Season Finale Review! S4 Ep23 of THE FLASH

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This is what we’ve been waiting for all season; It’s time for the main event…okay, enough clichés.  The Thinker has unleashed “The Enlightenment” on the world, and it will send all of humanity back to simpler times…and simpler minds as well. Is it too late to stop the devolution of humanity? How in the world can Team Flash survive, much less beat the bad guy? Will the season finale reveal the identify of the mystery girl? Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

NOTE: This review of THE FLASH is posting before the show airs in the Pacific Time Zone USA.  If you haven’t seen this episode yet, STOP NOW and come back after you watch the show! You’ll be glad you did!

Barry has gotten his job back, at least according to a congratulatory message Singh is sending him…unfortunately that message never gets through, as the world falls apart! All technology has gone dark…even basic services like electricity are gone.  No cars work. All is dark (except for a purple sky), which is a bit ironic because it’s due to The Enlightenment!

S.T.A.R. Labs is barely functioning on emergency power. The team tries to get things together, while Cecile begins having contractions. She is ready to deliver just as the Enlightenment is starting!

In the Time Vault, Cisco finds the dark matter cartridge that DeVoe used to take over Gideon, but it appears to be far too late.  Their only hope arrives just then, as Iris arrives with…Marlize DeVoe!

Marlize has a plan – send Barry into DeVoe’s mind, using the Thinker’s chair and Cecile’s psychic powers. If Barry can find the “good” part of DeVoe, they may be able to stop this plan before it runs to 100% permutation of dark matter.

Barry is having trouble finding the “good” DeVoe, but he DOES find…

RALPH DIBNY!

Yes, he finds Ralph in DeVoe’s mindscape! Ralph helps him look for the “good” DeVoe, and they find him…murdered in the mindscape! All appears lost…

…until Barry realizes that finding Ralph still alive in the mindscape gives them a bit of hope. If they can free Ralph from the mindscape, he may be able to take control of his body back from DeVoe. From that moment, the battle is on.

It’s on with not just one DeVoe, but an entire army of DeVoes in the mindscape. Eventually, they do escape, and Ralph takes back his body from DeVoe.

Yay, let’s go home, right? Nope – over 20 minutes left in the show…

As Cecile delivers her child, a holographic version of DeVoe appears in the chair! He had even prepared for a “technological reincarnation”…but he didn’t prepare for Marlize ending that threat by turning off the chair itself.

Yay, let’s go home, right? Not so fast…still plenty of time left…

The satellites start to fall to earth, and one is headed straight for Central City. Flash gets up to full speed to stop the satellite…and just as he gets to it…

Time rewinds?!

It does, and this time when Barry goes to punch away the satellite, a second, mystery gloved hand joins him! It works, and the city is saved!

Here’s where we leave things…at least until next season:

  • Harry has his intelligence (mostly) restored by a gift from Marlize. He’s no longer a top-level intelligence, but he has realized a balance between head and heart, and he’s happy with it. Harry decides to go back to Earth 2 to spend time with his daughter, but not before one last hug with Team Flash. Of course, this means we have just witnessed the annual exit of Harrison Wells – let’s see which version comes in next season.
  • Team Flash offers Marlize a spot on the team, but she declines. She is going back to her original calling, to use technology to help people instead of harm.
  • Ralph Dibny is alive and well and in charge of (at least) his Elongated Man powers.
  • Barry apparently has his job back, though nothing is mentioned past the brief mention at the start of the show.
  • Joe and Cecile welcome their baby girl (watch the show for the name).
  • Wally shows up to meet his baby sister. He’s happy with the Legends but couldn’t miss this moment.
  • The name of the new baby girl may make you think you know the answer to the mystery…but not so fast (pun intended)…
  • Our mystery girl arrives, wearing the same jacket that Iris wore as a speedster. Everyone recognizes her from their earlier meetings. She announces herself as….
  • Nora Allen, Barry and Iris’s daughter! And she says “I think I made a big, big mistake!”

…and that’s where we leave things until next season!

SUMMARY:

This season gave us a very wild ride with a blockbuster ending.  The Thinker proved to be a much more powerful adversary than I would have thought as the season began. The final battle was advertised as having an “Inception” like feel – though there also seemed to be a bit of “Matrix” thrown in for good measure with all the multiple DeVoes. We were introduced to a variety of new characters, saw a greater focus on Cecile, gained and lost (and gained again) Ralph Dibny, and had fun nearly all season speculating on the “mystery girl”.  This season gave us a great storyline that rebounded well from some of the concerns expressed about Season 3 and the Savitar arc.  We leave this season with hope – and an ending that is most definitely not a downer. I’ll give this finale a 10/10 – but that’s my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below – and see you next season!

