The Speed Force is…Dying? Review of THE FLASH #76

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We have just completed a spectacular FLASH: YEAR ONE and now return for another high-profile arc, “Death and the Speed Force”! Notice it’s not “death OF the Speed Force”…though make not mistake, the Speed Force is dying. How can Barry turn this around? How can her turn the relationships he’s damaged around? And, how does all this fit in with DC’s The Year of the Villain?  Follow us after the jump to learn more!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Barry has regained a lot of lost memories during Year One, and he also has a new perspective on life. It’s time to right a bunch of wrongs – and it’s time to try and repair some relationships as well. Avery (the Flash of China) and Wallace (Kid Flash) have been holding things down in Central City – and they are not exactly thrilled to see Barry’s return. Still, Barry convinces them to follow him to the newly repaired Flash Museum. It’s back to its former glory…with a twist.

That twist is a hidden Speed Lab, accessed by phasing through a painting in the museum. (No word here on how Commander Cold got in, but let’s go past that). Steadfast is also there, and helps Barry explain to the rest of the crew how the Speed Force is dying. That’s why every speedster is slowing down. And, right now no one knows exactly how to stop that.

To make things worse, the Black Flash arrives! More on that in a minute…but first…

Elsewhere, we see a revamped Captain Cold helping our Mick Rory from a tight situation. He explains his new look and new tech – and extends the offer to Heat Wave that Lex Luthor earlier gave him. They are set to “get the band back together”. We will definitely see more of that during The Year of the Villain. But, back to Black Flash…

Usually, the Black Flash appears when a speedster is ready to die/enter the Speed Force. Not this time. He is after…Steadfast! Black Flash wants to eradicate the other new forces…and that’s where we stop our story today.

NOTES:

  • Artist Rafa Sandoval joins writer Joshua Williamson on this story, with inks by Jordi Tarragona and colors by Tomeu Morey. Sandoval’s take on Flash is a little more muscular than we’ve seen lately, reminding at times of some Wally art from both the comics and the JLU animation. What I had to take a second look about was all the teeth…comics usually just give one big white mouthful without definition. Here, we often get an almost photorealistic set of teeth on our characters. It makes Flash sort of jump out of the page, and no complaints of that here.
  • Williamson continues to write an exceptional story for The Flash. There are still repercussions for Barry, things he needs to rebuild in his relationships. I’m glad to see that this issue hasn’t just been glossed over. This just makes Barry more human without taking away from his heroic persona.

SUMMARY: It’s hard to top YEAR ONE, but we do have a solid start to a new arc that looks to have a big impact on the Flash mythos. I’ll give this a 9/10 – but of course, that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

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Flash #76 Preview

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DC has posted a three page preview for next week’s issue of The Flash, and you can see it at Bleeding Cool. In it, Wallace West and Avery Ho seem to be keeping Central City safe during Barry’s trip down memory lane as seen in “Flash: Year One”. And this issue sees the beginning of the “Death of the Speed Force” arc, in which the Rogues get powered up.

 

THE FLASH #76
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art and cover by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORDI TARRAGONA
card stock variant cover by YASMINE PUTRI
“Death of the Speed Force” begins! With renewed resolve following the events of “The Flash Year One,” the Flash is back with a new mission, a new outlook and a brand-new speedster HQ. But the Fastest Man Alive is slowing down—and there’s only one explanation: the Speed Force is dying. Plus, the Year of the Villain heats up as Captain Cold uses Lex Luthor’s offer to boost Heat Wave to the next level!
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Year One Finale! Review of THE FLASH #75

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This is one finale/anniversary issues that delivers on everything we had hoped for…and more! The Year One Finale for THE FLASH came in a super-sized 75th issue anniversary spectacular that perfectly wrapped up the story line and set us rocketing forward to what lies ahead in the next year or so. There were Easter Eggs galore…and one panel that warmed my heart more than words can say! Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

NOTE: First, I owe all of you an apology for the late review. During the last month my family and I have been in the process of moving to a new town. In the middle of that, we had a serious family medical emergency that included multiple hospital trips and some surgery. Everything is okay now, but still my apologies to our followers for how behind this review is posting. Back on schedule now – thanks for understanding!

Given the late nature of this review, let’s hit highlights rather than a step by step analysis.

