THE FLASH CHRONICLES VOL. 4 TP
Written by JOHN BROOME
Art by CARMINE INFANTINO and JOE GIELLA
Cover by CARMINE INFANTINO and MURPHY ANDERSON
On sale APRIL 10 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US
In this fourth volume collecting The Flash’s 1960s adventures in chronological order, the Fastest Man Alive battles Mirror Master, The Trickster and Captain Boomerang. This volume includes “Flash of Two Worlds,” in which The Flash first meets his Golden Age predecessor.
Collects THE FLASH #119-124.
DC’s full March 2013 solicitations include an exact release date for this collection, previously announced for “April”. In addition to the stories mentioned above, these issues are notable for containing “The Land of the Golden Giants” and the first appearance of the Top.
The book is available for pre-order on Amazon.
Following on the heels of last week’s Flash Archives vol.6 for the hardcover collector, DC has the next volume of the softcover series reprinting the Silver Age Flash starring Barry Allen: Flash Chronicles vol.3
In this third collection of 1960s adventures in chronological order, the Fastest Man Alive battles Rogues including The Trickster, Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, Gorilla Grodd and more. • Collecting THE FLASH #113-118.
Written by John Broome and Gardner Fox, art by Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella, and Murphy Anderson.
The Flash Chronicles Vol. 3 at Amazon
The surprise comes with this week’s back issues from ComiXology. For the last few months, DC has been releasing three issues a week of the Wally West Flash series. Last week, they only released two, and this week, they’re only releasing one…but we’ve also got two issues of Impulse featuring Bart Allen!
Flash #48 by William Messner-Loebs and Greg LaRocque. The Elongated Man guest stars in part one of this three-parter leading up to the big Flash #50. A flood of cheap drugs is causing a devastating crime wave, and the clues point to the return of Vandal Savage…as well as his arch-nemesis, the Immortal Man. Flash v.2 on ComiXology.
Impulse #7–8. The first is a one-shot by Martin Pasko, Nick Gnazzo, Mark Stegbauer, in which Impulse battles the one-shot villain Gridlock. The second features the return of regular writing & art team Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos for an Underworld Unleashed crossover in which Bart faces off against the new improved Blockbuster, who bartered his soul for intelligence…but is even less happy now than he was before.
Impulse on ComiXology.
DC has posted a list of collections for Spring 2013, including this surprise:
Impulse Vol. 1: Runs in the Family TP
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Humberto Ramos, Wayne Faucher and Brad Vancata
Collects: IMPULSE #1-6, 8-9 and 12-13
$19.99 US, 240 pg
It’s been 15 years since DC first tried collecting Impulse in Reckless Youth. That book collected Bart Allen’s three-part debut from Flash #92-94, plus the first six issues of his solo series. A few years back, during Flash: Rebirth, they capitalized on Ethan Van Sciver’s name by releasing the oddly titled The Flash (Featuring Impulse): Mercury Falling, which collected Impulse #62–67.
These issues feature the first appearance of White Lightning, guest appearances by XS of the DnA Legion of Super-Heroes, and several stories focusing on Bart’s circle of friends at school.
So, what’s missing?
- Impulse #7 is a fill-in by Martin Pasko, Nick Gnazzo and Mark Stegbauer in which Impulse battles a villain called Gridlock.
- Impulse #10-11 are part of the “Dead Heat” crossover with The Flash, and were previously collected (again, over a decade ago) in Flash: Dead Heat. Dead Heat is also out of print, but I’m encouraged by the fact that DC has been re-releasing the Wally West series digitally, and the fact that they’re actually reprinting something by Mark Waid here.
Update! (July): The book is now available for pre-order.
Also coming next year:
The Flash Chronicles Vol. 4 TP
Writers: John Broome
Artists: Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella
Collects: THE FLASH #119-124
$14.99 US, 160 pg
This brings the Chronicles series of Silver Age reprints up to 1961, and the Flash Chronicles v.1-4 line up with Flash Archives v.1-3. This collection features the Mirror Master, the Trickster, the Top (with the now-infamous Atomic Grenade!) and Captain Boomerang (launching the Flash into space), as well as well-known stories “Land of the Golden Giants” and the classic “Flash of Two Worlds!”
Here’s the week’s super-speed releases.
Flash Chronicles Vol.2
Written by JOHN BROOME · Art by CARMINE INFANTINO, JOE GIELLA, FRANK GIACOIA & MURPHY ANDERSON
Cover by CARMINE INFANTINO & MURPHY ANDERSON
In this second volume, Barry Allen’s rogues gallery expands with the addition of Gorilla Grodd, the Mirror Master and the Weather Wizard, plus the debuts of Kid Flash and the Elongated Man! Collecting THE FLASH #107-112.
160 pg, FC, $14.99 US
More DC Speedsters
- Justice Society of America #43 (starring Flash Jay Garrick)
- Teen Titans #87 (starring Kid Flash Bart Allen)
- Time Masters #3 (upcoming issues will feature the Reverse-Flash)
Also, Top Cow is selling the Baltimore Comic Con edition of Velocity #1 with a cover by Michael Broussard. I’m a little fuzzy on how “exclusive” these books are, unless they’re selling the excess through retail channels, or the exclusivity has an expiration date.
Nerdage confirms that Flash Chronicles will feature Barry Allen. Since the Chronicles line of trade paperbacks is supposed to start at the beginning and run through chronologically, I can only assume that DC considers Barry Allen to be the “original” and not that Jay Garrick guy who inconveniently appeared 16 years earlier. *sigh*
Newsarama has more on Wednesday Comics, which will include a weekly Flash feature, including some promo art. (via SpeedsterSite)