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“Perfect Storm” Part Two – Review of THE FLASH #40

Grodd is dying, and his only hope begins with reclaiming the Speed Force from the Flash!  Seemingly nothing can stand in his way, as he traps all of Central City in a single moment. And, Grodd believes he knows the deepest, darkest secret Barry Allen holds…a secret that he can use to defeat the Flash! This arc is bringing a lot of elements together from the very beginning of Josh Williamson’s run on this series…and it is getting more intense (and amazing) by the page! Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!

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“Who Remembers Wally West?” Review of THE FLASH ANNUAL 2018

So many Easter Eggs! SO much Flash history! This is a book that you can’t read just once…or twice…or…you get it. We get a FLASH title that centers on the original Wally West, and at the same time foreshadows both the upcoming FLASH WAR and even larger events for the DC universe as a whole! Just as Barry Allen signaled the beginning of the Silver Age, Wally West signaled the REBIRTH of the DCU…and all this mashup of history is coming to a boil with some surprise details and more than one surprise return! Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!

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Kid Flash Officially Joins Legends of Tomorrow

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Keiynan Lonsdale is joining Legends of Tomorrow as a series regular, beginning with the second half of this season. Kid Flash Wally West will join the team now that he’s left Central City. (via ComicBook.com)

Showrunners on The Flash have talked about the difficulty of writing two speedsters on a show, so with any luck this will give Wally more opportunities to shine.

Legends of Tomorrow returns February 12. It will share the Monday 8pm time slot with Supergirl, so that instead of breaking for reruns in the middle of the season, they’ll each break for the other show.

“Black Hole Rising” Review of THE FLASH #35

Meena is alive…and that’s the good news.  The bad news is that Meena now controls the Negative Speed Force…and that is just the start of the bad news! How did she survive? Why is she back? And, what is she planning next? We get some of the answers here, in the latest issue of THE FLASH! Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!

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“Luck Be A Lady” – Review of THE FLASH S4 Ep3

Ever had a really bad day? One that feels like the universe is totally against you? Is it bad luck? Is it…this week’s villain? Could be…in an episode that mixes high tension, great action, and hilarious scenes in equal measure. Hazard is here! Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!

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“Flash War” Sounds Like a Terrible Idea

At NYCC, DC announced “Flash War” will spin out of “Metal” next year. DC and Joshua Williamson are promising that it will settle once and for all “who’s the best Flash.” It starts in January 2018’s Flash Annual #1 and runs through Flash #46.

I really want this to be a joke, because it’s the last thing the fandom needs. We’ve been through it before, and it basically broke the fandom.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, Flash fans mostly got along. Whether your favorite was Barry Allen, Wally West, or Jay Garrick, or you liked Bart Allen as Impulse. It wasn’t perfect, and Barry’s fans missed him terribly, but at least DC treated the character with respect, and fan disagreements never reached the level of, say, Green Lantern fandom, which had been fractured by Emerald Twilight.

Then Infinite Crisis happened in 2006. Wally vanished mysteriously, and Bart was aged up to an adult to take over as Flash.

Wally’s fans hated that he was gone. Bart’s fans hated that he was being handled wrong. Barry’s fans hated that he wasn’t back. Fans on a very creator-friendly message board hounded the writers of the book until they went offline, back when that sort of thing was unusual.

For the next few years, DC kept changing direction, satisfying nobody in the fan base. They killed Bart, teased Barry’s return again but brought back Wally instead, gave Wally superpowered kids to share the book with…

Then Flash: Rebirth hit in 2009. Of course, Rebirth wasn’t just about bringing Barry back (along with Bart, Max, and Jesse Quick)… it was about insisting that Barry was the best. (They literally made every speedster in the DCU except for Thawne dependent on Barry.) And the places we were told we’d see Wally and Bart starring were scrapped, cancelled and revamped. Flashpoint, the first (and still only) big Flash-centric event, killed Wally off unpowered in a sidestory, and he vanished completely in the New 52. Post-Flashpoint Bart was unrecognizable. Jay was MIA for a year.

Now, a decade after Infinite Crisis and half a decade after Flashpoint, we’re finally at the point where Barry, Wally and Jay all have at least some presence and respect, though Bart’s missing again. Barry, Wally, Jay and Jesse are all heroes on TV. Barry’s appearing in movies, and Bart will be in the upcoming Young Justice revival. Barry and two versions of Wally all appear regularly in comics. Jay’s been hinted at, and unlike the carrots dangled re: Barry & Wally in the past, we have reason to believe they’ll follow through with Jay.

So why the hell would we want a “Flash War” to settle “Who’s the best Flash” and dredge all that up again?

Your favorite Flash, my favorite Flash, those are matters of taste. “Who’s the best” shouldn’t be legislated and made canon.

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