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TV Review: The Flash S1E10 Revenge of the Rogues

theflash_full_costumeAs Barry is struggling to train his speed in order to beat Reverse Flash, his old friend, Captain Cold, returns to Central City with the help of a new villain, Heat Wave.

The Flash ended its fall season with one hell of a reveal and setting up one hell of a rest of the season. Back, after a break that seemed too long, the series puts one of the Flash’s defining features front and center, his rogues. That is something the series really understands, some of the most interesting things about the Flash is his bad-guys, and in particular the Rogues themselves. We’ve got the beginning of that team here with Captain Cold and Heat Wave making their splash in Central City and a showdown with the Flash which officially introduces the scarlet speedster to the town.

All of that is really solid, especially the interaction between Captain Cold and Heat Wave. The Rogues have always had issues when it comes to leadership, and we see some of those seeds planted here. It makes me look forward to seeing the full line-up together which would be nerd delight.

What’s also nice is the Reverse Flash being in the picture, Barry has a long term adversary to prepare against. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also some more info about Firestorm in the episode, another fantastic addition to the DC television universe.

The only negative thing is the shields that are made for the police to fight Captain Cold. There’s a slit, and their legs are in the open…. really?

The ending between Barry and Joe West is fantastic, showing the charm of the characters and the actors. And of course, that ending!

Overall, the episode is the usual fun and entertaining, but we all know what we’re looking forward to, more Reverse Flash… and Gorilla Grodd!

Overall rating: 7.75

The Flash, Arrow, and Gotham Get New Seasons. Constantine in Doubt.

theflash_full_costumeJust before the Golden Globes, The CW confirmed it was renewing both The Flash and Arrow for new seasons. It’s not much of a shock considering both series have been juggernauts and a bright spot for the network.

Fox made it official that Gotham will also be getting a second season. The show based on Batman has had consistent and decent ratings making this not surprising at all.

The other comic turned television show Constantine isn’t looking as solid. NBC discussed the series’ future. The show has its Friday timeslot changed to an earlier 8pm from its 10pm time when the show returned from its winter break. That switch actually led to lower ratings and didn’t help.

NBC president Jennifer Salke at a TCA press tour said:

Still talking about [whether to renew the show]. We wish the show had done better live. It has a big viewership after [live airings] in all kinds of ways, and it has a younger audience. The live number is challenging. It hasn’t kind of come out of Grimm the way we wanted it to. We love the show. I think it’s fair to say we’re really still talking about it.


Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt added:

We got on the bandwagon of these shows based on comic books, and maybe there are too many of them. It’s a popular series of comics, but it’s not The Flash. It’s not Batman, so maybe it suffers a little bit there. But as Jen said, it’s a show we really liked. We love Matt Ryan, who is the star of it. I think we did right by the fans who didn’t like the film that was made of it, and I think the future is still up in the air on that show.

Not encouraging at all for fans of the show.

Demo-Graphics: Comics on TV. Mid-Season Report!

It’s Monday and that means another dive into Facebook‘s data. This week the second release of a multi-part study where I gather throughout the television season. This data breakdown concerns television shows based on comic books that are currently on the air and have debuted. There’ll be a couple more looks including the spring launch, and then when the seasons are complete.

When we did our initial report in late October, Arrow had the strongest female following, while its sister show on The CW, The Flash had the least. I also included the percent of the individuals in the coveted 18-49 demographic. The Flash was the best when it came to the 18-49 demographic, while Arrow was the worst.

Below are the raw stats and data from Facebook of those who like each show in the United States.

Facebook comic tv showsFlash forward almost two months and here’s where things stand now.

In total likes for their pages, Agents of S.H.I.E.D. is the only show to have lost likes in the past two months. Constantine gained over a million likes, while The Flash earned about 1.9 million likes, over doubling its count.

When it comes to fans in the United States, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Gotham both lost fans.

For gender, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Gotham both lost male likes, while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, Gotham, lost female likes. The Walking Dead now has the highest percentage of female likes while The Flash continues to have the least.

In the coveted 18-49 demographic, The Flash continues to be the best, while Arrow is still the worst.

Check out below for the full stats.

