DC’s August 2019 Solicitations

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DC has released the full list of solicitations for August 2019, and here are all the ones relating to the Flash. You can see the full complement of solicits at Newsarama.

THE FLASH #76
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art and cover by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORDI TARRAGONA
card stock variant cover by YASMINE PUTRI
“Death of the Speed Force” begins! With renewed resolve following the events of “The Flash Year One,” the Flash is back with a new mission, a new outlook and a brand-new speedster HQ. But the Fastest Man Alive is slowing down—and there’s only one explanation: the Speed Force is dying. Plus, the Year of the Villain heats up as Captain Cold uses Lex Luthor’s offer to boost Heat Wave to the next level!
ON SALE 08.14.19
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $4.99
FC | RATED T
This issue will ship with two covers.
Please see the order form for details.

THE FLASH #77
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art and cover by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORDI TARRAGONA
card stock variant cover by YASMINE PUTRI
“Death of the Speed Force” continues! The Speed Force is collapsing, and its destructor is here…to save the day?! The Strength, Sage and Still forces have placed a dangerous strain on the force that empowers the DC Universe’s super-speedsters, and the Flash is about to face the impossible choice of saving his friends’ lives or losing his powers forever!
ON SALE 08.28.19
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $4.99
FC | RATED T
This issue will ship with two covers.
Please see the order form for details.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #29
written by SCOTT SNYDER
art by BRUNO REDONDO
cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
variant cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON
Does a Starro dream of an electric Justice League? Sensing the danger to come, Jarro fears for his newfound friends. He ponders each one and their potential fate to decide whether he should mentally block them from going forward into what could be certain destruction…the coming war with the Legion of Doom!
ON SALE 08.07.19
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T+
This issue will ship with two covers.
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JUSTICE LEAGUE #30
written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
art by JORGE JIMENEZ
cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
card stock variant cover by JAY ANACLETO
The “Justice Doom War” starts here! The Lex Luthor the League has known and fought is no more, replaced by an apex predator version of Lex, powered by Perpetua with a goal of bringing tragedy to the DC Universe. Now that Lex has powered up villains across the cosmos, he marshals his own troops, sparking a war between the Legion of Doom and the Justice League that will span space, time and the Multiverse itself. This is the start of the next big Justice League event, with consequences affecting “DC’s Year of the Villain” and beyond!
ON SALE 08.21.19
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $4.99
FC | RATED T+
This issue will ship with two covers.
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TEEN TITANS #33
written by ADAM GLASS
art by SEAN CHEN
cover by BERNARD CHANG
variant cover by ALEX GARNER
In the wake of the Terminus Agenda and Crush’s first encounter with Lobo, the Teen Titans begin again at Mercy Hall with a new mission and a new lease on life. But just when they catch their first break in ages in their hunt for the Other, Robin confirms that the person who let his prisoners escape…was one of his teammates. As Robin’s hunt for the mole begins, Lobo accepts a gift from Lex Luthor…and an unholy alliance is born!
ON SALE 08.21.19
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T
This issue will ship with two covers.
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YOUNG JUSTICE #8
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art by JOHN TIMMS and ELENA CASAGRANDE
cover by JOHN TIMMS
card stock variant cover by JONBOY MEYERS
Lost in the Multiverse! The heroes of Young Justice must stay together as they fight to find their way home. Too bad they’re about to cross paths with their own evil look-alikes! Plus, the secrets of Jinny Hex are revealed in a special sequence illustrated by Elena Casagrande! Get set for some of the craziest stuff you’ve seen in years! (Spoilers!)
ON SALE 08.07.19
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $4.99
FC | RATED T+
This issue will ship with two covers.
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DCEASED #4
written by TOM TAYLOR
art by TREVOR HAIRSINE and STEFANO GAUDIANO
cover by ANDY KUBERT
card stock variant cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
card stock horror movie homage variant cover by TASIA M.S.
The Daily Planet has become a beacon of hope for the living as the Anti-Life Equation sweeps the planet. What’s left of the Justice League have begun to gather there, bringing survivors and family alike. But the city is being overrun with infected humans…and superhumans! The war for Metropolis begins!
ON SALE 08.07.19
$3.99 US | 4 OF 6 | 32 PAGES
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVERS $4.99
FC | RATED T+
This issue will ship with three covers.
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FINAL CRISIS OMNIBUS HC NEW EDITION
written by GRANT MORRISON, GEOFF JOHNS, GREG RUCKA and others
art by J.G. JONES, CARLOS PACHECO, DOUG MAHNKE, GEORGE PEREZ, SCOTT KOLINS, PHILIP TAN and others
cover by J.G. JONES
The event that asked, “What happens when evil wins?” is collected in an omnibus edition that features every tie-in miniseries and chapter, as Superman, Batman and the Justice League must face this reality when Darkseid and his followers win the war between light and dark! Includes BATMAN #676-683 and #701-702, BIRDS OF PREY #118, DC UNIVERSE #0, DC UNIVERSE: THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT #1, FINAL CRISIS #1-7, FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS #1-5, FINAL CRISIS: REQUIEM #1, FINAL CRISIS: RESIST #1, FINAL CRISIS: REVELATIONS #1-5, FINAL CRISIS: ROGUES’ REVENGE #1-3, FINAL CRISIS SECRET FILES #1, FINAL CRISIS: SUBMIT #1, FINAL CRISIS: SUPERMAN BEYOND #1-2, THE FLASH #240-241, TEEN TITANS #59-60 and TERROR TITANS #1-6.
ON SALE 12.04.19
$150.00 US | 1,504 PAGES | 7.0625” x 10.875”
FC

