Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Written by Geoff Johns; Art by Tony Daniel and Jonathan Glapion; Cover by Tony Daniel. Part one of the eagerly anticipated "Titans East" story! Led by Deathstroke, a Teen Titans team consisting of Batgirl, Risk, Match, Alter Boy, Enigma, Sun Girl and Inertia is out to chew gum and kick butt… and guess what? They're all out of gum! DC Universe. 32pg. Color. $2.99 US. On Sale January 31, 2007.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Ryan Reynolds' dreams of playing superhero the Flash on the big screen have run out of steam--the Blade: Trinity star fears the movie will never see the light of day. Reynolds boasted about playing the sought-after role in interviews last year but now accepts the project may have run its course. He tells MTV News, "It isn't something that I can imagine happening, but I know it's something a lot of comic-book fans are excited for. I get asked about it all the time, and if you even utter a word about it, it's all over the Internet. It's so completely out of my control. It's in the hands of the dark overlords of Warner Brothers... If they do make it, I'd still love to be a part of it."
Meanwhile, in a recent Film Junk poll that asked online readers to rank the comic book characters they were most eager to see on silver screen, the scarlet speedster came in fourth place with ten percent of the vote. Will Warner Bros. allow The Flash to take its place alongside the likes of Batman Begins and Superman Returns?
1. Green Lantern — 25.2%
2. The Avengers — 20.2%
3. Marvel Zombies — 10.9%
4. The Flash — 10.1%
5. Lobo — 9.2%
6. Preacher — 8.4%
7. She-Hulk — 6.7%
8. Y The Last Man — 5.0%
9. Transmetropolitan — 2.5%
10. The Authority — 1.7%
Monday, January 29, 2007
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40. Justice #5 ($3.50) DC
41. Flash: Fastest Man Alive #1 ($2.99) DC
42. Civil War Front Line #3 ($2.99) Marvel
43. 52 Week #8 ($2.50) DC
44. Superman/Batman #26 ($3.99) DC
45. Amazing Spider-Man #534 CW ($2.99) Marvel
46. New Avengers #15 ($2.50) Marvel
47. New Avengers #20 ($2.99) Marvel
48. New Avengers #19 ($2.99) Marvel
49. Astonishing X-Men #17 ($2.99) Marvel
Monday, January 22, 2007
...Included in that landmark issue was perhaps the single most important Silver Age story of all (at least, up to that point in time, with the emergence of a certain foursome still a few months off)--the origin of The Flash. We all remember what Barry Allen was reading early on in that tale, don’t we class? Uh huh--an issue of Flash Comics! Only, not one featuring the sleek-domed red-garbed speedster we kids were familiar with during the dawning days of JFK’s administration, but rather a fellow adorned with a Mercury-styled helmet dating all the way back to midway into FDR’s White House tenure! I couldn’t help but be curious--who was this guy? Little over a month later, my question would be answered. July 20th saw the release of my second ever issue of The Flash, #123, featuring the justifiably legendary "Flash Of Two Worlds"...
Friday, January 19, 2007
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Wednesday, January 17, 2007
PK: "It sounds corny, but writing any and all the DC characters was fun. I've been a reader since I was like five years old and fan since, I guess, I read Jules Feiffer's book, The Great Comic Book Heroes, which turned me on to the history of the form. I was reading Wonder Woman when I was six years old because I liked the Andru and Esposito art, I devoured the Jack Schiff Batman stories, Martian Manhunter, Weisinger's Superman...everything by Julie Schwartz. Green Lantern, the Atom, Flash, Hawkman, Adam Strange, the JLA. Showcase. The Brave and the Bold. This stuff was iconic and huge to me and when I finally got my chance to write these guys, any of these guys, how could it not be fun? Scary, yes, but hugely fun. I remember initially freezing up on a couple of assignments over the years, particularly the first time I got to write Superman. To this day, I still get a thrill over the fact that I actually got to write all these characters... and they even paid me for it."
