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Comic Book Reviews: DC Comics Round Up Week 10/12/2016
A little late this time around, but never forgotten! This week I take a quick look at the developing stories from DC’s Rebirth line up. While not a huge week for story development, we do get to wrap up a few plots and open the doors to a few more!
Action Comics #965
Review: So with Superman seemingly unable to prove anything nefarious about this new Clark Kent, it’s up to Lois to try to figure out what’s going on! To do that she pretends to the Lois Lane of New 52 Universe, and as expected things don’t go completely as planned. Jurgens continues to do an excellent job here with how he handles the characters. Everyone feels right, in that their motivations, manner of speech and actions »
- Jeremy Scully
DC: Rebirth contained plenty of twists and turns for readers, including the return of the original Wally West and the 'original' Superman, the existence of three separate Jokers, and a general synchronization of the New 52 and pre-New 52 universes. The biggest revelation, however, was the reveal that the Watchmen would now have a presence within the greater DC Universe. Since that reveal, there hasn't been much in the way of the characters making their whereabouts or purpose known. Many fans have suspected that Mr. Oz, who has appeared in several DC titles, is secretly Ozymandias, and Doctor Manhattan has been hinted as the character who has "stolen ten years" from the characters of the DC world. According to Batman writer Tom King, Batman #9 (which releases October 19th), will begin addressing the connections. "It starts in Batman #9," King told io9. "It’ll hit there. This is a new continuity, so a lot »
Tony Black reviews The Flash #7…
“Lightning Strikes Twice” part 7! Still reeling from Godspeed’s devastating attack, the beleaguered Flash realizes that to defeat this menacing new foe he must take away the Speed Force power from Central City’s new citizen speedsters. There’s only one problem: they don’t want to give it back.
Following the revelation in the previous issue that Barry Allen’s closest friend August Heart was the super-speed murderer Godspeed, The Flash now takes that idea and runs with it (pardon the pun) in ‘No More Speedsters’, which continues the breakneck race toward a climax for Joshua Williamson’s excellent opening which has really dragged Barry through the emotional mill. In an issue filled with crucial conversations, all beset by a race against time effectively, it feels like the stage being set for the climactic Flash/Godspeed confrontation surely soon to come.
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- Tony Black
You’ve probably seen the second Superhero Fight Club by now; if you haven’t and you’ve got four minutes to spare, go give this a click. It’s great fun, not necessarly part of The DC-cw continuity, and it brings Supergirl in to play with the boys. And Felicity, of course.
Spoiler Alert! (I’ve always wanted to say that!) From this point forward, I’m going to write stuff that presumes you’ve seen Superhero Fight Club 2, although as spoilers go, I’ve already spoiled it with my choice of graphics and my headline. Sue me.
Easily, the coolest part of the short is the “surprise” appearance of Gorilla Grodd, who already has been established in The Flash teevee series. But, let’s face it, Gorilla Grodd usually is the coolest part of damn near everything he’s ever appeared in, dating back to his introduction in »
- Mike Gold
Until very recently, The Flash was a popular comic book character predominantly unknown to mainstream Film and Television audiences. However, this was inevitably something that was due to change sooner or later. Any enthusiastic comic reader will tell you that they always knew Warner Bros. would utilize the scarlet speedster eventually. But to be honest, common sense and sound logic would also bring you to the same conclusion given the sheer popularity (and lucrative nature) of superheroes at present.
But let’s not forget, there are only so many times that you can watch Thomas and Martha Wayne get murdered before you begin to crave more. So, like Iron Man, Captain America and even Green Arrow before him, The Flash has now been placed at the forefront of pop culture and media entertainment. Considering the character has a vast range of abilities, story lines, incarnations and over seventy-five years’ worth of history, »
- Ben Read
As The Flash opens Season 3, Barry Allen has no care in the world other than to “meet cute” with onetime classmate Iris West. And as the premiere winds down, Iris is again foremost in Barry’s mind — but for entirely different reasons.
PhotosSupergirl/Arrow/Flash/Legends of Tomorrow Crossover Photos
Having traveled back in time to prevent his mother’s murder (and then lug Reverse-Flash back to the present with him, to be locked up in a speed-dampening cage), Barry has “everything back” that Eobard and Zoom took from him. “I’m finally free,” he gloats to his prisoner. “I’m whole here. »
The Flash Season 3 finally kicks off tonight with its premiere, “Flashpoint,” and there’s still a lot that we don’t know about the new reality that Barry has created. However, one thing that has been clear since the very first trailer for the CW series’ third season is that there’s a new Flash in town, and his name is Wally West. In the scene below from tonight’s premiere, Barry has his first encounter with Wally, aka Kid Flash, as Central City’s new hero faces off against The Rival. How does Barry respond to being a spectator to the event instead
The Flash Season 3 Sneak Peek: Kid Flash Makes a Heroic First Impression on Barry »
- Chris King
Tony Black reviews The Flash #6…
“Lightning Strikes Twice” part 6! You’ve seen glimpses of him. You’ve witnessed the carnage he’s unleashed on Central City. Now meet Godspeed, the super-speed serial killer who murders speedsters and steals their powers. Barry Allen is going to need help!
