Flash #750 Variant Covers

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DC has released the full complement of variant covers for the upcoming milestone issue Flash #750, and you can see them all at Newsarama. There’s a cover to mark each decade of the Flash’s existence, and each one has different artists and is appropriately themed for that decade. Shown at left is the 1940 Jay Garrick cover by Nicola Scott and Annette Kwok, and the 1980 Crisis-themed cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto can be seen below. All the rest can be seen at the link, featuring various Flashes and Flash villains over the years, so be sure to check them out!

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Flash #87 Preview

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DC has posted the preview for next week’s Flash issue, and you can see it at Multiversity Comics. In the preview, Barry and Captain Cold have a face-off on the way to Arkham Asylum, and tell each other how they really feel. Check it out at the link!

 

THE FLASH #87
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art and cover by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORDI TARRAGONA
variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
“Rogue’s Reign” aftermath! Central City is in ruins! The Rogues are on the run! The Speed Force is in chaos—and the Flash’s powers make him too dangerous to remain free! But who can bring him in? Plus, a surprise character returns from Barry’s past with a grave warning about his future!
ON SALE 01.29.20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
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DC’s April 2020 Solicitations

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DC has posted their full complement of solicitations for April 2020, and here are all the ones relating to the Flash. That month will see a Flash annual in addition to the two regular issues, a Mark Waid TPB, and a fantastic statue which depicts a race between the Flash and Superman.

You can see the solicits in their entirety at Newsarama.

THE FLASH #753
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art and cover by HOWARD PORTER
variant cover by JUNGGEUN YOON
In this “Flash Age” interlude, the Fastest Man Alive must find the Reverse-Flash to stop Paradox’s annihilation of the Flash legacy. But catching a time-traveler is extremely difficult, and the Flash’s quest to find Eobard Thawne takes him to tragic moments in time he never thought he’d have to revisit.
ON SALE 04.08.20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
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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 ANNUAL #3
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by BRANDON PETERSON
cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
From the pages of Suicide Squad, Task Force X and Captain Boomerang are on the loose, and the Flash is in hot pursuit! But is he really the hunter—or the hunted? Barry Allen may be the Scarlet Speedster, but at the end of this crossover issue, will he still be the Fastest Man Alive?
ON SALE 04.29.20
$4.99 US | 48 PAGES
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JUSTICE LEAGUE #44
written by ROBERT VENDITTI
art by XERMANICO
cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
variant cover by TBD
Cold war kickoff! After receiving a distress signal from Aquaman, the Justice League travels to Antarctica, where they discover an ancient prison at the bottom of the legendary pit of Tartarus. But who picked the locks within? Freed from their shackles, creatures of myth and horror emerge to battle the team, while the League must confront their own personal demons. What exactly lies at the base of this well, and what will be left of the Justice League when they discover its secret?
ON SALE 04.01.20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
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JUSTICE LEAGUE #45
written by ROBERT VENDITTI
art by EDDY BARROWS
cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
variant cover by DAN MORA
The Spirit of Vengeance goes global! After spending untold time in isolation, the Spectre is back, and his thirst for retribution will ripple across the Earth! As old wounds are reopened under the Spectre’s unstoppable influence, it’s up to the Justice League to stop the conflict. But how can they act on a global stage when they must first contend with their own resentments?
ON SALE 04.15.20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
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TEEN TITANS #41
written by ADAM GLASS and ROBBIE THOMPSON
art by EDUARDO PANSICA and JULIO FERREIRA
cover by BERNARD CHANG
variant cover by KHARY RANDOLPH
At the gates of heaven itself, the Teen Titans must battle Djinn’s older brother Elias with the fate of the world hanging in the balance! But victory comes at a terrible cost—because one of the Teen Titans won’t be making it back!
ON SALE 04.15.20
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TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #2
written by ADAM GLASS and ROBBIE THOMPSON
art by JAVIER FERNANDEZ
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?
ON SALE 04.29.20
$4.99 US | 48 PAGES
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YOUNG JUSTICE #15
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS and DAVID F. WALKER
art and cover by JOHN TIMMS
variant cover by BEN CALDWELL
Young Justice versus S.T.A.R. Labs! What happens when a universe reboots right under you? Conner is about to find out! The entire Young Justice team confronts the evil genius behind S.T.A.R. Labs and the truth about Conner Kent. This will bring Conner to the doorstep of his namesake, Clark Kent, to find out more about himself and the DC Universe. Guest-starring Superman in a unique crossover with Action Comics.
ON SALE 04.01.20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
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ACTION COMICS #1022
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art and cover by JOHN ROMITA JR. and KLAUS JANSON
variant cover by LUCIO PARRILLO
First, Metropolis was hit with the biggest ground battle in the history of the city and barely survived. On top of that, Leviathan threw down his gauntlet for the entire world to see, and Superman revealed the truth of his identity as Clark Kent. Now the city is in a state of shock—and Clark and Conner Kent need to figure out what’s next for them and the city they protect! Guest-starring Wonder Comics’ Young Justice in a unique crossover!
ON SALE 04.22.20
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THE FLASH BY MARK WAID BOOK SEVEN TP
written by MARK WAID and BRIAN AUGUSTYN
art by PAUL PELLETIER, POP MHAN, GIL KANE, JOE STATON, and others
cover by STEVE LIGHTLE
Acclaimed writer Mark Waid’s run on The Flash continues with these adventures from the late 1990s. It’s Wally West and Linda Park’s wedding day—what could go wrong? Mysterious villain Cobalt Blue debuts with a surprising connection to Barry Allen! To stop him, it’ll take a super-team of super speedsters, including Wally, Impulse, Jay Garrick, Jesse Quick, and Max Mercury in the epic story “Chain Lightning”! Collects The Flash #142-150, The Flash Secret Files #1, Speed Force #1, The Life Story of the Flash graphic novel, and The Flash 80-Page Giant #1.
ON SALE 05.13.20
$39.99 US | 448 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-77950-019-9