THE FLASH VOL. 10: FORCE QUEST TP
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by RAFA SANDOVAL, CHRISTIAN DUCE, MINKYU JUNG, SCOTT KOLINS and others
cover by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORI TARRAGONA
Following “Flash War,” Barry Allen remains the Flash, but he’s no longer the Fastest Man Alive! With Hunter Zolomon on the run, and new forces such as the Strength, Sage and Still forces unleashed on the Multiverse, Barry must leave Central City behind and travel the world to learn the secret history of the Speed Force. Collects THE FLASH #58-63.
ON SALE 09.04.19
$17.99 US | 144 PAGES
FC

HEROES IN CRISIS: THE PRICE AND OTHER TALES TP
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON,
JULIE BENSON and SHAWNA BENSON
art by RAFA SANDOVAL, JORDI TARRAGONA, GUILLEM MARCH, SCOTT KOLINS and JAVIER FERNANDEZ
new cover by GUILLEM MARCH
Batman and the Flash cross paths again in this story that ties into HEROES IN CRISIS! Gotham Girl is missing, and it will take both Batman and the Flash to find out where she’s gone—and if she has anything to do with the horrifying events at Sanctuary. Both Batman and the Flash have lost their sidekicks—now will they lose each other? Plus, Green Arrow is forced to take a hard look at himself and his methods after the death of his former sidekick, Arsenal! Collects Batman #64-65, The Flash #64-65, GREEN ARROW #45 and #48-50, and The Flash Annual #2.
ON SALE 09.25.19
$19.99 US | 248 PAGES
FC

HEROES IN CRISIS HC
written by TOM KING
art by CLAY MANN, TRAVIS MOORE, LEE WEEKS, MITCH GERADS
and JORGE FORNES
cover by CLAY MANN
There’s a new kind of crisis threatening the heroes of the DC Universe, ripped from real-world headlines by CIA operative turned comics writer Tom King: How does a superhero handle PTSD?
Welcome to Sanctuary, an ultra-secret hospital for superheroes who’ve been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. But something goes inexplicably wrong when many patients wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects: Harley Quinn and Booster Gold! It’s up to the DC Trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman to investigate—but can they get the job done in the face of overwhelming opposition? This collected edition features the entire nine-issue miniseries!
ON SALE 09.25.19
$19.99 US | 240 PAGES
FC

YOUNG JUSTICE VOL. 1: GEMWORLD HC
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art by PATRICK GLEASON, EMANUELA LUPACCHINO, VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC, JOHN TIMMS and others
cover by PATRICK GLEASON
Superboy! Wonder Girl! Robin! Impulse! Amethyst! They and other young heroes are united as Young Justice in this first collection of comics from the new Wonder Comics line!
When the nightmare dimension known as Gemworld invades Metropolis, these teen heroes will unite to deal with the situation—but they’re shocked to discover the battle may be the key to the return of Conner Kent, a.k.a. Superboy!
This debut title collects issues #1-6 of the hit series!
ON SALE 09.18.19
$24.99 US | 160 PAGES

