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The “Key” to the Future? Review of TITANS ANNUAL #1

Through the years, the Titans have had team ups with their mentors in the Justice League…and usually the meeting involves a lot of condescension and doubt from the League. Still, this is a much more mature Titans team, so they should get all the…well, at least ONE member of the League gives some proper respect from the beginning, in a story that was entertaining for now and that may have clues to future stories for the whole DCU. Want to know more? Follow us ater the jump!

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Flash Annual 3 Solicitation and the Future Wally West

Flash Annual #3

THE FLASH ANNUAL #3
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art by BRETT BOOTH, RON FRENZ, NORM RAPMUND and LIVESAY
Cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
On sale APRIL 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

The start of a major new arc for the Fastest Man Alive! In the future, The Flash is a broken man. His powers have failed him time and again at great cost to him and the city he has sworn to protect. Now he’s coming back to 2014 to stop the one event that destroyed his life. Meanwhile, in the present, Barry Allen must contend with thieves trying to capitalize on the devastation of FOREVER EVIL. It’s a tale of two timelines that ushers in one of DC’s most storied characters…featuring The New 52 debut of WALLY WEST!

Yesterday, DC announced the return of Wally West. Today, Comicosity has the scoop on DC’s April 2014 annuals, including the Flash Annual #3. This answers a lot of questions about the setup, and while it’s not 100% clear that Wally West is the Flash from the future, it certainly implies it. (These are Flash solicitations. You really do have to watch for ambiguity.)

2014 is a bit late to undo Flashpoint 😉 Seriously, though, I’m a little concerned that this sounds similar to the Reverse Flash arc that we just finished, though perhaps the fact that it’s Barry Allen’s present day will make a difference…and presumably Wally West’s methods will be less destructive, and the inevitable conflict between speedsters will have at least the potential for a more positive outcome for both.

So, what do you think?

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New FLASH Creative Team, Annual 3, and yes, Wally West

In an article at USA Today, DC Comics announced some major Flash news.

First, the new creative team will be co-writers Robert Venditti and Van Jensen (Green Lantern Corps) with artist Brett Booth (Teen Titans). They’ll take over with Flash #30 on April 23.

Venditti on the appeal of the Flash: “From a very young age, one of the first things you want to be able to do is run fast,” the writer says. “You don’t want to fly, you don’t want to have a ring that makes constructs out of light. It’s just a simple, basic thing: ‘I want to be able to run fast.'”

Flash #30

Second, Flash Annual #3 hits the following week…and will reintroduce Wally West, DC’s original Kid Flash and the main Flash from 1986-2008.

Flash Annual #3

This isn’t a cryptic remark from Dan Didio. This is a clear statement in a national newspaper. Wally West is returning. In what form, in what role, remains to be seen. This black-suited speedster could be him, or it could be someone else. Brett Booth has long championed the idea of bringing Wally West into the New 52, and went so far as to design a costume for him back when the New 52 was young.

(Images via Newsarama)

The Future Looks Bleak – Review of Teen TItans Annual #2

teen titans annual 2 coverThanks to Johnny Quick of Earth 3’s Crime Syndicate, the Teen Titans have been lost in time.  The good news is that they are (mostly) together again…the bad news is where, or rather, when they are just now.  Bart fans will need to wait for the regular issue #25 to see more of Kid Flash, but there is a LOT here that impacts the team for some time to come…meaning TT fans need to check this out!

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This Week: Flash Annual 2, Flashpoint Paradox, Flash 151

Flash Annual #2 (via Comic Vine)Flash Annual #2 arrives in stores today. Main story by Brian Buccellato and Sami Basri, backup by Nicole Dubuc and Cully Hamner, cover by Francis Manapul. Preview at Comic Vine.

Find out how The Flash and Green Lantern first met when a case they teamed up together to solve years ago rears its head again in the present! It involves a foe neither of them can defeat on their own, and they might not have much luck together either! The outcome of this will affect The Flash for years to come… Plus, a backup story by Nicole Dubuc (the Young Justice cartoon)!

Justice League: The Flashpoint ParadoxJustice League: The Flashpoint Paradox hit stores yesterday. The animated film is based on the 2011 miniseries Flashpoint by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert, and tells the story of what happens after the Flash wakes up, powerless, in a nightmarish alternate reality. The Justice League is gone, and the world sits on the brink of destruction as the Amazons and Atlantis prepare for war.

Flash #151 joins ComiXology’s digital back-issues: “A flashback tale from the early days of Wally West’s career when he and a pal from his neighborhood head off an attempted Gorilla City invasion of America. Guest-starring Robin and Aqualad!”

Speaking of Comixology and Flashpoint, the digital storefront is holding a Flashpoint sale this week, with all issues of the 2011 event (including tie-in miniseries, Booster Gold and the four “Road to Flashpoint” issues of Flash) available for 99 cents each.

Preview Up for Flash Annual #2

Flash Annual #2 (via Comic Vine)Comic Vine has a 7-page preview of Flash Annual #2, on sale next week.

Find out how The Flash and Green Lantern first met when a case they teamed up together to solve years ago rears its head again in the present! It involves a foe neither of them can defeat on their own, and they might not have much luck together either! The outcome of this will affect The Flash for years to come… Plus, a backup story by Nicole Dubuc (the Young Justice cartoon)!

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Backup Written by: Nicole Dubuc
Art by: Sami Basri
Backup Art by: Cully Hamner
Cover by: Francis Manapul