DC Comics has released two pages of art from the upcoming Reverse-Flash one-shot that will reveal the new villain’s origin.
So now you know the “who” of Reverse-Flash’s identity, but you don’t yet know the “why.” That’s what you’ll find out in his Villains Month one-shot.
In THE FLASH #23.2: REVERSE-FLASH, learn the tragic backstory behind how Daniel West turned into the villain he is today. You’ll also learn a lot about his sister, Iris, and how their relationship has impacted Daniel. The issue will also set up how THE FLASH #25 will be a tie-in for BATMAN: ZERO YEAR by giving readers a first look at how and why Iris ends up in Gotham City.
The issue is written by [correction] Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato with art by guest artist Scott Hepburn, who shares a studio with Francis Manapul.
Former Flash artist Greg LaRocque has announced a new Kickstarter project, The Heroes of CircleHaven. Seeking backing and collaboration on a new graphic novel, LaRocque says he will draw on his experiences as an artist and engage the concepts of mythology and fan input in a new way. We spoke with LaRocque via email, where he elaborated and revealed potential speedster ties, including a dimension seen in his 2011 issue of DC Retroactive: The Flash.
Check out LaRocque’s intro to the project, then follow the jump for our exclusive comments from the man himself!
The working title for my KickStarter project, has been CircleHaven 33.3 As I think back to the start of my career in comics & why I’m doing a KickStarter, I realize it’s been just about 33.3 years since I received my 1st assignment from DC Comics. Since that day I’ve had the fantastic opportunity to work on & contribute to some books & characters you might recognize. Illustrating & telling stories of iconic characters that are so deeply embedded in the American culture and known worldwide is a dream come true to the kid who began collecting comics with Fantastic Four #1. Has the entire story been told? Maybe not.
The battle with the Reverse Flash has kicked into high gear…and at least we know going into this issue that he ISN’T Dr. Elias! But, who IS the Reverse Flash? We will find out at the end of this issue…but that’s something I won’t spoiler here. What I can tell you is that this is an excellent, fast-paced, action-filled issue that is a must-read for any Flash fan. Manapul and Buccellato have crafted a truly amazing new version of the Reverse Flash, one powerful enough to easily go toe-to-toe with the Fastest Man Alive. And, once you have THAT name you will be begging for more…
The Flash Vol. 3: Gorilla Warfare TP
Collects The Flash #13-19
176 pg, $16.99 US
The Flash Vol. 4: Reverse HC
Collects The Flash #20-24, The Flash #23.1: Grodd and The Flash #23.2: Reverse Flash
176 pg, $24.99 US
I guess that eliminates the speculation about moving the Grodd special from vol.4 to vol.3, which leaves open the question of just what DC is doing with the Gorilla Warfare hardcover (currently scheduled for December 2013).
It’s got to be tough to be a wait-for-trade Flash reader these days. With hardcovers shipping roughly a year after the final chapter of each story, and paperbacks hitting 8-9 months after that, you can easily end up two years behind. I still can’t believe the Move Forward paperback just shipped this month.
Flash cowriter Brian Buccellato talks to Newsarama about the Flash’s role in Batman: Zero Year — or rather Barry Allen’s role — and about the three Villains Month one-shots featuring the Reverse-Flash, Rogues, and Gorilla Grodd.
Most interesting is what he says about Zero Year:
Well, I guess I can reveal one of the other characters. Our Zero Year issue is an important chapter in the history of Barry and Iris. And it ends with an important moment that took place in the past.
The Zero Year issue will sort of explain why Iris feels the way she does. She goes to Gotham as a young reporter, and the two of them get involved in this adventure in Gotham City.
Another standout: his comments on how the Rogues differ from other villains.
The Rogues don’t want to run the world. They don’t want that. They have no evil machinations. They just want to clock in and do their job, which happens to be stealing stuff and robbing and getting money. That’s what they do. And then they want to clock out and have a beer and play pool and enjoy themselves. They’re working class villains. And they really don’t want the world handed to them on a platter.