“The Once And Future Flash” Trailer

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Here’s the extended trailer for the next episode of The Flash, titled “The Once And Future Flash”. The episode won’t air until April 25th, so we’ve got almost an entire month to wait.

Looking forward to Barry’s trip into the future? (There’s also a cameo by Mirror Master in the clip, so he’ll be in the episode too). What do you hope to see in the episode? Share your thoughts!

-- Lia.

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“Abra Kadabra” – Review of S3 Ep18 of THE FLASH

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A classic Flash foe shows up from the 64th Century…with a secret! Yes, Abra Kadabra hits the DC television universe, holding the secret to defeating Savitar. Will we finally learn who Savitar really is? Will Barry find the key to defeating Iris’ future killer? Or, will Abra Kadabra pull a disappearing act on them all? Want to learn more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD

NOTE: This review is being posted prior to THE FLASH’s airing in the Pacific Time Zone USA. If you haven’t seen the show yet…STOP HERE and come back after you see the show!

Abra Kadabra has been going through multiple Earths, stealing tech from each world to build…something…don’t worry, we’ll get to that. But, that makes him a breacher, so we get a guest shot from none other than Gypsy!

Gypsy is out to bring Kadabra to justice on Earth 19 for multiple murders, including her former partner.  He will be executed upon going to Gypsy’s world, so he attempts to make a bargain. He will trade Savitar’s secrets in return for his freedom.

We spend a lot of the episode with Barry, Wally, Iris, and Joe wrestling with this choice – let a multiple murderer go free to save Iris, or let him face justice and take the risk that Iris will die? Joe does take that chance, letting Kadabra go…but just as he’s about to tell that secret, Gypsy shows up, and Kadabra takes the opportunity to run!

On his way out, Kadabra explodes a device in S.T.A.R. Lab, severely injuring Caitlin. This is where she shows more guts than anyone on the show…by guiding Julian through her own surgery, removing shrapnel from her abdomen without any anesthesia.

In the meantime, they find out what Kadabra has been putting together – the parts from a time machine! Yes, he’s using the original plans from Harrison Wells/Thawne’s machine, and begins flying through Central City on his way to a wormhole to the 64th century.  Barry, Wally, Cisco and Gypsy all go after him..and yes, they stop his escape.

Now for the final choice – let Kadabra go and learn Savitar’s secret? Nope, they let him go with Gypsy.  This was a difficult choice for everyone, and it pretty much ends that budding romance with Cisco. But, Barry does figure out something that could still make a difference or Iris…and why he didn’t figure this out earlier is beyond me…

It’s simple…Thawne, Savitar, Kadabra knew Barry’s every move because they were from the future and it was all history to them.  So the solution is simple…go to the future and figure it out for himself! And that would be all…except for…

EPILOGUE: Julian and Caitlin have made up, and things are going well, until…Caitlin begins to have multiple seizures. She is dropping fast…and she flatlines! The only way to save her is the one thing she fears most…taking away her inhibitor and letting her Killer Frost powers heal her. It works…but she becomes full-blown Killer Frost with an explosion of power!

SUMMARY: The main storyline is basically put on hold here – we are teased with “I know Savitar’s secret” but in the end we really don’t get anywhere…except for the idea that Barry will go “Back to the Future” to learn the rest.  There is a big move forward with Caitlin’s story line…but that’s a twist in the epilogue.  I did like Abra Kadabra’s portrayal for the most part, but honestly this one was not my favorite episode. I’ll give this one a 7/10…but you my fell differently. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

-- Ed Garrett.

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Titans Annual #1 Preview

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DC has released an eleven-page preview from the upcoming Titans Annual #1, which you can see up at Blastr. There’s also a brief interview with writer Dan Abnett at the site, so check it out. The issue features a team-up between Barry Allen and the original Wally West, as well as the rest of the Titans and their Justice League mentors, and reintroduces old-school villain the Key. It’s due out this Wednesday.

