Crave Online has a
preview of Justice League 3000 #8, out this week. “In this exclusive preview from Justice League 3000 # 8, writers J.M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen continue their collaboration with artist Howard Porter as the future League is rocked once again by a betrayal within their ranks. But according to the cover, there’s a new Flash on the way… and she’s pissed!” Cover by
DC’s July solicitations continue to roll out, including…
THE FLASH #33
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Future Flash fights Future Trickster! In the present, Barry solves a murder case, but he’s about to be murdered by the killer himself! Will he be fast enough to save both timelines?
Umm…I’m guessing that’s the killer, not the future Trickster. I like the Ringo/Cardy street signs.
JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #8
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art and cover by HOWARD PORTER
The mysterious leader of the Five is revealed as the villains attack the Justice League and lay waste to Cadmus, killing The Flash – again. But you can’t keep a good woman down! Wait…Did we say woman?
DC’s Blog has relased more information on the upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #1, coming to your LCS in December. Just follow THIS LINK to get all the latest, including some interior artwork and links at DC’s site to several additional interviews and articles.
A quick round-up of Flash news from this week:
November’s Flash #25 will tie into Batman: Year Zero, with a pre-Flash Barry Allen traveling to Gotham City. Chris Sprouse and Karl Story provide art for the Francis Manapul/Brian Buccellato story. MTV Geek has the details and interviews Manapul and Buccellato.
CBR talks to Brian Buccellato about the three Flash “Villains Month” issues featuring Grodd, Reverse Flash and the Rogues.
DC has preview pages of Villains Month Week 1 including Grodd and Villains Month Week 2 including the Reverse Flash.
DC has decided to retool Justice League 3000 before launch. Kevin Maguire has been replaced after drawing an entire first issue that won’t be published, and Howard Porter will take over art on the series, which will be pushed back to a December launch.
Finally, Geoff Johns reveals the real premise behind Forever Evil: Earth’s Villains aren’t just taking over in the absence of the heroes, they’re fighting against someone worse: the Crime Syndicate, alternate-reality evil versions of the Justice League, back on Earth 3 in the New 52 multiverse. The article at IGN includes a promotional piece featuring new designs for the villains including the Crime Syndicate’s speedster, Johnny Quick.
DC has released a handful of October covers through Newsarama, including the first issue of the Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire Justice League 3000 featuring future versions of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash and Green Lantern; and the second issue of Forever Evil, featuring Captain Cold, Lex Luthor, Sinestro and other villains including…Batman?
The Flash of Justice League 3000 has previously been discussed; while DC isn’t revealing the identity of any of the future Leaguers yet, we do know he’s not Wally West or Lightning Lad.
Update: The full solicitations are up.
JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #1
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art and cover by KEVIN MAGUIRE
1:50 B&W Variant cover by KEVIN MAGUIRE
On sale OCTOBER 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Don’t miss the debut of the new series starring the heroes of today—tomorrow! But what are they doing in the year 3000? And who (or what) brought them there? Get ready for a double dose of wonder as only the stellar creative team of Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire can deliver!
As for Forever Evil, October also sees the launch of the Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion miniseries. MTV Geek unveiled the first cover and interviewed Brian Buccellato about the series last week.
Remember that Justice League 3000 design that had fans wondering about the identity of a future Flash? Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis are still being cagey about just who the JL3000 are, but fan speculation has led them to reveal who they aren’t to MTV Geek:
Geek: Real talk: Is this Flash Wally West? Are we going to finally see him in a New 52 context?
DeMatteis: One thing I can say unequivocally: this is absolutely not Wally West.
Giffen: No! Too harsh? Sorry again, but I’ve got to kill this whole Wally thing before it gets out of hand. Wally never even crossed our minds. Nor Donna. Nor Stephanie. Nor Snapper, nor Binky, nor Casey the Cop, etc., etc.
They also clarify that these characters aren’t the Legion of Super-Heroes recast in a Justice League mold. “Superman is not Mon-el. Green Lantern is not Rond Vidar.” Flash, we can assume, is not Lightning Lad.
It’s just as well that they chose to nip this in the bud rather than let the speculation build up steam over the next few months, leading to massive disappointment from fans who were hoping for a return of Wally West as Flash, Donna Troy as Wonder Woman, etc. when they picked up the book and it didn’t line up with their expectations.
Presumably the red hair and green eyes in the design sketch simply reflect artist Howard Porter’s affinity for the character, since he drew several years of JLA with Grant Morrison and Wally West’s Flash series with Geoff Johns.