The Beat has a round-up of DC Comics books for 2016, including details and release dates for four Flash Collections:
I could swear I remembered seeing something about “The Flash: Silver Age” collection before, but I can’t seem to find it. Maybe I was thinking of last year’s Silver Age Flash Omnibus? In any case, it’s yet another reprint of the early 1950s Flash stories. I’m not sure why they don’t just reprint the Flash Chronicles series, since it seems to be the same material and format.
Presumably this means that Flash: Earth One (JMS) and Multiversity Too: The Flash (Grant Morrison), both announced for 2016, will be later in the year. That makes sense, as DC hasn’t announced an artist yet for either book. (For the record, Morrison & Paquette’s Wonder Woman: Earth One is on the schedule for April.)
Read on for more details.
Upcoming collections from DC include:
THE FLASH VOL. 7: SAVAGE WORLD HC
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art by BRETT BOOTH, NORM RAPMUND, ANDRE COEHLO and others
Cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
On sale JANUARY 13 • 144 pg, FC, $22.99 US
In these tales from THE FLASH #36-40 and SECRET ORIGINS #7, The Flash is trapped in a bizarre lost land terrorized by castaways from the past, present, and future—and that leaves Central City without a hero! Even worse, a murderous, new Flash shows up to take Barry’s place! Will the Fastest Man Alive make it back in time to put things right?
This picks up after the previous volume’s confrontation between present and future Flashes, which leaves our hero stranded outside time and a darker, alternate version of the Flash in a position to take over his life.
Amazon has the book available for preorder.
Amazon has a listing for The Flash by Grant Morrison & Mark Millar, a hardcover collection coming in April 2016. Morrison and Millar co-wrote one year of Wally West’s series back in 1998-1999, while Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn took time out to do JLA: Year One. Paul Ryan and John Nyberg did the art on the first few stories, with Pop Mhan and Chris Ivy taking over for the final story, “The Black Flash.” Steve Lightle did the covers for the full run.
The timing is undoubtedly related to Morrison’s upcoming Multiversity Too: The Flash OGN.
Back when the softcover collection was announced, this site’s very first news post (after the “Welcome!” article) featured a quick run-down of the contents: Continue reading
Among DC’s upcoming collections:
THE FLASH BY GEOFF JOHNS BOOK ONE TP
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by ANGEL UNZUETA, DOUG HAZLEWOOD, SCOTT KOLINS, JOSE MARZAN, JR., and ETHAN VAN SCIVER
Cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
On sale NOVEMBER 25 • 368 pg, FC, $24.99 US
Geoff Johns’s unforgettable run on THE FLASH begins when Wally West finds himself without super speed in a darker, mirror version of Keystone City. Can a powerless Flash defeat Captain Cold and Mirror Master and save the city he loves? Plus, The Flash is shocked to learn that a strange cult is killing all the people he’s ever rescued. Collects THE FLASH #164-176 and THE FLASH: IRON HEIGHTS #1.
Some thoughts: This is almost the same contents as the hardcover Flash by Geoff Johns Omnibus vol.1 that came out in 2011. That book also started with “Wonderland” and “Blood Will Run,” ran through #176 and included “Iron Heights,” but also included “Flash: Our Worlds at War” and the story from “Flash Secret Files #3.” Given the page count, it makes sense to refactor the collections a bit, and this may even be a better place to break it. The Secret Files story works better as build-up to “Crossfire” than as a wrap-up to “Blood Will Run.”
Amazon has a listing for The Flash By Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato Deluxe Edition, a hardcover collection coming out in March 2016.
No word yet on a cover or exact contents, but the Flash #1 cover at left is a likely choice. If it’s a single volume, it’s pretty much guaranteed to include the New 52 Flash #1-25, the first annual, plus the Zero and Reverse Flash issues that fit into their ongoing story. That would include “Move Forward,” “Rogues Revolution,” “Gorilla Warfare” and “Reverse.”
I’d like to think they’ll also include the main story from the second annual, the other two Villain’s Month one-shots (Grodd and Rogues) and the three-part “History Lessons” from Flash #27-29, which Buccellato wrote solo with other artists.
Manapul and Buccellato had the unenviable task of following superstar Geoff Johns and establishing the New 52 version of the Flash, and they succeeded in not only making the book their own, but becoming one of the stand-out creative teams of the relaunch.
(Thanks to @LeeHiley for the tip!)
THE FLASH VOL. 5: HISTORY LESSONS TP
Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO and CHRISTOS N. GAGE
On sale SEPTEMBER 2 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
In these stories from issues #26-29 and FLASH ANNUAL #2, find out how Barry Allen adjusts after his battle with Reverse-Flash! Plus, witness the first meeting of The Flash and Green Lantern.
Art by BRETT BOOTH, NORM RAPMUND, PATRICK ZIRCHER, AGUSTIN PADILLA, NEIL GOOGE and others
Cover by PASCAL FERRY
This wraps up the softcover collections (it’s available in hardcover already) of the original New 52 Flash run by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. Manapul had already left to start on Detective Comics, but Buccellato stayed on for a few more issues to wrap up remaining plot threads from their run, including key questions about Barry’s parents and his mother’s murder. Deadman and Green Lantern guest star.
THE FLASH SEASON ZERO TP
Written by ANDREW KREISBERG, BROOKE ELKMEIER and KAI WU
Art by PHIL HESTER, ERIC GAPSTUR and MARCUS TO
On sale SEPTEMBER 2 • 264 pg, FC, $19.99 US
Follow the adventures of Barry Allen from issues #1-12 of this new series as he struggles to balance his job as a police crime scene investigator, his unrequited crush on Iris West, and his new life as Central City’s guardian angel!
A few things of note:
- It’s 12 issues — a whole year’s worth of comics.
- They’re not calling it volume 1. That sounds to me like Season Zero will be done after 24 digital chapters, collected into 12 print issues, collected into one book. Though I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Flash Season 1.5 comic next year.
- Based on the current schedule, issue #12 will also be coming out in September, most likely the first week of the month. So either the release date here is wrong, or DC is releasing the collected edition the same day as the final print issue. That’s unusual, but maybe the audience for digital-to-print media tie-ins breaks down differently and the publisher doesn’t feel the need to postpone the collection they way they do with the print-first books. Or they’ve gotten positive data from Vertigo’s schedule of releasing collections during a skip month after each arc’s last chapter.