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DC’s August 2018 Solicitations

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DC has released their full list of solicitations for August 2018, and here are all the ones relating to the Flash. It includes single issues, TPBs, and a rather unique-looking vinyl action figure based on Chris Uminga’s art. Plus, it seems like we’ll be seeing some Multiversal Flashes in the main Flash title!

You can see the full complement of solicits at CBR.

THE FLASH #52
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by CHRISTIAN DUCE
cover by DAN MORA
variant cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
On your mark, get set and go for part one of “Grips of Strength”! Barry Allen races to the House of Heroes at the center of the Multiverse to meet with the Flashes of 52 worlds for info on the new forces he’s recently encountered. Meanwhile, back in Central City, Trickster’s turning informant against Warden Wolfe, but that brings about a sneak attack that Barry and the time-lost Commander Cold must team up to stop—if they can quit butting heads long enough to do so.
ON SALE 08.08.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T
This issue will ship with two covers each.
Please see the order form for details.

THE FLASH #53
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by CHRISTIAN DUCE
cover by DAN MORA
variant cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
Then, it’s a slippery slope for the Scarlet Speedster when he must team up with the frosty Commander Cold to stop a powered-up Trickster from trashing Central City. The Trickster’s first target is the maximum-security prison Iron Heights, which could mean a criminal breakout the city would never survive.
ON SALE 08.22.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T
This issue will ship with two covers.
Please see the order form for details.

TEEN TITANS #21
written by ADAM GLASS
art and cover by BERNARD CHANG
variant cover by BABS TARR
Next up on the Teen Titans’ target list is none other than longtime antagonist Gizmo, whose neighborhood toy store secretly serves as a front for his arms-dealing business. (You can get a Nerf blaster and a rail gun? Cool!) But this whole escapade is about to blow up in their faces when they find Gizmo strapped to an atomic bomb that’s about to go off—right in the middle of New York City. And it’s rush hour to boot? Nice knowing you, Big Apple!
ON SALE 08.22.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T
This issue will ship with two covers.
Please see the order form for details.

THE FLASH VOL. 7: PERFECT STORM TP
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO, CARLOS D’ANDA and DAN PANOSIAN
cover by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO
Gorilla Grodd is after Central City’s Speed Force, but the one thing Barry Allen can’t outrun is the truth, and his nemesis knows a terrible secret about the Fastest Man Alive. As Barry battles Grodd, he loses what he prizes most in the world and must call in Wally West to protect Central City while he sets out to get it back. But with a new Flash protecting his city, will Barry be willing to cross lines he never crossed before? Collects The Flash #39-45.
ON SALE 09.26.18
$16.99 US | 168 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8452-7

IMPULSE BY MARK WAID AND HUMBERTO RAMOS OMNIBUS HC
written by MARK WAID and others
art by HUMBERTO RAMOS, WAYNE FAUCHER, OSCAR JIMENEZ and others
cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
This fast-paced hardcover includes Impulse’s relocation from the 30th century to his adventures in 20th-century Alabama under the tutelage of speedster Max Mercury. In these early tales, Impulse meets White Lightning, battles the ninja crew of Savitar, teams up with Zatanna and visiting Legionnaire XS and more! Collects IMPULSE #1-27, THE FLASH #108-111 and a story from SECRET ORIGINS 80-PAGE GIANT #1.
ON SALE 10.17.18
$99.99 US | 768 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8133-5

JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 7: JUSTICE LOST TP
written by CHRISTOPHER PRIEST
art by IAN CHURCHILL, PETE WOODS and PHILIPPE BRIONES
cover by DAVID YARDIN
Trapped aboard the crippled Watchtower, the Justice League and Justice League of America teams clash over leadership and the urgent question of who can be rescued…and who will be left behind. Meanwhile, the Green Lanterns face critical choices over how to deal with the League’s two most powerful figures! Collects issues #39-43.
ON SALE 09.12.18
$14.99 US | 128 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8425-1

TITANS BOOK ONE: TOGETHER FOREVER TP
written by JUDD WINICK
art by IAN CHURCHILL, JOE BENITEZ, JULIAN LOPEZ, HOWARD PORTER and others
cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
In these tales from 2008, the Titans are being stalked and attacked! Can Nightwing, Beast Boy, Raven, Cyborg, Starfire, Red Arrow and Donna Troy survive long enough to stand against their old enemy—and more importantly, can they rally together to defeat him? Then, their former teammate Jericho returns to exact his own twisted form of vengeance. Collects TITANS #1-11 and TITANS EAST SPECIAL #1.
ON SALE 09.26.18
$24.99 US | 320 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8428-2

