Flash #65 Preview

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DC has posted the five-page preview for Flash #65, and you can read it at Adventures In Poor Taste. It’s the last issue of the four-part crossover with the Batman book, and features the duo trying to help Gotham Girl with her mental health issues.

 

THE FLASH #65
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by RAFA SANDOVAL and
JORDI TARRAGONA
cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
variant cover by MICHAEL GOLDEN
“THE LAST COLD CASE” finale! The two greatest detectives in the DC Universe take on the one cold case that will tear them apart!
As chief architect of the Sanctuary program that cost so much for so many, especially Wally West, Batman will be held accountable…by the Flash!
A cold case from the Justice League’s past has mysteriously re-opened, and Batman and the Flash—the only two heroes who stand a chance of cracking the case—are at each other’s throats! Our heroes must combat a demon from the past while burying their own inner demons in the process…and neither the World’s Greatest Detective nor the Fastest Man Alive will ever be the same again! But who is really pulling the strings here? And how does Gotham Girl fit into all this? Friendships will be tested and blood will be spilled in this titanic crossover event…
ON SALE 02.27.19
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T+
This issue will ship with two covers.
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DC’s May 2019 Solicitations

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DC has released the full complement of solicitations for May 2019, and here are all the ones relating to the Flash. “Flash Year One” begins that month in The Flash book, and Heroes In Crisis finally wraps up to ominous effect. You can see the list in its entirety at CBR.

THE FLASH #70
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art and cover by HOWARD PORTER
variant cover by TONI INFANTE
“The Flash Year One” starts here! Barry Allen feels helpless in his life in Central City. As a forensic scientist, he’s always catching criminals after they’ve committed their crimes. All that changes one fateful night when Barry is struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals. When he wakes from a coma, he realizes he can run at incredible speeds. Can Barry master these powers and be the hero his city needs…or will the powers burn through him?
ON SALE 05.08.19
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T
This issue will ship with two covers.
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THE FLASH #71
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art and cover by HOWARD PORTER
variant cover by DERRICK CHEW
“The Flash Year One” continues! Barry Allen struggles to control his powers as he experiments with his newfound abilities. When one of his tests lands him in a mess, he’ll come face to face with his first villains!
ON SALE 05.22.19
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T
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HEROES IN CRISIS #9
written by TOM KING
art and cover by CLAY MANN
variant cover by RYAN SOOK
The most-talked-about miniseries of the year reaches its stunning finale! The mystery behind the murders at Sanctuary is solved, but the mind behind it is one the heroes never expected. With their deepest secrets exposed, the Trinity has to consider how to carry on. Should the tragedy cause them to redouble their efforts to help their hurting comrades, or will they need to close up shop? The answers will be found in the ashes of this final showdown, and the fates of Booster Gold, Harley Quinn and the rest hang in the balance.
ON SALE 05.22.19
$3.99 US | 9 of 9 | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T+
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YOUNG JUSTICE #5
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art by PATRICK GLEASON and KRIS ANKA
cover by PATRICK GLEASON
variant cover by KRIS ANKA
Gemworld rips in half as Dark Opal battles the teen heroes of Young Justice as this huge, in-continuity epic continues. While Robin, Amethyst, Impulse, Teen Lantern and Superboy fight for their freedom, the secrets of Jinny Hex, Jonah Hex’s great-great-granddaughter, are revealed—and it is a DC Universe doozy!
ON SALE 05.01.19
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T+
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Variant cover JUSTICE LEAGUE #23
written by SCOTT SNYDER
art by JORGE JIMENEZ
variant cover by JEROME OPENA
“The Sixth Dimension” chapter four! Our heroes have been banished to the prison planet of villains by the World Forger. Stuck with no way of escape, the team hatches a plan to defeat the World Forger and get back to their dimension with the help of a new ally, but where is Superman?!
ON SALE 05.01.19
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T+
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JUSTICE LEAGUE #24
written by SCOTT SNYDER
art by JORGE JIMENEZ
variant cover by JEROME OPENA
“The Sixth Dimension” chapter five! The League’s plan is in full swing, but one member of the team isn’t on board with their message and sides with the World Forger! Betrayed, there’s only one person who can turn the tide of this battle. Can Superman find the strength to escape his prison planet and save the Justice League, or is the League doomed to live out their days trapped in the Sixth Dimension?!
ON SALE 05.15.19
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T+
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DEATHSTROKE #43
written by CHRISTOPHER PRIEST and ADAM GLASS
art and cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN and JASON PAZ
variant cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
“The Terminus Agenda” finale! It’s code red for the Teen Titans as their plan to capture and imprison Deathstroke has backfired in the worst possible way. Mercy Hall is on lockdown, and all the super-villains have escaped their cells! As the villains team up to take down their captors, Deathstroke makes one final attempt at “fixing” Damian—will Damian finally abandon Batman’s code to save his friends from certain death?
ON SALE 05.01.19
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T+
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TEEN TITANS #30
written by ADAM GLASS
art and cover by BERNARD CHANG
variant cover by ALEX GARNER
“The Terminus Agenda” epilogue! Every decision has consequences, and after the shocking events of DEATHSTROKE #43 (trust us, you don’t want to miss it!) it’s time for Damian and the rest of the Teen Titans to take stock of what they’ve done. But the team barely has time to process before a new threat emerges in the form of Crush’s absentee father…Lobo!
ON SALE 05.15.19
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T
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DIAL H FOR HERO #3
written by SAM HUMPHRIES
art and cover by JOE QUINONES
Teen daredevil Miguel and runaway Summer travel to the home of the Flash in Central City to steal back the H-Dial as a secret former wielder of the powerful device swears to do anything to become a hero again—including handing the dial to Mr. Thunderbolt, the villainous entity working to steal the Dial. But it’s hard to work together when you can’t trust your partners…so it’s time for the mysterious Summer to reveal her past to Miguel!
ON SALE 05.22.19
$3.99 US | 3 of 6 | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T