TITANS ANNUAL #1
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by MINKYU JUNG
Cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
When Dick, Wally, Donna and Garth awaken in an unfamiliar place, they find themselves face-to-face with their mentors: Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman and Aquaman! Allied together against a common foe, the mentors and protégés must race against the clock to unlock the secret of their current predicament and save the planet from an alien invasion!
On sale MARCH 29 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

-- Lia.

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Justice League Film Trailer

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Warner Brothers has released the first full trailer for the Justice League film, and there’s a lot to see. Check it out here.

The Flash scene with the batarang has been shown previously, but we get a glimpse of Henry Allen and an obvious hint about Barry’s backstory (it’s probably going to be de rigueur in every portrayal of Barry from now on). Plus a bit of tension between the metahumans and the all-too-human Batman, which is always welcome. And Aquaman seems like he may be the breakout star of this film.

The movie will be released in November of this year.

What do you think of the trailer, and the scenes with Barry? Looking forward to the film? Share your thoughts here!

-- Lia.

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“Sins of the Father Part Two” Review of THE FLASH #19

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Barry and Wally and…Digger? Yes! Flash and Kid Flash have teamed up with none other than Captain Boomerang in an attempt to track down Wally’s father Daniel, aka the Reverse Flash. Of course, they are already in serious trouble…after all, trouble seems to follow wherever a Rogue past or present goes. There are some interesting reveals in this issue…and if you want to know more, just follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Barry, Wally, and Digger are trapped in bonds that seem unbreakable even for a Flash, and their lives are hanging in the balance with the Weaver Clan that holds them captive. In the midst of it all, Digger convinces the (other) bad guys to free Barry for a “hunt”…so the gang can sell “the gun that killed the Flash!”

Of course that’s a ruse, and it buys them a little time. Wally takes advantage of that time to break free of his bonds (like his namesake, Wally tends to blow things up when trying to phase through them, and it helps here). Wally then uses Digger’s own boomerang to great effect, taking out the recovered Parademon weapons the Weaver Clan has been using. Now, all of this leads to the big reveals…

  1. Digger reveals that Daniel is dead. Whether that will eventually prove to be true isn’t the point here…it’s more that Wally thinks Barry probably guessed that before and didn’t confide it in Wally.
  2. Barry reveals (finally) his identity to Wally in an attempt to help him deal with everything…but that doesn’t turn out as expected either

Wally asks Barry if he’s told Iris…and of course he hasn’t yet. This hits all of Wally’s trust buttons. Daniel lied to him about being his dad, Barry hid his identity from Wally for a long time, Barry may have been able to guess that Daniel was likely dead before this long hunt, and Barry hasn’t trusted Iris with his identity as the Flash. All that piles up…and Wally runs off. Hopefully we will revisit this soon…but first we prepare for the upcoming Batman/Flash crossover as…

Eobard Thawne not only gets free…but he now remembers what happened to him at the end of Flashpoint! (Hint…Thomas Wayne kills him, remember?). Thawne is heading to Gotham now to do something that will hurt Bruce deeply…he wants to kill Damian!

SUMMARY: Okay, let’s leave off the epilogue, as it really has nothing to do with the rest of the story. It IS a good send-off for the crossover, and I am looking forward to it, but it is a tag line to the rest of the tale. The team up with Digger was actually a good one, and having Wally save the day with Digger’s favorite weapon was a neat twist. I’m torn by the rest of the story. On the one hand, Wally’s reaction makes perfect sense. Barry has been a jerk…not intentionally, but still a bit of a jerk for stringing Wally along this long about his identity. He trusts Wally to be Kid Flash, he trusts him enough to train him as his partner…but he doesn’t trust him enough to tell him who he is? Of course there would be repercussions to this, and we see it clearly played out here. On the other hand, Wally’s emotional response is a bit over the top, and going from huge hugs to running off because Barry hasn’t trusted Iris with his identity yet didn’t play well for me. How I may view this in the long run probably relies more on where we go from here than what we’ve seen in this one issue, so I’ll give it a bit of a pass until we see what happens next.

