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.
DC Comics’ Beyond the New 52: May solicitations are out, including:
THE FLASH SEASON ZERO #8
Written by ANDREW KREISBERG, KAI WU and LAUREN CETO
Art by PHIL HESTER and ERIC GAPSTUR
On sale MAY 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Barry and his team attempt to track down King Shark, but their mission grows complicated when they run into…the Suicide Squad!
Zap2it has a preview of Monday’s new Flash: Season Zero chapter, which starts a new storyline featuring King Shark.
“When a peculiar string of homicides start to occur in Central City, Barry and Joe recruit the S.T.A.R. Labs team to help with the investigation … and what they find can’t possibly be true.”
Take a hint, guys: in this kind of story, it’s never just the wind.
The New 52 may be going on hiatus for Convergence in April and May, but the TV and other continuity books keep going, including…
THE FLASH SEASON ZERO #7
Written by ANDREW KREISBERG, KAI WU and LAUREN CERTO
Art by PHIL HESTER and ERIC GAPSTUR
On sale APRIL 1 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
It’s The Flash vs. King Shark! Can Barry save his friends (and himself) from this terrifying death machine?
Recently we reviewed the print version of THE FLASH SEASON ZERO, which contains the first two chapters of this digital-first series. Now, we pick back up with the digital chapters as each one is released. When we last left everyone, there was a zoo full of animals on the march in Central City! What could be behind this…and how can Barry save everyone without giving himself away as The Flash?
LIGHT SPOILERS ONLY
MTV has a preview of the next digital chapter of Flash Season Zero, which goes online on Monday — just a day before the TV show begins!
The story takes place between episodes one and two of the new TV series, and the third chapter – hitting computers everywhere on October 6 – finds the now superpowered Barry Allen trying to stop a breakout from the Central City Zoo, all while trying to protect his secret love Iris West and not revealing his secret identity.
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Script by Brooke Eikmeier & Katherine Walczak
Art by Phil Hester & Eric Gapstur
Color by Kelsey Shannon
You can read chapters one and two at DC’s various outlets (ComiXology, Google Play, Kindle, etc.) right now, or head down to your local comic shop for the print edition of Flash Season Zero #1, which collects the first two chapters of the series.