“Run Devil Run” Teaser

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The CW has released a new teaser for early Season Three of The Flash, called “Run Devil Run”. Looks like it contains scenes from the first episode, and possibly the second.

And here’s the official synopsis for the second episode of the season, titled “Paradox”. It will air on October 11th.

“Paradox”— (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

THE AFTERMATH — Barry (Grant Gustin) realizes the effects from Flashpoint are much greater than he thought. Meanwhile, Barry meets new co-worker Julian Albert (Tom Felton) and is surprised by Julian’s immediate disdain for Barry. Ralph Hemecker directed the episode written by Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing (#302). Original airdate 10/11/2016.

Of note is that Barry’s new co-worker is now called ‘Julian Albert’, whereas he was known as ‘Julian Dorn’ in earlier information. Unless it’s a red herring, this lends credence to the theory that he’ll be Dr Alchemy (Albert Desmond).

Excited to see Wally West in action? How about the Rival? Share your thoughts!

-- Lia.

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Zooming through Long Beach Comic Con (2016)

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lbcc-outsideI only made it to one afternoon at Long Beach Comic Con this year, so my experience was really rushed. Even so, I managed to attend a panel on the Lawyers of Hell’s Kitchen, caught up (briefly) with several artists and writers, picked up some toys for the kid and checked out a ton of artwork. This is the con’s eighth year, and they’ve moved to a bigger section of the convention center. That involved moving the entrance to the other side, which had a bigger impact on the feel of the show than you might expect.

zoomNo Flash news, unfortunately. There was a DC panel the previous day, but not the day I was there. And while I did meet Brett Booth (he had set up next to Norm Rapmund’s regular table in Artist’s Alley), I had to cut the visit short in order to make it to the one panel I mentioned. He was telling a story about having to redo covers and redesign characters at the last minute during the Rebirth launch.

There was some impressive cosplay, including this Zoom. I’ve seen photos on Instagram, but his costume is even more impressive in person. (Staying in character, he leaned toward me after the photo, pointing an intimidating finger at my Flash T-shirt, and growled menacingly.)

Photo gallery at Flickr and full writeup at K-Squared Ramblings.

-- Kelson.

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The End Of Wally West?

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DC has posted their solicitations for December. Some Flash-related issues behind the jump!

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TITANS #6

Written by Dan Abnett, art and cover by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund, variant cover by Nick Bradshaw.
“The Return of Wally West” part six! After making the ultimate sacrifice for his friends, Wally West finds himself lost in the Speed Force with no hope of return! Has Wally’s run come to a sudden end? The conclusion to this stunning first arc!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Dec. 28.

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THE FLASH #12

Written by Joshua Williamson, art by David Gianfelice cover by Carmine Di Giandomenico, variant cover by Dave Johnson.
“Speed of Darkness,” part three! Time is running out for The Flash and Kid Flash as they race to help the Shade regain control of the Shadowlands, the dimension of pure darkness from which the Shade draws his terrible power, before it reaches our world and consumes the light forever.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Dec. 14.

THE FLASH #13

Written by Joshua Williamson, art by Neil Googe, cover by Carmine Di Giandomenico, variant cover by Dave Johnson.
“Date Night”! It’s holiday season in Central City and Barry Allen goes on a date with a brand new sweetheart. But things never go as planned for The Flash, who finds himself saddled with an unexpected wingman.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Dec. 28.

TEEN TITANS #3

Written by Benjamin Percy, art and cover by Jonboy Meyers, variant cover by Chris Burnham.
“Damian Knows Best,” part three! After Ra’s al Ghul and the Demon land a devastating blow against the Teen Titans, the team is forced to regroup. Facing an enemy that knows them better than they know themselves, what chance does this young team have? And how can they trust Damian after everything he’s put them through?

JUSTICE LEAGUE #10

Written by BRYAN HITCH
Art by NEIL EDWARDS and DANIEL HENRIQUES
Cover by FERNANDO PASARIN and MATT RYAN
Variant cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
Retailers: This issues will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
“OUTBREAK” part three! The identity of the Justice League’s mysterious new villain is revealed as the League uncovers a shocking connection to the Kindred invasion. This mysterious new foe ups the ante by releasing dozens of the team’s enemies from prisons around the world!
On sale DECEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

JUSTICE LEAGUE #11

Written by BRYAN HITCH
Art by NEIL EDWARDS and DANIEL HENRIQUES
Cover by FERNANDO PASARIN and MATT RYAN
Variant cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
“OUTBREAK” conclusion! Beaten, battered and outnumbered, the Justice League faces utter annihilation when Amazo and a host of the team’s deadliest enemies are released from prisons around the world as part of one man’s revenge against the world’s greatest superheroes.
On sale DECEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

DC REBIRTH HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1

Written by PAUL DINI, JAMES TYNION IV, STEVE ORLANDO, VITA AYALA, CULLEN BUNN, TIM SEELEY, JAMES ASMUS, HEATH CORSON, K. PERKINS and others
Art by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ, GUSTAVO DUARTE and others
Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
DC’s biggest and brightest heroes celebrate the holidays in this new special! Don’t miss a Chanukah crisis for Batwoman, a Flash family Christmas, Wonder Woman interrupting John Constantine’s hellblazing pagan party and more—including the return of Detective Chimp! Today’s top talents bring you a very special holiday gift that’ll keep on giving through the New Year! And writer Paul Dini crafts a Harley holiday tale featuring DCU guests that bridges all the stories in the weirdest, wildest way.
ONE-SHOT • On sale DECEMBER 14 • 96 pg, FC, $9.99 US • RATED T

