DC’s March 2020 Solicitations

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DC has posted its full complement of solicitations for March 2020, and here are all the ones relating to the Flash. Of particular note, you’ll see that DC is keeping the renumbering on The Flash book, which began with the milestone issue #750 back in February. But it’s interesting that they’ll be maintaining the renumbering, as has been done on other prominent books like Action Comics and Detective Comics.

You can see the solicits in their entirety at Newsarama.

THE FLASH #751
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by RAFA SANDOVAL
cover by HOWARD PORTER
variant cover by JUNGGEUN YOON
The Flash battles Godspeed as “Flash Age” continues! In this issue, Paradox enlists Godspeed in his mission to erase the Flash legacy from existence! But when Godspeed’s allegiance comes into question, Paradox proves he may be the strongest foe Barry Allen’s ever faced!
ON SALE 03.11.20
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THE FLASH #752
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art and cover by HOWARD PORTER
variant cover by JUNGGEUN YOON
Exiled outside time and space in Paradox’s realm, the Scarlet Speedster is confronted by ghosts from his past! Meanwhile, Iris discovers the one person who may help the Flash defeat Paradox—and it’s not anyone Barry Allen would ever ask for help! Will they be able to find where—or when—this unlikely ally is hiding before it’s too late?
ON SALE 03.25.20
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JUSTICE LEAGUE #42
written by ROBERT VENDITTI
art by AARON LOPRESTI and MATT RYAN
cover by BRYAN HITCH
card stock variant cover by MIKEL JANÍN
The Justice League suffers defeat after defeat in the ever-tightening grip of the Eradicator. But do the heroes have a greater plan? It’s up to the Flash to outwit and outrun the onslaught of Daxamites, but his next step may be his last.
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JUSTICE LEAGUE #43
written by ROBERT VENDITTI
art by DOUG MAHNKE and RICHARD FRIEND
cover by BRYAN HITCH
card stock variant cover by KAARE ANDREWS
All secrets revealed! Caught in the Justice League’s trap, the Eradicator reveals the truth hidden in his circuits. And as Superman confronts his past defeat, it’s up to Wonder Woman to make a decision that will divide the team. The no-holds-barred war between the League and a murder machine with Superman’s face concludes!
ON SALE 03.18.20
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YOUNG JUSTICE #14
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS and DAVID F. WALKER
art and cover by JOHN TIMMS
variant cover by DAVID LaFUENTE
Now that Young Justice has figured out who the bad guys are, it’s time to bring the fight to S.T.A.R. Labs’ front door! But the combined forces of Dial H for Hero, the Wonder Twins, Naomi, and the entire Young Justice roster may not be enough to defeat these evil scientists. It’s time to call in some super-powered backup…the new Young Justice! Plus, how will Superman revealing his secret identity affect Conner Kent?
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TEEN TITANS #40
written by ADAM GLASS and ROBBIE THOMPSON
art by EDUARDO PANSICA and JULIO FERREIRA
cover by BERNARD CHANG
variant cover by KHARY RANDOLPH
“Djinn War” continues! Elias and his army of genies have begun their assault on heaven, and the only person capable of stopping him is his younger sister Djinn—who is currently trapped in purgatory. But Robin, Crush and the rest of the Teen Titans have a plan to bust her out—and the road to purgatory goes through hell itself. But how do you get to hell, you ask? Simple…you only have to die!
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ACTION COMICS #1021
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art and cover by JOHN ROMITA JR. and KLAUS JANSON
variant cover by LUCIO PARRILLO
Metropolis down! The blockbuster supervillain team-up of the century continues. Leviathan! The invisible mafia! The Legion of Doom! All have descended on the city of Metropolis to challenge Superman at his most vulnerable moment. With the truth about the Man of Steel’s secret identity out in the open, all the rules of engagement have changed—and no one is safe! Guest-starring the Justice League and Young Justice.
ON SALE 03.25.20
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THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #28 FACSIMILE EDITION
written by GARDNER FOX
art by MIKE SEKOWSKY and BERNARD SACHS
cover by MIKE SEKOWSKY and MURPHY ANDERSON
The 1960 epic that first introduced the Justice League of America is reprinted as the World’s Greatest Heroes team up for the first time to battle the threat of Starro the Conqueror!
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DOLLAR COMICS: JLA: YEAR ONE #1
written by MARK WAID and BRIAN AUGUSTYN
art and cover by BARRY KITSON
In the wake of an epic battle, a super team is born!
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Offered to coincide with JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: A CELEBRATION OF 60 YEARS HC solicited in the December DC PREVIEWS

