Flash #754 Preview

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DC has posted several preview pages for next week’s issue of The Flash, and you can read them at CBR. In the preview, we see the beginning of the team-up between the Flash and Reverse Flash, and they observe the effects of Paradox’s violent handiwork. Check out the pages at the link.

 

THE FLASH #754
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by CHRISTIAN DUCE
cover by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORDI TARRAGONA
card stock variant cover by RAFAEL GRAMPÁ
The Flash is on the run as “The Flash Age” continues! Paradox accomplished his mission to make everyone see the Flash as a monster—and now Flash and the Reverse-Flash are trapped in a 25th century Central City that hates the Flash family and legacy. Now a wanted man, Flash must turn to an unexpected place to get help to return to his own time!
ON SALE 04.22.20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $4.99 US
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The Flash Age Part Five – Review of THE FLASH #754

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Paradox is proving to be the most powerful villain Flash has faced yet. He is jumping through time, killing various versions of Barry Allen – and gaining temporal energy from the paradoxes he creates. Our Flash cannot stop him, not alone. So, he has had to go to the last person he ever dreamed he would team up with…the Hero of the 25th Century, Eobard Thawne! What? Yes, that’s right! The Reverse Flash is the only person who ever defeated Paradox, so it’s time to set up the strangest “buddy” adventure of all time(s). Wanna know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD! 

In the 25th century, or at least this version of it, Eobard Thawne became the hero he always wanted to be. Thawne defeated Paradox when no one else could. And, he built a prison that could contain Paradox and his temporal powers. So, yay for Thawne?

Barry isn’t ready for that. He has had to pluck Thawne out of the time stream just after Nora Allen is killed. Yes, Barry had to stand by last issue while that happened. Barry is angry…and Thawne is ecstatic. He is finally getting to team up with the Flash, and they head out to find Paradox. But first…

Time to pick up Thawne’s Lightning Rod. It’s what he used last time to defeat Paradox. They go after Paradox through time, only to find that Paradox is a step ahead of them…

Paradox continues killing the Flash again and again through time, including Crisis on Infinite Earths and even at the classic meeting of Barry and Jay. Still, Barry remains a hero, and that is unacceptable to Paradox. So, how to create the ultimate Paradox?

Paradox arrives at the same place and time as Flash and Reverse-Flash. Thawne believes the key to winning is to kill the human version of Paradox before he can become this powerful villain. Barry tries to stop him, but Thawne is ready to kill when…

Paradox kills his earlier self, creating the ultimate paradox and granting himself immeasurable power! Paradox releases that power…and it’s erasing the time stream itself! Paradox is ready to kill everyone that Barry ever loved…and the only way to stop him is to…kill him? Will Barry make that choice? We won’t know until next issue…and that’s where we leave it for now.

NOTES:

  • This partnership is something most Flash fans would never have imagined, yet it works here. No, there is no way for Barry to accept Thawne – but Thawne does get to live out his fantasy of being “the worthy successor to the Flash”.
  • The opening scene, narrated by Eobard Thawne, is so full of his ego that it’s difficult to believe everything happened exactly as he said. Of course, the time stream is falling apart so anything is possible.
  • Note for digital edition – I don’t know if this came out the same way in the print copy. But, there is one page where some of the word balloons are pointing to the wrong person. Some of Thawne’s lines are pointing to Barry and vice-versa. I’m hoping that was fixed for print.
  • The artwork continues to be a highlight. Rafa Sandoval’s pencils, Jordi Tarragona’s inks, and the colors by Arif Prianto and Hi-Fi were outstanding.

SUMMARY:

Joshua Williamson continues to do amazing things with the mythos of The Flash. We have a few more issues of Williamson’s excellent scripts, and he will be terribly missed when he’s off the book (though I am MORE than thrilled to see a new volume of NAILBITER). This issue is a 9/10 for me – but of course, that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

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DC’s August 2020 Solicitations

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DC has posted their full complement of solicitations for August 2020, and here are all the ones relating to the Flash. The big news for that month is that Joshua Williamson’s run on The Flash is apparently coming to an end, and the arc “Finish Line” in August-September will be his last. It’s the end of an era, but it’s not yet known who will take over the book afterwards.

You can see the solicitations in full at Newsarama.