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Written by Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Gardner Fox; Art by Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella and various; Cover by Infantino & Giella. Over 500 pages of classic adventures are included in this value-priced volume! The Fastest Man Alive stars in these fantastic tales from late 1950s and into the 1960s! This collection features the Flash in battle against the Mirror Master, the Trickster, Captain Cold and many other villains! Advance-solicited; 512 pg. B&W. $16.99 US. On Sale May 16.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
The CW has confirmed that Bart Allen will be known as Impulse, and not the Flash, in the upcoming "Justice" episode of Smallville. The network has also released a group image of the heroes from the episode. The image shows, from left, Kyle Gallner as Bart Allen/Impluse; Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow; Tom Welling as Clark Kent; Alan Ritchson as Arthur Curry/Aquaman; and Lee Thompson Young as Victor Stone/Cyborg. "Justice" is scheduled to air on January 18, and sources have told the Continuum that at least one of the characters will appear on Smallville again before the end of the sixth season.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Fast, athletic and flirtatious.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Over the years in the DC Universe there has been one heroic legacy that people have literally picked up and ran with; the legacy of the Flash. Beginning this February in DC Comics' The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #9, a new writer begins chronicling the adventures of the newest Flash, Bart Allen. CBR News spoke with writer Marc Guggenheim about his plans for the Fastest Man Alive...
With the Flash tackling both the world of costumed heroics and a burgeoning career in law enforcement readers can expect Guggenheim’s stories in The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive to be a mixture of superhero action and human drama. “With the Flash, I'm trying to tell big super-hero stories that still have, in each issue, some quiet, character moments. So far, I'd have to say that my run is kind of old school. Big villains. Big heroics. The occasional DCU cameo. All interspersed with soap opera elements and subplots (remember those?) that will build up to a huge story. I don't have a time frame on my Flash run, but I'm really striving to make it as big and iconic as I can possibly muster. I really want to leave my mark on the character, whenever I end up leaving -- which I hope won't be for a good long while."
Friday, January 05, 2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
The Justice League of America and Justice Society of America have had two dozen official team-ups since their first meeting back in 1963, but writers Geoff Johns and Brad Meltzer aim to make the latest encounter between DC’s two biggest teams in 2007 something special...
After a rocky few pre-Rebirth years for Hal Jordan, teaming up with some old friends among the JSA will be a treat for the Emerald Gladiator.“We get to see Hal Jordan with Jay Garrick, and there’s nothing like a Green Lantern-Flash team-up,” gushes Meltzer. “[Hal] respects that older generation of heroes. These are his teachers. When he gets to see Jay Garrick run, it touches a very emotional chord for him.”
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Lorendiac of the Toon Zone Forum has posted an interesting article that carefully outlines the "10 Types of Superhero Successors." The first category on the ten-item list is "The Carefully Groomed Protégé," and the example used to illustrate the point is an obvious one. Wally West assumed the mantle of the scarlet speedster after spending decades as a faithful sidekick. When Barry Allen died, a worthy successor was ready and waiting. How can we explain the fact that readers seem unwilling to readily accept Bart Allen as the Flash, then? Is it simply because the relaunched book has been poorly written? Or is it because it sometimes feels as if this new Bart fits more appropriately into one of the other nine types of successors? At the very least, Wally's exit from the DC Universe was needlessly swift and awkward, and Bart's unexpected transformation during the events of Infinite Crisis has left us with a superhero successor that seems unfriendly and outright unfamiliar.
In 1985, Barry Allen died during the events of “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” Wally West soon took over the role. He was probably about twenty years old at the time. (Dick Grayson, his contemporary, a fellow founder of the original Teen Titans, was stated to be “twenty” during the events of COIE.) If we buy the version of Wally’s origin story that was later offered by Mark Waid in the "Born to Run" story arc (a four-part flashback sequence in the Flash title in the early 90s), then Wally got his speedster powers at the tender age of ten. So from Wally’s perspective, he had been Kid Flash for about ten years before moving up to take over his mentor’s role; and from the perspective of veteran DC readers, he had actually been training for this moment for about 26 years!
Diehard fans of the Silver Age Flash naturally were unhappy about Barry’s sacrifice, but as far as I have heard, it was generally accepted that if you granted the assumption that someone was going to “inherit” the mantle of the Flash now that Barry was gone, then that “someone” obviously ought to be Wally. No one (to the best of my knowledge) ever made a convincing argument in the late 80s that some other character would have been a better and more deserving choice! No one denied that Barry would have approved of Wally’s decision to keep the Flash tradition alive, had Barry still been around to actually comment on it...
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
This Week's Poll: We want to know who you'd like to see play some of the most popular characters from comics. Four actors or actresses have been selected for each of the characters, based upon various connections to the production or character, fan recommendation or simply a similarity to their comics counterpart. The results of the poll will be announced two weeks from today on Wizard Universe.