“Monster” Images, And The Official Synopsis For “Shade”


The CW has released still images from next week’s episode of The Flash, titled “Monster”. Here you can see Caitlin meeting her mother, Dr. Carla Tannhauser (guest star Susan Walters). You can see the rest of the pictures at SpoilerTV!

And here’s the official synopsis for “Shade”, which is set to air on November 15th.

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

WALLY HAS VISIONS OF BEING KID FLASH — When Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) starts having dreams about being Kid Flash, Barry (Grant Gustin) realizes he has to tell Wally, Iris (Candice Patton) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) about what happened to Wally in Flashpoint in order to keep him safe. JJ Makaro directed the episode written by Emily Silver & David Kob (#306). Original airdate 11/15/2016.

This may be leading up to Wally meeting Dr Alchemy to get his powers restored, and who knows how that’s going to end.

Hoping for Wally to become Kid Flash in this reality as well? Share your thoughts!

-- Lia.

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“Now You See Her…” Review of TITANS #4


img_6282“The Return of Wally West” continues in epic fashion as the battle with Abra Kadabra is at center stage. Kadabra’s doppelgangers of the Titans are gaining the upper hand while Linda Park’s life hangs in the balance. Wally will have a terrible choice to make, with implications that go far beyond winning the immediate battle. I’m not sure we’ve ever seen Abra Kadabra so ahead of his game…want to know more? Join us after the jump!


Abra Kadabra has finally figured out how to beat Wally West. It starts with the doppelgangers…but it goes far beyond mere copies of the original Titans. Kadabra wants to stop Wally in this post-New52 continuity before…let’s get back to that. First…

Kadabra has amplified the powers of his doppelgangers, and he has split them up to different locations around town. That forces our Titans to split up as well, and things aren’t going very well. The doppelgangers are able to capture the Titans except for Wally…but that’s actually the point.

Kadabra wants to force Wally into a terrible choice…and a risky use of his speed. Kadabra DOES remember Wally…all too well. He knows that Wally has raced into the Speed Force in the past, and that his return was only possible because of the love between Wally and Linda. That’s why Kadabra attacks now, before Wally and Linda have a chance to build that relationship. He believes that if Wally races fast enough to go into the Speed Force now…nothing will be able to bring him home! Sooo……

Kadabra casts one more spell, moving the various Titans to Coast City and Metropolis, with Linda trapped in Gotham. What makes this interesting is that Kadabra ISN’T telling Wally to choose who lives and dies…not really…he’s goading him into trying to save everyone at once! The intent is to push Wally into the Speed Force without a return ticket. Kadabra’s ultimate revenge? We’ll have to wait for next issue to learn about that!

SUMMARY: This series continues to be “Wally West and the Titans”, and I have absolutely zero complaints about that. For any fans who came in after FLASHPOINT, this is the primer that will catch you up on all things Wally – and for fans who remember what came before, this is a welcome return of one of the great speedsters in the DC pantheon. We aren’t just picking up from where we left off – we are seeing Wally’s life being reconstructed before our eyes.  I am truly enjoying what we are seeing here with Wally’s story. Thanks to Dan Abnett for another great script, and to Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund and Andrew Dalhouse for the continued amazing artwork! This is a 10/10 to me.

What do YOU think? Leave your comments here!

-- Ed Garrett.

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Kid Flash of Two Worlds! Review of THE FLASH #9


img_6281This is an issue that I want to give a 10/10 just for the reveals…and there is SO much more than the two Wallys meeting here. No issue can have the impact of the original “Flash of Two Worlds”, since that story introduced us to what we now know as the Multiverse. But, “Kid Flash of Two Worlds” still should be fondly remembered as we go forward for what this story DID give us…want to know more? Just follow us after the jump!


Let’s call the younger Wally “Teen Titans” Wally, and the original Wally just “TITANS Wally”…hopefully that will help as we go through this review.