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TV Review: The Flash S1E9 The Man in the Yellow Suit

theflash_full_costumeBarry enjoys holiday traditions with Joe and Iris — and is faced with his nemesis; a touching moment with Iris is interrupted by Eddie’s arrival.

It feels like the season has been building to this moment, Barry’s, aka the Flash’s, run in with the man in yellow, who we comic fans know as The Reverse Flash.

About 45 minutes in, we’ve got the big meeting, not between The Flash, but between Wells, a few others, and The Reverse Flash. Here’s where we’re diving into spoilers…. You’ve been warned….

We know who The Reverse Flash most likely isn’t. In that same room was Thawne and Wells. So can we check two off of the list? Hopefully you waited to the end to find out.

Also in this episode…. we’ve got Firestorm! That’s right, Ronnie is in full flaming glory. His part was a bit short, and stilted, but it’s an intro, and we get a better look as to what we can expect the character to look like in the short-term, and some of his powers.

Overall, this episode was pure nerdgasm. Reverse Flash! Firestorm! Flash vs. Reverse Flash!

But, even with all of that, the episode still finds its heart. There are moments between Barry and both Wests that show off the series is more than a man in red. And tell me you don’t feel a bit heartbroken in the scene between Barry and his father. For all the action, there’s as much feels packed into this episode.

The Flash is building and building, and here’s the first big payoff, and boy does it deliver. The Flash is quickly becoming THE best comic television show on the air right now, and this episode is a prime example of why.

And what an ending!

Overall rating: 9.75

TV Review: The Flash S1E8 Flash Vs. Arrow

theflash_full_costumeWhen a new meta-human, Chroma, threatens to take down Starling City, Arrow requires more help than his standard crew, and therefore, the Flash comes to help.

We knew it’d happen, but The Flash is teaming up with Arrow, in what is probably the most fun episode of the season so far that had me sporting a smile for almost the entire hour.

The Flash‘s greatest strength as a show has been it hasn’t taken itself too seriously, instead having fun, and poking fun at what it is (a bright red guy running around in a suit). This episode does all that and more.

There’s a montage of the Arrow training the Flash, which had me laughing out loud. There’s even a debate between people of who would win in a fight!!! The show brilliantly takes a lot of tropes that pepper these types of team-ups. It’s all done with such fun and glee, it’s almost infectious. I want an entire show of these two teaming up now.

The episode also helps darken up The Flash a bit, with Oliver reminding Barry what being a superhero means, and that things aren’t all smiles, something the show actually needs a little. Everything is almost too nice at times.

There’s also a moment at the end for fans of Arrow that’ll leave your jaw on the floor.

Take a fan written superhero team-up and put it on the screen, and that’s what you got this episode, a damn near perfect hour of entertainment and fun.

Overall rating: 9.75

DC Wraps Up the Convergence News

DC Comics has released more details about what we can expect for Convergence, their two month event that mashes together various worlds, and version of the DCU.

Week three focuses on DC during the 80s, while week four looks at characters across the multiverse as it existed before Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Check out below for what you can expect with the creative teams, descriptions, and some images.

Week Three


Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artist: Carlos D’Anda
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb

After a year under the dome, the Outsiders have gone their separate ways, but when OMAC attacks, Batman must find out if they have what it takes to still be a team.



Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artists: Roberto Viacava and Andy Owens
Colorist: Sotocolor

Superman and Supergirl try to escape the city through the Phantom Zone, but they enter a portion they’ve never seen before and learn that Supergirl is destined to die if they return to their proper time and dimension. True story.



Writer: Larry Hama
Art and Color: Josh Middleton

White-jumpsuit-clad Diana Prince is in the grips of a Domesday cult when her lover Steve Trevor leaps into the fray to save Etta Candy from vampires of Red Rain.



Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Federico Dallocchio
Colorist: Veronica Gandini

Trapped in Gotham, Barry Allen has nowhere to run. He fights on, seeking justice as well as a way to save the city. But he faces a Tangent Universe foe that thinks faster than the Flash could ever move.



Writer: Stuart Moore
Artists: Gus Storms and Mark Farmer
Colorist: John Rauch

While Brainiac 5 struggles to break through the dome, Superboy tries to keep the Legion of Super-Heroes spirits up—but then the Atomic Knights ride into town.