SUPERMAN: LEVIATHAN RISING SPECIAL #1
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS,
MATT FRACTION, GREG RUCKA and MARC ANDREYKO
art by YANICK PAQUETTE, STEVE LIEBER and MIKE PERKINS
cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
An all-star roster of writers and artists highlight the new threat of Leviathan, but also tees up new ongoing series for Jimmy Olsen by writer Matt Fraction and artist Steve Lieber, and Lois Lane by writer Greg Rucka and artist Mike Perkins, coming in June! As Leviathan enacts a plan to take down Superman, it’s up to Lois, Jimmy and the heroes of the DC Universe to rescue the Man of Steel.
ONE-SHOT | PRESTIGE FORMAT
ON SALE 05.29.19
$9.99 US | 80 PAGES
FC | RATED T

SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #48
written by SHOLLY FISCH
art and cover by DARIO BRIZUELA
Over the years, Scooby and the gang have nabbed enough nefarious villains to fill a rogues gallery. But the tables are turned when they have to help a rogues gallery of the Flash’s most nefarious super-villains! Can the gang rescue the Rogues from the ghost of a fellow Rogue—that sinister spinner, the Top? And if they do, can they also rescue themselves from the Rogues?
ON SALE 05.22.19
$2.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED E

DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE TP
written by MICHAEL NORTHROP
art and cover by GUSTAVO DUARTE
The greatest heroes in the DC Universe, the Justice League of America, answer mail from their biggest fans—kids!—courtesy of Michael Northrop, New York Times bestselling author of TombQuest, and artist Gustavo Duarte (BIZARRO).
Does Superman ever make mistakes? What was Wonder Woman’s 11th birthday like? Does Aquaman smell like fish? In this new middle grade graphic novel, iconic heroes are asked questions both big and small, and when they are not busy saving the world, the Justice League even finds time to respond. Their honest and humorous answers will surprise and delight readers of any age, as it turns out that being a superhero is not too different from being a kid.
Full of feats, follies, and colorful illustrations, Dear Justice League gives readers the inside scoop on everyday heroics, no matter who wears the cape!
ON SALE 07.31.19
$9.99 US | 160 PAGES
FC | 5.5” x 8”
ISBN: 978-1-4012-8413-8