TITANS VOL. 4: TITANS APART TP
written by DAN ABNETT
art by PAUL PELLETIER, ANDREW HENNESSY and MINKYU JUNG
cover by PAUL PELLETIER and ANDREW HENNESSY
The Titans attempt to regain their balance after their epic clash with Troia—Donna’s villainous future self—and look toward a brighter tomorrow. But the Justice League wants answers about Donna Troy’s true nature, and they’ll get them—even if it means shutting down the Titans for good! Collects TITANS #19-22 and ANNUAL #2.
ON SALE 09.19.18
$16.99 US | 136 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8448-0

DC ARTISTS ALLEY: THE FLASH BY CHRIS UMINGA DESIGNER VINYL FIGURES
designed by CHRIS UMINGA
sculpted by JOE MENNA
Channeling the popular comic convention experience, DC ARTISTS ALLEY brings unique, artistic viewpoints to the DCU through highly detailed, limited-edition designer vinyl figures that include prints featuring the original artwork the figure is based on.
Due to the extraordinary excitement for DC Artists Alley, DC Collectibles is thrilled to bring our fans one additional figure per artist to the collection. It all arrives just in time for the holidays and as a bonus, each figure will come with a unique variant!
STANDARD FIGURE
This limited-edition vinyl figure of The Flash combines the classic traits of the Justice League’s speedster (complete with a trail of smoke) with many of the accents and details associated with Uminga’s signature style: huge eyes, oversized hands and a playful mix of creepy and cute.
• Limited to 3,000 pieces
• Individually numbered
• Figures measure 6.4″ tall
• Allocations may occur
• Final products may differ from images shown
• Approximately 6 units per carton
ON SALE DECEMBER 2018
$40.00 US • EACH FIGURE SOLD SEPARATELY

DC ARTISTS ALLEY: THE FLASH BY CHRIS UMINGA BLACK AND WHITE VARIANT FIGURE DESIGNER VINYL FIGURE
This ghostly black-and-white variant of The Flash (limited to 500 pieces) bumps up the creepy quotient of Uminga’s signature style. Specifications are the same as the standard figure.
ON SALE DECEMBER 2018
$40.00 US • EACH FIGURE SOLD SEPARATELY

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“We Are The Flash” Trailer

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Here’s the extended trailer for next week’s episode of The Flash, titled “We Are The Flash”. It’s the finale for the show’s fourth season.

And here’s the official synopsis for the episode, which seems to be keeping details deliberately vague.

“We Are The Flash”
SEASON FINALE — Team Flash gets help from a surprising ally in their battle against DeVoe (Neil Sandilands). David McWhirter directed the episode written by Todd Helbing & Eric Wallace (#423). Original airdate 5/22/2018.

We’re promised the answer to a few mysteries in the episode. What do you hope to see in it?

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“Think Fast” – Review of S4 Ep22 of THE FLASH

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We are arriving at the penultimate episode of Season 4 of THE FLASH. DeVoe plans to launch five satellites that will circle the globe and project enough dark matter on the earth to “reboot” the minds of every human being. Can he be stopped? It’s time to “Think Fast” if Team Flash has any chance of stopping “the enlightenment”. Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

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

We are at the A.R.G.U.S. site known as “The Castle”, where Fallout was taken in an earlier episode. DeVoe uses his powers in a metaphorical – and almost literal – symphony of violence as he gets into the site and takes it over.  One member of The Castle’s team manages to get a message out, letting the fact that DeVoe is there be known.

Team Flash figures out that they only have 12 hours before Fallout generates enough nuclear energy to power DeVoe’s plan.  We hit a good news / bad news moment here. The electrically charged pads that protect the site could give Flash enough additional energy to speed up and get to the pocket dimension breach before DeVoe can close it. That’s the good news. The bad news? DeVoe has suspended a member of A.R.G.U.S. over each pad.  Flash can get the energy but a lot of innocent people will die.

How to get around that? We finally get some DC Comics Physics involved from the 1990’s Wally West run.  The team now realizes that Barry doesn’t just connect to the Speed Force, he generates the Speed Force. And, like the classic Wally/Flash stories, he can use his aura to lend speed to others. In this show it’s described as bringing them into Flashtime.