DOLLAR COMICS: JLA #1
written by GRANT MORRISON
art and cover by HOWARD PORTER and JOHN DELL
The World’s Greatest Super-Team reunites to battle the Hyperclan!
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Offered to coincide with JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: A CELEBRATION OF 60 YEARS HC solicited in the December DC PREVIEWS

DOLLAR COMICS: JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 (2011)
written by GEOFF JOHNS
art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
The New 52 origin of the Justice League!
ON SALE 03.25.20
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Offered to coincide with JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: A CELEBRATION OF 60 YEARS HC solicited in the December DC PREVIEWS

DOLLAR COMICS: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 (2006)
written by BRAD MELTZER art by ED BENES and SANDRA HOPE
cover by ED BENES | “The Tornado’s Path” begins!
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TEEN TITANS VOL. 3: SEEK AND DESTROY TP
written by ADAM GLASS
art by BERNARD CHANG and SEAN CHEN
cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
Lobo, intergalactic bounty hunter, is back for some quality time with his daughter Crush. But she and the Teen Titans are not having it. In the wake of “The Terminus Agenda,” the Teen Titans are still trying to figure out what their future looks like. But when Lobo shows up for Crush, they’ll have to stand together against an enemy more sadistic than any they’ve faced before. Things go from bad to worse once Lobo accepts his “Dark Gift” from Lex Luthor, pitting both father and daughter against the Titans! Collects Teen Titans #31-38.
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$19.99 US | 192 PAGES
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YOUNG JUSTICE VOL. 1: GEMWORLD TP
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art by PATRICK GLEASON, EMANUELA LUPACCHINO, VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC, JOHN TIMMS, EVAN “DOC” SHANER, KRIS ANKA, 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 stories 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! Collects Young Justice #1-6.
ON SALE 04.29.20
$17.99 US | 176 PAGES
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SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN, MARTIAN MANHUNTER, THE FLASH, GREEN LANTERN JOHN STEWART, HAWKGIRL, AND AQUAMAN ACTION FIGURES
Inspired by the fan-favorite Justice League animated TV series, this set includes all eight of the exclusive DC Universe action figures: Batman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern John Stewart, Hawkgirl, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, and Superman. All the figures are sculpted in the unique style of the show and finished with bright, bold colors.
BATMAN
• 6.4″ tall
SUPERMAN
• 6.35″ tall
WONDER WOMAN
• 6.2″ tall
MARTIAN MANHUNTER
• 6.5″ tall

THE FLASH
• 6″ tall
GREEN LANTERN JOHN STEWART
• 5.67″ tall
HAWKGIRL
• 5.3″ tall
AQUAMAN
• 6.46″ tall
• Allocations may occur
• Final products may differ from images shown
$28.00 US • EACH FIGURE SOLD SEPARATELY

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“Rogues Reign” Part Three – Review of THE FLASH #84

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The Speed Force isn’t dead…but it IS out of control. Barry, Wallace and Avery have found a surprising ally in Lisa Snart, but can she help a Flash team that is afraid to use their speed? Things are looking bleak in the Cold Kingdom, but even if the Flashes win the world is still set to end soon. What could possibly give them any hope? Wanna know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Barry, Wallace and Avery are wearing suppression collars to avoid the out of control Speed Force. That slows them down considerably while following Glider to the home of Weather Wizard. This Rogue has also been changed through Cold’s deal with Lex Luthor, but all he wants right now is to be left alone until the world ends.

Weather Wizard, like most of Central City believes Flash is dead. When Glider tells him that was a lie, he still wants proof, so he blasts the collars on all three speedsters. That was not the best choice, as their Speed Force connection goes completely haywire! The only thing that stops the subsequent melee is Glider herself. Her deal with her brother was to return the ribbons that had previously kept her astral form connected to the physical world. Those ribbons seem to have the ability to dampen the Speed Force, at least for a while. This gives Lisa a chance to explain the whole situation.

