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The Force Is Strong With… Review of THE FLASH #54

Barry Allen may not be the Fastest Man Alive any more, but right now he IS one of the strongest! The Strength Force has claimed him, and as we left last issue both Barry and Axel were being targeted by Commander Cold with a potentially lethal shot! This book carries a lot of the best of the Silver Age, but with a modern take that makes this an outstanding issue. Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!


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“Justice For All” Panel at SDCC

DC held its ‘Justice For All’ panel today at SDCC, and Flash writer Joshua Williamson talked a bit about his series. He spoke about the differences between Barry Allen and Eobard Thawne, and hinted about what we’ll be seeing in the upcoming Negative-Flash story arc. Both CBR and Newsarama have been covering the panel.

As reported by CBR:

The Flash then took center stage, the first question for [Joshua] Williamson was focused on his collaborator, Howard Porter. Williamson related an anecdote about meeting Porter years ago, “He drew me a sketch of Robot Hourman and it was so hard to not just fanboy out on him when we started working.”

Inman then asked about Williamson’s recent work with Eobard Thawne. “I don’t think I’ve really remade anything,” Williamson explained about his own incarnation, “My favorite Flash story of all time is “The Return of Barry Allen” which tells a lot of Thawne’s origin. Thawne’s an obsessive fan […] he looked up to Barry as if Barry was a comic book character, almost like the Barry looked up to Jay’s comics in the 60s.”

“And then Thawne met Barry and realized that he’s just a person, he’s got flaws, and he was heartbroken. It kind of drove him crazy. So that stuff was already all there.” Williamson explained, “Barry is so full of hope, he’s sometimes hard to write. With Thawne, it’s the reverse! It’s almost easier. And because he’s such a fan, he knows all of [Barry’s weakpoints.]”

Williamson went on to talk about the recent developments in The Flash and the “negative speed force” which is the speed force that powers Thawne, so when Barry goes into the Negative Speed Force, he becomes infected by it.

The screen then displayed a character design for Barry’s infected “negative Flash” state, complete with ominous black lightning and rictus skull-like face.

“I think people are going to be very excited about the stuff that’s coming up for The Flash, we’re getting to get to a lot of things fans have been asking for.” Williamson teased.

To add to CBR’s coverage about Professor Zoom, Newsarama quotes Williamson as saying “All Thawne wants to do is continue to drag Barry down to his level.” Plus, the writer said that he’s been seeding stories since Flash: Rebirth #1 which we’ll be seeing come into play soon, and that there’s at least one easter egg for the upcoming story arc in Flash #1.

And once the panel began taking questions, Williamson spoke a bit about Red Death, the dark Flash from the upcoming Flash #33. “The best villains always think they’re the hero of their own story.” It may tell us a bit about what he’ll be like.

That’s all of the Flash comics discussion from the panel. But keep watch for more Flash media coverage today!

Thunderstruck! Review of THE FLASH #2

Flash 2There’s a new speedster in town…just one? Okay, maybe more than one as both young Wally West and August Heart discover more about their own powers. Barry is having fun being a mentor again. Iris is being awesome again…and what more can you want? Okay, how about a new danger on the horizon? Joshua Williamson has an amazing arc going, and this old Flash fan is having a GREAT time reading it so far…and if you want to know more, just follow us after the jump!


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A New Flash #1 Hits the Ground Running (Review)

FLS-Cv1-r1-50f2fThis volume of THE FLASH gets off to a good start with issue #1, retelling the origin of the Flash and reintroducing us to the cast of characters…but there is a twist here that is important to note. It may seem a little much to restate the origin of the Flash again (after addressing it a bit in FLASH REBIRTH), but there are some really good reasons to do so here.  This does represent a good jumping on point for new fans, but it also takes a few beats to establish just what being Barry (and being The Flash) means in this new era, pulling key points from past iterations of the Scarlet Speedster. And, the origin story is echoed in a way that directly sets up the arc. We’ll have more for you on all of that…right after the jump.



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Joshua Williamson Gets It Right! – FLASH REBIRTH #1 (review)

5242387-flsreb_cv1_dsI was already a Joshua Williamson fan from his work on books like GHOSTED and NAILBITER, and I have been looking forward to his first work on my favorite speedster. Turns out, Williamson is a fan of the Flash…and it shows in his work on this first issue. FLASH REBIRTH is a great jumping on point for Barry…and Wally, and it hits a whole list of great points that we will discuss….after the jump!


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