YOUNG JUSTICE VOL. 2: LOST IN THE MULTIVERSE HC
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art by JOHN TIMMS, DAN HIPP, DAVID LAFUENTE, ANDRE LIMA ARAUJO, and NICK DERINGTON
cover by JOHN TIMMS
After the explosive conclusion to their Gemworld adventure, the Young Justice team is having a tough time finding their way back to their Earth. Then, Naomi joins the team and the stage is set for an epic Wonder Comics crossover, with Naomi, the Wonder Twins, and Young Justice, together for the first time, tackling the biggest mysteries of the year: Where did Conner Kent come from? Why does Bart Allen remember everyone but no one else does? How does it all connect to Jinny Hex’s trunk? Plus, Tim Drake gets a new superhero name! Collects Young Justice #7-12.
ON SALE 05.27.20
$24.99 US | 160 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-77950-038-0

SUPERMAN VOL. 3: THE TRUTH REVEALED HC
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, MATT FRACTION, JODY HOUSER, and GREG RUCKA
art by IVAN REIS, JOE PRADO, BRYAN HITCH, KEVIN MAGUIRE, STEVE LIEBER, MIKE PERKINS, and others
cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
His truth is revealed! After decades of leading a double life, the Man of Steel makes the monumental decision to reveal his secret identity to the world—leading to major repercussions in Metropolis and beyond. In a story that made international headlines, find out how the DC Universe react to discovering Superman and Clark Kent are one and the same. Plus, the Super Sons are reunited as Jonathan and Damian team for a new adventure—right before Jonathan has to decide if he’ll travel a thousand years in the future and join the Legion of Super-Heroes. Collects Superman #16-19, Superman: Heroes #1, and Superman: Villains #1.
ON SALE 05.20.20
$24.99 US | 184 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-9969-9

CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS: ARROWVERSE DELUXE EDITION HC
written by MARC GUGGENHEIM and MARV WOLFMAN
art by TOM DERENICK, GEORGE PÉREZ, and others
cover by JERRY ORDWAY
“Crisis on Infinite Earths” leaps from The CW’s “Arrowverse” to this new collection starring fan-favorite character Felicity Smoak in a brand-new, Multiverse-spanning epic as she tries to locate the keys to the Anti-Monitor’s plan! Plus, Lex Luthor teams up with a council of Luthors, but can they all play nicely to save the Multiverse? Collects stories from Crisis on Infinite Earths Giant #1-2 and a Monitor’s worth of behind-the-scenes extras!
ON SALE 05.06.20
$17.99 US | 7.0625” x 10.875”
96 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-77950-510-1