ABSOLUTE DC: THE NEW FRONTIER 15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION HC
written by DARWYN COOKE
art by DARWYN COOKE and others
cover by DARWYN COOKE
Darwyn Cooke’s critically acclaimed masterpiece DC: THE NEW FRONTIER is back in this new, expanded Absolute edition featuring new story pages, detailed annotations, alternate sequences and an extensive gallery of sketches, pinups, action figure art and much more!
In the 1950s, Cold War paranoia outlawed the mystery men of the Golden Age. Stalwarts including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman continued to fight for truth and justice, but as the world hurtled toward an uncertain future, it would take a new breed of hero to define the American Way. DC: THE NEW FRONTIER takes readers on an epic journey from the end of the Golden Age of heroes to the beginnings of the legendary Justice League of America.
This new edition includes supplemental material previously offered in the out-of-print deluxe edition, and collects the original six-issue miniseries, JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER SPECIAL #1 and the story “Triangulation,” from SOLO #5.
ON SALE 11.20.19
$99.99 US | 528 PAGES
FC | 8.25” x 12.5”

CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS 35TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION HC
written by MARV WOLFMAN
art by GEORGE PEREZ, DICK GIORDANO, JERRY ORDWAY and others
cover by GEORGE PEREZ and ALEX ROSS
The 12-issue epic is collected in a new anniversary edition! The mysterious Anti-Monitor has begun a crusade to end all existence. As alternate Earths are destroyed, the Monitor quickly assembles a team of heroes from across time and space to stop the menace!
ON SALE 09.25.19
$49.99 US | 496 PAGES
FC | 7.0625” x 10.875”

-- Lia. The post DC’s August 2019 Solicitations appeared first on Speed Force.

What If Nora Never Came Back in Time? (timey wimey thoughts on Season 5 of THE FLASH)

https://speedforce.org/2019/05/what-if-nora-never-came-back-in-time-timey-wimey-thoughts-on-season-5-of-the-flash/

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We have just seen the completion of a fantastic Season 5 of The Flash, one that gave us more timeline twists than even the Flashpoint story arc. What follows the jump will be HUGE spoilers for Season 5, so I’ll save all the big points for now. But, since the timeline was affected so much, and in so many ways, I began to wonder, “What if Nora had never visited the present time?” Let’s start just after the jump!

SPOILERS FOR SEASON 5 AHEAD!

To explore this further, I’m not going to include all the sneaky surprise visits Nora made prior to Season 5, like her appearance at Barry and Iris’ wedding. Instead, let’s start with the end to Season 4, when Nora suddenly rewound time and joined Barry in punching The Thinker’s satellite to pieces…stay with me, folks, it’s a wild ride.

Had Nora not interfered with Barry’s punching The Thinker’s satellite:

  • Barry would have survived destroying the satellite in spite of Team Flash’s fears, as he was not slated to disappear until the 2024 Crisis (which has since been moved up, but we’ll come back to that later).
  • Barry’s solo punch to the satellite would still have created the dagger, but it would NOT have gone to Orlin Dwyer. Instead, it would have gone to the person originally slated to become Cicada, the person with the same name as all the other Cicadas on all the other multiple Earths. (Keep in mind that this is how Sherloque thought he had “solved” the mystery early in Season 5).
  • The person meant to be Cicada would have gone on a meta killing spree, then he would have faded into the mists of history. Team Flash would never have found Cicada – “The one case the Flash never solved”. That means the dagger that dampens meta powers would also fade from view…
  • …until it was used to stop Eobard Thawne and place him in prison.
  • With that timeline, Thawne would have remained powerless all the way until his execution – and yes, he would have died in that timeline. No more Reverse Flash!
  • Nora would still have been born, and would have had that chip implanted by Iris to dampen her powers as well. Whether she later would have gained super speed or not, she would likely not have gone to 2019, and certainly would not have helped Barry punch the satellite (setting all of Season 5 into motion).

Here’s what we don’t know at this point:

  • In that original timeline, we don’t know if Nora would have discovered her powers.
  • Had she done so, we don’t know if she would have gone to Thawne for help. In any event, she would not have started the cascade of events that led to Season 5’s story arc.
  • It is possible that she could have discovered her powers, become XS, and acted as the hero of 2049 without ever returning to the past…but due to all the timey-wimey nature of things, that will have to be unknown.