The original plan to use Mirror Master’s Lex-infused tech to steal Central City was Lisa’s own idea. But, she didn’t know how jaded, how “cold” her brother would become. She knows that this isn’t what the Rogues have ever stood for, and she is willing to help Flash to turn things around. To do that, they need more pieces of that now-broken mirror.

Weather Wizard finally agrees to part with his piece. But, ahead lies Mirror Master himself, and he won’t give his mirror pieces up without a fight. That means Barry must somehow relearn how to control the Speed Force. And, it isn’t going well at all…

…So Glider and Weather Wizard call in some help.

That help? Mick Rory, aka Heat Wave! That’s where we leave things for this issue…

NOTES:

  • Len Snart is starting to have his doubts. It isn’t enough to turn him away from the path he has chosen. But, it’s just enough for him to question the end game with Lex Luthor. The hope of Glider and the rest is to push that doubt even further – to realize that he can’t really win if the world ends.
  • This is a VERY interesting twist – the Rogues are teaming up with Flash to stop one of their own. It’s a cool concept, and Joshua Williamson’s script continues to impress. Williamson has become one my absolute favorite Flash storytellers…and keep in mind I’ve been reading THE FLASH for over 50 years.
  • Once again, the artwork is AMAZING! The action was perfect, the expressions were spot on, and the digital effects drove home the chaos that the Speed Force is creating for our speedsters.  Kudos once again to Christian Duce, Luis Guerrero, and Steve Wands. Bravo!

SUMMARY: I’m enjoying this arc tremendously, even more than I expected going in. This issue is a 9/10 for me. Of course, that’s just my opinion. What do  YOU think? Leave your comments below!

-- Ed Garrett. The post “Rogues Reign” Part Three – Review of THE FLASH #84 appeared first on Speed Force.

The Stakes Have Never Been Higher – Review of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS Part Three

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The showrunners of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS have gone all in with every episode so far. Even so, Part Three raised the stakes even more. Worlds are dying, heroes are sacrificing themselves, and the Arrowverse has been changed forever! And no, I’m not overhyping this. CRISIS is delivering on every promise and more. Wanna know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

NOTE: This review is posting before CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS airs in the Pacific Time Zone USA. If you haven’t seen Part Three yet, STOP HERE and come back after you watch the episode! You will be glad you did!

Multiple Earths are falling before the anti-matter wave. We get just a glimpse of Earth 203, home of the old TV Birds of Prey before the wave hits and destroys that world. As we rejoin the Waverider, we find out who all the Paragons are:

  • Supergirl – Paragon of Hope
  • Kingdom Come Superman – Paragon of Truth
  • Batwoman – Paragon of Courage
  • White Canary – Paragon of Destiny
  • The Flash – Paragon of Love
  • Martian Manhunter – Paragon of Honor
  • …and Ryan Choi, Paragon of Humanity

For comics fans, we know Ryan Choi as the successor to Ray Palmer as The Atom. He hasn’t taken on that role yet, and he is reluctant to join the group when Iris, Ray and Ralph arrive. But, Iris is able to convince Ryan to join. We see a flashback of Iris with Barry, with what looks like their last words together…

The next priority is stopping the anti-matter wave. Cisco finds that the source of the energy is below ground in Central City, Earth-1. Before they can go there, the Monitor gives Cisco his Vibe power back (over Cisco’s objections). But, Vibe has a purpose, and we find that soon.

In the tunnels where Nash Wells found the portal door, the team meets Pariah. He tells them that he can’t access his old Nash Wells memories to get them in…but Vibe can bring those memories back. They enter to see the Anti-Matter Cannon…and a blur on the treadmill.

That blur turns out to be the Barry Allen of Earth-90! Yes, the 1990’s TV Flash is on that treadmill, powering the anti-matter cannon. 

Using Vibe, they free Earth-90 Barry from the anti-matter force field surrounding the treadmill. That’s not good news, though. There is a failsafe that would destroy all remaining Earths if he is not on that treadmill. How to stop that? Enter Black Lightning.

Pariah has brought Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning to Earth-1 in an attempt to stop this anti-matter cannon. Pierce is the only survivor of his world – everyone on his Earth died in the anti-matter wave. He does his best to hold off the cannon while the two Flashes talk in Speed Time.

Our Earth-1 Barry realizes this is his time. If he is on that treadmill going in reverse, it could shut down the whole thing, stopping the anti-matter wave. He says goodbye and is ready to go…

But he doesn’t get to sacrifice himself.

