A couple of weeks ago we wrote about William Messner-Loebs’ struggle with homelessness. You may remember him as the writer on The Flash during the late 1980s and early 1990s, who took over Wally West’s series and began a coming-of-age story that would play out over the next few years, as well as two years’ worth of Impulse stories later in the decade.
A gas leak at his home last year left it unlivable, and he and his wife have been living out of their car and in shelters since then. The comics industry has largely passed him by, so he’s been picking up odd jobs as a janitor and delivering food to pay off debt from health issues and to make ends meet.
His stories were infused with social awareness: Marginalized people like gay supervillains and (ironically) the homeless. Women scientists being gaslighted by their peers. Estranged families trying to reconnect. Big business dumping toxic waste in small towns. When Impulse’s hometown was threatened by a flood, all the local supervillains pitched in to help. Nobody stopped laying sandbags to attack each other.
There was a strong theme in all of his stories that people need to help each other, not turn a blind eye or tear each other down. And now it’s our chance to help him. The article last month linked to a crowdfunding campaign for the shelter they’ve been relying on. Now there’s a personal GoFundMe campaign that will go directly to Bill and Nadine Messner-Loebs. I’ve contributed, and I hope you will too.
Grodd has been defeated and Central City is finally safe (if a bit worse for the wear). As we take a breath and prepare for “Flash War”, there are still some big events to be found in this issue. We have to wrap up a lot of things – what happened to Meena, to Godspeed, to Central City itself – and what about Wally? For a “breather” issue, this one had a lot to offer. Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!
Here’s the extended trailer for next week’s episode of The Flash, titled “Therefore She Is”. In it, the Thinker gets closer to fulfilling his master plan.
And this is the official synopsis for the episode.
“Therefore She Is” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, V) (HDTV)
GYPSY RETURNS – Barry (Grant Gustin) and Team Flash team up with Gypsy (guest star Jessica Camacho) to try to thwart Thinker’s plan. Meanwhile, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Gypsy have a heart to heart talk about their relationship. Rob J. Greenlea directed the episode written by Sterling Gates & Thomas Pound (#420). Original airdate 5/1/2018.
Last week we lost [REDACTED], and not only that we lost [REDACTED] as well. It was a terrible week for Team Flash, and this week they have to deal with the fallout. Oh, did I mention “Fallout”? Yes, they have do deal with THAT as well! Add to that a visit from Citizen Cold and you have the makings of Season 4, Episode 19, “Fury Rogue”! Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!
DC has posted the official five-page preview for next week’s issue of The Flash, and you can see it at Monkeys Fighting Robots. In it, Barry meets with Meena while the rest of the Flash Family helps clean up the damaged city.
THE FLASH #45
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON •Art by CHRISTIAN DUCE • Cover by BARRY KITSON • Variant cover by DAVID FINCH and DANNY MIKI
“PERFECT STORM” epilogue! After Wally’s fateful decision, Iris’ health begins to deteriorate at an alarming rate. Barry and the Flash family work at lightning speed to try and find a solution, but tensions between Wally and Barry cause Iris’ condition to continue to worsen!
On sale APRIL 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Here’s the extended trailer for next week’s episode of The Flash, titled “Fury Rogue”.
And here’s the official synopsis for the episode. It’s apparently going to be Wentworth Miller’s last appearance in the CWverse, at least as things stand now, but hopefully he’ll appear again sometime in the future.
WENTWORTH MILLER RETURNS AS CITIZEN COLD — When Barry (Grant Gustin) needs help transporting a dangerous meta, he calls on a new friend for help – Leo Snart AKA Citizen Cold (guest star Wentworth Miller). Meanwhile, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) becomes suspicious of Harry (Tom Cavanagh). Rachel Talalay directed the episode written by Jeff Hersh & Joshua V. Gilbert (#419). Original airdate 4/24/2018.
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