DC’s December 2018 Solicitations

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DC has released the full complement of solicitations for December 2018, and here you can see all the ones relating to the Flash. The solicits are oddly sparse that month, with only one issue of The Flash solo series listed, and neither Barry nor Wallace are mentioned in their respective team books (the Justice League listings are included here anyway). But there are some interesting trade paperbacks that month to round things out.

You can see the solicitations in their entirety at CBR.

THE FLASH #60
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORDI TARRAGONA
cover by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORDI TARRAGONA
variant cover by HOWARD PORTER
Barry puts his fleet feet in his mouth against the next Force wielder he meets! Introducing the new Strength Force user, Powerhouse: she’s a young rebel using her powers to fight the corrupt police state in Corto Maltese. When Barry learns that she wants to use her super-strength to overthrow the government, he tries to intervene—and ends up tripping into a melee with the new hero instead.
ON SALE 12.12.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T
This issue will ship with two covers.
Please see the order form for details.

DAMAGE #12
art by AARON LOPRESTI and MATT RYAN
written by ROBERT VENDITTI
cover by AARON LOPRESTI
Will Damage earn his spot as the world’s strongest hero—or will he be branded a villain forever? It’s Damage versus the Justice League, and it’ll take more than brute strength to win the day. Even with an unstoppable alter ego, Ethan’s gotta use both brains and brawn to have a hope against the League, because they’ve got a knock-’em-dead trick up their sleeve as a nuclear option. The first year of Damage’s story comes to an end—and a new chapter begins! And how does Deadman fit into the picture?
ON SALE 12.19.18
$2.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T

JUSTICE LEAGUE #13
written by JAMES TYNION IV
art by GUILLEM MARCH
cover by GUILLEM MARCH
variant cover by JAE LEE
It’s on—the Totality will totally total the Multiverse! What could possibly go wrong when the Legion of Doom gets their hands on it? Plus, what is the connection between JUSTICE LEAGUE and the new BATMAN WHO LAUGHS miniseries from Scott Snyder and Jock?
ON SALE 12.05.18
Each $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T+
This issue will ship with two covers.
Please see the order form for details.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #14
written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA, JIM CHEUNG and MARK MORALES
cover by JIM CHEUNG
variant cover by JAE LEE
Let’s take a trip to “Hawkworld” in part one of a new Totality-related storyline! Martian Manhunter, John Stewart and Hawkgirl avoided “Drowned Earth” with a detour to Thanagar-Prime: J’onn looks to tap into the ancient Martian mental database, GL struggles while practicing his new UV powers, and Kendra searches for answers about her connection to the Totality.
ON SALE 12.19.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T+
This issue will ship with two covers.
Please see the order form for details.

FLASH ROGUES: REVERSE-FLASH TP
written by JOHN BROOME, FRANCIS MANAPUL, BRIAN BUCCELLATO, TOM KING, JOSHUA WILLIAMSON and others
art by CARMINE INFANTINO, FRANCIS MANAPUL, JASON FABOK, CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO and others
cover by FRANCESO MATTINA
Jump on the Cosmic Treadmill and discover the untold origin of the Reverse-Flash! Who is he, and what is his relationship to Barry Allen? Collects The Flash #139, 197 and 283, The Flash #8 (2012), The Flash: Reverse Flash #23.2, Batman #21 and The Flash #25.
ON SALE 01.16.19
$16.99 US | 168 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8925-6

BATMAN IN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: THE BRONZE AGE VOL. 2 TP
written by BOB HANEY
art by JIM APARO, NICK CARDY, NEAL ADAMS and others
cover by KARL KERSCHL
Throughout the 1970s Batman fought evil side by side with DC’s greatest—and occasionally, strangest—superheroes, including these tales guest-starring such legendary heroes as the Teen Titans, the Flash, the Metal Men, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Black Canary and others. Collects THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #92-109
ON SALE 01.23.19
$34.99 US | 440 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8582-1