The plot is easy enough to sum up…Flash and “Teen Titans” Wally go to save people from a bridge accident when TITANS Wally shows up to help save the day! Both Wallys get time alone, and TITANS Wally and Barry have some important talks as well…but I’m not sure the plot is the point for this issue. Let’s get to the reveals here:

-“Teen Titans” Wally learns that “Uncle” Daniel, the Reverse Flash of the New 52, is really his father. The way he learns that is something we’ll talk about in a moment, along with how he deals with this news.
-“Teen Titans” Wally is friends with someone named…Chunk! No word as to any meta-human qualities for this returning character, but this former friend of TITANS Wally is at least returning to continuity, and that’s a welcome sight.
-“TITANS” Wally tells Barry about Abra Kadabra and the Titans (I’m assuming this story is set in continuity after the current TITANS arc is resolved).
-Barry lets Wally know that whatever Abra Kadabra is doing, he’s not the real force behind all the changes…which of course may lead us back to those potential Watchmen ties

and there’s one more reveal, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

When the two Wallys shake hands, something happens to the Speed Force, and it nearly drags Barry in. While he fights that, several things happen as he “loses heart”, more like losing himself in the Speed Force. This is when he reveals that Daniel is “Teen Titans” Wally’s dad. He also says some things he certainly regrets to TITANS Wally. Barry sees a vision of Zoom telling him he will always race alone…

…and there’s that last reveal…but let’s wait just a moment more.

After learning about his dad, “Teen Titans” Wally runs off.  TITANS Wally catches up and they talk about the situation without revealing who TITANS Wally really is. After a brief (possibly too brief) talk, “Teen Titans” Wally seems better..and this may be the only real flaw in the story. This part was resolved awfully fast. Still, the rest of the story was really good…and then there’s that last reveal.

While Barry was (almost) lost in the Speed Force, he had one last vision, one that filled him with hope…

It was a silver helmet with wings…the Golden Age Flash’s helmet!

That gives this old Flash fan some hope as well, that we may see a return of the classic versions of the Earth 2 JSA. Just a note – I really have enjoyed the New52 versions of the Earth 2 heroes…but I still miss the versions I read about as a kid. Let’s see where this takes us.

SUMMARY: This was an interesting mix of a story. We have a fairly simple plot, laced with HUGE reveals.  This issue isn’t so much about the immediate story as it is about setting the stage for the next year (or more) of tales, and it does that very effectively. Whatever minor flaws may exist (such as “Teen Titans” Wally recovering so quickly from learning about his dad), the overall story with the big reveals easily make up for that. Thanks to Joshua Williamson for a critical chapter in the life of THE FLASH family, and to Jorge Corona for the artwork (with colors by Ivan Plascencia).

I absolutely enjoyed this issue of THE FLASH – what do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

-- Ed Garrett.

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“Monster” Teaser


The CW has released the extended trailer for next week’s episode of The Flash, titled “Monster”. You’ll want to watch this week’s episode before viewing it.

Interestingly, the trailer’s pretty different from the official synopsis for the episode. And I can’t say I was expecting that kind of enemy in this series!

Looking forward to the episode? What are your thoughts about the motivations of H.R.? Feel free to share them here!

-- Lia.

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“The New Rogues” Review of THE FLASH S3.4


This episode has SO much going for it…TWO new Rogues for the show, a reappearance of sorts from another Rogue…and that’s not all! This episode gives us Harry…and Harry…and Harry…and…I’ll explain…AFTER the jump!


Note: This review is being posted prior to THE FLASH airing on the West Coast USA – if you haven’t seen the show please watch it first and then come back!

We start three years ago…much like the prior meta-human villain reveals, we go back to the night of the particle accelerator explosion. We see Len Snart (!) confronting a couple of fellow crooks who broke one of Snart’s rules by blowing some of their ill-gotten gains too soon…and their names? Sam Scudder…and Rosalind Dillon. In this continuity, Roscoe is recast as Rosalind, and she and Sam are a couple. They quarrel with Len and are about to lose out at the cost of Sam’s life when the accelerator begins to blow up. Len gets away, but the accident affects both Scudder and Dillon. Sam…disappears into a mirror and is missing for three years. When he reappears, with the power to disappear into reflective surfaces, he only wants one thing…Snart!

