Retro Review: The Flash: Stop Motion (Graphic Audio)

I’m not big on audiobooks, but I picked up a DC Comics-related Humble Bundle a few weeks ago and I “read” The Flash: Stop Motion by Mark Schultz. It’s kind of odd listening to a “Graphic Audio” adaptation of a prose novel based on a character who usually appears in visual media, but the full cast, sound effects, and music help to make up for the lack of actual visuals that I’ve found tends to hamper prose stories about superheroes.

I read the book when it came out in 2004, and I’d forgotten enough for it to be more-or-less “new.” It’s set during the Wally West/Keystone City era when the Flash’s identity was still public knowledge and he worked with Detectives Chyre and Morillo. A super-speed killer has been attacking people in the Keystone/Central area. Not only is it faster than the Flash, but every time it strikes, bits of other universes bleed into our own. Wally has to discover the nature of this “superluminoid,” its surprising connection to the West/Allen family, and unlock a potential beyond the speed force in order to stop it.

The familiar characters are handled well, and the concepts behind the superluminoid, quantum warriors and the Seventh Singularity are intriguing. It’s the kind of thing you’d expect from Grant Morrison or Warren Ellis as they take on super-speed, the metagene, the speed force and quantum physics. The ideas still hold up, and I think it would be fascinating to explore them further, though in the long run they would unbalance the Flash’s already over-powered abilities.

There are a few continuity issues that bugged me at the time I first read it. A lot of the story hinges on Iris and Wally being blood relatives, for instance, which they weren’t pre-Flashpoint. Those don’t bother me anymore, partly because continuity has been remixed so many times and partly because I’ve mellowed on that sort of thing. Though I still have trouble with the opening scene where the Flash is treading air to “fly” with the JLA. (And then there are oddities like the fact that the entire Justice League is in several scenes, but only Wonder Woman gets a detailed description. Hmmm…)

The audio adaptation works well. It’s got a full voice cast and sound effects in addition to the narration. Some of the voices work better than others, and some just don’t fit my head-voice for the characters. (Chyre, for instance, sounds more gravelly and world-weary in my mind than this version.) They really make use of effects and music in the battle sequences, though some of them might work better with headphones than listening in a car. I found it hard to pick out the words in the action scenes because there was so much going on. And some of the conversations that work in print go on way too long in audio.

The novel is worth reading, and the audio is worth listening to. Now I’m curious to hear how Graphic Audio adapted Infinite Crisis, 52 and Final Crisis.

I think I’ll skip Countdown, though.

Nothing is “Back to Normal” in THE FLASH #52 (Review)

Let me get this out of the way…I loved this issue of THE FLASH! From the sheer number of Easter Eggs in the opening splash page to the discovery of [REDACTED] at the end, this was a great issue. Barry is wishing things could be as they were, but that’s hard after the events of Flash War. Still, Central City is the same, right? Right? Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!

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Flash #52 Preview

DC has the official seven-page preview for this week’s issue of The Flash, and you can see it at CBR. As per the solicitation, you’ll notice many Multiversal Flashes in the preview, including some who haven’t been seen in quite a while such as Tangent Flash, Fastback, the Flashes of Kingdom Come and the Justice Riders, and many more.

The primary cover is at left, and the variant is shown below.

THE FLASH #52
Joshua Williamson (W) • Christian Duce (A)
Cover by Dan Mora
Variant Cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto
On your mark, get set and go for part one of “Grips of Strength”! Barry Allen races to the House of Heroes at the center of the Multiverse to meet with the Flashes of 52 worlds for info on the new forces he’s recently encountered. Meanwhile, back in Central City, Trickster’s turning informant against Warden Wolfe, but that brings about a sneak attack that Barry and the time-lost Commander Cold must team up to stop—if they can quit butting heads long enough to do so.
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

The Aftermath of Flash War is so Meta…Review of THE FLASH #51

FLASH WAR is over, and our favorite heroes are picking up the pieces…or at least, they are trying to pick up the pieces.  Barry has to try and figure out these new forces that exist alongside the Speed Force. Young Wally has to figure out his place in the world. And older Wally…is in the race of his life! There are TONS of meta references in this issue as well. Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!

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Flash #51 Preview

DC has posted the official six-page preview for this week’s issue of The Flash, and you can read it at Den Of Geek. It’s part of the fallout from “Flash War”, which ended last issue, and features Iris worrying about Wally’s well-being and reminiscing about his life thus far.