THE FLASH #759
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORDI TARRAGONA
cover by HOWARD PORTER
variant cover by INHYUK LEE
A NEW STORY LINE BEGINS!
“Finish Line” part one of four—leading to the finale of Joshua Williamson’s legendary run on The Flash! It’s Barry Allen’s last race! The Legion of Zoom has won. Central City is in ruins. Barry Allen is trapped in the Speed Force, his body taken over by the Reverse-Flash!
ON SALE 08.11.20
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THE FLASH #760
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by CHRISTIAN DUCE
cover by HOWARD PORTER
variant cover by INHYUK LEE
“Finish Line” part two of four! After years of manipulation, the Reverse-Flash has at last destroyed the Flash Family! But they aren’t going down without a fight as they race together to save the soul of Barry Allen! Can the return of allies from the Flash’s past be enough to stop the Reverse-Flash?
ON SALE 08.25.20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
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JUSTICE LEAGUE #50
written by SIMON SPURRIER
art by AARON LOPRESTI
cover by DOUG MAHNKE
variant cover by TRAVIS CHAREST
Special extra-size anniversary issue! It’s the final chapter of “The Rule of War”—and all the rules are broken! On the alien planet Trotha, Empress Siddinx’s plan is revealed, and it’s nothing short of world domination—with the Justice League entangled in her puppet strings. But how can the team save a population that now hates and fears them?
ON SALE 08.04.20
$5.99 US | 48 PAGES
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JUSTICE LEAGUE #51
written by JEFF LOVENESS
art by ROBSON ROCHA and DANIEL HENRIQUES
cover by PHILIP TAN
variant cover by NICK DERINGTON
At the mercy of the Black Mercy! As they return from their adventure on the planet Trotha, the Justice League crashes on the homeworld of the Black Mercy! There, they fall prey to the most powerful psychological threat they’ve ever faced! Written by Jeff Loveness (Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty), this two-part descent into the dark corners of the superhero psyche will unearth fresh horror.
ON SALE 08.18.20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
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YOUNG JUSTICE #17
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS and DAVID F. WALKER
art by SCOTT GODLEWSKI
cover by JOHN TIMMS
variant cover by MIRKA ANDOLFO
This very special issue focuses directly on the friendship at the heart of Young Justice: Conner, Tim, and Bart—a.k.a. Superboy, Drake, and Impulse. As younger men, these three iconic heroes built Young Justice on their friendship. Now their dream has grown and changed as much as they have. And with the demands of adulthood pulling them in different directions, they realize that nights like this one may never happen again.
RESOLICIT | ON SALE 08.04.20
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TEEN TITANS #44
written by ROBBIE THOMPSON
art by JAVIER FERNANDEZ
cover by BERNARD CHANG
variant cover by KHARY RANDOLPH
In this issue, Crush, Roundhouse, Kid Flash, and Red Arrow chase down Robin, who’s on the hunt for villains he thinks must pay the ultimate price for their crimes. With Batman also on the case, can the Teen Titans get to Damian Wayne before his father does?
ON SALE 08.18.20
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TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #2
written by ADAM GLASS and ROBBIE THOMPSON
art by EDUARDO PANSICA
cover by BERNARD CHANG
After Batman discovers the Teen Titans’ most shocking secrets, he arrives at Mercy Hall…and he wants a word with Robin. Don’t miss the confrontation between father and son that will alter the very course of the DC Universe. Will the Teen Titans ever be the same?
RESOLICIT | ON SALE 08.25.20
$4.99 US | 48 PAGES
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This issue is resolicited. All previous orders are canceled.

THE FLASH: SAVAGE VELOCITY TP
written by MIKE BARON and WILLIAM MESSNER-LOEBS
art by JACKSON GUICE, MIKE COLLINS, GREG LaROQUE, and others
cover by JACKSON GUICE and LARRY MAHLSTEDT
Wally West’s earliest adventures as the Flash are collected for the first time! During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Barry Allen made the ultimate sacrifice, and gave his life to save millions. With his mentor gone, Wally West takes on the role of the Fastest Man Alive—but he doesn’t exactly ease into things, as he soon finds himself in confrontation with Vandal Savage! Plus, meet new characters including sentient computer virus Kilg%re, matter-transporting Chunk, and S.T.A.R. Labs scientist Tina McGee! Collects The Flash #1-18 and The Flash Annual #1.
ON SALE 09.01.20
$39.99 US | 480 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-9957-6

