Monthly Archives: November 2014

“Castaways” – and a sad passing…Review of THE FLASH #36

Flash36This issue of THE FLASH finds Barry trapped in the Speed Force, future Wally out of the picture (though present Wally does have his moments), and Future Barry taking over in present day Central City. If you thought the big battle between present and future Barry would end this arc, you were very wrong – it’s just the beginning. This issue also represents the last artwork in comics from an excellent illustrator, Andre’ Coelho, who died far too young at age 35.  Coelho took on the “future Barry” pages while Brett Booth handled present Barry’s tale in the Speed Force, in a generally excellent issue of THE FLASH.


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Blackout! Review of THE FLASH Episode 107

The latest episode of THE FLASH gives us a somewhat Wally West-themed look at the developing power set of TV’s Barry Allen, up against a bad guy who literally adds a huge spark to the show (ouch! Sorry for the pun). Barry also gets to see another side of Harrison Wells…and we see the nature of time in a way in this episode as well. Welcome to another fast-paced, action-packed episode of THE FLASH!


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Poll Results: Who is Harrison Wells? (Updated)

One of The Flash TV series’ mysteries is Barry Allen’s benefactor at S.T.A.R. Laboratories, Harrison Wells. He’s got secret abilities, secret knowledge, a secret agenda, and only the vaguest of backstories, and if he’s not actually a time traveler, he at least has access to future knowledge.

We ran a poll over the last week asking readers which secret identity they thought was most likely. Here are the results.

Who is Harrison Wells? Poll results

The most popular theory, so far, is that he’s the Reverse Flash. A few people wrote in to specify Hunter Zolomon or Eobard Thawne. Future Barry Allen and “exactly who he says he is” were very a close second and third. After that, it was a sharp drop.

Write-ins Abra Kadabra (a time traveler who uses a lot of future technology) and Hunter Zolomon (wheelchair-bound, obsessed with making the Flash a better hero in his own twisted way) were popular, making me wonder how many people would have chosen them if I’d remembered to include Kadabra on the list, or split the two Zooms across separate options.

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This Week’s Previews: Flash #36, Secret Origins #7, and Blackout on TV

Flash36 Secret Origins #7

Two new Flash stories are out in comic shops this week!

AICN has a preview of Flash #36 by Venditti, Jensen, Booth, Coelho, Rapmund, and Dalhouse. There’s also a LEGO variant cover. “Out of time! The Flash is trapped in a bizarre, lost land terrorized by castaways from the past, present, and future. But that leaves Central City without a hero…or does it?”

At Comicosity, read the beginning of Secret Origins #7, featuring the origin of Barry Allen (New 52 edition) as written by Robert Venditti and Van Jensen with art by Andre Coehlo.

Update: As Wayne points out in the comments, DC has also released a digital edition of DC Special Series #11 from 1978, featuring an 80-page Flash story starring Barry Allen, Wally West, Jay Garrick, and Johnny Quick.

And finally, there’s a single-page comic book preview of tonight’s Flash TV show episode, “Blackout.”

Bronze Age Barry Allen in Convergence: The Flash

DC Comics has announced the titles that will make up the third week of Convergence’s miniseries that will take the place of the New 52 line for two months next April and May. Convergence tells the story of what happens when Braniac takes all the fragments of different realities he’s collected from across the multiverse…and allows them to interact.

The first week was all about the 2000s versions of DC’s characters (including the West family) interacting with worlds like Flashpoint. Week two is all about the 90s right around the time of Zero Hour. Week three, not surprisingly, seems to be focusing on the early 1980s pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths heroes.

And there’s this solicitation and art at Nerdist:


Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Federico Dallocchio
Colorist: Veronica Gandini

Trapped in Gotham, Barry Allen has nowhere to run. He fights on, seeking justice as well as a way to save the city. But he faces a Tangent Universe foe that thinks faster than the Flash could ever move.

I’d guess that’s the Tangent universe’s Superman he’s up against. I really hope somewhere in all this they do a Flash of Two Worlds cover. Anyway, here’s a splash page from the book, via @dccomics on Twitter:

Convergence Flash Art