DC GALLERY: SUPERMAN VS. THE FLASH RACING STATUE
sculpted by ALTERTON AND ALEJANDRO PEREIRA
An iconic Super Hero moment is back with this DC Gallery Superman vs. The Flash racing statue. Who will win? That is up to you to decide!
• Limited to 5,000 pieces and individually numbered
• Statue measures approximately 10.4″ tall
• Allocations may occur
• Final products may differ from images shown
ON SALE SEPTEMBER 2020
$325.00 US

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“Reunion” Review of Issue 5 of FLASH FORWARD

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Wally has been reunited with [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] while working to rid the Multiverse of Dark Matter. There is only one world left from the Dark Multiverse…and Wally has found it! He has been successful so far…but can he save the day and save his children? What has the mysterious Tempus Fuginaut been hiding from Wally? We get a LOT of answers in this issue. Wanna know more about FLASH FORWARD? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Wally has found Jai and Iris on this forsaken planet. It isn’t a safe place to be, as Dark Matter is attacking all around. Wally tries to save his kids, but the Dark Matter wins the battle, and Wally loses Jai and Iris once again.

Devastated, he turns his anger on Tempus Fuginaut. Wally learns that everything he has been through so far in this adventure was meant to bring him to this place, to this time. Wally needed to learn why this last Dark Matter world…had to die!

Wally can’t fathom killing the one world where he has found his children. After fighting with Tempus Fuginaut, he begins to circumnavigate this world endlessly. He is trying to get rid of Dark Matter from a planet that is made of Dark Matter. At some point he is thrown forward to see…

The Mobius Chair!

Wally dares to touch the chair, and is filled with the knowledge of what has happened to him in FLASHPOINT and beyond. He has truly become…unmoored. Realizing this, he returns to talk with Tempus Fuginaut. Wally learns one more difficult truth. The reason he must end this world, the reason only he could perform this task…

Is because he created it!

Yes! Remember that the Dark Multiverse is filled with worlds that come from bad choices and greatest fears. Wally’s greatest fear? Losing his kids, of course. This Dark Matter world is populated by his fears, by the children he was afraid of losing. Can Wally do this job and save the Multiverse? Even if it means losing his kids again? Right now, that’s just not going to happen. He can’t do this…”not now. Not ever!”

NOTES:

  • There are at least two points in this issue that give you a fantastic perspective on Wally West’s life. Long time fans will be able to see a lot of Easter Eggs in the two-page splash page at the start of this issue. A later spread takes him through his disappearance in FLASHPOINT.  Lots of fun going through these pages more than once!
  • The art overall was once again outstanding, from page layouts to action to expression. I don’t think you can find a greater fan of Wally West among artists than Brett Booth, and it shows in his pencils. Norm Rapmund’s inks and Luis Guerrero’s colors are right on point as well. Great job!
  • Scott Lobdell has managed to pull our emotions in every direction possible. We’ve been given Roy Harper back…then saw him die again. But, this one tugs even more at the heart strings. Seeing Jai and Iris, then finding the choice that Wally has to make, is truly heartbreaking. I can’t predict what will happen in the final issue…and that’s the point. Lobdell is putting Wally back together again, but he isn’t making it easy. It makes for a powerful narrative, and I’m enjoying this ride.

SUMMARY: 

This was the most emotionally powerful issue of the series so far. We are getting “This Is Your Life, Wally West” in the most heart-breaking way possible…but that’s the point. This is a great story, with great art to match. I’ll give this issue a 9/10. But, that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

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“Rogues Reign Conclusion” – Review of THE FLASH #86

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Captain, er, “King” Cold has truly gone over the edge. He’s frozen even his one-time fellow Rogues, even frozen his own sister. All Len Snart can think about right now is defeating the Flash. He wants to be…not a “loser” again. And, as we learned last issue, he received a lot more than just a bunch of tech from the Apex Predator, Lex Luthor. Barry has no real control over the Speed Force right now, so what hope does he have against Cold? How will “Rogues Reign” end? Wanna know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

King Cold has ice powers that go beyond even his New 52 appearance, and he is using everything at his disposal against the Flash. Barry is not fairing well, until Snart makes a critical mistake. Cold is lowering the temperature by using his mastery of absolute zero cold. Strangely enough, instead of freezing Flash in place, is slows him down just enough to gain control of the Speed Force again, if only for now.

Flash uses this moment to free the Rogues, along with Avery and Wallace. The Rogues join the fight…with one exception at first. Mirror Master has to be convinced to go against Snart, and that takes quite some time.