Writer: David Gallaher
Artists: Steve Ellis and Ande Parks
Colorist: Hi-Fi

Say the Oath, save the world! If only being the Green Lantern Corps was that easy. Hal has resigned, John is busy, and Guy is pissed. Together for the first time—they’ll save Gotham or die trying.



Writer: Len Wein
Artist: Kelley Jones
Colorist: Michelle Madsen

Swamp Thing struggles to survive when the dome cuts off his contact with the Green.



Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artist: ChrisCross
Colorist: Snakebite Cortez

With their heavy hitters sidelined, Elongated Man must lead the much-maligned “Detroit Justice League” against the overwhelming power of the heroes from the Tangent Universe!



Writer: Jeff Parker
Artists: Tim Truman and Enrique Alcatena
Colorist: John Kalisz

Hawkman and Hawkgirl put their Shadow War on hold as they face the anthropomorphic might of rat-men and bat-men in the deadly land of Kamandi!



Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artists: Nicola Scott and Marc Deering
Colorist: Jeromy Cox

Titans Together! Fighting against the might of the Tangent Universe’s Doom Patrol, we are reminded why this is the greatest Titans team of all.


Week Four



Writer: Dan Abnett
Artists: Tom Derenick and Trevor Scott
Colorist: Monica Kubina

Older and in full retirement under the dome, members of the Justice Society get the chance to regain their youths to stave off forces from the Qward Universe. But the promise of youth comes with a deadly price.



Writer: Jerry Ordway
Artist: Ben Caldwell
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire

The young heroes of Infinity Inc. must choose between the path set for them by their parents or the one they’ve set for themselves as they face post-apocalyptic Jonah Hex.



Writer: Len Wein
Artists: Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz
Colorist: Felix Serrano

Helena Wayne and Dick Grayson fight side by side in memory of Bruce Wayne as they decide who will become the next Batman.



Writer: Justin Gray
Artists: Claude St-Aubin and Sean Parsons
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski

Superman teams up with Power Girl, but can they stop a nuclear strike from Lex Luthor and Stalin of Red Son Moscow?



Writer: Paul Levitz
Artists: Jim Fern and Joe Rubinstein with cartoons by Shannon Wheeler
Colorist: Paul Mounts

The Seven Soldiers of Victory regroup to defend their city against the Qward invasion, while cartoonist Scribbly Jibbet transcribes their adventures.




Writer: Brian Buccellato
Artist: Phil Winslade
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski

The Crime Syndicate’s absolute control of their city is challenged when the dome comes down and changes everything. Now, Superwoman is on death row while the rest of the team fights One Million Universe’s Batman and Superman!




Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Yishan Li
Colorist: Dave McCaig

Hub City is on the brink of collapse and anarchy! But its heroes—Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, and Question—find inspiration and strength from the most unlikely source.




Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Evan “Doc” Shaner
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire

It’s Shazam versus Steampunk, as the world of Gotham By Gaslight takes on the Captain Marvel family and friends.




Writer: Simon Oliver
Artist: John McCrea
Colorist: John Kalisz

Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters are on the gallows in a New York taken over by Nazis, when robot super-heroes attack from Futures End and enemies become allies.




Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artists: Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor

Trapped with Rip Hunter and other time travelers, Booster and his future self must work together to get out of prison and off the planet.


(via IGN, Nerdist, Entertainment Weekly, Newsarama)

Review: The Flash #36

The Flash- covAfter the events of the last issue, this series finds itself dealing with not one, but two Barry Allens.  After the unexpected confrontation to close the rift in time and space, regular Barry Allen gets thrown into the timestream, while the future Barry Allen is left in our own time stream.  While the last issue left off with Barry being attacked by a dinosaur-like creature, this issue focuses mostly on the present-time as the future Barry Allen takes over the role of the previous Barry (time travel is confusing!).

This Barry Allen is a bit of a fish-out-of-water.  Able to pass perfectly for the missing Barry, this character is forced into a “take your kids to work day” scenario with Wally, but proves inept at doing so, unable to find his way around the police precinct in most cases.  While this is a humorous approach to the future-Barry, it leads quickly into some other deeper ideas, namely that of philosophical utilitarianism.  Future Barry is back from the future, partially a broken man, but he aims to rectify that by eliminating the pieces of the puzzle that allowed crimes to happen.  Unexpectedly this kind of time paradox “for the greatest good” concept pops up in this issue and is handled well.  On the other hand the present Barry finds himself out of time, in what mostly feels like filler for this issue, though presumably his actions there will help to drive along the plot in a more meaningful way in future issues.