Joshua William continues his overall excellent run on the title, with artwork by Jesus Merino and Carmine Di Giandomenico (pencils), Andy Owens and Di Giandomenico (inks), and Chris Sotomayor (colors).  Overall I’ll give this one an 8/10 – but that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

-- Ed Garrett.

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“Abra Kadabra” Teaser

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Here’s the extended trailer for next week’s episode of The Flash, titled “Abra Kadabra”. As the title implies, we’ll be seeing the debut of the well-known magician Rogue by that name, played by David Dastmalchian. And he’s got a secret.

Looking forward to the debut of Kadabra? What do you hope to see done with him on the show?

-- Lia.

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“Duet” – Review of S3 Ep17 of THE FLASH

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The casts of THE FLASH and SUPERGIRL are filled with exceptionally talented people – and in this musical crossover episode we get a chance to see many of them at their absolute finest.  How does “Duet” fare? It’s a bit uneven, but with some exceptional moments…and a song that may become the official “Barry and Iris” anthem. Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Okay, let’s do a partial checklist here of the players:

  • Grant Gustin (Flash), Melissa Benoist (Supergirl) and Darren Criss (Music Meister) are all alumni of “Glee”
  • Jesse L. Martin (Joe West) was outstanding in “Rent”
  • Carlos Valdes (Cisco) is an alumnus of Starkid (as a musician and songwriter)
  • Jeremy Jordan (Winn Schott of “Supergirl”) has done musicals on film before as well in “Joyful Noise”

So…let’s check out the premise here…

  • Music Meister put the “whammy” on Kara at the end of last night’s SUPERGIRL, then uses her device (a gift from Cisco) to run to Earth One to find the Fastest Man Alive.
  • As this episode starts we find Mon-El and John bringing Kara to Earth One for help.
  • As they try to figure things out, Music Meister appears in S.T.A.R. Labs!
  • Barry and Wally run to check it out but are quickly overpowered.
  • This leads to Barry waking up in that same 1940’s kind of world that Kara was sent to at the end of her show.
  • And now…

Music Meister explains to the duo that the world they are in is a construct of their own minds. It’s a combination of Kara’s youthful fascination with “The Wizard of Oz” and Barry’s love from his childhood of “Singin In the Rain”. Their mission? Play out the plot…only when the plot of this musical world is over will they return home. One catch – if they die in this musical world, they will also die in real life. The team at S.T.A.R. monitors them, finding that Music Meister is “borrowing” their powers and draining their Speed Force and Solar energy while they are trapped.

From there we get a typical 40’s musical plot. They try to find a missing mobster’s daughter (who looks just like Iris), only to find she is in love with a rival mobster’s soon (who looks just like Mon-El). Barry and Kara convince them to tell their dads (“Joe”, “Stein” and “Malcom”).  As that happens (Barry going with “Iris” to her dads and Kara going with “Mon-El” to his dad), both Barry and Kara realize things about their real-life relationships. They succeed…only to see a mob war break out.

In the hail of bullets that ensues, both Barry and Kara are hit! Can anything save them?

Back on Earth One, Music Meister has been captured by the combined forces of Cisco, Wally and John. Music Meister talks to Iris and Mon-El, letting them know that only they can save the people they love…by somehow finding a way into the musical world. They use Cisco to vibe them there, to find both Barry and Kara dying. As they die, each declares their love…and that leads to…

Iris kisses Barry, and they return to Earth One. Mon-El then kisses Kara and they also return to Earth One. They learn Music Meister’s true intent.

He isn’t a villain, at least not in the classic sense. He seems to know everything about everyone here…and came to “teach a lesson” about love – “Love is about letting  yourself be saved” and not just saving others all the time.

This leads to…wait a minute!

I haven’t said a word about the music!