  • Barry is now in the iconic suit, and battling both versions of the Turtle (present and future).
  • His continued fight gives hope to the people of Central City, who join in the battle.
  • No one was more inspired than Iris, who smashed the equipment King Turtle was using to trap the citizens of Central City.
  • Flash uses his connection to the Speed Force to move everyone forward just a few seconds…everyone except the two versions of the Turtle. That traps his powers in the past (comic book physics, okay?). And, Flash saves the day!
  • We see Barry and Iris continuing to build their relationship, with all the future implications that long time Flash fans can surmise.
  • Barry meets young Wally and (even younger) Wallace. Wally is still the president of the Flash fan club…and we see a lightning bolt on its way to grant the first Kid Flash (and third Flash) his powers.
  • We see a splash page of the WHOLE FLASH FAMILY!!! With the exception of John Fox, we get just about everyone else. We see Jay Garrick, Johnny and Jesse Quick, Bart/Impulse, XS, Max Mercury, Wally and Wallace, and the Flash of China…and Barry REMEMBERS THEM!!!

This leads us to the first of two follow-up stories, simply titled, “Today”. Barry speaks with the new avatar of the Still Force, Steadfast. This mysterious character has returned Barry’s memories, and he knows that Barry’s speed has begun to fade. He starts to teach Barry about the forces, and about Barry’s role in the future.

This brings Barry to the repairs of the Flash Museum, where we get Easter Eggs galore! You’ll find the Puppet-Flash (see Abra Kadabra and THE FLASH Vol 1 #133), the Flash-Superman Races, and much more! This is where we point Barry toward the future, knowing that dark times are ahead, but emphasizing the hope that his character brings to the comics page.

The third story, “The Offer”, launches THE FLASH into “The Year of the Villain” as Captain Cold gets his offer from Lex. Snart is willing to take the offer, but only if his fellow Rogues also get in on the game…MUCH more to come from this one.

NOTES:

  • Joshua Williamson delivered a spectacular ending to the Year One saga. This went far beyond the usual finale of an arc, and was frankly far more interesting than most anniversary issues ever dreamed of being. Williamson has effectively refreshed this character without losing the important parts of FLASH canon. We see a hero that we can truly cheer for. Barry may have his own doubts and fears, but he symbolizes Hope in a way that no other DC character can match. This arc firmly establishes who he is in a way that is accessible to new fans while warming the hearts of long time Flash fans like this old reviewer.
  • Howard Porter again delivered amazingly well in the artwork for the main story. I loved the splash pages, but I loved just as much the little things in facial expression that so effectively carried the story forward. Just a note – we started the issue with pretty much the classic Silver Age Flash costume (except for the belt and the lack of wings on the boots). But, as Barry continues to build up his connection to the Speed Force, we see a change. The more Barry pushes his abilities, the more we start to see those little lightning bolt seams that have become more Flash-like in recent post-Flashpoint books. It’s like we now have a reason for the present look. Well played!
  • Scott Kolins and Christian Duce took on the second and third stories, respectively. The artwork was also on point for these stories, bringing recent Flash artists back to be a part of this amazing anniversary/finale issue.

SUMMARY:

Okay, has this old reviewer fan-boyed out enough on this issue? Of course this is a 10/10 for me. I haven’t seen a better Anniversary book in years! Of course, that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

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DC’s October 2019 Solicitations

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DC has posted the full complement of solicitations for October 2019, and here are all the ones relating to the Flash. CBR has also posted some solicits from November as well, and thus Flash #82 is included here too. These issues continue the “Year Of The Villain” arc across the DC line, and Wally West’s solo series Flash Forward carries on. There’s also an interesting-looking The Flash: 80 Years Of The Fastest Man Alive hardcover due out in October, so it’s worth checking out.

You can see the solicitations in their entirety at Newsarama and CBR.