JLA BY GRANT MORRISON OMNIBUS HC
written by GRANT MORRISON
art by HOWARD PORTER, GARY FRANK, FRANK QUITELY, GREG LAND, and others
cover by HOWARD PORTER and JOHN DELL
In 1996, writer Grant Morrison joined forces with artist Howard Porter to relaunch the Justice League of America in the new series JLA by gathering DC’s greatest heroes—Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, the Flash, and Martian Manhunter and propelling these icons into inventive stories with the highest of stakes! Now based on a Watchtower on the moon, the JLA took on revamped versions of classic threats including the White Martians, the Injustice Gang, and the Key; along with new foes like Prometheus and Mageddon. This omnibus collects Morrison’s entire JLA epic, including the JLA: Earth 2 graphic novel, illustrated by Frank Quitely and reintroducing the Crime Syndicate of America! Collects JLA #1-17, #22-26, #28-31, #34, #36-#41, JLA One Million, and JLA: Earth 2.
ON SALE 10.06.20
$150.00 US | 1,504 PAGES | 7.0625” x 10.875”
FC | ISBN: 978-1-77950-499-9

BLACKEST NIGHT BRIGHTEST DAY BOX SET
written by GEOFF JOHNS, PETER J. TOMASI, and others
art by IVAN REIS, PATRICK GLEASON, and others
new box art by IVAN REIS and OCLAIR ALBERT
A war has been brewing between the different colored Lantern Corps, with the Green Lanterns fighting the Yellow, the Red trying to destroy everything, and the Blue attempting to broker peace among the tribes. But the real battle is yet to come: the undead Black Lanterns are coming and seemingly nothing can stop them. Putting aside old vendettas, it’s up to Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps to lead DC’s greatest champions as well as their deadliest foes in a battle to save the universe from an army of the dead. Then, once dead heroes Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Deadman, Jade, Osiris, Hawk, Captain Boomerang, and Zoom must discover the mysterious reason behind their return and uncover the secret that binds them!
This eye-popping box set includes 12 brand-new hardcovers that collect this entire epic, featuring stories by top DC talent including Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi, Ivan Reis, and many more!
Plus, this box set also includes a set of nine plastic rings from across the spectrum of the many Corps that are a part of this story!
ON SALE 11.17.20
$299.99 US | FC
Includes 12 new hardcover collections!
• Blackest Night: Prelude collects Green Lantern #26-28 and 36-43, and Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1
• Blackest Night collects Blackest Night #0-8 and pages from Untold Tales of the Blackest Night #1
• Blackest Night: Green Lantern collects Green Lantern #44-52
• Blackest Night: Green Lantern Corps collects Green Lantern Corps #39-47
• Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps Book 1 collects Blackest Night: Batman #1-3, Blackest Night: Superman #1-3, and Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #1-3
• Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps Book 2 collects Blackest Night: The Flash #1-3, Blackest Night: JSA #1-3, and Blackest Night: Titans #1-3
• Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns collects The Atom & Hawkman #48, Phantom Stranger #42, Green Arrow #30, Adventure Comics #7, Starman #81, The Question #37, Catwoman #83, Weird Western Tales #71, and The Power of Shazam! #38
• Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps collects Blackest Night: Tales of the Black Lanterns #1-3, Adventure Comics #4-5, Untold Tales of the Blackest Night #1, stories from Green Lantern #18-20, 40, and 49, Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps: Secret Files #1, Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Superman-Prime #1, and pages from Blackest Night #0
• Brightest Day: Green Lantern collects Green Lantern #53-62
• Brightest Day Book 1 collects Brightest Day #0-11
• Brightest Day Book 2 collects Brightest Day #12-25
• The Book of the Black collects sketch material (both previously released and new), series proposals, variant covers, posters, Blackest Night outline scripts, and more

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED: GALACTIC JUSTICE TP
written by ADAM BEECHEN, JAMES PEATY, and MATT WAYNE
art by CARLO BARBERI, ETHAN BEAVERS, and GORDON PURCELL
cover by BEN CALDWELL
The greatest heroes across the DC Universe unite in this collection featuring the best spacefaring stories of Justice League Unlimited, the comic book series inspired by the beloved animated series of the same name! These stories feature sci-fi adventures starring Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Adam Strange, Sinestro, Space Cabbie, and more! Collects Justice League Unlimited #4, #6, #18, #24, #34, and #46.
ON SALE 08.25.20
$9.99 US | 5.5” x 8” | 152 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-77950-673-3

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