Easily the darkest issue of Joshua Williamson’s excellent run on The Flash to date, ‘Revenge’ is also without question one of the best. We open and close on Barry Allen in a very sinister place – haunted by the seeming death of the young speedsters imbued by the Speed Force he was training up (not to mention his new girlfriend Dr. Meena Dhawan), killed by mysterious super speed villain Godspeed, Barry is now growing increasingly obsessed with putting the pieces together on who this killer is, why he’s murdering these people and how to stop him. Williamson does a fine job through »
- Tony Black
With Barry (Grant Gustin) changing the timeline at the end of the season 2 finale of The Flash, there are plenty of changes that are going to come as a shock to the Scarlet Speedster, and one of them is that he is no longer The Flash of Central City. The premiere of season 3 kicks off with the effects of the Flashpoint Paradox setting up Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) as The Flash, but Barry and Iris (Candice Patton) aren't sure about the name now that the real Flash has decided to make his presence known after months of living in bliss in the new timeline. You can check out in the latest interview below just how different things are going to get on The Flash when fans are introduced to Kid Flash. The Flash season 3 premieres this Tuesday at 8/7c on The CW. Barry is living his dream life – his parents are alive, »
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Whenever a season finale ends on a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, the challenge to pay it off in a satisfying way can often be too much for a given show to bear. When Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) travelled back in time in the season 2 finale to save his mother (Michelle Harrison) from the Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher), longtime fans of DC Comics knew exactly what was coming next: the show’s version of the popular 2011 Geoff Johns/Andy Kubert comic Flashpoint. Once it was announced that The Flash season 3 would indeed premiere with an episode bearing that very same title, discussion then turned to exactly what elements The CW series would take from the comics and how it would serve the story at hand.
For those unfamiliar, Flashpoint (the comic, not the TV episode) sees The Flash rescue his mother during his childhood and inadvertently create »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
One of the fan favorite pairing from the fan-favorite Young Justice animated series was Flash (Barry Allen), Kid Flash (Wally West) and uh...Flash (Jay Garrick). We may get to see a live-action version of that group in The CW's third season of Flash as Jay Garrick (John Wesley Shipp) will appear in the second episode as confirmed in these new stills. Speaking of Young Justice, another key Speedster in the series was Impulse...how many more seasons do you think it will take before the show introduces the time-traveling grandson of Barry and Iris? In the comics, Impulse actually trained under Wally before eventually serving as an apprentice to Max Mercury. It would be very easy for The Flash showrunners to tweak that origin into Impulse training under Barry before serving under Jay. The Flash season 3 kicks off next Tuesday at 8/7c on The CW. “The Flash “Paradox”— (8:00-9:00 p. »
Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes, and clips and puts it all in perspective. This is going to sound crazy, but it's hard to watch this promo on a strictly emotional level. How much do I love Wally West? I named my dog after him. He passed away over the summer. My beloved Wally had a tough last year, and I couldn't bring myself to watch Kenyan Lonsdale's debut of Wally West during The Flash's second season on The CW. But the fact that he's officially turned into Kid Flash has made me take notice. It looks like this season occurs in the Flashpoint world. I remember when Fringe moved (a couple of times) to a different dimension. It can get pretty confusing, even for people who identify as nerds. But forget that, Kid Flash is here! I've always related to Wally West, »
- Jon Davis
When The Flash returns with its much talked about “Flashpoint” premiere event, we know to expect several radical changes to the timeline, namely Cisco Ramon being an affluent tech giant and Wally West having adopted the mantle of The Flash – but don’t call him “Kid Flash.”
One character, however, who may not be as affected by the change – aside from not having much familiarity with Barry Allen – is that of Candice Patton’s Iris West. Taking her recent discussion with Entertainment Weekly into account, it seems as though we won’t be seeing an Iris that was as radically different as on Earth 2 – and even then she still was a constant in Barry’s life.
Here’s what she had to say:
“She’s a fixed point for Barry Allen, so no matter where we see her, no matter where we find her, she’s still very similar »
- Eric Joseph
The CW has today released a new promo trailer for The Flash season 3 and it drops some more hints about what we should expect from the “Flashpoint” status quo. Showing Barry Allen getting to know all of his old friends and loved ones all over again, we quickly learn that his decision to alter history is having a major impact on his memories. It turns out that the Fastest Man Alive is forgetting that he has those powers as the new timeline begins to erase his old memories and replace them with ones from this altered reality.