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 3 HC
written by GERRY CONWAY and others
art by DICK DILLIN and others
cover by KARL KERSCHL
In these tales from the 1970s, the Justice League started expanding its lineup to include even more characters, such as the Elongated Man and the Red Tornado! Throw in team-ups with the classic Justice Society of America and the returned Seven Soldiers of Victory, and it’s easy to see why these stories became fan-favorite epics. Collects Justice League of America #147-181.
ON SALE 05.22.19
$125.00 US | 880 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8948-5

THE NEW TEEN TITANS OMNIBUS VOL. 4 HC
written by MARV WOLFMAN
art and cover by JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ, STAN WOCH, EDUARDO BARRETO and others
cover by GEORGE PEREZ
In this fourth massive collection of the hit 1980s series, team member Lilith ascends to godhood and takes up residence on Olympus, home of the Greek gods of myth. And as the Crisis on Infinite Earths begins, Starfire is called home to the planet Tamaran to be wed to a member of the military. Collects NEW TEEN TITANS Series Two #10-31, NEW TEEN TITANS Series Two ANNUAL #1-2 and a story from OMEGA MEN #34.
ON SALE 05.01.19
$99.99 US | 800 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8930-0

GREEN LANTERN: KYLE RAYNER VOL. 3 TP
written by RON MARZ
art by PAUL PELLETIER, DARRYL BANKS and others
cover by PAUL PELLETIER and ROMEO TANGHAL
In these 1990s tales, Kyle Rayner teams up with the Flash, Wally West, to battle a new version of classic Green Lantern villain Sonar. Then John Stewart stops in for a visit, and Kyle sets out on a journey to learn from the legends of the DC Universe how to be a better hero. First stop…Gotham City. Collects Green Lantern #66-75 and Green Lantern Annual #4.
ON SALE 01.09.19
$24.99 US | 296 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8571-5

DARK NIGHTS: METAL TP
INCLUDES TWO ISSUES NOT IN THE DELUXE EDITION HARDCOVER!
written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, JOSHUA WILLIAMSON and GRANT MORRISON
art by GREG CAPULLO, DOUG MAHNKE, YANICK PAQUETTE, JORGE JIMENEZ, HOWARD PORTER and others
cover by GREG CAPULLO
The Dark Knight has uncovered one of the lost mysteries of the universe…one that could destroy the very fabric of the DCU! The dark corners of reality that have never been seen till now! The Dark Multiverse is revealed in all its devastating danger—and the threats it contains are coming for the DC Universe! Collects the best-selling DARK NIGHTS: METAL #1-6, plus BATMAN: LOST #1 and DARK KNIGHTS RISING: THE WILD HUNT #1, which were not included in the Deluxe Edition hardcover!
ON SALE 01.23.19
$19.99 US | 280 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8858-7

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The Force Is Strong With… Review of THE FLASH #54

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Barry Allen may not be the Fastest Man Alive any more, but right now he IS one of the strongest! The Strength Force has claimed him, and as we left last issue both Barry and Axel were being targeted by Commander Cold with a potentially lethal shot! This book carries a lot of the best of the Silver Age, but with a modern take that makes this an outstanding issue. Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

First, just an apology for the late publication of this review.  I live in North Carolina, and while my home didn’t get the worst of Hurricane Florence, it did push my schedule back on just about everything.  We are okay, and are sending our thoughts to those in North and South Carolina who weren’t as fortunate as we.

…and a second apology for the groan-worthy Star Wars pun in the title of this article…

As Flash and Trickster stare straight into their fate, Barry makes a significant discovery about the strength force. It isn’t so much just being strong…it’s being able to control the gravity around you. As Barry uses that aspect of his new powers, everything goes topsy-turvy and he and Axel are safe for the moment. Warden Wolfe, not so much – as Axel grabs him and is ready to kill!

Flash stops that – and Commander Cold realizes who the real bad guy is and keeps Wolfe’s guards from chasing Flash and Trickster, who end up in another section of Iron Heights along with all the rest of the Rogues!