Okay – here we go…

MY TAKE ON THE MUSIC:

Singers:

  • There wasn’t enough music for a musical episode. Sorry, but it’s true. There were some highlights, but not enough…needed more songs.
  • Jeremy Jordan (Winn Schott) can SING! Of all the singers, quite possibly the best of the bunch.
  • Carlos Valdes (Cisco) can also SING! It’s a close race with Jeremy or best of the show.
  • Jesse L Martin (Joe) is an amazing singer – I could honestly listen to him sing all day.
  • Grant Gustin (Barry)…okay, life is unfair. How can anyone have THAT much talent?
  • Melissa Benoist (Kara) is a good singer, though she took on a deceptively difficult song at the beginning with “Moon River” (full of held notes).

Songs…a quite low point and one exceptional high point:

  • Some of the songs were great…except “Superfriends” – sorry. This was an attempt to be cute, and it did have some minor LOL moments, but we could have done without it
  • BUT, “Runnin’ Home To You” was outstanding! Written by the songwriters for “La La Land”, this number (sung by Grant Gustin in the epilogue) gives us an anthem for Barry and Iris’ love story. Beautifully written and beautifully sung!

And now…back to that ending –

Kara and Mon-El are back together (glad to see that, as I’m a big fan of this power couple in SUPERGIRL). And…

Barry asks Iris to marry him – and she says yes!

SUMMARY: There were some definite highlights in this episode, and we do see a pivotal point in the story of Barry and Iris. But, this musical could have used some more music…and one less song (looking at you, “Superfriends”). Add to that the almost inexplicable “villain” turns magical good guy ending and you have a somewhat uneven episode. It’s a good attempt, but one that somewhat misses the mark. I’ll still give it a 7/10, if only for that great song at the end. But, that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave  your comments below!

-- Ed Garrett.

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DC’s Full June Solicitations

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DC has released their full solicitations for June 2017, and here are all the ones which relate to the Flash Family. You can see the solicits in their entirety at Newsarama.

THE FLASH #24
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON • Art by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO • Cover by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO • Variant cover by HOWARD PORTER
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
“RUNNING SCARED” prelude—guest-starring Hal Jordan! Green Lantern Hal Jordan has recruited Barry Allen for a dangerous mission that only The Flash can accomplish! Unfortunately, that mission is on a hostile space station deep in the cosmos, which means leaving Kid Flash alone to defend his and Barry’s loved ones from a deadly attack by their greatest enemy…
On sale JUNE 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

THE FLASH #25
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON • Art by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO and HOWARD PORTER • Cover by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO • Variant cover by HOWARD PORTER
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
“RUNNING SCARED” part one! When Eobard Thawne murdered Barry Allen’s mother, he killed a piece of The Flash’s past. Now, Reverse-Flash is back to kill Barry’s future! The Flash’s biggest storyline yet begins as he is pushed to his limits and his secrets are laid bare in a chase through time itself! Don’t miss the extra-sized anniversary issue!
On sale JUNE 28 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

TEEN TITANS #9
Written by BENJAMIN PERCY • Art by KHOI PHAM and WADE VON GRAWBADGER • Cover by KHOI PHAM • Variant cover by Paolo Pantalena
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details. Includes a code for a free digital download of this issue.
“Blood of the Manta” part one! Still dealing with the consequences of “The Lazarus Contract,” Kid Flash’s status with the team is challenged by Damian…and the Teen Titans will never be the same. Meanwhile, Aqualad learns more about his powers and the truth about his lineage is revealed!
On sale JUNE 28 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

TITANS #12
Written by DAN ABNETT • Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT • Variant cover by DAN MORA
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details. Includes a code for a free digital download of this issue.
“Bad Omen”! After the stunning events of “The Lazarus Contract” rocked the Titans to their core and called into question the team’s leadership, Omen discovers the shocking truth about their future—that one of their very own is destined to betray them…and it could be anyone!
On sale JUNE 14 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