SUPER POWERS #2

Written by ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO
Art and cover by ART BALTAZAR
Superman has been defeated by Lex Luthor—or so the evil mastermind thinks! Trapped in a Kryptonite fortress under the sea, our hero is fading fast—but he can’t be defeated when his friends have his back! And while he is recovering, a new Kryptonian arrives on the scene! Plus, something weird has come to Central City. The Flash might provide some answers…if you can keep up!
On sale DECEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, 2 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED E

THE FLASH VOL. 1: LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE TP

Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art and cover by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO
A new storm brews over Central City and disproves the old adage about lightning never striking twice! Just as Barry begins to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, a new speedster appears—but just where did this amazing new ally come from? Now, the Fastest Man Alive finds himself in a city of speedsters—and dealing with the reappearance of Wally West! Collects THE FLASH: REBIRTH #1 plus issues #1-8 of the new series.
On sale JANUARY 18 • 216 pg, FC, $17.99 US

 

I’m really loving the sound of “Flash family Christmas” in that holiday special. Fingers crossed that we’ll see the return of some long-missed characters!

-- Lia.

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“Flashpoint” Official Synopsis

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The CW has released the official synopsis for the season premiere of The Flash, titled “Flashpoint”. It’ll air on October 4th.

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) on a date and he can finally be a normal guy as Central City has another speedster, Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale), running around saving the city. When Barry starts forgetting parts of his old life, the Reverse Flash (guest star Matt Letscher) taunts his nemesis and tells him that there will be serious repercussions for Barry and the ones he loves if he continues to live in this alternate universe. In addition to losing his memories, his powers will also start to fade. When disaster strikes, Barry must decide if he wants to continue to live in this world as Barry Allen or return to his universe as The Flash.

The Flash season three premiere, “Flashpoint,” will air on October 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

In other news, Kevin Smith accidentally (or not-so-accidentally) let slip that the episode he’ll be directing will be titled “Killer Frost”. That’s rather interesting, considering Danielle Panabaker firmly said that Killer Frost is dead when I saw her at Fan Expo a few weeks ago. Smith’s episode will be the seventh of the season.

The season premiere is less than three weeks away! Who’s looking forward to it?

-- Lia.

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Godspeed at last! Review of THE FLASH #6

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Flash #6After a fantastic build-up, we finally get the big reveal…the identity of Josh Williamson’s new villain, Godspeed! Just who is the bad guy who has been stealing the speed from…and killing…so many of the new speedsters in the Gem Cities? What is his agenda? You’ll learn a LOT in this issue, so you’ll have to follow us after the jump to learn more!

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This issue starts with a murder…but this time Godspeed isn’t killing a speedster. He’s out for revenge, though we don’t know the name of this victim or what the vengeance is about…at least not yet. Barry is losing a LOT of sleep, trying to figure out what’s happening. He still holds out hope that Meena somehow is lost in the Speed Force rather than actually dead. (NOTE: This is important as it re-establishes Barry’s role in the original Crisis on Infinite Earths…just check out the scene and you’ll see what we mean). August doesn’t share that hope, for reasons we will soon learn.

Barry meets with Iris to find out what she has learned. Wally arrives and mistakes Iris’ attempts to comfort Barry in his loss for Barry “hitting on my Aunt”. Wally is distraught at the loss of his mentor

Meena and runs away. Barry realizes that he now knows TWO Wallys who are connected to the Speed Force…but he learns something more. Barry learns the name of the latest victim of Godspeed and realizes just who Godspeed actually is…

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It’s August Heart! The latest victim was the man who “escaped justice” for the death of August’s brother, and that was the clue Barry needed. He confronts August, who confesses everything. He killed Billy Parks in the belief that Parks killed August’s brother. He killed the other speedsters because they were “wasting their powers” instead of becoming heroes. And, he’s now ready to take Barry down in order to keep operating. The thing is, Godspeed has now learned something that even Barry hasn’t been able to do…Godspeed can literally be in TWO places at once! The battle is on…but we’ll have to wait for next issue to see what happens next!

NOTES: You can tell me that you guessed this one a long time ago…but whether you knew it or not, this was a high point for the series so far. This reveal was developed exceptionally well over the first issues of this volume of THE FLASH, and the way Barry came to realize the identity of the big bad was handled perfectly. Credit Josh Williamson for bringing us to this point with a great story line and with excellent development of all the characters. Think about where we are now…a Barry with a clear voice and with some interesting relationship possibilities. Young Wally finally embracing his speed powers and soon to be the Kid Flash we’ve been anticipating for a very long time. A compelling new villain who is a formidable opponent even for the Fastest Man Alive. It’s adding up to a great time to be fan of The Flash!

I’ll give this one a 9/10…but that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

-- Ed Garrett.

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