During that time, Wallace and Avery use their (likely temporary) control of the Speed Force to bring Iris to the scene. She is surprised that the Rogues have been helping the kids and Barry, but before she can do much to aid…

Mirror Master finally joins in. It took Glider to bring him on board. He had worked with Snart in an attempt to win her back. Knowing that this would never work, that Glider would never go back to him, Sam finally agrees to his part of the plan.

It was Sam’s use of the Mirror dimension that had combined with Snart’s upgraded powers to create a city encased in ice. Without the support of Mirror Master, the city returns to normal, at least for now. But, losing…especially with the help of the Rogues and especially with the help of his sister…pushes Len even farther over the edge.

Cold threatens to kill everyone in Central City with his powers. At that point, something inside Barry snaps. No longer in control of the Speed Force with the temperatures back to normal, he attacks Cold with everything he has. Barry comes dangerously close to killing Len before Glider brings Flash back to his senses.

Len survives, and both he and Lisa are arrested. The other Rogues get away to plot another day. And, Barry is left with the realization that he is simply too dangerous right now to run around free. Barry offers himself up to be put in prison…and that’s where we end this story, at least for now.

NOTES:

  • For those of us who have been shocked by a murderous Len Snart, Lisa’s words were spot on. “This isn’t you, bro. You’re not some crazy end-of-the-world super-villain. You’re a thief. Just like me.” We can hope that after the Year of the Villain ends, Len will return to being Captain, instead of King, Cold.
  • The battle between Flash and Cold was epic in scope, and amazingly portrayed by the art team. We get a treat in this issue – great action sequences and some of the best expressions you’ll find in comics today. The smirk Barry has when he realizes that the super-cold has made him “normal” is priceless. And, that’s only one example.
  • One more note about the art. I buy THE FLASH on comiXology, and blow the panels up on a 50″ screen. Let me just say that the art holds up even when blown up to that size. VERY impressive!
  • This arc ended with a bang instead of a whimper. That’s all too rare in comics. This time, the payoff was excellent, which is once again thanks to Josh Williamson’s scripting.

SUMMARY:

This has been a wild ride, and as a fan of the Rogues I’ve enjoyed it all the way through. While I am ready for Len Snart to return to his former self, this version of “King” Cold made him a truly formidable opponent for the Flash. I had a good time with this arc, and this issue rates an 8/10 for me. Of course, that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

-- Ed Garrett. The post “Rogues Reign Conclusion” – Review of THE FLASH #86 appeared first on Speed Force.

CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS Conclusion – THIS is How a Crossover Should be Done! (Review)

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Back in December 2019, we left our heroes (and one villain) at Vanishing Point, a place outside space and time. All hope seems lost, as Earth after Earth had fallen to the anti-matter wave. All we know at this point is that 7 people hold the key to restoring some part of the multiverse. But, how will they do it? Is there anything left to save? And, how do they deal with the fact that [REDACTED] used a stunt with a sharpie to replace [REDACTED] at Vanishing Point? So far, this crossover has been absolutely outstanding. How does it end? Wanna know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

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

Let’s set the stage here. The Paragons are down one hero when Kingdom Come Superman was replaced by the Earth-38 Lex Luthor. Who knew that a sharpie could change the Book of Destiny? Apparently Lex did. Now, they are stuck at Vanishing Point with every world, every Earth gone. The Waverider is no more, taking with it everyone left that the Paragons cared for. Their only hope is to somehow get out of this place, but how? 

Before we get to that, we get to find out how all this started. It all started at the planet Maltus, 10,000 years ago. The man who would become the Monitor wanted to see the dawn of time, but his experiment went awry, sending him to the anti-matter universe and creating the Anti-Monitor. NOTE: this origin sort of mashes up the comic book origins of Pariah and the Monitor/Anti-Monitor. It will be at the dawn of time that the crucial battle takes place, but we’ll come back to that.

Our Paragons have been at the Vanishing Point for months. All, that is, except for Barry Allen, who was lost in the Speed Force…or at least the attempt to get to the Speed Force. When we reappears, Oliver Queen appears. This time, he appears as the Spectre. He grants Barry the extra boost he needs to not only go into the Speed Force, but to take the Paragons with him. 