The end result is an issue which does a little bit better than most of the issue’s in this series.  The overall level of expectation for the Flash is usually of an entertaining level, though not necessarily more, but with the added time paradox aspect of this issue the series takes a deeper (and darker) turn.  The Flash is actually one of the series at DC Comics which benefits best from a more scientific approach, and as that is here, this issue is tapping into its own Speed Force.

Story: Robert Venditti and Van Jensen Art: Brett Booth and Andre Coehlo
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

TV Review: The Flash S1E7 Power Outage

theflash_full_costumeThe Flash goes up against Farooq aka Blackout, a metahuman who can harness electricity. During their battle, Farooq zaps The Flash and siphons all his electricity, leaving The Flash without his speed. Dr. Wells, Caitlin and Cisco work to reverse the effects on Barry, but their efforts are disrupted when Farooq comes banging on S.T.A.R. Labs doors in search of Wells, who he blames for his accident. Without Barry’s powers to protect them, the group must figure out a way to save themselves from the metahuman. Meanwhile, Tockman manages a coup inside the Central City police department and takes several people hostage, including Joe and Iris. While Iris is sure The Flash will save them, Eddie has a trick up his sleeve.

We’re not too far into the season and we’re already at the “oh my I’ve lost my powers” storyline. But you know what? It really works here! This episode has a bit of everything. There’s solid action, some good humor, and actual stakes. I had no idea what to expect, or who was making out of what. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed an episode this much since the debut, and this one might top it.

What’s interesting throughout all the episode is Wells’s insistence that Barry has to be the Flash, knowing that the future depends on him. But it also really emphasizes that not only did people gain powers, but also died when his experiment went wrong.

It’s also nice to see that Iris gets to stand up and save herself, instead of playing the damsel in distress she actually kicks some ass, getting herself out of a jam.

Overall, the episode was fantastic, with a little bit of everything for fans, and giving us a lot to look forward to for the season to come!

Overall rating: 9.5

Unboxing DC Heroclix: The Flash Boosters

We open up a brick and take a look at Wizkids‘ newest Heroclix release, DC Heroclix: The Flash. We show off what you can expect as far as figures, sculpts, and some of the new rules for this set.

This new set is out now, and you can order DC Heroclix Flash Boosters today.




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TV Review: The Flash S1E5 Plastique

theflash_full_costumeAfter a bomb goes off downtown, the army, led by General Eiling, rolls in and takes over the case, much to Joe’s surprise. Suspicious, Joe tells Barry that he and his friends at S.T.A.R. Labs should look into the army’s involvement. Wells informs the team that Eiling was experimenting on his men to turn them into super soldiers. Cisco confirms one of Eiling’s soldiers, Bette Sans Souci, was at the bomb site. The Flash tracks her down and realizes that she’s not setting off the bombs, she is a meta-human who can blow things up just by touching them. Meanwhile, when Joe learns Iris is writing about “the streak,” he tells Barry to make her stop. Barry realizes Iris won’t listen to him so he decides to have The Flash pay her a visit.

As a whole, this episode was the weakest of the series so far. Plastique is very much a throwaway character, not very memorable at all. The tension with the army is just ok. It’s all meh.

But, there’s some cool things here otherwise. Barry talks to Joe West who admits he knows Barry’s feelings towards his daughter. That’s a nice one to see, and also solid of him to tell Barry he should tell the truth about his feelings to Iris. That’s also interesting since Joe is very protective of her, and doesn’t want Barry as the Flash to hurt her.

The biggest thing this episode was the ending which shows the word Grodd on a cage, confirming we’ll see Gorilla Grodd some time in the future. That should be particularly cool, especially to see how they handle the special effects. It can be fantastic, or really cheesy, and who knows how the audience will react to it all.

Overall, some cool things here, but generally, the episode is a definite dip from all that’s come before. As can be expected, even the fastest man will hit a speed bump once in a while.

Overall rating: 6.75

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