Earth-90 Barry has a trick up his crimson sleeve – he temporarily steals Earth-1 Barry’s speed! Earth-90 Barry realizes that “a Flash must die” but which Flash? He gets on that treadmill and begins running in the opposite direction. He sees himself from another time, talking with Tina McGee (a clip from the actual 1990’s show). Then, he begins to dissolve into nothing, taking down the anti-matter cannon in the process. All that is left is his lightning bolt symbol, laying no the treadmill. He stopped the anti-matter wave just in time, sacrificing himself in the process.

I’m not crying, you’re crying…

Okay, I’ll admit – that scene got to me. I actually shed a tear for the Barry Allen of my younger days (I was a fan of the original show when it aired back in the 90’s). This scene was handled perfectly. 

Earth saved, series done, right? Right? Nope – of course not. But before we get to that, let’s quickly hit some other threads:

  • Supergirl has been debating back and forth with Batwoman about whether to use the Book of Destiny to bring back Earth 38 and the other worlds. Kate has been debating whether to use the Kryptonite to stop Kara. But in the end, she offers it to Supergirl, trusting her to do the right thing. Kara refuses, saying that she hopes Kate will have the courage not to use it. Trust in both directions, and this is further cementing the Arrowverse version of the World’s Greatest team.
  • Constantine, Diggle and Mia visit Lucifer (yes, from that show) to find a way into purgatory to retrieve Oliver’s soul. They find him, and are ready to return, when we get a visit from Jim Corrigan. Comics fans know him as the original Spectre! And, it looks like Oliver may be given a new mission (and a new Spectre? We’ll see…)
  • Lyla/Harbinger returns from the Anti-Monitor’s clutches…but under his control. He uses her to kill the Monitor. Then, the anti-matter wave restarts…

Earth after Earth has fallen until only Earth-1 remains. This new anti-matter wave cannot be stopped. Earth-1 is no more! The multiverse has fallen! That wave is now headed for the last people alive, our team in the Waverider. The wave hits the ship, taking everyone on board with it. Everyone else on the Waverider, including Iris, all the rest of Team Flash, the Earth-38 Clark and Lois…all gone in the anti-matter wave! 

Just before that happens, Pariah sends the Paragons off the ship. They find themselves at Vanishing Point. Comics fans know Vanishing Point in several iterations. The main thing to know is that this is a place outside of time and space, where the Anti-Monitor cannot follow. They try to figure out what to do next. Just then, Kingdom Come Superman starts to fall! Red lights shine out of him and it looks as though he is dying. But no, he’s being replaced! And who would do that?

Lex Luthor, that’s who.

He used a page out of the Book of Destiny to help himself. He had already read ahead to know where the team would be, and he wrote his own name onto the page. Now, Lex is alive and the last Supermen in the multiverse are gone. The Paragons are down to 6, and every Earth has been destroyed. Hope is gone, and so is the entire Arrowverse. What can possibly happen next?

NOTES:

  • I had expected the cliffhanger to be Earth-1 Barry’s sacrifice. While the death of Earth-90’s Barry Allen was a heartbreaker, the actual cliffhanger was MUCH bigger. The world is in danger? Nope, the whole Multiverse. Earths dying off? How about ALL of them! You can’t raise the stakes higher than the destruction of all reality. Now, THAT’s a cliffhanger – well done!
  • I’m truly intrigued by what can happen to Oliver now…
  • Just a reminder for folks who did not read the original CRISIS comics – the Spectre plays a HUGE role in what happened next in that book. We may be headed that way again, and that would be more than fine with me. I’m a big fan of the Golden Age heroes, and having Spectre show up was great for me.
  • While we’re talking the original comic, we knew that Lyla would eventually betray and kill the Monitor. Still, that scene came off very well done.
  • One more moment of silence here for the 1990’s Flash. That whole scene was among the very best I’ve seen in any superhero show.

SUMMARY: I have to give a 10/10, not just to this episode but to the whole series so far. This is one crossover that is hitting it out of the park. We have to wait now for January…and when that happens we’ll be right here, ready to share our thoughts on what promises to be an amazing conclusion. So, 10/10 from me – but that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

-- Ed Garrett. The post The Stakes Have Never Been Higher – Review of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS Part Three appeared first on Speed Force.