The variant cover is below.

THE FLASH #51
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by SCOTT KOLINS
cover by HOWARD PORTER
variant cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
As the dust settles in the wake of “Flash War,” the Flash and his family of speedsters try to pick up the pieces of what’s left. But bad blood can run deep. This is the one race the Flash Family can’t win!
ON SALE 07.25.18
$2.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T
This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

DC October 2018 Solicitations

DC has released their full complement of solicitations for October 2018, and here are all the ones relating to the Flash. You can see the solicits in their entirety at CBR.

THE FLASH #56
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by SCOTT KOLINS
enhanced foil cover by DAN PANOSIAN
variant cover by HOWARD PORTER
Things are about to get hot—very hot!—when Flash has to battle fire monsters generated by his longtime nemesis, Heat Wave. Unfortunately, the pilot light blew out in Mick Rory’s head, because he’s comatose from the effects of the Sage Force! How can the Scarlet Speedster reach his old frenemy and get him to put out the fire monsters? Looks like Commander Cold takes a demotion…so he can pretend to be Captain Cold and talk Heat Wave down!
ON SALE 10.10.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T
This issue will ship with two covers.
Please see the order form for details.

THE FLASH #57
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by SCOTT KOLINS
cover by DAN MORA
variant cover by HOWARD PORTER
The insidious secret that corrupted Heat Wave’s mind is free and looking for a new host—one who doesn’t run quite so hot! Unfortunately, it takes over Central City Detective Burns instead, and now she’s the one rampaging across the city wrecking shop! Burns must lean on an unlikely source to help her with these new powers, while Flash and Iris West make a big decision about their next move.
ON SALE 10.24.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T
This issue will ship with two covers.
Please see the order form for details.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #9
written by SCOTT SNYDER
art cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
variant cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
1:100 variant cover by JIM LEE
THE ROAD TO “DROWNED EARTH”! Superman and Batman can’t agree on how to put back the moon—you know, the one that went missing in issue #1. On the other hand, Wonder Woman and Aquaman have faith in each other, working together on a new addition to the Hall of Justice. Martian Manhunter takes Hawkgirl under his wing to test out the limits of her recently broken wing, and Flash and Green Lantern get up to some hijinks in the Hall’s cafeteria. Can you say super food fight?!
ON SALE 10.03.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T+
This issue will ship with three covers.
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JUSTICE LEAGUE #10
written by SCOTT SNYDER
art and and enhanced foil cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
variant cover by JAE LEE
THE ROAD TO “DROWNED EARTH”! When Wonder Woman learns that Cheetah gained new powers and killed the Greek sea god, Poseidon, that sets Aquaman off on a search for answers, bringing him into conflict with an entity known as the Flood, a herald for long-dead ocean gods with an ancient grudge against Poseidon, Atlantis and, well, everyone else on Earth. Who are those guys? Some very big fish—and you know what big fish do? Eat smaller fish like Aquaman and his Justice League buddies!
ON SALE 10.17.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T+
This issue will ship with two covers.
Please see the order form for details.

TEEN TITANS #23
written by ADAM GLASS
art by BERNARD CHANG
enhanced foil cover by NICK DERINGTON
variant cover by ALEX GARNER
The Teen Titans head to Gotham City, where they must thwart a plot to assassinate Commissioner Gordon! So who is the mysterious figure giving Robin his intel, and how does he know so much? Speaking of Robin, is he developing real feelings for the magical Djinn, or is he falling under the spell of her mystical ring? Meanwhile, more secrets come to light and more drama unfolds, putting Kid Flash and Red Arrow at odds!
ON SALE 10.17.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T
This issue will ship with two covers.
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HEROES IN CRISIS #2
written by TOM KING
art and cover by CLAY MANN
variant cover by RYAN SOOK
Suspected of murder, [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] find themselves on the run from the super-hospital called Sanctuary —with each thinking the other one is the real killer! It’s up to Batman to solve this heinous crime, but suspicion falls on him when Superman and Wonder Woman ponder just how much Sanctuary’s A.I. is telling them. Meanwhile, [REDACTED] tries to make a shady deal to hide from the Trinity, while [REDACTED] searches out an old friend to help him out of this mess—and only gets deeper in trouble.
ON SALE 10.24.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | 2 of 7 | RATED T+
This issue will ship with two covers.
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YOUNG JUSTICE BOOK THREE TP
written by PETER DAVID, GEOFF JOHNS, BEN RAAB, CHUCK DIXON, DWAYNE McDUFFIE and others
art by TODD NAUCK, SUNNY LEE, CARY NORD, CARLO BARBERI, DREW JOHNSON and others
cover by TODD NAUCK and LARY STUCKER
In this volume’s “Sins of Youth” epic, the machinations of the covert organization known as the Agenda affects the team’s respective ages—leaving some heroes grown to adulthood and others reverted to adolescence! Collects YOUNG JUSTICE #18-19 and the SINS OF YOUTH titles JLA JR. #1, AQUAMAN/LAGOON MAN #1, BATBOY AND ROBIN #1, KID FLASH/IMPULSE #1, STARWOMAN AND THE JSA #1, SUPERMAN JR./SUPERBOY SR. #1, WONDER GIRLS #1, THE SECRET/DEADBOY #1, SUPERBOY #74, SINS OF YOUTH #1 and SINS OF YOUTH SECRET FILES #1.
ON SALE 11.21.18
$29.99 US | 408 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8510-4