Eventually, he finds Dillon in Iron Heights and escapes with her, right under the noses of Joe West and Cecile Horton. He finds that a lot of things have changed. Snart may be gone – his fate is not fully known to the world after LEGENDS last season. Dillon has powers as well – she can induce crippling vertigo as her power (a nice twist on the “Top” name). And, there is one person who could stop them…the Flash! But, that doesn’t worry Sam Scudder…and they plan to go on a huge robbery spree!

Meanwhile, Jesse Quick is training with the Flash. She has speed that almost matches Barry’s already (leaving open the idea that she can improve even on that with training). But, she doesn’t have the precision Barry has picked up over time. He is mentoring her, and takes her along when Scudder and Dillon show up…but disaster strikes!

Jesse follows Barry in the chase for Scudder and Dillon too far…and is hit with The Top’s power. Losing balance, Jesse falls off the top of a skyscraper and is saved at the last moment by Barry. Just then, Scudder shows up and throws Barry into the Mirror World!

Harry and Cisco come up with a solution to free Barry, involving a molecular decelerator to slow down the “wormhole” effect that trapped Barry in the mirror. It isn’t working…but when everyone else is pulled away by the latest strike by the bad guys, Caitlin turns on her Frost powers (out of Barry’s line of sight) and brings the mirror down to a temp that allows Barry to phase out.

Barry figures out how to defeat Scudder…and he and Jesse do save the day in interesting ways. Jesse figures how to counter the dizzying effect of The Top, and Barry surrounds Scudder with mirrors…in this explanation of Scudder’s powers, that circle of mirrors means that jumping into one mirror kicks him out of the mirror that faces it (if that sounds confusing, the show makes it look more simple). They take Scudder to a cell with no reflective surfaces and we are set for an epilogue…but first…

There were some MAJOR subplots in this show. In one respect, this episode could have easily been called “Love Is In the Air”.  It wasn’t just Scudder and Dillon, either. First we had Barry and Iris’ relationship.  Barry and Joe are dealing with the awkwardness of Barry and iris being a couple, while Iris just wants to be open about the relationship. It created some pretty funny moments, but in the end we get some resolution – Barry is getting his own place. Wally and Jesse finally are ready to admit their feelings, though being on two different Earths makes that relationship a LOT more difficult. And, Joe may be moving toward a relationship with Cecile…so yes, “Love Is In the Air”.

That wasn’t the only subplot – the other involved Harry…and Harry…and Harry…and…okay, I’ll get to the point. Earth Two Harry wants to go home, but the team wants him to stay. He suggests looking into the Multiverse for another Harry. That gives us several really hilarious versions of Harry, including a Western Harry, a Steampunk Harry, a Mime (who talks) Harry…and finally the version we appear to be moving forward with (for now), a much more humorous Harry than we’ve ever seen. This episode must have been a LOT of fun for Tom Cavanagh, playing so many versions of the “same” person. This will continue to play out over the next episode at least…and there may be something potentially bad coming down the line. We will have to see…but let’s get back to that epilogue…

Before Earth Two Harry and Jesse leave, Harry tells Cisco something important…that the decelerator didn’t work at all. They did NOT free Barry, so how did he get out? In the Epilogue we see Caitlin at home, taking a shower, when EVERYTHING freezes. She leaves the shower to find that her lips are turning blue and part of her hair is now white! Is “Killer Frost” in our future? That’s for future episodes to reveal…

SUMMARY – I’m not sure how much more they could have packed into this episode. The “return” of Snart, the introduction of TWO Rogues, Caitlin’s continuing transformation, Jesse’s training, all the relationship developments, all the different “Harrys”…this episode had a LOT going on, and they made it work. I liked Mirror Master and The Top quite a bit. I do want to hear from our favorite Top fan on the site as to Dillon’s character, but pairing the two with their power sets worked better than I thought it might. It wasn’t a perfect episode…but it was a solid show. I’d give this one at least an 8/10.

That’s just my opinion – what do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

-- Ed Garrett.