BATMAN/THE FLASH: THE BUTTON TP
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON and TOM KING
art by JASON FABOK and HOWARD PORTER
main edition cover by JASON FABOK
international edition cover by MIKEL JANIN
The explosive storyline from BATMAN #21-22 and THE FLASH #21-22 is now available in trade paperback! The Dark Knight and the Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party—and it’s not who anyone suspects! It’s a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!
Retailers: The main cover is available only to accounts in the U.S. and Canada.
The International Edition may be ordered by retailers in any region.
ON SALE 06.19.19
$14.99 US | 96 PAGES | FC
MAIN EDITION ISBN: 978-1-4012-9429-8
INTERNATIONAL EDITION ISBN:
978-1-4012-9861-6

JLA: TOWER OF BABEL (DC ESSENTIAL EDITION) TP
written by MARK WAID
art by HOWARD PORTER, STEVE SCOTT and others
new cover by HOWARD PORTER
The JLA faces its greatest challenge—treason within their own ranks! If the team survives, can they ever trust Batman again? And after being thwarted over and over again, Ra’s al Ghul seeks to distract Batman by stealing the bodies of his dead parents while he enacts his nefarious plot! Collects JLA #43-46 and stories from JLA Secret Files #3.
ON SALE 06.26.19
$16.99 US | 128 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-9184-6

THE MAN OF STEEL BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS TP
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art by IVAN REIS, JOE PRADO, EVAN “DOC” SHANER, RYAN SOOK, KEVIN MAGUIRE, ADAM HUGHES, JASON FABOK, JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ and others
cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
A new era begins for Superman as a threat from his earliest origins reemerges to destroy the Last Son of Krypton. As Superman struggles to come to grips with what has happened to his wife and son, he must also face a new threat that’s determined to burn down Metropolis! The six-issue weekly series written by Brian Michael Bendis is collected, along with the prelude story from DC NATION #0.
ON SALE 06.26.19
$17.99 US | 184 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-9173-0

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“The Price” Part 3 – Review of BATMAN #65

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The epic team-up (or tear-apart) continues as Batman and the Flash fight off a horde of Gotham and Gotham Girl clones. Can they defeat them in time to save Central City from the real Gotham Girl’s next attack? And, will this crisis bring Bruce and Barry back together…or split them apart for good? Wanna know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Claire Clover, aka Gotham Girl, has completely lost it. The death of her brother pushed her over the edge…but there is a lot more to her story than we have known so far. While she attempts to create an “origin story” of her own, we are left to wonder just who was behind Claire and her brother from the beginning. More than that, we still don’t know who has been behind this “resurrection” now.

Bruce and Barry successfully fight off the zombie clones, arguing with each other the whole time. Barry runs to Central City at full speed afterward, trying to save the CCPD from certain death. Batman pushes his Batwing past its limits to get there in time to save Barry. Bruce isn’t “going to have the death of two Flashes on my hands.”

A lot happens in the time between Barry’s instantaneous arrival at the CCPD and the appearance of the Dark Knight Detective.

Specifically, we see the reappearance of…Claire’s brother Hank! The serum Claire was given has revived Hank for a time. But, it couldn’t last for long. This goes back to the fact that their powers eventually will kill them…and it does so once again for the former hero known as Gotham. It’s fortunate for Barry, as a momentary distraction left him open to a vicious attack by Hank. Still, he has to contend with Claire, who is more than ready to kill at this point.

Batman tries to talk her down, but without success. Claire takes a dose of the same serum she gave to her brother, amping up her power for one final attack…and that’s where we leave the story until next week!