So, Nora DID discover her powers and DID go to Thawne for help. Here’s what happened at first:

  • Thawne didn’t know at first about Cicada (that interruption to the timeline happens later in Season 5).
  • BUT, he did hold on to the hope that he could somehow manipulate the timeline in a way that could free him.
  • He took a chance on Nora being that agent of change.
  • At this point in the story, everything is fluid…or as the journal puts it, “The Timeline is Malleable”.

How could Thawne know if his efforts worked? How could he know what to manipulate, even with Nora’s help? That’s where the journal came in!

  • With Nora uploading her pages to Gideon from a journal that remained static (even with timeline changes), Thawne could monitor both Nora’s efforts and how the timeline had changed.
  • He could then further direct her efforts to continue changing things in his favor.

(NOTE: Who in their right mind would have given Thawne a Gideon terminal in Iron Heights in 2049? I realize that was one of the keys to this season, but really, who would do that?)

At one point in time, Barry and Nora visit the world of Season One. They meet Thawne in the Time Vault, where Nora let slip the word “Cicada”.

  • This is a BIG moment! For the first time, Thawne could latch on to a means of destroying that dagger before it could be used against him.
  • His future self, the one in 2049, gains this knowledge since the timeline has shifted to include the word “Cicada”.
  • His hope would be to change the past, to keep the original meant-to-be Cicada from being created…and to ensure that a different person became Cicada.
  • This new Cicada, the one we saw in Season 5 (Orlin Dwyer) would be someone who could be defeated, whom the Flash would NOT lose to the mists of time.
  • And, if they could defeat Cicada, then the dagger might be destroyed in our present time.
  • If it is destroyed now, that means it cannot exist in 2049, freeing Thawne from prison and escaping his certain doom.

Back to a 2049, Thawne now has a more complete plan. Nora is sent back in time in hopes of finding…something that would change the person who would become Cicada to someone new.

  • Thawne sends Nora back in time, nudging her just a bit so that she joins Barry in destroying the satellite. Remember, Barry punched it by himself first – then Nora “rewound” time and joined him.
  • This changed the trajectory of the debris, sending key part of the satellite in new directions. The dagger was still created, but it fell into the hands of someone who was not originally intended to be Cicada. Orlin Dwyer was the perfect “new” Cicada.

Still, Thawne couldn’t anticipate everything. He certainly did not appear to anticipate an adult Grace going back in time and taking over the role of Cicada.

  • It is possible that Thawne’s original plan just involved bringing in Orlin Dwyer, whether “cured” or not, and destroying the dagger.
  • Grace’s entry to the timeline placed Thawne’s gambit in danger. Grace was more powerful,. Could she be stopped?

Grace did not have the dagger in the future – the timeline had not been changed enough yet. That dagger was still placed on Thawne’s chest to keep his powers dampened. Still, Thawne had  a few tricks up his sleeve.

  • Thawne likely knew how Barry would react to learning about Nora’s work with THE villain who had killed his mother.
  • He encourages Nora to tell Barry the truth…although Sherloque Wells beats her to the punch. It has an even greater effect, and Barry strands her in 2049.
  • With Nora isolated from Barry’s guidance, she was easily manipulated into connecting to the Negative Speed Force.
  • Now, Thawne could send her back to 2019 without Barry’s knowledge, to find the one weapon that could destroy the dagger.
  • Once that mirror gun was found, Thawne’s plan was fully in place.

Still, Thawne’s plan almost didn’t work out.

  • Had they been able to keep the dagger away from Cicada 2 while giving the meta “cure” to young Grace, Cicada 2 could have been defeated while the dagger remained intact. But of course, Cicada did keep the dagger close and they did have to destroy it in 2019….
  • …and Thawne’s plan worked!

There was one more element to Thawne’s plan, and I tend to think it was a feature of the plan that he didn’t particularly like.

  • Thawne had grown fond of Nora in spite of his hatred for Barry.
  • But, he knew that all these changes could erase Nora from the timeline.
  • That would give Barry an impossible choice – let Thawne go to save Nora, or let Nora fade from the timeline to bring Thawne in.

Barry tries to save Nora, and here’s where the timeline diverges from what Thawne may have anticipated.

  • If Nora had been willing to go into the Negative Speed Force, she would have survived.
  • The Negative Speed Force allows a speedster to go undetected by someone like Barry, and it likely would have protected her from a timeline shift.
  • But, it would have made her more like Thawne. I tend to think he would have liked that, making her his protege instead of Barry’s.