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“The New Rogues” Stills, Plus The Upcoming Crossover


The CW has released some official still images for next week’s episode of The Flash, titled “The New Rogues”. You can see more of them at Beautiful Ballad.org. The images give us a good look at Jesse Quick in her new costume, as well as the three major Rogues who will appear….and hint at the conflict between them. Check them out!

Also, Collider spoke with showrunner Marc Guggenheim about Season 5 of Arrow, and the upcoming four-series crossover. There he tells us how the episodes will air and a bit about the story.

Can you clarify how the four show cross-over is split into three parts?

GUGGENHEIM: There’s going to be an episode of Supergirl that ends with Supergirl going over to the cross-over. Some people call it a four-way cross-over because it involves four shows. My ulcer requires me to call it a three-part cross-over. The story that’s being told has a beginning, middle and end. It’s a beginning in The Flash, a middle in Arrow, and an end in Legends, but Supergirl is very much a part of the whole thing. So, we are crossing over four shows, but in three parts.

What can you say about how Supergirl will enter into the Arrow-verse for the upcoming three-part cross-over?

GUGGENHEIM: Last year, Supergirl established that The Flash was able to make his way to what I call Earth-CBS, and it stands to reason that with the proper breach technology, the reverse can happen. Once the heroes realize that they’re up against aliens, they decide that they need an alien on their side and, fortunately, Barry knows a really nice one. I don’t think it’s a big shock that, between Barry and Cisco, and all of their experiences with Earth-2 and the multi-verse, that they can pluck her from Earth-CBS.

Looking forward to “The New Rogues” and/or the crossover? What do you hope to see? Share your thoughts!

-- Lia.

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“The New Rogues” Teaser


Here’s the extended trailer for next week’s episode of The Flash, titled “The New Rogues”. The episode will feature the introduction of two major Rogues, as well as the return of another! The returnee doesn’t appear in this teaser, however.

The episode will air on October 25th.

Looking forward to the titular new Rogues? Certainly Mirror Master was the one villain people were clamouring for until he was announced this season. Share your thoughts about what you want to see!

-- Lia.

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Magenta! Review of THE FLASH S3 Ep3


As THE FLASH moves forward through this post-Flashpoint world, we discover new twists to this new reality, We continue to meet new metas created by Doctor Alchemy…but we also see a NEW speedster! We meet….

Oh, let’s wait until after the jump, okay?


Note: This review is being posted prior to the episode airing on the West Coast USA. If you haven’t seen the show yet, please watch the episode first and then come back. Okay? Okay!

Don’t worry, we’ll get to that new speedster. But first…

We see a failed first date for Barry and Iris. They are both trying too hard…and trying to leave out their lives as Flash and reporter. There is a break to stop a robbery…and then…a call to S.T.A.R. Labs.

There is a new breach! And, coming through the breach are…Harry and Jesse!

…and of course Jesse is the NEW speedster!

There are a lot of things springing out of this. Harry is very worried about what could happen to Jesse, so he wants help in talking her out of being a hero. Wally sees Jesse as a speedster and begins to wonder why he isn’t showing super speed. And, in getting ready to run tests, we find there is a part of S.T.A.R. Labs that we haven’t seen before…the Speed Lab!

Yes, the Speed Lab wasn’t there before. It’s now another effect of the post-Flashpoint world. Harry immediately recognizes the issue here…that Barry has been messing with the timelines again. Eventually, they discuss the Flashpoint paradox with them in terms of Doctor Alchemy’s efforts to restore powers to those people who were metas in the Flashpoint universe.

In the meantime, we see the latest product of Alchemy’s work…Frankie Kaine (known in the comics as Frances Kaine). On this show, Frankie has been through the foster care system for far too long with far too many families, settling on her latest home with an abusive foster father. She has dealt with dissociative personality disorder (split personality) for some time, and the part of her that Alchemy called to has become Magenta! Her magnetic powers are astounding, and she begins by attacking that abusive foster father with a lamp post, sending him into the hospital.

Later Julian figures out that Frankie shares a DNA trait with all the other husks…a trait not shared by previously known metahumans. When he confronts her, she uses her powers to attack Julian. He is saved by the Flash, but Magenta escapes.

