Sorry I missed the regular “Out This Week” column, on a week that actually featured a new Flash issue no less. Since that’s already covered (and reviewed!), I’ll just focus on the digital backlist: Impulse #88 by Todd Dezago, Carlo Barberi and Terry Austin.
Reality has been restored to normal, but one thing remains from the time when Impulse held the cosmic powers of Bedlam: He knows where (and when) his mother and his best friend Carol went after the events of Dark Tomorrow. He speeds into the 63rd century to find they’re playing the most dangerous game show on an alien world…but the ringmasters have decided a speedster would be an even better star for this deadly reality series!
This is the second to last issue of Impulse. Within a few weeks, the entire series (minus annuals) will be available digitally.
Bart Allen…er, Bar Torr is on trial in the bleak future that he left, a prisoner of the Functionary that had sent him to our time as part of their “Witness Protection Program”. The other Titans are there, having learned just how far Kid Flash had gone in his earlier fight against the rulers of his time. Now, the Titans seem helpless as they watch the lead-up to a massive show trial…and that’s where we pick up to Teen Titans #27.
This issue of The Flash begins a three-parter in which Brian Buccellato gets to wrap up some story threads before moving over to Detective with Francis Manapul. Looks like these are very important threads, as we start to delve into the biggest mystery of all for Barry Allen…
Another version of Quicksilver will also appear in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, played by Aaron Johnson, the first character to appear in both Fox’s X-Men films and the Marvel cinematic universe, due to an overlap in the film rights between the Avengers and X-Men.
Nerdist has a preview of The Flash #27, the first of a three-part story by writer Brian Buccellato and artist Patrick Zircher. Pasqual Ferry provides the cover for the issue, due in stores next week.
The summary has the Flash facing “a mystical serial killer who might be responsible for his mother’s murder,” but the preview focuses on a jewelry heist by Chroma (an updated Rainbow Raider) and Tar Pit.
(For those wondering about the presence of one of the villains, remember that everything up through #29 takes place before Forever Evil.)
Also included in the preview is the Scribblenauts variant cover, a riff on the classic Showcase #4 — the first appearance of Barry Allen.
Det. Eddie Thawne is described as “a recent transfer to the Central City Police Department, whose past is a mystery and who harbors a dark secret.” It’s a safe bet that “Eddie” is an alias for Eobard Thawne, a.k.a. the Reverse Flash — especially since Barry Allen’s appearance on Arrow has already hinted at the villainous speedster’s role in Nora Allen’s murder.
Caitlin Snow is “a highly intelligent bioengineering expert who lost her fiancé during an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs.” As Flash TV News points out, Caitlin Snow is the name of the current (New 52) incarnation of Killer Frost. That’s an odd choice, given that the Flash has his own highly prominent cold-based villain in Captain Cold — a favorite of DC’s Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns, who had a hand in the story.
It seems likely that one or both will be set up as part of the supporting cast now, to be transformed/revealed as supervillains later in the season. Come to think of it, I wouldn’t be surprised if Dr. Snow gets worked into Captain Cold’s origin. After all, he was originally a petty criminal who broke into a science lab to power up his weapon. There’s no reason it can’t be her lab. (Unless the people writing the show look up “cyclotron” and realize it’s a kind of particle accelerator.)
Incidentally, I wish Deadline and THR would get a new description for the pilot instead of repeatedly copying and pasting the summary of Barry’s part in “The Scientist.”