t miss the shocking conclusion to Batman Beyond’s epic “10,000 clowns”!
- The Justice League heads to Central City, where they encounter a deadly new enemy—and a speedy new ally!
- Now a prisoner on the planet Trillia, Superman bears witnesses to his role in the planet’s civil war!
Thanks to @LeeHiley & @BlueValleyKid for pointing it out!
Let the speculation begin…
Who’s that speedster on the cover of Smallville: Season 11 #10? Last month we got a hint that the Flash/Impulse would be returning to Smallville in January’s print issues (which I think line up with December’s digital issues). The text about an “old friend” was vague, and the figure running past Superman was blacked out so that we couldn’t see who he was, but the implication is clear.
DC’s February solicitations are out, teasing a story about “speed storms,” with a cover full of lightning and…what’s that? Someone moving at super-speed behind Clark!
Here’s a glimpse of Bart Allen’s new look for the Smallville digital-first comic book. What we can see of the outfit looks to be inspired more by Impulse than the Flash, though for some reason he seems to have died his hair blond.
SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #10
Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER
Art by JORGE JIMENEZ
Cover by SCOTT KOLINS
On sale FEBRUARY 6 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
- The first time in print for these digital-first adventures!
- Superman races to find answers as mysterious “speed storms” begin to break out across the globe.
- Lex hands Tess an ultimatum: Reveal everything she knows about the Man of Steel, or face oblivion.
Today sees the release of DC’s Justice League solicitations for February. The cover for Flash #17 was revealed late last week as part of an interview with Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato over at Comic Book Resources, which also announced that the debut of the new Reverse-Flash would also be a part of issue #17.
THE FLASH #17
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
1:25 B&W Variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale FEBRUARY 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• The finale of “GORILLA WARFARE” as Barry’s battle with Grodd comes to its bone-crunching conclusion!
• Don’t miss the introduction of one of The Flash’s greatest foes!
In the CBR interview, it is also mentioned that Manapul will be taking a two-issue break from Flash following “Gorilla Warfare.” Buccellato will handle writing duties on his own for #s 18 and 19, and he mentioned Marcio Takara as a possible artist on Twitter. [UPDATE: Manapul confirmed this on Twitter on Saturday]. Follow the jump for a sketch of Flash by Takara!
Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato are featured in an exclusive interview over at Comic Book Resources. Within, they reveal their plans to debut the New 52 iteration of the Reverse-Flash in the pages of February’s Flash #17. They also confirm that, in the following arc, the New 52 Kid Flash will make his first appearance alongside Barry Allen.
For more on Flash’s new opposite number, as well as details on Manapul’s upcoming breather, follow the jump!
Struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals, Central City Police scientist Barry Allen was transformed into the fastest man alive. Tapping into the energy field called The Speed Force, he applies a tenacious sense of justice to protect an serve the world as The Flash!
The Fastest Man Alive returns to his own monthly series as part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event with the writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but he has seemingly met his match when he faces DC Comic’ hottest new Super Villain, Mob Rule, who really can be everywhere at once!
As Mob Rule wages a campaign of crime across Central City, including an electromagnetic blast that plunges the city into darkness, The Flash learns the the only way he can capture Mob Rule and save Central City is to learn how to make his brain function even faster than before—but as much as it helps him, it also comes with a steep price.
This volume collects issues 1-8 of the monthly series.
— Amazon’s description of the book.
And yes, contrary to previous reports it does collect issues #1-8. I met Brian Buccellato at Long Beach Comic & Horror Con over the weekend, and he showed off a copy of the book.
ComiXology adds Flash #70-71 and Impulse #31-32. Flash #70 concludes the 4-part “Gorilla Warfare” crossover with Green Lantern #30-31, while Flash #71 is the first part of a 2-part story with an all new Dr. Alchemy. Impulse #31 has Max Mercury going up against his old nemesis Dr. Morlo, and Impulse #32 focuses on one of Bart’s friends, Preston, as he deals with both being injured as a bystander in a superhero/villain fight and facing his mother’s mental health problems.
I was thinking about the Flash: The Greatest Stories Ever Told collection recently, and about how I would have swapped out a few of the stories. (In particular, there’s a giant 80-page story that was decent enough, but I think that space would have been better used for more regular-length stories, like “Nobody Dies”).
And then I thought about tomorrow’s election in the US, and thought: let’s do a survey.
Here’s my question for you. Imagine that you can choose the contents of a Greatest Flash Stories Ever Told collection. You have room for 10 single-issue stories (or 20 half-length Gold/Silver Age stories, or 5 two-issue stories, etc.) from the entire history of the Flash.
What do you include?