This issue of The Flash picks up on a powerless Barry Allen (as noted in last issue and in the most recent Dial H) attempting to stop a radical group from breaking the Trickster out of prison. What can Barry do without his connection to the Speed Force? Turns out, quite a lot!
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Now that Gorilla Grodd is lost in the Speed Force and the Gem Cities have time to heal, Barry begins issue #18 helping the Gem Cities rebuild from the devasation of recent battles. He is everywhere, and apparently one of the best wall-hangers and carpenters around (or at least a lot of Speed Force makes up for a lack of other training). It is just as well that he has so much to do, as Barry has yet to reclaim his old job – the bureaucracy of both the Police Force and the union haven’t been able to render a decision on his old job now that he is no longer “dead”.
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Flash #18 is out today.
The Trickster is accused of murder! Can The Flash help solve his case? Plus, a surprising twist ending that will rock the world of…DIAL H?
Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Marcio Takara
Cover by: Francis Manapul
Variant Cover by: Francis Manapul
Preview at MTV Geek. As noted before, this is the first of two issues where Francis Manapul is taking a break. He’ll be back on #20.
Also this week: the final chapter of Smallville Season 11 “Haunted” (guest-starring Impulse) arrives on ComiXology this Friday.
There aren’t any new digital backissues of Flash or Impulse this week.
CBR reports from DC’s New 52 panel at Emerald City Comicon:
“The Flash” will focus on the Reverse Flash for a long arc that will take most of the next year, but he’s not the only character who will be showing up. Trickster will be involved in a two-part story before that. When the Reverse Flash appears, he’ll be different in both secret identity and power set than any version of the character to appear before. Buccellato joked that “Wally West questions are off the table” for the rest of the panel.
I wasn’t aware that the Trickster appearance in #18 continues into #19 (which will feature the April we’re-not-calling-it-WTF-Certified-anymore fold-out cover), and it’s interesting that the Reverse-Flash story will be so long. I’m a bit concerned, though: pacing is very important when you’re dealing with a story about a speedster, and just about every long Flash story since Infinite Crisis has felt slow.
Update: According to @SpeedsterSite, Buccellato said the Reverse-Flash story would be “8 or so issues.”
The comment on Wally West is likely a response to the previous day’s All Access panel, when writer Josh Fialkov told fans who wanted to see Wally to, in CBR’s words, “track down Flash writer Brian Buccellato on the floor and demand he write Wally into the book.”
The Justice League Group solicitations are up at CBR, including…
THE FLASH #18
Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art by MARCIO TAKARA
Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
1:25 B&W Variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale MARCH 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
- The Trickster is accused of murder! Can The Flash help solve his case?
- Plus, a surprising twist ending that will rock the world of…DIAL H?
This is the first of two stand-alone issues between Gorilla Warfare and the upcoming Reverse-Flash storyline during which Francis Manapul is taking a break. He’ll be back as co-writer and artist with #20.
Hey, waitaminute, is that Turbine in a new T-themed costume?
ComiXology has made another change in their Flash/Impulse re-issue schedule. For a while they were releasing three issues of the 1987 series starring Wally West each week, then two issues of that series and two of Impulse. Recently, they caught up to where the comics released for the Flash 101 sale left off, and pause the Flash but kept Impulse going. This week, Flash is back, but they’re releasing just one issue of each 1990s speedster series: Flash #84 and Impulse #39.
Flash #84: Fresh out of the dual wringers of “The Return of Barry Allen” and “Back on Track,” Wally West carries on protecting Keystone City, this time going up against a blade-armored mercenary known as Razer.
Impulse #39: The Trickster returns, pulling in threads from the organized crime, toxic dumping and flood storylines.
Update: Here’s the Impulse summary from ComiXology (I can’t believe I forgot this one): “The Trickster is back in town. And you can bet he’s got something up his sleeve when, working with Impulse, he tricks Manchester’s rival crime families into believing the toxic waste they’ve been dumping in town is actually a formula that can turn metal into gold!”