Of course, Nora realizes this and chooses to fade away rather than accept such a fate.

Now, there are still questions here that may never be answered:

  • If Nora technically never existed, how did she go back in time in the first place?
  • How did she have an impact on the timeline for everyone else?
  • How could anyone remember her?

Still, this could be partially answered if Nora is eventually born to Barry and Iris and lives out her original timeline. But, it does become a bit of a timey-wimey mess. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved Season 5 – but the timeline has definitely been messed with here.

That of course leads to the final change in the timeline, moving the Crisis up to 2019. And, it could mean that Nora did accomplish the goals she set when she came back in time. Her goals?

  • Help her dad find and stop Cicada.
  • Stop her dad from disappearing in the Crisis.

So, the “Girl Who Never Was” (to paraphrase a Doctor Who trope) could in fact be the key to Season 6 as well.

…………….

SUMMARY: I doubt that I have covered all the ins and outs of timeline changes from Season 5. This was meant simply for your entertainment, and if you have corrections or additions please add them in the comments below. Hope you enjoyed Season 5 as much as I did – can’t wait for Season 6!

 

-- Ed Garrett. The post What If Nora Never Came Back in Time? (timey wimey thoughts on Season 5 of THE FLASH) appeared first on Speed Force.

“Legacy” Season 5 Finale of THE FLASH (Review)

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https://speedforce.org/?p=51689

We have come to the finale of Season 5. Eobard Thawne has played puppet master throughout the season, and now we come to an epic battle between Barry Allen and the Reverse Flash! How did we come to this? And, can Barry beat an even more experienced, more desperate Thawne? Wanna know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

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

There was SO much going on in this episode…there was at least 2-3 hours’ worth of show time packed into this one hour program. Let’s just try to hit the highlights here:

  • Ralph did stop the shot aimed for the dagger, at some personal cost on a temporary basis. While he was out of action, Sherloque figures out what Ralph had already realized…that getting rid of the dagger was Thawne’s plan all along.
  • Now, Barry has a choice – stop Cicada or stop Thawne. He is willing to risk dealing with Thawne in order to save all the metas in Central City. But, Nora has an idea about how to stop both, by convincing young Grace to take the meta-human cure.
  • Meanwhile, Cicada 2 has a plan of her own – one that would stop all metas on the original night of the accelerator accident!
  • Nora’s plan almost works – it does stop Cicada 2. But, in the end that dagger still had to go, and Thawne was freed.
  • Nora and Barry arrive in 2049 to stop Thawne, and they are joined by the rest of Team Flash. They try to stop Thawne and almost succeed…
  • …but then Nora starts to fade from the timeline. That is the last piece of Thawne’s plan…he could get away while Barry sends Nora into the Negative Speed Force to save her.
  • Problem is, Nora won’t go. She knows that the Negative Speed Force will take her over, and she won’t have it.  Barry and Iris put their arms around Nora as she slowly dissolves, leaving the time line as if she had never been born.
  • The team grieves Nora’s loss, though we do get one last message from her in the form of a video played on Gideon’s screen. It takes us back to Barry’s supposed message just before disappearing in the Crisis in 2024.
  • Thawne has gotten away, but there are some hopeful notes. Cisco gives up his meta powers to be with Kamilla, Sherloque is able to return to his world and to his love, Ralph is able to resume his detective work, and Joe is promoted to Captain as David Singh becomes the new Chief of Police for Central City.
  • …and in the epilogue, Gideon turns on by itself.  That famous newspaper headline about Flash disappearing in the crisis changes…with a NEW date in 2019! The Crisis on Infinite Earths is DEFINITELY coming next season!

NOTES:

