THE FLASH #43
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
Bombshells Variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale AUGUST 26 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Barry Allen is a man divided, forced to either help his father remain on the run from the law, or bring him to justice. As Barry grapples with that impossible choice, The Flash becomes a target of the Folded Man, a mysterious deadly new villain to Central City who’s hell-bent on tearing The Flash apart—literally!
I forget, is this the first New 52 appearance of the Folded Man?
THE FLASH SEASON ZERO #11
Written by BEN SOKOLOWSKI
Art by PHIL HESTER and ERIC GAPSTUR
On sale AUGUST 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
What was Leonard Snart like before he acquired his cold gun and became one of The Flash’s most dangerous enemies? The origin of Captain Cold is revealed!
Check out the Reverse Flash in the teaser for tomorrow’s Flash TV Show season finale…
The CW has released a clip from this week’s episode of The Flash, titled “Fast Enough”. It’s also the season finale, so we’ll have a few months of waiting until the next episode. As you might imagine, this clip is somewhat spoilery, although not overly so.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to the finale?
Variety profiles series producer Greg Berlanti with a cover featuring two signature DC Comics heroes. This may be the closest we’ll see the two characters for a while, though, as CBS currently plans to keep Supergirl separate for now.
THE FLASH VOL. 5: HISTORY LESSONS TP
Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO and CHRISTOS N. GAGE
On sale SEPTEMBER 2 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
In these stories from issues #26-29 and FLASH ANNUAL #2, find out how Barry Allen adjusts after his battle with Reverse-Flash! Plus, witness the first meeting of The Flash and Green Lantern.
Art by BRETT BOOTH, NORM RAPMUND, PATRICK ZIRCHER, AGUSTIN PADILLA, NEIL GOOGE and others
Cover by PASCAL FERRY
This wraps up the softcover collections (it’s available in hardcover already) of the original New 52 Flash run by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. Manapul had already left to start on Detective Comics, but Buccellato stayed on for a few more issues to wrap up remaining plot threads from their run, including key questions about Barry’s parents and his mother’s murder. Deadman and Green Lantern guest star.
THE FLASH SEASON ZERO TP
Written by ANDREW KREISBERG, BROOKE ELKMEIER and KAI WU
Art by PHIL HESTER, ERIC GAPSTUR and MARCUS TO
On sale SEPTEMBER 2 • 264 pg, FC, $19.99 US
Follow the adventures of Barry Allen from issues #1-12 of this new series as he struggles to balance his job as a police crime scene investigator, his unrequited crush on Iris West, and his new life as Central City’s guardian angel!
A few things of note:
- It’s 12 issues — a whole year’s worth of comics.
- They’re not calling it volume 1. That sounds to me like Season Zero will be done after 24 digital chapters, collected into 12 print issues, collected into one book. Though I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Flash Season 1.5 comic next year.
- Based on the current schedule, issue #12 will also be coming out in September, most likely the first week of the month. So either the release date here is wrong, or DC is releasing the collected edition the same day as the final print issue. That’s unusual, but maybe the audience for digital-to-print media tie-ins breaks down differently and the publisher doesn’t feel the need to postpone the collection they way they do with the print-first books. Or they’ve gotten positive data from Vertigo’s schedule of releasing collections during a skip month after each arc’s last chapter.
Tomorrow night is the Flash TV show season finale! But there’s also plenty of Flash comics action as well.
A new digital Flash: Season Zero story, in which a figure from Dr. Caitlin Snow’s past returns to Earth with potentially deadly results. Correction: Written & drawn by Phil Hester, inks by Eric Gapstur, colors by Nick Filardi, letters by Deron Bennett.
Convergence: The Flash #2 (of 2) concludes the story of pre-Crisis Barry Allen vs. the Tangent Universe Superman. Dan Abnett, Federico Dallocchio, Jonboy Meyers.
On Wednesday, DC is also adding two more Flash Annuals from the 1987-2009 series to their digital backlist:
Flash Annual #5 (1992), part of the “Eclipso: The Darkness Within” event, has Golden Glider, Weather Wizard, Trickster and Captain Boomerang all trying to steal the same black diamond, only to become possessed by Eclipso as a result. Mark Waid, Craig Boldman, Travis Charest, Dan Davis.
Flash Annual #6 (1993), part of “Bloodlines,” introduces Argus, an undercover FBI agent who gains night-based powers when he’s caught in the middle of Keystone City’s mob war and a stealth alien invasion. Mark Waid, Phil Hester, Aaron McClellan.