Flash #84 Preview

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DC has posted several preview pages for this week’s issue of The Flash, and you can see them at SuperHeroHype. In them, we see the Flash crew approach the moody and unstable Weather Wizard to obtain his shard of mirror in order to stop King Cold. Check it out at the link.

 

THE FLASH #84
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by CHRISTIAN DUCE
cover by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORDI TARRAGONA
card stock variant cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
“Rogues’ Reign” part three! The Speed Force is out of control, but the Flash must learn to harness it again if he’s to stand a chance against the powered-up Rogues! With the freshly crowned King Cold leading the charge to hunt the speedster down, all hope seems lost…or is it? An unexpected ally and the save of a lifetime comes to our hero in the form of one of Cold’s oldest and most trusted friends—is this icy betrayal what the scarlet speedster needs to turn the tide and set the world right?
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It Lives Up to the Hype – Review of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS Part Two

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After last night’s HUGE premiere of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, what can we expect from Part Two? Looks like more action, more cameos, more BIG reveals, in a show that continues to blow our ever-lovin’ minds! Last night, [REDACTED]  died, along with an entire world that we know well. Tonight, we see the resistance coming into place – but not before we get to geek out multiple times. Wanna know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

NOTE: This review is posting prior to CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS showing in the Pacifif Time Zone USA. If you haven’t seen the show yet, STOP HERE! Really, STOP HERE and wait to come back after you see the show. With this series, you will definitely be glad you did!

SO much happened in this episode. It was a wild roller coaster ride from start to finish. Let’s try to put it all together this way…

  • We see Smallville Clark and Lois, and Kingdom Come Superman as well
  • We find quite possibly the Dark Knight Returns Batman, along with Luke Fox
  • Jonah Hex? Seems like we meet him as well.
  • Death of Superman? Yep – we see that iconic scene, but he isn’t the only Supes to die.
  • Lex Luthor? Yes, and he has something to do with all those dead Supermen
  • John Constantine? YES! And he plays an important role in this episode
  • Mick Rory? Yes – and just as much fun a character as ever
  • Oliver Queen? Just wait…we’ll get to that

The Monitor has learned of the Seven Paragons from a recovered Book of Destiny, which he pulled out of the time stream. These “beings of the purest will” are the key to defeating the Anti-Monitor. There are two already identified, and two more with scant descriptions:

  • Supergirl is the Paragon of Hope
  • Sara Lance is the Paragon of Destiny
  • The Paragon of Truth – A Kryptonian with “greater loss than most mortal men can endure”
  • And, The Paragon of Courage –  “the Bat of the future”

Ray Palmer is working on a “Paragon” Detector to find the remaining three, while two teams go after that Kryptoniand and that Bat. Iris West-Allen goes with the CW Superman and Lois (have to use that description to keep things straight) to look for the Kryptonian. Kara and Kate go after the Bat of the Future. 

But, there is a fly in the ointment. Lex Luthor of Earth 38 is alive and well – and he grabs the book of destiny to go through the multiverse, killing every Superman on every world he can find. Will he kill all of them before they can find the one paragon Kryptonian? We’ll come back to that. But first, let’s follow each team through to their conclusion:

Kara and Kate find the Bruce Wayne of Earth-99. He is a physically and emotionally broken man, cared for by the Luke Fox of his world. He wears an exoskeleton to be able to move, a result of his final battle…with the Superman of his world. This Bruce, played by Kevin Conroy (so glad to see him in this role) long ago abandoned his code against killing. His last kill was the Superman of his world, something Kara and Kate don’t discover until very late in their visit. This Bruce tries to kill Kara as well with Kryptonite, but Kate fights him off. He falls back and his exoskeleton fries him, killing this version of Bruce Wayne. Kate and Kara return thinking their search was in vain. Not so…because as Ray Palmer’s paragon detector shows, it is Kate Kane who is the “Bat of the Future” and therefore the Paragon of Courage!