  • Even with all the info above, I am leaving SO much of the show out of this review! There was basically a full show’s worth of plot points in the first 15 minutes. Cicada was out by the 30 minute mark. And, the show just kept rocketing forward. The only time it slows down is near the end to deal with Nora’s loss.
  • Cisco has made the choice to give up his powers, and according to reports will not be on next season. I will miss this character terribly, as Carlos Valdes has been a true highlight of this show since the beginning. Long time comics fans will remember that Vibe was not always so cool – but on this show Cisco Ramon has been the epitome of nerdy-cool. Thanks Carlos for five amazing seasons!
  • I suppose we couldn’t continue with Nora into another season, but it is a shame. This character has developed so well over the season that her loss was guaranteed to have an impact – not only within the show but also with fans.
  • Sherloque Wells has left for his home world – wonder which version of Harrison Wells we will get next season? Tom Cavenagh has proven his ability to make this character over (and over) successfully throughout the time THE FLASH has been on the air. Looking forward to that.
  • It was good to see that Singh had Barry figured out as the Flash. Nice to see a “reveal” that didn’t involve Barry rashly pulling back his cowl.
  • This episode was all about legacy – and we’ve seen both Barry’s and Nora’s legacy here. Whether we will see a baby Nora in the future (or a Don and Dawn) is now up in the air, but that does leave a lot of plot lines open for next season.

SUMMARY:

This was a fantastic finale, giving us a HUGE amount of story in just one hour’s time. This season has been one of the better seasons in the history of THE FLASH’s run on CW. I am only sad that we have to wait several months for next season to begin – but as for this show? THE FLASH ended on a high note with a 10/10! Of course, that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

-- Ed Garrett. The post “Legacy” Season 5 Finale of THE FLASH (Review) appeared first on Speed Force.

Chapter 1 of “Year One” Gives Us the Flash Origin Story We Needed – Review of THE FLASH #70

https://speedforce.org/2019/05/chapter-1-of-year-one-gives-us-the-flash-origin-story-we-needed-review-of-the-flash-70/

https://speedforce.org/?p=51676

I’ve been a fan of the Flash for over 50 years…and THIS is the origin story I’ve been waiting for all this time! Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter have brought together elements from Flash tales throughout the years, creating a fresh take on Barry’s origin story that deserves every Flash fan’s attention. Yes, I’m gushing…and for good reason. Wanna know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

This story starts with a young Barry Allen, up in the attic of the Allen household while reading his favorite superhero comics. How cool is it that those comics belonged to his mother? And of course, they were FLASH and ALL-FLASH titles. One has The Fiddler on the cover, and the other features Jay Garrick on the front. As his mother speaks to him, she sees that Barry has gotten a black eye while defending another kid at school. Even then, Nora Allen knew that young Barry Allen stood for hope.

Fast forward 15 years to February 11th (year indeterminate) and we see Barry Allen, CSI. We meet August Heart (not yet a detective), Director Singh, and even Iris West. That night, the lightning strikes! Barry is in a coma for months, drifting through tragic memories of his mother’s murder. The symbolism of the colors in those panels is readily apparent, and a nice nod to Flash history without being overly graphic.

Barry wakes up from his coma on June 15th to discover he is super-fast. On the 16th, he begins to research his powers. This strikes a perfect chord for Barry Allen. As a scientist, this is exactly what he would do, and it’s great to see that played out here. After running through several pairs of sneakers (that pile of shoes was just perfect), Barry finally tries on a pair of boots made of WayneTech materials that were originally meant for firefighter use.

That takes us to August 28th, just a few days more than six months after being struck by lightning. Barry is ready to check out his top speed. He runs so fast that…

…he breaks the time barrier for the first time!

In the future, Barry sees that “King Turtle” has taken over Central City. Barry is saved from trouble by…an older Flash, who tells him, “When are we gonna learn how dangerous time-travel is?” That takes us to the end of Chapter 1 of Year One!

NOTES:

  • There are elements from almost every iteration of the Silver to Bronze to Modern Age Flash origins. You’ll find some Silver Age notes, a few nods borrowed from Wally’s early days (the calorie consumption especially), and even that evidence board from THE FLASH television show. All of those elements come together seamlessly here, giving a fresh take on a familiar story. A great balancing act that truly works here.
  • Check out the covers of those Flash comics, first in the early pages with young Barry, then once again when adult Barry is looking back on what happened to his mother. The Fiddler cover stays the same…but the Jay Garrick cover is now different, looking as if Jay is trying to “escape” the cover. Could be nothing…or could be foreshadowing of the first meeting of the “Flash of Two Worlds” later on.
  • Also check out the headlines that surround Iris in her first appearance. You’ll find a LOT of Easter eggs surrounding the future Rogues Gallery.
  • When Barry is ready to check out his top speed, his red shirt and blue pants are (of course) reflective of Jay Garrick. Nice nod there.