NOTES:

  • I am truly enjoying this crossover. The emotions for both Barry and Bruce come across as genuine, fitting their characters and the reactions that they would have in this situation. Bruce is trying to make amends in his own somewhat off-putting way, but Barry isn’t having any of it. The pain of losing Wally is just too real, too fresh to go back to the way things were just yet. Whether that happens at all is something we’ll have to find out (possibly next week?). At any rate, a stellar script once again from Joshua Williamson.  This is SO good, my one regret is that we only have one more issue of this arc.
  • Is Bane really behind this? Is there someone else using Bane’s Venom to make all this happen? Can’t wait to confirm just who is behind all this…
  • I’m still bummed by the storyline of HEROES IN CRISIS…but the way this crossover plays off that storyline is brilliant.
  • One side story is that Iris West was at the CCPD to go through Barry’s stuff – to find a picture of both of them with Wally. She is writing a secret obituary for Wally, her own way of dealing with that loss.
  • The artwork is simply spectacular! From the action to the displays of emotion, this was astounding! The page layouts were spot-on – and those splash pages left me speechless! That’s thanks to Guillem March (with Tomeu Morey’s colors).
  • One last note…I’ve neglected to mention the very cool BatFlash (or is it FlashBat?) logo that goes along with this crossover…here it is, and I really like it!

SUMMARY: I think I’ve already gushed enough over this issue – so I’ll just say this one was a 10/10 for me. Of course, that’s just my opinion – what do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

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“The Price” Part 2 – Review of THE FLASH #64

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Batman and Flash have several things in common – a nose for detective work, a desire to right the wrongs that bad people do…and a single-mindedness that at times blinds them to the feelings of others. What is…the price of that? We are finding some of those answers right here, and they aren’t pleasant. That’s where we stand in Part 2 of “The Price”, in THE FLASH #64. Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

No doubt about it, the events at Sanctuary have put a serious strain on the relationship between Bruce and Barry. Each carries their burden of guilt, and that weighs them down as they try to figure out what happened with Gotham Girl’s attack on the Flash Museum. Still, each of them carries a great respect for the detective skills of the other, and they are trying to make this partnership work.

The clues at the Flash Museum lead them to an island in the Caribbean, where they discover a “giant, ominous castle”. As they enter, they find evidence of an obsessed and probably insane Gotham Girl – she has pictures and memorabilia of all the pantheon of the DCU heroes. This is where the strain begins to show between Bruce and Barry, as our Scarlet Speedster realizes something that Bruce had never considered…

Who helped Gotham and Gotham Girl get started in the first place?

Farther into the castle, they find a horrific sight. Mixed in with pieces of Wayne Tech, Mr. Freeze’s cryogenics, and even more unfathomable tech, we find an array of clones, each wearing a Gotham costume! Flash realizes that the compounds being used for these pods is based on…

Venom!

Barry finds a mask that is clearly associated with Sanctuary, and begins to question Bruce angrily about whether Gotham Girl had ever been sent there. The implication is clear – if Gotham Girl went there and it didn’t work out, why send Wally there? Why send Wally West to his apparent death? But, they don’t get the chance to argue for long…

As Gotham Girl bursts in with more of the “Super Venom” compound. She activates a whole group of Gotham clones to fight Batman and Flash while she flies away to devastate the CCPD!

NOTES:

  • Gotham Girl felt abandoned by Batman after her brother died, and someone (presumably Bane) took her in and convinced her to create  this devastation in return for bringing a version of her brother back to life. It’s a running theme in some ways – look at the number of times Bruce tried to bench any number of heroes in the Bat-family.
  • Let’s not let Barry off the hook here, either. Both Barry and Bruce have made critical errors in judgment while trying to “protect” their friends and loved ones from knowledge that might cause them pain. Barry has alienated Wallace and hurt Iris by withholding info about Wally (among other things). Both Batman and the Flash sometimes put on emotional blinders, thinking so single-mindedly that they miss out on what others are feeling…or what they may truly need in terms of support.
  • Someone please tell Barry about what happened between Bruce and Selina, okay? That was awkward…but it plays perfectly into the themes behind this crossover.
  • Even though we don’t get a lot of time with Iris in this issue, I absolutely LOVED her “message” for Batman. I wanted to cheer for Iris – great moment in the issue.
  • Joshua Williamson not only has Barry’s voice down perfectly, he gives us a great version of Batman in this crossover. I don’t want Williamson to leave THE FLASH, but he obviously can write a great Batman tale anytime he wants to.
  • The artwork in this issue was simply outstanding! Rafa Sandoval (pencils), Jordi Tarragona (inks), and Tomeu Morey (colors) have created some amazing pages. The artwork at times is absolutely stunning, and if Gotham Girl wasn’t such a villain in this story I would want to frame that last splash page and hang it up on my wall.

