This FUTURES END tie-in gives us a battle we’ve been waiting for months to see – Barry versus Future Barry! Oh, but don’t think that’s all here, not in this jam-packed issue of THE FLASH! There’s a reason for what you see on the cover…and if you think that’s the only big deal here, you are very, very wrong.
LIGHT SPOILERS ONLY
Next week DC releases Flash: Futures End #1. Like the rest of DC’s New 52 line this September, the issue jumps ahead five years. Of course, the current storyline with the Flash of twenty years from now has him coming back in time to undo mistakes, particularly one that will cost Wally West his life…five years from today! Like last year’s Reverse Flash one-shot for Villains Month, the Flash team has managed to work the event theme into their main story instead of going off on a tangent for a month.
Check out a preview at Uproxx Gamma Squad, revealing just why Barry Allen was late (this time), and showing a new look for Reverse Flash Daniel West.
Full animated cover behind the cut: Continue reading
DC has released animated mock-ups of more of their Futures End event covers, including the one for The Flash. (The before and after images were revealed a few weeks ago.) It’s a big download (800K), so I’m putting it behind the cut. Continue reading
Also among the Futures End covers revealed today: Teen Titans, by Karl Kerschl (Wednesday Comics: The Flash and Teen Titans Year One). And if a future Wally West wasn’t enough, the “after” team lineup includes what looks to be a new Kid Flash… though her costume looks a bit reminiscent of Speed Freak, a member of the alternate-reality Love Syndicate of Dreamworld who appeared in Grant Morrison’s “Second Crisis” way back in Animal Man #23 (1990).
Also, it looks like we’ve got Lagoon Boy, Klarion the Witch Boy, not sure about the figure in the back, and up front…um…the Tattooine representative of Batman, Inc.?
DC has revealed the remaining Future’s End covers for September’s New 52 anniversary event. These will be motion covers, like last year’s 3D covers except showing a before-and-after pair of images. The pair for the Flash issue is…well, take a look!
They’ve also confirmed that the issue will be written and drawn by the usual creative team. This should come as no surprise to those who’ve been following interviews with Robert Venditti and Van Jensen, as it fits right into the current time travel storyline.
So what do you think of the new look for Wally West?
September is always a special month for DC Comics’ New 52. The first year it was the launch. The second year it was #0 issues. Year three was Villains Month. And next up is a Futures End tie-in month.
Welcome to the future – FUTURES END, that is! This September, DC Entertainment takes you five years into the future of DC Comics – The New 52, where the heroes of the DC Universe face challenges unlike anything you’ve ever seen!
THE FLASH: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 24
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
It’s the final showdown between The Flash and his future self for control of the Speed Force – with Wally West’s life hanging in the balance!
According to Newsarama, the advance solicitation is due to the special motion covers, to try to prevent the shipping debacle of last year’s Villains Month covers in which DC didn’t print enough of the 3D covers to fill orders.
Fortunately for us, it looks like the Flash issue fits right into the series’ regular storyline, just like the Reverse Flash one-shot fit into the middle of Reverse.