Iris West-Allen and the Earth 38 Clark and Lois go through several worlds looking for the right Kryptonian. They visit Earth 75, where they are too late to stop the Death of Superman (with the iconic picture from the comics). Then comes Earth 167…

Earth 167 is the Smallville Earth. Tom Welling’s Clark is in plaid flannel (no costume as in all but the last scene from SMALLVILLE). Iris and Earth 38 Clark and Lois try to warn him about Lex. But Clark is confused as the Lex of his world is the President. The Lex of Earth 38 appears and whisks Iris and Earth 38 Clark and Lois to another world. He is ready to kill Clark with Kryptonite…but it doesn’t affect Smallville Clark! In this world, Clark gave up his powers willingly, so Kryptonite no longer affects him. Lex is SO frustrated that anyone would give up “the power of a God” and leaves in a huff. “You took all the fun out of it. Enjoy your slice of mediocrity while you can. You’re all doomed anyway.” The Smallville Lois (also seen on SUPERGIRL as Kara’s mother) appears and this Clark and Lois go hand in hand back to their home, safe at least for now.

Iris and Earth 38 Clark and Lois appear next on Earth 85, where we finally see Brandon Routh as the Kingdom Come Superman. In this world, a “reject from Gotham City” (assuredly the Joker) felt he wasn’t getting enough attention, and he gassed the Planet offices. This killed every friend of Earth 85 Clark…and his wife Lois as well. THIS is the Paragon of Truth, the man who has “lost more than most mortals could endure.” But, we aren’t ready to go just yet…

Lex of Earth 38 appears and decides to control Earth 85 Supes…ordering him to kill the Earth 38 Superman! An epic battle ensues, stopped only when Lois crashes a bottle over Lex’s head while he was distracted. Lois and Iris take over the Book of Destiny, and eventually find a way to free this Kingdom Come Superman from Lex’s control. As they return to the Monitor, we learn that he likely used Lex to sort of narrow down the field so that they could find the right Superman. This Monitor can be exceptionally cold…

Now, while all of this is going on:

  • Barry, Mia and Sara Lance meet with John Constantine in an effort to fine an Earth that still has a Lazarus Pit. They find one, on Earth 18, a world that has a potential Jonah Hex. In this case, that famous slash in the cheek is delivered by our own Sara Lance (nice touch there). The pit works to revive Oliver Queen’s body…but without his soul. That likely will be a search in the Third Part of the show.
  • Harbinger has been hearing voices that almost incapacitate her. They eventually lead to her being pulled away to another location, to meet…The Anti-Monitor! We finally see him at the very end of this episode!

NOTES:

  • The Waverider is needed for this fight, and Harbinger finds it on Earth 74 with Mick Rory. She convinces him to come back for beer (and other things, but “you had me at beer”). 
  • Mick is the only one who can calm down baby Jon Kent. It’s hilarious when the baby keeps interrupting one of the Monitor’s main speeches. And, just as hilarious when Mick entertains the baby by reading a steamy romance novel called “Caged Passion.” Just as in the LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, Mick is both a formidable fighter and fantastic comedy relief.
  • The Monitor mentions another book, one that Felicity Smoak has read called “The Tome of the Guardians”.  Green Lantern Corps anyone? This will only add fuel to the rumored GL television show.
  •  Supergirl is obsessed with the idea that the Book of Destiny could bring back Earth 38. The Monitor warns that such an attempt would lead to madness…but Kara hasn’t given up that thought yet.
  • Kate has seen the potential for going dark (pun not intended) and is worried that she could turn out like the Bruce Wayne of Earth 99. Kara assures her that it isn’t going to happen. But, even so, Kate DOES have that piece of Kryptonite that Bruce had on Earth 99. Will we see that again?
  • It was SO good to see Brandon Routh donning the tights once again. It was as if he had never stopped playing the role. We got a tremendous Superman, complete with the classic musical score from the movies that stretched from the Christopher Reeve movies to his own movie portrayal of the Man of Steel.
  • First view of the Anti-Monitor – things are definitely heating up in a crossover that started out on high.

SUMMARY: This was another home run for CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS. The showrunners have spared nothing in putting this together. These first two Parts of the series have more than lived up to the hype – and considering the titanic hype, that really is saying something. This is a 10/10 for me – but of course, that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

-- Ed Garrett. The post It Lives Up to the Hype – Review of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS Part Two appeared first on Speed Force.