During that trip, the Anti-Monitor attacks. It splits up the group. Barry, Oliver and most of the team are lost in the Speed Force. Meanwhile, Supergirl, Ryan Choi and Lex Luthor find themselves on Maltus. Lex attacks both Kara and Ryan with powers he granted himself with that page from the Book of Destiny, and goes to meet our future Monitor.

Lex is trying to convince the future Monitor that they should join forces on the now- (or soon-to-be) infamous experiment. The Monitor could see the dawn of time safely with Lex’s help…and in return Lex would get the power he craves to reshape reality to his will. Thankfully, this plan is stopped by a returning Supergirl and Ryan Choi. Just then, Flash shows up to take Kara, Ryan and Lex to…

The Dawn of Time!

Now, during all of this, we get a fantastic trip through the history of the Arrowverse. Our Paragons, especially Barry, find themselves plopped right in the middle of iconic scenes, and most involve some aspect of Oliver or his friends. I won’t spoil them all, but there is one scene that COMPLETELY BLEW MY MIND…which I will mention later on in the “notes” section.

At any rate, once everyone has been gathered together they find themselves at the Dawn of Time. The fight with the Anti-Monitor is on! The Paragons are fighting an almost limitless number of Shadow Demons, while Oliver Queen/Spectre directly fights the Anti-Monitor.  During that fight, Oliver suddenly looks skyward and creates a beam of energy/light that goes straight up into…something that may become a universe.

That gives the Paragons the chance to focus their energies on that last page of the Book of Destiny. In doing so, they restart the universe! Oliver defeats the Anti-Monitor (for now) in a huge explosion. But, he dies once again in the process. His sacrifice brings everything back to normal…it does, right?

Not so fast…

Our Paragons wake up to find that their Earths have merged into one! And, the Paragons are the only ones who remember the Multiverse or anything that happened in this adventure. Worse still, Lex Luthor has managed to set himself up as the BOSS OF THE DEO and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize! Only our Paragons remember that Lex is the scum of the Earth(s), as even Alex and Nia were happy that Lex won.

Martian Manhunter restores the memories of Team Flash and Team Arrow, along with Harrison Nash Wells. Nash realizes what he has done in freeing the Anti-Monitor, and is trying to make amends. He gets that chance, because the battle isn’t over yet.

The Anti-Monitor is still alive!

Just like positive matter, anti-matter cannot be created or destroyed (those of you better versed in science can tell me if that fact on anti-matter is real or comic book physics). But, it can change form…or in this case can be compressed. Ryan Choi, Ray Palmer, and Nash Wells combine to create a device that can continually and infinitely shrink the Anti-Monitor, defeating him once and for all. That is, if they can put that device (the “shrink bomb”) in direct contact with the Anti-Monitor.

That’s not as easy as it sounds. The Anti-Monitor grows to gigantic size and is effectively battling not only the Paragons, but also Dreamer, Diggle, Black Lightning, Alex Danvers…you get the idea. The show gives us a head fake as if Supergirl was going to sacrifice herself, but instead she gets to throw the shrink bomb at the Anti-Monitor, which saves the day.

We get a bit of the commentary from the end of the comic series, but with a twist. In the comic version, there was only one Earth. In this version, all of our CW shows are now on Earth-Prime…but there are some other Earths. On Earth-2 we will have the JSA and Stargirl. We find Earth-12, which has the Green Lantern Corps. Earth-19 is the world of Swamp Thing. Earth-9 has the Titans. Earth-21 has the Doom Patrol. And, Earth-96 has the Brandon Routh Superman…but with a better life as reflected in his now red and yellow “S”. 

The world mourns Oliver Queen, who is remembered to the world as “the First Hero”. Our remaining heroes meet in that empty warehouse – the interior of which we’ve seen before in the Earth-X crossover. But, something is different now. This place is being set up as both a memorial to Oliver and as a meeting place, in case there is another danger big enough to bring the heroes together again. Barry has set up a special table here, with a chair for each hero…and one in memory of Oliver Queen. Each chair has the symbol of each hero, and yes this is the Justice League in all but being officially named. 

Oh, and the outside of this warehouse? It’s the Hall of Justice, just not with the name quite yet. It’s an abandoned S.T.A.R. Labs building owned by Barry, complete with…

A just-escaped Gleek!