SUMMARY: This was a 10/10 issue for me. A great story, wonderful interpretations of both Batman and The Flash, and fantastic artwork. Of course, that’s just my opinion – what do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

-- Ed Garrett. The post “The Price” Part 2 – Review of THE FLASH #64 appeared first on Speed Force.

“Cause and XS” Review of S5 E14 of THE FLASH!

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Any fans of “Groundhog Day” the movie out there? It’s one of those movies that I somehow have to stop and watch whenever it shows up on TV. Tonight’s episode is the superhero version of that plot, and it works brilliantly here. Watch Nora as she tries to save everyone, and tries again, and again, and…you get the idea. It’s “Cause and XS” on THE FLASH! Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

NOTE: This review is posting prior to THE FLASH being aired in the Pacific Time Zone USA. If you haven’t seen it yet, STOP HERE and come back after watching the episode. You’ll be glad you did!

There is a part of me that wants to go back and dissect each iteration of the scenes that are repeated here. It’s the same feeling I get when watching the scenes in “Groundhog Day” play out in so many slightly different versions. We start out innocently enough, with a plot device that gets Barry out of the way for most of the episode…

The metahuman cure is almost ready, but it will take 29 days to finish that process. A quicker way to handle things? Barry can take it into the Speed Force and it will only take an hour. What could POSSIBLY go wrong in an hour? And so we begin…

In each version of the events, Cicada finds a different member of Team Flash to kidnap and take to a rooftop – there to get ready to kill the heroes of the team. Each time, Nora arrives just in time to see Cicada’s dagger completing an arc through the city…to land in the back of one of the team’s members! First it’s Killer Frost who dies, then it’s Ralph, then Cisco, then Sherloque, then Cecile. Over and over again Nora goes back in time, only to find another kidnapping and another death.

We don’t see all the attempts, as she tries 52 times before coming clean to Team Flash. It’s not like she had a choice, as Cisco and the other team members gradually realize that something is off. They eventually figure out that Nora has been playing with time. But, the good news is that Nora has been journaling every time she fails…and using that knowledge, Team Flash has a chance to prevail.

Of course they prevent anyone from dying – but I’ll leave that scene for your viewing and comment. Cicada is out of the way for now, though for how long is anyone’s guess. After everyone is finally safe, Barry comes back from the Speed Force to an awkward scene…anything happen while Barry was gone?

Barry counsels Nora about messing with time. She makes one more visit to 2049 and to Thawne, but appears to agree to stick to the plan. Even though they are still messing with time by her attempts to help Barry stop Cicada, Nora is willing to continue the effort.

NOTES:

  • In the subplot for tonight, Cisco has his first date with Kamilla Hwang. They use the “Groundhog Day” effect for some comic relief here, as Cisco tries a variety of personas to impress Kamilla. Of course, all those attempts to be something he isn’t fail miserably. That’s what happens when you let “The Book of Ralph” get into your head. Cisco gradually realizes that he is getting vibes of all those past attempts. Thankfully, he learned his lesson and showed up at Jitters just being himself. We will likely see more of Kamilla in future episodes, and that’s good news.
  • We now have the metahuman cure ready, and that will certainly be a big deal very soon.
  • Sherloque must feel that his new love is safe with Cicada temporarily out of town at the end of the episode, because he is back to checking out that journal. We are likely getting very close to Nora’s big secret being revealed.
  • And yes, we need to sneak the number 52 into the show as often as possible.

SUMMARY: Okay, the “Groundhog Day” trope was well-worn long before tonight’s show, but I really enjoyed the execution of the concept here. All the little details were in place to make this interesting, from Ian’s order at Jitters each time (until Stephen/Stefan in the last scene), to Cicada’s speech on the rooftop that was eventually echoed by Iris, this was pulled off exceptionally well. Even though I’m a big time Barry Allen fan, this Nora-centric episode really worked for me. This is the best episode in a while for this season – I’ll give it a 9/10. Of course, that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

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