Based on what else we see here, The Flash is going to have to decide if teaming up with Wally West to stop mysterious new villain The Rival is worth giving up his new life for, though it’s likely that there are even bigger stakes than that at play here if the »
- Josh Wilding
If there's one constant in the Flash universe, it's that no matter the Earth, reality, or alternate dimension, Barry Allen & Iris West will always find one another. The latest trailer for the upcoming Season 3 premiere of The Flash features our first look at Barry in his newly created Flashpoint reality meeting Iris as well as reuniting with his former S.T.A.R. Labs team when he senses trouble is afoot. There's also plenty of Wally West action as we see him receive the nickname "Kid Flash" and then team-up with Barry to take on a dangerous new speedster. And just when everything seems too good to be true, Barry's world caves in on him. Check out the trailer below: What Would You Sacrifice To Have Everything You've Ever Wanted? - Barry (Grant Gustin) is living his dream life - his parents are alive, he's asked Iris West (Candice Patton »
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Season three of The Flash looks set to be the most monumental yet, as The Fastest Man Alive faces the ramifications of his decision to travel back in time and save his mother from being murdered by the Reverse-Flash. By doing so, Barry Allen created an entirely new timeline which he now calls home but may very well have to change back to save reality.
Loosely based on a comic book story of the same name, this Flashpoint will see Barry losing his memory and powers as the new timeline wipes them away. In the newly created reality, his relationships with every key character from the first two seasons are totally different, Wally West is Kid-Flash, and the villainous Reverse-Flash is Barry’s prisoner.
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This new status quo is only expected to »
- Josh Wilding
Disclaimer: This article contains spoilers for Season 2 of the CW's The Flash.
Much has been said in regards to the upcoming season of The Flash. Last season's finale ended in such a cliffhanger -- with Barry foolishly going back in time to save his mother from being killed by Reverse-Flash. This is very familiar territory for comic fans, and is the crux of the Flashpoint event that results in a lot of permanent changes in the continuity.
While actor Grant Gustin has since confirmed that the actual Flashpoint storyline will be wrapped up pretty quickly, it has some permanent ramifications. Among those potential ramifications seems to be the creation of Kid Flash. In the "current" timeline, Wally West is a bit of an adrenaline junkie, but by no means a speedster. Based on the limited amount we know about Season 3, it seems like his character will have a bit of »
- Joseph Medina
Disclaimer: This article contains spoilers for Season 2 of CW’s series The Flash.
The finale for Season 2 of The Flash threw a lot of people for a loop when Barry decided (apparently on a whim) to go back in time and save his mother -- thereby preventing the very event that shaped his very existence as a character. It was with that ambitious moment that The CW entered the realm of Flashpoint, a storyline well known to comic book fans.
One of the repercussions of his actions seems to be the existence of Kid Flash, another speedster who, in Barry’s normal world, was just regular old Wally West (albeit a Wally West who loves fast things).
Recently, CW shared a series of photos from the premiere of this season, but now Jeremy Simser, one of the storyboard artists of the show, has posted a side-by-side post of his storyboard »
- Joseph Medina
Tony Black reviews The Flash #5…
“Lightning Strikes Twice” part five! With Central City now protected by dozens of freshly trained Flashes, Barry Allen takes time out to explore a new relationship. Meanwhile, a serial killer targets citizen speedsters as Wally West takes his first steps toward becoming the new Kid Flash…
The culmination it seemed of the opening arc for The Flash fully established, under writer Joshua Williamson, a new super speed status quo – a whole academy of speedsters, gifted by the machinations of Black Hole terrorists in the Speed Force the power of lightning speed, who would aid the Flash in his fight against crime. It allowed for ‘Barry Allen’s Day Off’, and in many respects this is a ‘breather’ issue which allows a break between the continuing story and the development of several crucial character arcs. Don’t be fooled by the opening, lush red panels set in Bali, »
- Tony Black
Comic Books: The DC Universe-then And Now!
Recently I wrote an article for introducing new readers to the world of Batman. The purpose of the article was to help new and casual readers find strong starting points in the characters 75+ years of publication to begin reading. It was suggested that perhaps to coincide with these types of articles; it would be helpful to have a sort of reference point for major content-altering events in the DC Comics Universe, along with perhaps a quick glossary of some key words used in the Comic Book Vernacular. My goal here will be to hopefully give a brief but well-presented breakdown of the DC Universe from inception to the current state. Keep in mind this will only be covering the major continuity/time altering events, and will not each and every company event that’s been published.
The Beginnings- Aka Pre Crisis Universe
- Jeremy Scully
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