There are some false starts, but eventually the plan works. They get into “The Castle”, Barry gathers up the energy, and Cisco and Caitlin save the A.R.G.U.S. staff.  Barry runs through the pocket dimension and actually blows up one of the five satellites.

Yay! Season over, Barry saves the day, we can all go home, right?

Not so right. DeVoe takes over S.T.A.R. – and even Gideon! He uses the S.T.A.R. satellite to replace the blown up satellite of his own and launches the dark matter! The Enlightenment is here!

NOTES: I saved the subplots for here…

  • Cecile’s powers are expanding, and she is now taking on the personalities of people nearby. At first this is used as a joke, but it plays into Caitlin’s issues, as we will note in just a moment…but first…
  • Harry is continuing to decline, significantly so. But he eventually helps Iris realize where Marlize may be hiding. Harry and Iris use the last extrapolator to go to Oxford, to Marlize and Clifford’s first apartment. After a very tense exchange, Iris asks for Marlize’s help…with the answer put off until next episode.
  • Caitlin has been repressing something. She goes to Dr. Finkel (counselor to metahumans…without realizing it).  No help. Cecile temporarily takes on Caitlin’s personality while being checked out at S.T.A.R. and realizes that there is something Caitlin is repressing, but Caitlin still can’t face it.  But, something during Flashtime training does catch Caitlin’s attention. She asks Cisco to vibe her back to a time where she was struck by a truck while riding her bike. They see her turn to Killer Frost for a moment! This was years before the particle accelerator accident! So, what next? Another question to be answered (hopefully) next episode.
  • One last note – I loved the brief mention of Blackhawk Island.   Cisco’s “super friends” remark was also a nice gem.

SUMMARY: DeVoe has set his ultimate plan into motion. It looks terribly bleak for Team Flash…and for the world as well! This is the type of cliffhanger we’ve come to expect from THE FLASH in each season’s penultimate episode, but it does work here.  Can’t wait to see how they resolve this one! I’ll give this episode a 9/10 – but that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

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Road to “Flash War” – Review of THE FLASH #46

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This is the story of two people who wore lighting bolts…both of whom were largely forgotten for a time. One has just been reunited with his Aunt Iris. The other? Well, the other is getting his groove back on as well…and this is really HIS story. It echoes back to FLASH: REBIRTH, and gets us ready for FLASH WAR! Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

We start with the tests being run on Wally West. He remembers ALL the variations in the time line, and those flashbacks of memory are driving him mad. Even the help of Zatanna, Martian Manhunter, and Jessica Cruz can’t get to the bottom of it all.  Iris remembers a lot now that she has met her nephew, but it’s in bits and pieces – Wally is mainlining everything at once. He runs away to the places he knows best…but even some of those are mere illusions for now. The Flash Museum, for instance.  Barry is frustrated that he can’t help his friend, and takes that out on a monitor in the Batcave (don’t ask).  But, true to Barry’s nature, he cleans up after himself.

Not so Hunter Zolomon. We get HIS story now, including he rejuvenation thanks to Eobard Thawne. They share a desire to make the Flashes suffer, though for different reasons. Zolomon believes he can “save” Wally by convincing him that changing time and preventing the tragedies that have already happened is a good thing.  Thawne just wants to hurt Barry. Eventually Thawne leaves…and dies…again and again and again.

The frustration of seeing Thawne die over and over convinces Zolomon that there is no hope to “save” Wally – it’s time to make all the Flashes suffer. “If the Flashes refuse to see the road to being a better hero…then I will take them down a road…to WAR!”

NOTES:

  • Joshua Williamson’s story ties together some strings that have been hanging out there since REBIRTH began. That’s actually a good thing to me – so many of the DC “non-reboots” threw everything at us all at once, and letting things play out over time shows a lot more consideration and forward planning…at least on a few points. And, we get some reasonable motivation for Zolomon’s actions. It’s more than a little fun to put both of the classic Reverse Flashes together, even if only for a moment.  For that, I’m glad to see this issue.
  • My only quibble is that this seemed to be advertised as an issue that focuses on Wally.  We DO get some early focus on his plight…but he is quickly shuffled off to the side.  It is still a good story, just not what we had been thinking it would be, especially with the main cover.  That said, if you got the alternate cover there would have been no doubt as to the focus of the story.
  • I usually cheer for Scott Kolins’ art – and for the most part this is well done.  There were a few pages that looked a bit rushed (no pun intended), but the overall work is fine.

Overall, I’ll give this an 8/10 – but that’s just my opinion.  What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

 

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