Monthly Archives: December 2014

This Week in Flash Comics: End of Bliss

Flash Season Zero Chapter 8 is out digitally, completing the story of Mr. Bliss and his circus. They’ve previously said that this story takes place between episodes 1 and 2 of the TV show, but there are a few cues suggesting that it takes place after episode 2.

DC has also added two more Silver-Age issues to its digital backlist: Flash #114-115 (1960), featuring the return of Captain Cold, Kid Flash vs. the King of the Beatniks, the Elongated Man, and the Day the Flash Weighed 1,000 Pounds.

You can read these at ComiXology, Google Play, iBooks and in theory Comics Plus (though they need to work on their search feature — searching for “Flash” should not bring up several pages of American Flagg first!)

Flash #40 and Flash Season Zero #6 coming in March (covers & summaries)

Flash #40

DC has been unveiling their March 2015 solicitations (CBR), including…

Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
On sale MARCH 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US RATED T

Barry Allen finds a way to escape the Speed Force – but can the Fastest Man Alive return home and stop Future Flash’s murderous plans?

After this issue, the New 52 line will go on hiatus for two months for Convergence, during which we’ll see two issues focusing on a 1980s-era Barry Allen and two focusing on Wally West and his children. A lot of titles are ending, but since this isn’t marked as such, it looks like the New 52 Flash will be back in June with #41.

And beyond the New 52

Flash Season Zero #6

Photo cover
On sale MARCH 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

A new story arc begins here! When peculiar homicides start to occur in Central City, Barry and Joe recruit the S.T.A.R. Labs team to help with the investigation. It isn’t long before the gang discovers something even more shocking when reports indicate that the wounds on the deceased appear to have been caused by…a great white shark!

For New Readers: The History Of Barry Allen’s Parents

The history of Henry and Nora Allen (best known as Barry Allen’s parents) can be a bit confusing thanks to a long history of retcons. For those new to comics, a retcon is short for “retroactive continuity”, and refers to the changes inserted into a character’s or an event’s history by later writers. Here’s an explanation of the elder Allens’ histories to date, with an emphasis on their interaction with the Rogues and other Flash villains.

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Flash #40 North by Northwest Variant Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz

DC has revealed their March variant cover theme: each variant that month will be based on an iconic movie poster. Bill Sienkiewicz draws a North by Northwest-inspired cover for The Flash #40.

Flash 40 Movie Poster Variant: North by Northwest by Bill Sienkiewicz

CBR has collected a gallery of all the covers released. There are some great choices here, like Green Lantern in the style of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and some odd ones, like Justice League Unlimited in the style of Mars Attacks.

Spam Attack

Hi everyone. If you follow SpeedForce on Twitter or Facebook, I want to apologize for the spam flood earlier today.

Someone took advantage of lenient moderation settings on our Flickr photo group and submitted a zillion spam images to the group. Those photos were then auto-shared out to Facebook and Twitter (and Tumblr, but fortunately I have that set to go into the queue instead of posting immediately, and none of them had gone live by the time I started cleaning it up).

Unfortunately, I wasn’t keeping an eye on Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter at the time this happened, and it was over an hour before I saw the alerts from readers telling me that something was wrong.

I’ve cleaned up all the tweets and Facebook posts. The account that posted all the photos to the group has been banned and their images removed. Furthermore, I’ve tightened the moderation settings on the Flickr group: Only 6 photos/day are allowed, and for the time being all submissions will require approval.

That doesn’t change the fact that the spam posts went out and flooded your feeds, but I wanted to let you know what happened, and what I’ve done to prevent it from happening again.

Thank you to everyone who reported the problem, and I’m sorry I didn’t catch it sooner.