THE FLASH #80
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by SCOTT KOLINS
cover by RAFA SANDOVAL
card stock variant cover by HOWARD PORTER
“The Hunter and the Hunted” part one! Barry Allen is hurt, and his connection to the Speed Force is fading fast. With the Speed Force dying, the only person who can save it is…Hunter Zolomon? Hunter has returned to prove he’s the one, true Flash, and he doesn’t care who gets in his way. But who is left to deal with the Rogues? Captain Cold has assembled the newly amped-up Rogues to tell them about Lex Luthor’s offer…but are they all willing to take it?
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THE FLASH #81
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by SCOTT KOLINS
cover by RAFA SANDOVAL
variant cover by GUILLEM MARCH
“The Hunter and the Hunted” part two! This is one issue you cannot miss! The last gasp of the Speed Force! Can Barry Allen and Hunter Zolomon work together long enough to beat death and save the Speed Force? Can Kid Flash and Avery, the Flash of China, discover what the Rogues want within the wreckage of Iron Heights? Even if the Flash survives, nothing will ever be the same again for the Flash family!
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THE FLASH #82
writtenby JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by RAFA SANDOVAL
acetate cover by GUILLEM MARCH
variant cover by KAMOME SHIRAHAMA
“Rogues Reign” part one! The speed force is dead, doom has gripped the earth, and the FLASH lives in a nightmare! Powered-up by Lex Luthor’s offer, Captain Cold led his team of Rogues to ultimate victory over Central City. Through the might of Mirror Master’s amplified abilities, the rogues have re-shaped reality itself into their own kingdoms of cruelty – Heat Wave’s volcanic territory, Weather Wizard’s floating armory of the elements, and at the center of it all, the icy castle of Captain Cold. But with the villains stealing the show, why is the greatest threat to their reign one of their own?
ON SALE 11.13.18
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FLASH FORWARD #2
written by SCOTT LOBDELL
art by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
cover by EVAN “DOC” SHANER
variant cover by INHYUK LEE
When the border between the Multiverse and the Dark Multiverse starts to buckle, who do you turn to? The answer: Wally West. Once the Fastest Man Alive, he’s now a man with nothing left to live for. Will Tempus Fuginaut’s chosen champion rise to the occasion and fight back the demons of the darkness, or will Wally’s own demons win the day?
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JUSTICE LEAGUE #33
written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
art by BRUNO REDONDO
cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
card stock variant cover by JONBOY MEYERS
“The Justice Doom War” part four! Apex Lex Luthor is in ascendance, and he’s taking out the remaining members of the Justice League in the present just as his Legion of Doom is beating down the time-traveling heroes in both the past and the future. Batman, Superman and the rest of our heroes may have just figured out how Kamandi’s timeline works when terrible Hypertime quakes rattle their existence, threatening to strand them far from their own time. Meanwhile, the Flash, Green Lantern and the Justice Society take another leap through time, heading for…ancient Atlantis?
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JUSTICE LEAGUE #34
written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
art by JIM CHEUNG
cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
card stock variant cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
“The Justice Doom War” part five! All Hypertime is breaking! If it blows, all of reality will follow after—which would be just fine for Lex Luthor, who is ready to prove to the evil goddess Perpetua that he’s the bad man for her. The Justice League is attempting to do what they can, chasing the Legion of Doom across the time-sphere. If the Totality is put back together, the whole Multiverse will tip toward Doom…and have consequences that reverberate throughout the DC Universe—assuming it’s not destroyed in the process.
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TEEN TITANS #35
written by ADAM GLASS
art and cover by BERNARD CHANG
variant cover by LEE GARBETT
The Teen Titans’ traitor is finally revealed as all their scheming finally comes to a head! How will the team deal with the betrayal, and to what end are the traitor’s plans? Worse, will the previously secret Teen Titans team finally be exposed to the world? This house of cards is about to come crashing down…and one of the Teen Titans will pay the ultimate price!
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YOUNG JUSTICE #9
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art by JOHN TIMMS and ANDRE LIMA
cover by JOHN TIMMS
Card stock variant cover by NICK BRADSHAW
Oh man! Lost in the Multiverse with no way home, the teens of Young Justice find themselves trapped on a dark world that was once run by the evil Justice League known as the Crime Syndicate, but is now run by their younger, more feral, more anarchic counterparts…the Young @#$@#$@! They are not nice. All this and finally, the truth behind…Teen Lantern.
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SUPERMAN: UP IN THE SKY #4
written by TOM KING
art by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE
new cover by ANDY KUBERT
Available to comics shops for the first time! While Superman searches the galaxy for a kidnapped girl, she retells the tale of the Man of Steel’s race against the Fastest Man Alive! Then, the human and Kryptonian sides of Superman clash as the hope of finding the girl becomes increasingly unlikely. Originally published in SUPERMAN GIANT #9 and #10.
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THE FLASH GIANT #1
Includes 24 pages of new stories plus classic reprints!
ON SALE 10.02.19
$4.99 US | FC | 96 PAGES

THE FLASH: 80 YEARS OF THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE HC
stories and art by various
new cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
Celebrate 80 Years of the Flash with DC, as we revisit classic comics stories from the 1940s and onward, featuring some of the Flash’s greatest allies and villains, and work from some of the greatest creators ever to grace the graphic-literature medium! This book collects such seminal moments as the first appearances of Jay Garrick (FLASH COMICS #1), Barry Allen (SHOWCASE #4) and Wally West (THE FLASH #110), the classic “Flash of Two Worlds” (THE FLASH #123) and the death of Iris West (THE FLASH #275) as well as many previously uncollected gems, including stories from THE FLASH #300 (1981), FLASH #54 (1991), FLASH COMICS #89 (1947) and many more. It also features new essays and commentary from comics stars Mark Waid, Roy Thomas, Francis Manapul and more, plus a new cover by Jim Lee!
ON SALE 11.06.19
$29.99 US | 384 PAGES
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YOUNG JUSTICE BOOK FOUR TP
written by PETER DAVID
art by TODD NAUCK and others
cover by TODD NAUCK and LARY STUCKER
Having survived the “Sins of Youth,” the old team is replaced by an all-new, all-different Young Justice! But what happened to the originals? Find out here and see Wonder Girl’s new look, as well as Robin’s surprising revelation to his teammates! Collects YOUNG JUSTICE #20-32.
ON SALE 11.27.19
$34.99 US | 320 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-9500-4