Trickster and Flash get in to a serious battle, one that Flash wins due to his better mastery of this new force.  Barry returns to normal size, only to see that the roof is collapsing…

…and the only thing holding it up is the still-huge Trickster!

Axel knows he doesn’t have much time left in this super-big and super-strong state, but he won’t move, not as long as the Rogues are still in danger of being killed by the collapsing roof.  Barry gets the rest of the Rogues to safety just as the roof falls in…but Trickster’s body is nowhere to be found!

Barry and Commander Cold have it out…again…followed by some straight talk from Iris.  Well, almost straight talk, as Iris won’t reveal the one secret from their past lives that she knows – the fact that she and Barry were (are?) married!

As for Trickster, of course he didn’t die…but where he ends up is the BIG twist of the story. You’ll need to grab the issue for that one. It IS a great set up for what we should see in the next issue!

………………………………………….

Let’s get my only complaint out of the way from an otherwise spotless issue.  I am ready for Barry and Commander Cold to stop bickering and start actually working better together.  Other than that…

This was an amazing issue! Here are the notes:

  • This old Silver Age fan recalls all the strange shapes that Barry Allen got into back in the day. Josh Williamson’s script even directly addresses them and brings them back into continuity. THANK YOU to Williamson for that – it warms this old fan’s heart!
  • This story gave us a twist in Axel’s personality that made him much more sympathetic without making him less of a bad guy.  He’s always been that wanna-be character, and the way that his hero turn played out stayed true to that fact.  The Rogues are to him a family, even if they have never fully accepted him.  That makes this all the more powerful when he willingly puts himself at death’s doorstep for this “family”.
  • I am enjoying the interaction between Barry and Iris. It shows the strong side of Iris West, who deserves much more appreciation than she sometimes gets. And, it puts a tension into the relationship that is believable (as believable as comics get) and highly intriguing.
  • Wow, the artwork! I have a large monitor at home and re-read this using comiXology – and the artwork survives the largest zooms with superb detail. It’s not just the arms and legs and chest that get detail – the veins in the face while Barry was “Hulked” up were a terrific add-on to the art. Christian Duce’s line drawings, combined with Luis Guerrero’s colors, are a fantastic combo for this book.

SUMMARY:  This issue of THE FLASH gets a 9.5/10. The story is near-perfect, as is the artwork, and the nod to the past is handled in a way that still makes this book fresh and new for today’s audience.  Of course, that’s just my opinion – what do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

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10th Year of Long Beach Comic Con! (2018)

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Back in 2009, I attended the first-ever Long Beach Comic-Con, an event that filled the void left when Wizard World cancelled WWLA at the last minute. I had a good time, and it had a lot of support from the industry, but I wondered how long it would last.

Ten years on, LBCC is still going strong! It’s small compared to WonderCon or SDCC, but it continues to be much more focused on comics and art than most “comic cons.” Artists’ Alley is still the central focus of the main floor, with an outer edge made up of small press, comics and collectibles dealers, a wrestling ring, fan groups, Space Expo, and celebrity signing areas.

You can read my full write-up at K2R or go straight to the photo gallery on Flickr!

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Flash #54 Preview

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DC has posted six preview pages for this week’s issue of The Flash, and you can read them at Screen Rant. In the preview, Barry must deal with his newfound acquisition of the Strength Force, as well as contend with several hostile individuals within Iron Heights prison. Check out the pages at the link!

 

THE FLASH #54
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by CHRISTIAN DUCE
cover by DAN MORA
variant cover by HOWARD PORTER
The Flash is now the strongest man alive thanks to a jolt from one of the new forces! Turning his jacked-up sights to Trickster, the two duke it out inside Iron Heights for utter supremacy. Will anyone stop these two behemoths from beating the hell out of each other…or is this just what Warden Wolfe wants?
ON SALE 09.12.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T
This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

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