TEEN TITANS: THE SILVER AGE VOL. 2 TP
written by BOB HANEY, LEN WEIN, NEAL ADAMS, MARV WOLFMAN and MIKE FRIEDRICH
art by NICK CARDY, IRV NOVICK, GIL KANE, WALLACE WOOD, NEAL ADAMS and others
cover by NICK DERINGTON
Collected for the first time in trade paperback, these stories pit our teen team against Captain Rumble, the Mad Mod and other far-out foes. Plus, the classic tale “A Christmas Carol” is reimagined as “A Christmas Happening.” Collects TEEN TITANS #12-24 and THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #83.
ON SALE 11.28.18
$34.99 US | 352 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8517-3

JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 1: THE TOTALITY TP
written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
art by JIM CHEUNG, JORGE JIMENEZ DOUG MAHNKE and others
cover by JIM CHEUNG
Spinning out of the cataclysmic events of Dark Nights: Metal and JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE, the core members of the Justice League—Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash and more—are reunited in all-new adventures! The League was forced to make an impossible decision…and now it’s time to face the consequences! The returning Martian Manhunter struggles to protect the team from an incoming threat that will shatter the world as they know it, while a familiar face strikes out on a dark path…This new title collects JUSTICE LEAGUE #1-7!
ON SALE 11.21.18
$17.99 US | 176 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8499-2

A VERY DC REBIRTH HOLIDAY SEQUEL TP
written by JEFF LEMIRE, TOM KING, JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, CHRISTOPHER PRIEST, DAN DiDIO, SHEA FONTANA, GREG RUCKA and others
art by STEVE EPTING, PHIL HESTER, FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA, BILQUIS EVELY, NEAL ADAMS and others
cover by ANDY KUBERT
Join Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash as they deliver powerful messages of hope like only the World’s Greatest Super Heroes can! Plus: Sgt. Rock fights the Nazis on Hanukkah, the Teen Titans take on the literal ghost of Christmas past, and Swamp Thing battles that creeping feeling of existential dread! Collects DC HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2017 #1, GREEN ARROW ANNUAL #1, BATGIRL #18 and TRINITY #16.
ON SALE 11.07.18 | $16.99 US | 176 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8496-1

GOTHAM CITY GARAGE VOL. 2 TP
written by COLLIN KELLY and JACKSON LANZING
art by BRIAN CHING, COLLEEN DORAN, LYNNE YOSHII and others
cover by DOUG MAHNKE
Lex Luthor plans to bring war to the Garage, so the gang rides out to assemble an army. Natasha Irons is determined to save her world, but sending so many of her friends away on missions leaves her alone with Barbara…and the Batman. Can she defend the Garage against the first of Luthor’s meta-human League: the Flash? Plus, meet the founder of the Garage, Black Canary! Collects issues #7-12.
ON SALE 11.07.18
$16.99 US | 144 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8498-5

JUSTICE LEAGUE/POWER RANGERS TP
written by TOM TAYLOR
art by STEPHEN BYRNE
cover by KARL KERSCHL
Something terrible has happened in Angel Grove! When the Command Center is breached and the teleporters are damaged, Zack is flung into another universe, where he’s mistaken for a villain by a mysterious masked vigilante. Can the other Power Rangers get to their friend in time to save him from Batman? Collects Justice League/Power Rangers #1-6. Co-published with BOOM! Studios.
ON SALE 11.21.18
$16.99 US | 160 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8515-9