NOTES:

  • There is no way to adequately recap the entire two hours. I’ve left off a lot of detail, and it is more than worth everyone’s time to go back and watch this one again.
  • Cameos, Part 1 (but not in order) – we got Marv Wolfman, the original writer of the COIE comic, as an autograph hound. BTW – the CRISIS was originally an idea that he had as a kid, wishing that there could be a story with ALL the heroes.
  • Cameos, Part 2 (but not in order) – Sargon the Sorcerer is portrayed as a crook here, but one who is easily defeated once the heroes realize that Sargon is using a magical construct of Beebo (the stuffed animal used in an earlier LEGENDS OF TOMORROW episode) to distract them.
  • Cameos, Part 3 (but not in order) – Weather Witch appears, first fought by Supergirl and then defeated by Flash. It is at this point that the two first realize their worlds have been merged.
  • Cameos, Part 4 (and the one that blew my mind) – EZRA MILLER appeared during Barry’s time in the Speed Force. The DCEU and Arrowverse versions of the Flash meet – HOW did they keep a lid on this cameo? They compliment each other’s looks, and introduce themselves to each other as Barry Allen. But, when the Arrowverse Barry mentions that he is the Flash, it looks like the first time the DCEU version has heard that name. He seems to like it, and unfortunately that’s where the cameo ends. Still, bravo for that one!
  • CHANGES TO THE WORLD: Diggle is back with Lyla, and they have TWO kids. We get the pre- and post-FLASHPOINT kids for them. Meanwhile, Lois mentions to Superman their TWO sons! THIS will be interesting for their upcoming series. There’s more of course, especially with Lex. And, supposedly Lena is now fine with Supergirl, though we don’t see her in this finale to confirm that. We will likely continue to see repercussions of the merged Earths as we go through the rest of the seasons for the CW shows that are now on Earth-Prime (Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Batwoman, Black Lightning).
  • JUST ONE THING…What we don’t see here is Barry running as fast as he can to see Iris when he wakes up in Earth-Prime. He could have done that off camera, of course, but I’m surprised they didn’t have that happen on camera. That’s especially true considering all the other characters that did appear on this episode.
  • OK, JUST ONE MORE THING…the sound mix at times was a bit difficult, especially in the first hour. Judging by some Reddit comments, there were others experiencing this – where the voices were sometimes muddled by the sound effects. That did appear to resolve in the second hour – and it may just be for a few of us that this happened. Let me know if you had the same experience.

SUMMARY: A fantastic finale to the best crossover the Arrowverse has had to date. There were meaningful sacrifices, terrific fights, and lasting consequences that will continue to play out over time. And, we now have Earth-Prime and a much easier way to do crossovers moving forward. This is how a crossover should be put together. It was so good that I can’t imagine at this moment how they can top it. 10/10 for me – with much appreciation for a job well done by all. Of course, that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments (and any details you would like to add) below!

-- Ed Garrett. The post CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS Conclusion – THIS is How a Crossover Should be Done! (Review) appeared first on Speed Force.

Flash #86 Preview

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DC has posted six preview pages for this week’s issue of The Flash, and you can see them at CBR. In the preview, we see just how powerful the amped-up King Cold really is now, and get a bit more insight into what he and Barry are thinking. Check it out at the link!

 
 

THE FLASH #86
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by CHRISTIAN DUCE
cover by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORDI TARRAGONA
card stock variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
The Flash battles Captain Cold for the last time! The Rogues’ Reign is a brutal battle for power over Central City, but the tides are turning and the reign approaches a deadly end! With the Speed Force in chaos, can Glider help channel Flash’s powers long enough to overthrow her brother, Captain Cold?
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Flash Forward #5 Preview

https://speedforce.org/2020/01/flash-forward-5-preview/

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DC has posted five pages from Flash Forward #5, and you can see them at Newsarama. In the preview we see flashbacks to Wally’s life and early history as the Flash and Kid Flash, and he’s reunited with his children Jai and Irey. Check it out at the link.

 

FLASH FORWARD #5
written by SCOTT LOBDELL
art by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
cover by EVAN “DOC” SHANER
variant cover by INHYUK LEE
Wally West has gotten to the heart of his mission to save the Multiverse…and the heart he found was his own. When it’s discovered that the dark multiversal world that’s threatening all of existence is the world in which Wally’s children are alive, our hero must overcome his greatest fears, regrets, and anger to do what’s right. But what’s right is the hardest thing anyone would ever imagine doing…letting go.
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