SUMMARY:

Williamson and Porter have knocked it out of the park with this first issue. I don’t know how to praise this one enough…except to give it a 10/10. Of course, that’s just my opinion – what do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

-- Ed Garrett. The post Chapter 1 of “Year One” Gives Us the Flash Origin Story We Needed – Review of THE FLASH #70 appeared first on Speed Force.

“The Girl with the Red Lightning” S5 E21 of THE FLASH

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We are at the penultimate episode of S5 of THE FLASH. We’ve been through Cicada, and now Cicada II…and the danger has ramped up to 11 with her attempt to release a meta-human “cure” that will kill every meta in Central City. Nora is ready to do whatever it takes to stop her, as is all of Team Flash. But, there is a nagging question here…and that question is answered in THIS episode! It’s all to set us up for a HUGE finale next week, and “The Girl with the Red Lightning” does a great job with all of it! Wanna know more? Just follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

NOTE: Apologies for the late review. I was out of town and not able to see this episode until tonight. Next week’s review will be on time. Thanks for your understanding!

The main thrust of this episode was finding a way to keep Cicada II from setting off that cryo-atomizer with the flawed “cure”. She needs just one more item to be ready – and that item would allow her to use her dagger to supercharge the atomizer. Grace could then not only kill every meta in Central City – she could possibly kill every meta on Earth!

There were a lot of story threads flying around this episode, like:

  • Nora’s willingness to risk connecting psychically with Cicada II. It causes red lightning to show up when they connect mentally…but that turns out to be based on Grace’s negative emotions and not Nora’s. Once Nora can control her emotional state, she finds where Grace is planning to set off the atomizer.
  • By episode’s end, Barry and Iris finally see Nora as a full-fledged hero in her own right. It’s about time for that. Nora’s character has matured throughout the season, and it’s great to see that progression continuing here.
  • Joe’s plan to provide the REAL meta cure at CCPD. The crowds are overwhelming…and Joe himself is overwhelmed at first. Cecile shows him that he really can handle the logistics, and until Cicada shows up Joe had the anxious crowd calmed down.
  • Sherloque and Renee Adler finally talked openly about her powers. She won’t take the cure – she really loves her powers. But, Sherloque has another way to keep her safe. He sends her to his Earth, with a promise to follow after he helps Team Flash defeat Cicada II.
  • And…Ralph smells a rat. Why would Thawne send Nora back to change who became Cicada, only to have a second Cicada show up and try to kill other metas? It doesn’t make sense…until the very last second (more on that below).

All of this leads to a mammoth battle with Cicada II at the CCPD. They somehow manage to knock out Cicada for a moment, and try to defuse the atomizer. It now has the infamous dagger attached, and we see Cisco placed in the role of bomb tech. While he tries to defuse the atomizer, the battle continues to rage with Cicada II.  Cisco does manage to defuse the atomizer just in time, and Barry prepares to shoot the dagger with the one weapon that can destroy it…when Ralph realizes what the whole thing as been about.

During the battle, Cicada II told Team Flash that she didn’t have the dagger in the future – she didn’t have it until she came back in time. So, where was the dagger in the future?

Here’s where it was.

In 2049, the dagger has been on Thawne all this time – hidden inside that strange vest he has been wearing all season long!  We see that dagger just as Thawne is removed from his cell in preparation for his execution! Now here’s the question: WHY did Thawne have it? Was THAT the way they had dampened his powers all this time? And, if they destroy that dagger in the present…does that free Thawne up in 2049? Or…is there something even deeper to this mystery? We won’t find out until the season finale next week. But, stopping just short of the shot to destroy the dagger is a wild way to end this episode!

NOTES:

  • We did revisit the overprotective Barry and Iris one more time tonight. It was the only real drawback to the episode. One can only hope that the FLASH writers haven’t set this trope up again in the season finale.
  • I’m glad that Renee Adler was not killed off. I have been afraid since she was introduced as Sherloque’s love interest that something like that would happen. Now, we have to worry about what will happen to Sherloque next week…
  • It was a nice nod to Season One to bring back the device that they had meant to use to trap the Reverse Flash. Of course, in that instance it didn’t work…but this “new and improved” version held Nora safely in while she connected to Grace and used that connection to track her down to the CCPD.

SUMMARY:

Overall, this was a fantastic episode. THE FLASH does have a history of great penultimate episodes each season, and this was no exception. With only minor complaints about the overprotective West-Allens, I’ll still give this one a 9/10. But, that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

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