What a Start! Review of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS Part One

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They didn’t hold back…

No matter what you may have expected in the first part of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, this show went the extra mile. Those of you who read the comic version of this story from 1985-1986 understand the scope of this peril. Even so, the events of the first 60 minutes of this crossover set a record for destruction and key casualties. We’ve been building to this since the first episode of THE FLASH. This is THE big event. Wanna know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

NOTE: This review is posting before CRISIS airs in the Pacific Time Zone USA. If you haven’t seen this show yet. STOP HERE! I always say this, but really, truly STOP HERE! You will be glad you did! Come back after you see the show.

“In the beginning, there was only a single black infinitude” – The Monitor narrates the start of this show, telling how the Multiverse came to be. Then, we start clicking through a host of different Earths, each getting their own red skies. We see:

  • Earth 89 (The 1989 Batman movie world) with reporter Alexander Knox (played by Robert Wuhl as he did in the movie).
  • Earth 9 – home of The Titans as portrayed live action on DC Universe (if you don’t subscribe, you should)
  • Earth X – from a previous crossover, this time with the Ray patrolling the skies
  • Earth 66 (The 1966 Batman TV Show world) with Burt Ward giving us a “Holy Crimson Skies” for good measure. 

And then we go to Earth 38, home of Supergirl and Superman. There are world-wide earthquakes, and the antimatter wave is heading straight for them. This episode is all about the attempt to save Earth 38, and it is truly an epic battle from start to finish.

Before all that starts, the wave is headed to someplace we all know and love in the Supergirl TV universe – Argo City! Clark and Lois are there with baby Jonathan, but they are in terrible danger. They are warned just in time to put their baby son in a rocket pod and send him to Earth, mirroring Kal-El’s own origin story. The wave hits Argo City, completely destroying it! Kara’s mother and all of Argo City dies! Only a last minute save by Harbinger keeps Clark and Lois alive to meet up with the other heroes on Earth-38. 

Harbinger (Lyla) gathers together the heroes and tells them of the danger. We see each being brought in, with varying levels of trust. Eventually, they agree to pull together to follow the Monitor’s plan. The Monitor wants this team to make their stand on Earth-38. He has a tower planted on this Earth (and several other key Earths) that can hold back the antimatter wave, at least for a while. What he can’t do on his own is fight off the army of Shadow Demons belonging to the Anti-Monitor. 

The realization hits the team that this is a battle they could lose, so evacuation plans are made to save as many of the people of Earth-38 as possible. Using all the ships that all the alien population of Earth had used to arrive, they plan a jump through a portal to Earth-1. The rest of this battle is an attempt to give them time to make that portal and get through.

Alex Danvers enlists the help of Lena Luthor. She may hate everyone on Team Supergirl right now, but she won’t let all the people of Earth-38 die. Partnering with Alex, Lena does set up the portal just in time.,,

…And that’s good, because the tower is failing, and the Shadow Demons have arrived! These creatures are seemingly infinite in number. All the heroes fight for as long as they can, to let as many people survive as possible. 

When the battle is truly lost, the Monitor begins taking the heroes to another world, one by one. Green Arrow is the last – but he won’t go. The Monitor tells hims it’s time. Oliver asks, “Has the planet been evacuated yet?” “Then it’s not time!”

Oliver fights down to the last arrow. When there is nothing left in his quiver, he drops his bow and fights on. Eventually the Monitor does transport him to Earth-1, but it’s too late for Oliver. Green Arrow is dying. He says goodbye in a powerfully emotional moment, then closes his eyes one last time. Earth-38, the home of Supergirl and 7.5 billion other people, is gone! Only 3.5 billion survived – and that last 1 billion people made it through only because Oliver Queen bought them more time to get those ships through the portal. 

Pariah arrives, explaining that as Nash Wells he is responsible for freeing the Anti-Monitor from his confinement. He is doing penance for his sin, watching each reality die. Pariah believes that all reality is…doomed! And that’s where we leave the first chapter of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS!

NOTES: Holy Crimson Skies (couldn’t resist)! In the first 60 minutes we see the destruction of Argo City, the death of Kara’s mother and all the population there, the total destruction of Earth-38, and the death of Oliver Queen! That last one surprised me – not that I didn’t expect Oliver to die. I just had no idea that he would die in the very FIRST chapter of this story. If you wanted something on a big scale, THIS is it. There is no way this could have been bigger in scope for a live-action TV crossover. One last note – I didn’t cover every hero who showed up and every event. If I had this article would be 10 times as long. But, please do feel free to add your favorite moments in the comments below.