Later, Magenta attacks the hospital where her foster father is recuperating…with a tanker ship! Flash manages to keep the ship from dropping on the hospital building…but he needs help. Harry finally encourages Jesse to join in, and she speeds into action, literally…giving Barry the chance to talk Frankie down.

After that, they find a safer foster home for Frankie and let her know that her abusive (now former) foster father will see jail time for what he has done to her. We may see her again…

But in the meantime we see Jesse finally get her own costume – in this case modeled somewhat on Barry’s uni. I’m sure there will be some differences, but since we only see this costume in a box we’ll have to find out more next week. Thankfully, Harry and Jesse plan to hang around a little longer.

We end with a second date between Barry and Iris, where they finally agree to be their “new” selves instead of trying to be who they were prior to Barry’s becoming the Flash….but…that date ends with a call to the CCPD, where Joe, Julian and Barry see the video from Iron Heights, where an invisible Alchemy kills Edward Clariss. Not much to work on, but they know Alchemy is even more formidable than they had thought previously.

NOTES: There is a subtext here of Wally wondering when he will get his powers…even stepping in front of a car to try and “trigger” his powers. He has been having dreams of speed, which gives him a common thread with Magenta, so we may yet see him interacting with Alchemy.  We know this foreshadows Kid Flash…but whether it’s because his powers trigger on their own or because of Alchemy’s intervention is something we’ll have to find out down the road.

SUMMARY: This was a completely enjoyable episode of THE FLASH!  After the first episode, I’ll admit that I (and some other viewers) thought Flashpoint had been disposed of rather quickly. Instead, we are finding little ways in every episode that the world has been affected…and I like how that is playing out. The Speed Lab is a very cool addition (technically it’s “always been there” after Flashpoint, but you get the point) to S.T.A.R. Labs. It was WONDERFUL seeing Harry and Jesse back on the show, and seeing Jesse finally becoming Jesse Quick was a great bonus. I’m also good with the pacing of Barry and Iris’ relationship – it’s not being rushed, and that’s a good thing. Ditto for how we are seeing the threat of Alchemy develop – we’re finding his “creations” first, and slowly learning the level of threat Alchemy presents. If anything, Doctor Alchemy looks to become a much more significant threat than we ever saw in the comics. I’ll give this a 10/10 – what’s your take? Leave your comments below!

-- Ed Garrett.

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DC Solicitations For January



We’ve already seen a solicitation and cover for one of the Flash issues in January, but now DC has released their full complement of issues for that month. Read on, and you can see the full lineup at Newsarama.

Variant cover by DAVE JOHNSON
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
“ROGUES RELOADED” part one! Central City is quiet…a little too quiet. Which means one thing: the Rogues are up to something, and only The Flash can stop them! But first Barry Allen needs to track down his classic cadre of villains, who’ve vanished in advance of their greatest plan ever. Plus, artist extraordinaire Carmine Di Giadomenico returns!
On sale JANUARY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Variant cover by DAVE JOHNSON
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
“ROGUES RELOADED” part two! Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Golden Glider, Weather Wizard and Heat Wave are back! In part two of this epic heist story, The Flash travels overseas to stop the Rogues from committing the greatest caper of all time! But not everything is as it seems in this international game of cat-and-mouse as the Rogues spring a trap on the unsuspecting hero.
On sale JANUARY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art and cover by guest artist LEE WEEKS
Variant cover by NICK BRADSHAW
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
“Home Sweet Home”! A new threat brings Wally West face to face with the Man of Steel, and the two recognize each other as kindred souls from another world. Plus, the Titans set up their new Tower in New York City!
On sale JANUARY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
“Damian Knows Best” part four! Robin makes a deal with Ra’s al Ghul—a deal that will be settled in a trial by combat! If Damian wins, the Teen Titans will be spared, but he must rejoin the League of Assassins for good. And if he loses…everyone dies!
On sale JANUARY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

In December the Titans solicitation threatened the end of Wally West, but he clearly survives to fight another day. So that’s good news! Plus, an adventure with the Rogues. So all in all, January sounds like it’ll be interesting.

-- Lia.

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