DARK DAYS: THE FORGE #1
Written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV • Art by JIM LEE, ANDY KUBERT, JOHN ROMITA JR. and others
Cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS • Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT • Variant cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details. Includes a code for a free digital download of this issue.
DARKNESS COMES TO THE DC UNIVERSE WITH THE MYSTERY OF THE FORGE! Aquaman, The Flash and more of DC’s pantheon of heroes suspect Batman of hiding a dark secret that could threaten the very existence of the multiverse! It’s an epic that will span generations—but how does it connect to the origins of one of DC’s most legendary heroes?
The great comics event of summer 2017 is about to begin courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV and illustrated by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.! You do not want to miss this one!
ONE-SHOT • On sale JUNE 14 • 40 pg, FC, card-stock covers, $4.99 US • RATED T

TRINITY #10
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL • Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL • Variant cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details. Includes a code for a free digital download of this issue.
“All Along the Watchtower” part two! The Justice League Watchtower is infested. The world’s greatest heroes have been infected. And as their HQ hurls to Earth, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are faced with the difficult decision of destroying the Watchtower and their teammates to save the Earth.
On sale JUNE 21 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

THE FLASH VOL. 3: ROGUES RELOADED TP
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO, JESUS MERINO, ANDY OWENS and NEIL GOOGE
Cover by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO
In “Rogues Reloaded,” the Flash’s old foes, the Rogues, have abandoned Central City, pulled off that big score they’ve been after for years and are living it up in a beachside mansion. The only problem? They ripped off the wrong marks—and now some truly evil people are out for revenge. If the Rogues are going to have any chance of surviving, they’ll need the help of their least favorite person alive: the Flash. Collects issues #14-20.
On sale JULY 26 • 144 pg, FC, $16.99 US

THE FLASH: THE REBIRTH COLLECTION DELUXE EDITION BOOK ONE HC
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON • Art by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO and NEIL GOOGE
Cover by KARL KERSCHL
A new storm brews over Central City and disproves the old adage about lightning never, well…you know. Just as Barry begins to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, a new speedster debuts—but where did this amazing new friend come from? Spinning directly out of the epic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, the Fastest Man Alive finds himself at the center of a DC Universe at a crossroads—and reeling from the reemergence of his protégé, Wally West! Collects issues #1-12 and THE FLASH: REBIRTH #1.
On sale JULY 26 • 304 pg, FC, $34.99 US

JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE REBIRTH COLLECTION DELUXE EDITION BOOK ONE HC
Written by BRYAN HITCH
Art by TONY S. DANIEL, BRYAN HITCH, JESUS MERINO, MATTHEW CLARK, NEIL EDWARDS and others
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
A new day dawns for the Justice League as they welcome a slew of new members into their ranks. But can the world’s greatest superheroes trust these new recruits? And will the members of the League be able to come together against an ancient evil that threatens to reclaim not just the world, but the entire universe?! Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE: REBIRTH #1 and JUSTICE LEAGUE #1-11.
On sale JULY 12 • 312 pg, FC, $34.99 US

DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH OMNIBUS EXPANDED EDITION HC
Written by VARIOUS
Art by VARIOUS
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
DC’s Rebirth event began with a bang in June 2016, relaunching every DC hero from Aquaman to Wonder Woman! Now, the entire collection of REBIRTH specials are gathered in a massive new hardcover, expanded to add newer issues including BATWOMAN: REBIRTH #1, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: REBIRTH #1, DC REBIRTH HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1 and the one-shots starring the Atom, the Ray, Killer Frost and Vixen!
On sale SEPTEMBER 13 • 792 pg, FC, $99.99 US

JUSTICE LEAGUE MOVIE STATUES: AQUAMAN, THE FLASH AND WONDER WOMAN
The World’s Greatest Heroes unite on the big screen for the first time this November in the Warner Bros. feature film Justice League! Now, DC Collectibles captures the likenesses of Aquaman, The Flash and Wonder Woman in these spectacular new statues!
AQUAMAN—13.37″ high
Sculpted by David Pereira
THE FLASH—12.55″ high
Sculpted by David Giraud
WONDER WOMAN—13″ high
Sculpted by James Marsano
Limited Editions of 5,000
Each statue sold separately
Each $150.00 US
On Sale OCTOBER 2017
Allocations May Occur

-- Lia.

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