As part of the current “Dawn of DC” era, Jeremy Adams’ Flash title will end at #800 and be relaunched with new creative team Si Spurrier and Mike Deodato Jr. The new series will be renumbered and have a distinctly horror-themed bent, and begins in September. Here’s the descriptive blurb from DC:
Wally West has never been quicker, more fulfilled, more heroic. His loving family is around him. And yet something is off. Very off. His evolving understanding of his powers has opened Wally to new avenues of sci-fi adventure, and attuned his senses to strange new ideas. Something whispers from the dark vibrations beyond the Speed Force, and as Wally experiments with creative new approaches to his powers he encounters new realms, mysterious allies and mind-shattering terrors. Starting with a prelude in the soon-to-be-legendary The Flash #800, the chronicles of the Fastest Man Alive take an action-packed turn towards cosmic horror.
But the news also comes with the announcement of Flash #800, which will include a smorgasbord of past Flash writers and artists such as Adams, Mark Waid, Geoff Johns, Scott Kolins, Carmine Di Giandomenico, and more. As noted above, it will be the final issue of the current series and will lead into the new one. It’ll likely be out in June, but the new series won’t relaunch until September.
Excited for the new run, dismayed, or indifferent? Share your thoughts here!
I’m not optimistic given the horror slant but I’ll give it a try. Definitely sad to see Jeremy Adams forced off the book as he had been laying the groundwork for big future storylines (Lords of Chaos and the Rogues, Savitar, etc.).
Yeah, I’m not too keen on the horror idea either, but I’ll also try it and am certainly hoping it’ll be good. I really enjoy Spurrier’s Marvel work, but haven’t been a fan of what I’ve seen from him at DC…so we’ll see how this goes. And I too am disappointed to see Adams cut off abruptly like that, especially since it clearly wasn’t his choice.
Yeah, I’m undecided at this point too.
I liked Spurrier’s all-too short Hellblazer run. It felt like the kind of vintage John Constantine we hadn’t gotten since the end of the Vertigo era. His Marvel stuff, on the other hand…eh, it’s been solid and interesting, but not my favorite parts of the Krakoan Era’s British Writers Room (honestly, I like Kieron Gillen and Al Ewing’s stuff more).
So, I *am* curious about Spurrier’s cosmic horror angle, but I’m also not sold on it based on this preview press release alone.
I also think it’s VERY bad optics for the incoming creative team that Adams got forced off to make way for them. I do think DC’s making a serious mistake and it’s endangering the rehabilitation of Wally’s character after a decade of neglect (and which Adams has been carefully executing).