DC’S WANTED: THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS SUPER VILLAINS HC
stories and art by various
cover by NICK CARDY
Take a journey into the dark minds of DC’s most dangerous super-villains in these tales starring The Joker, the Mist, Captain Cold, Signalman, the Puppeteer, Clock King, Mr. Who and many more. Collects WANTED: THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS VILLAINS #1-9 from 1972, which reprinted stories from Action Comics #57 and 69; Batman #25, 84 and 112; World’s Finest Comics #6 and 111; The Flash #114 and 121; Adventure Comics #72 and 77; Green Lantern #1 and 33; Wonder Woman #36; Sensation Comics #66 and 71; More Fun Comics #65, 73 and 76; Flash Comics #86, 90 and 100; All-American Comics #61; Kid Eternity #15; and Doll Man Quarterly #15.
ON SALE 03.11.20
$39.99 US | 256 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-779501-134

THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN: THE WAKE TP
written by LOUISE SIMONSON
art by CAT STAGGS, JOEL OJEDA and others
cover by JERRY ORDWAY
First time in print! Revisit the story that rocked the world in this thriller that explores what happened before, during and after the battle with Doomsday that cost Superman his life! First, the Man of Steel must save an astronaut when a meteor crashes into a space shuttle, then stand between Major Lane and Metallo! Featuring additional chapters following the path of Jimmy Olsen in those fateful hours, plus the aftermath of the loss of a true hero. Collects the 2018 digital series THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN chapters #1-12.
ON SALE 11.20.19
$16.99 US | 136 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-177950-1134

FLASH YEAR ONE HC
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art and cover by HOWARD PORTER
Go back to the very beginning of Barry Allen’s heroic journey in THE FLASH: YEAR ONE! Barry Allen feels helpless in his life in Central City. As a forensic scientist, he’s always catching criminals after they’ve committed their crimes. All that changes one fateful night when Barry is struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals. When he wakes from a coma, he realizes he can run at incredible speeds. Can Barry master these powers and be the hero his city needs…or will the powers burn through him? Collects THE FLASH #70-75.
ON SALE 11.13.19
$24.99 US | 152 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-9934-7

DC’S YEAR OF THE VILLAIN OMNIBUS HC
story and art by various
cover by GREG CAPULLO
The complete collection of DC’s “Year of the Villain” event is here! Following the events of JUSTICE LEAGUE, Lex Luthor takes a major step forward, assembling his Legion of Doom for the final push to replace Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the League as the rightful leaders of not only mankind, but the universe itself! From New York Times best-selling author Scott Snyder (DARK NIGHTS: METAL) and some of the best artists anywhere, including Alex Maleev, Francis Manapul, Jim Cheung, Greg Capullo and more! This title collects ACTION COMICS #1017, AQUAMAN #54, BATGIRL #41, BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #7, BATMAN #82, BATMAN/SUPERMAN #4, BLACK ADAM: YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1, CATWOMAN #17, DC’S YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1, DEATHSTROKE #49, DETECTIVE COMICS #1015, THE FLASH #82, HARLEY QUINN #67, HAWKMAN #18, THE JOKER: YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1, JUSTICE LEAGUE #35, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #17, JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #15, LEX LUTHOR: YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1, NIGHTWING #66, RED HOOD: OUTLAW #40, RIDDLER: YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1, SUPERGIRL #36, SUPERMAN #17, TEEN TITANS #36, THE TERRIFICS #22, WONDER WOMAN #82 and more!
ON SALE 03.25.20
$99.99 US | 864 PAGES
FC | 7.0625” x 10.875”
ISBN: 978-1-779500-885

JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 4: THE SIXTH DIMENSION TP
written by SCOTT SNYDER, JORGE JIMENEZ and JAMES TYNION IV
art by JORGE JIMENEZ and FRANCIS MANAPUL
cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
The Justice League has the map to the Sixth Dimension in hand—and with it, they have the key to saving the Multiverse from utter destruction! Meanwhile, Superman is trapped on a world with no light and hundreds of dead Supermen! The Multiverse is teetering on the brink, and Lex Luthor’s Legion of Doom is poised for victory. The final form of Perpetua takes shape, and the DCU will never be the same again! Collects issues #19-28.
ON SALE 11.13.19
$24.99 US | 256 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-779501-684

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