SUMMARY: If I could give this an 11, I would. This is the most 10 of a 10/10 I’ve seen in the Arrowverse. I’m shocked and amazed and CANNOT WAIT for tomorrow night! So, 10+/10 for me – but of course that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

-- Ed Garrett. The post What a Start! Review of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS Part One appeared first on Speed Force.

“The Last Temptation of Barry Allen” Part Two – Review of THE FLASH S6 E8

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Barry has been taken over by Bloodwork – the battle for his soul apparently lost. Now, nothing can stop Dr. Ramsey Rosso from unleashing his “cure” for death on all of Central City. It’s a dark time for Team Flash, even as they prepare for the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths. This is “The Temptation of Barry Allen” Part 2, the mid-season finale for THE FLASH. Yes, I know we are going to Crisis next week, but for all intents and purposes THIS is the mid-season stop for the regular continuity. Wanna know what happens next? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

First, an apology (seems like I’m making those a lot lately). On my way home from an American Thanksgiving visit with family I fell ill. My voice sounds like Bloodwork’s right now, even without the special effects, and sitting up for long periods of time isn’t fun right now, but I will be better soon. Thanks for your patience.

Let’s hit the main storyline first:

  • Barry is now under Rosso’s control. Cisco has activated the Babel Protocols, placing a shield around S.T.A.R. Labs that even Barry can’t get through.
  • Cisco want to use an experimental Photon Emitter on both Rosso and Flash, over Iris’ objections. He tries the device on Rosso but is stopped by the Dark Flash.
  • Iris agrees to meet Barry at their apartment, using the extrapolator to breach there. This goes badly as well, no luck in bringing Barry back.
  • Just as all looks lost, Cisco and Iris realize that Barry had just sent messages to them directly through Rosso himself! Somehow, Barry is still in there and he has a plan.
  • That plan involves letting Rosso and Flash in to S.T.A.R. Labs. Rosso places a droplet of the blood goo in the particle accelerator, planning to use it to spread this infection all over the city.
  • One of Barry’s messages, “Let the light in”, gives Cisco the idea on how to stop this plan. If Allegra uses her UV powers, she can stop this whole plan from happening.
  • In spite of her self doubts, Allegra comes through. The resulting UV wave spreads throughout the city, freeing the “Blood brothers” from Rosso’s control.
  • Rosso himself is still powered up and ready to battle a recovering Flash. But, Barry reveals what he has been doing all this time. He used the connection with Bloodwork to delve into Ramsey’s own doubts. He projects Rosso’s deceased mother to talk with her son about what he is doing. That gives Barry the chance to capture Rosso, and take him to the containment device at S.T.A.R. Labs that previously held Black Hole.
  • Rosso is shipped off to A.R.G.U.S. off camera, and the team has a very touching scene as they get ready for the Crisis to begin. At midnight, the skies turn red. The Crisis is here!

I’ll just hit one of the side stories here. Nash Wells is still in that tunnel, but now he is speaking with the disembodied voice of the Monitor. They are interrupted by the Blood brothers’ attack, which continues throughout the episode. As the attack ends, Nash realizes that he has been wrong about the Monitor all along and agrees to follow him. The portal opens, swallowing him up in a blast of light. The birth of Pariah? Probably, but we will have to wait for the Crisis episodes to know for sure.

NOTES:

  • This was one of the best mid-season finales in the series so far. Bloodwork was a terrific big bad, but the timing was right to wrap up this arc and prepare for the crossover.
  • There was just the right amount of action vs. emotion, with some of the best acting I’ve seen so far. Grant Gustin was downright creepy as Dark Flash, and at some of his best when back to being just Barry.
  • Cisco seems to have a little Bruce Wayne in him, preparing S.T.A.R. Labs for a Barry who turns bad. Babel Protocols, indeed!
  • Allegra and Killer Frost both realized their ability to be true heroes, just in time to hopefully contribute to saving the multiverse. Even if they play lesser roles in the Crisis, we have some great members of Team Flash here, even though Caitlin was allowed to spend those last few moments with the team before the Crisis hit.

SUMMARY:

This was what a mid-season finale should be. Terrific all the way around. I’ll give this a 10/10. Of course, that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

-- Ed Garrett. The post “The Last Temptation of Barry Allen” Part Two – Review of THE FLASH S6 E8 appeared first on Speed Force.