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ICv2 – Movie Rights to Dash Shaw GN Acquired – Cool.

CBR – “The Flash” Gets Full-Season Order from The CW – Well deserved.

ICv2 – Interview with Lee and Didio – An interesting interview.


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ICv2 – Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo

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Talking Comics – Wonder Woman: The Complete Newspaper Strip 1944–1945

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TV Review: The Flash S1E3 Things You Can’t Outrun

theflash_full_costumeAs Barry and the team at S.T.A.R. Labs work to capture Kyle Nimbus a.k.a. The Mist, a dangerous new meta-human with toxic gas powers, they revisit the painful night the particle accelerator exploded and killed Caitlin’s fiancé, Ronnie. Meanwhile, Joe decides to finally visit Henry in jail after all these years, but things take a dangerous turn when Kyle shows up looking to punish Joe for arresting him years ago. Meanwhile, Iris and Eddie continue to hide their relationship from Joe.

Three episodes in and The Flash keeps running away as the freshest “comic” show to debut this year, might be why its been picked up for a full season.

Tonight’s episode introduces yet another meta-human for Barry to fight, but really the episode’s points are two other things. First, it addresses the fact that Barry could run into prison and grab his father. The second is the introduction of Ronnie Raymond. Why is he important? Well, fans of DC Comics will know him as the superhero Firestorm.

The episode is decent, not quite as strong as the first two, but like those first two it does an excellent job setting up what’s to come. We know there’s more Rogues, the Reverse Flash, Firestorm, lots for comic fans. The fact the show is able to do this in a fun package.

Yes the episode has issues, lets face it a vacuum could defeat the bad guy, but that’s not the point. This is a show that’s fun, and that’s something we need more of on tv.

Overall rating: 7.5

TV Review: The Flash S1E2: Fastest Man Alive

theflash_full_costumeBarry escorts Iris to a university gathering honoring scientist Simon Stagg. When six gunmen storm the event, Barry changes into The Flash and tries to stop them. While he does save a man’s life, he passes out before he can capture the robbers, which frustrates him. As Dr. Wells, Caitlin and Cisco scramble to find out what’s wrong with Barry, Joe comes down hard on Barry for taking the law into his own hands and risking his life. Barry realizes that it wasn’t six gunmen but a metahuman named Danton Black, who can make multiples of himself. Meanwhile, Iris becomes even more intrigued by the “red streak.”

The premiere episode of The Flash caught me in its speed and fun. The debut was fresh, positive, entertaining, and most importantly fun. The series has a lot to live up to with such a solid start. The second episode isn’t quite as good, but it’s still a fantastic episode that continues along a solid path.

The second episode does really well in building off of the first one. It gives us an idea of the issues that Barry will deal with as he learns about his new powers. It fleshes out his relationship with Detective Joe West. It also has some fun with his balancing his secret identity with his work and social life. It also adds to the mysteries from the first episode as well as winks and nods for fans of DC Comics.

Two episodes in and the series is solid. It challenges The Walking Dead as the best “comic” television show out there right now. There’s something vibrant about it all, it makes me want to come back for more. A great second episode for a series that looks like it’s a can’t miss. I had high hopes for it, and it looks like it’s going to deliver, building on the success of what’s come before, just doing it with a positive and fun spin.

Overall rating: 8

Warner Bros. Announces their DC Comics Movie Schedule

New-DC-Logo_BlueDuring a shareholder meeting Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced plans for Warner Bros.’ plans for movies based on DC Comics, ending months (years?) of speculation and rumors. This is the list of movies to expect post Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

August 5, 2016: Suicide Squad“four A-listers are currently in talks to star,” and the film will be directed by David Ayer.

June 23, 2017: Wonder WomanGal Gadot spins off into her on film.

November 23, 2017: Justice League Part 1 – the first part of Zack Snyder‘s two part film brings back the cast of Batman v Superman with man more added.

March 23, 2018: The FlashEzra Miller will suit up as the scarlet speedster, instead of the television show’s Grant Gustin

July 27, 2018: Aquaman – the studio has confirmed that Jason Momoa will star.

April 5, 2019: ShazamDwayne “The Rock” Johnson is attached to the film.

June 14, 2019: Justice League Part 2

April 3, 2020:  Cyborg – the film will star Ray Fisher.

June 19, 2020: Green Lantern

There also more solo Batman and Superman films in the works. Also announced was The Lego Batman Movie in 2017, directed by Chris McKay, and The Lego Movie 2 in 2018.

In August a list of ten movie release dates was posted by BoxOfficeMojo. Here’s how those dates match up.

  • Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – 3/25/16
  • Untitled DC Film (June 2020) – 6/19/20 – Green Lantern above.
  • Untitled DC Film (April 2020) – 4/3/20 – Cyborg above
  • Untitled DC Film (June 2019) – 6/14/19 – Justice League Part 2 above.
  • Untitled DC Film (April 2019) – 4/5/19 - Shazam above.
  • Untitled DC Film (July 2018) – 7/27/18 - Aquaman above.
  • Untitled DC Film (March 2018) – 3/23/18 – The Flash above.
  • Untitled DC Film (Nov. 2017) – 11/17/17 – probably Justice League, thought it’s shifted by a week.
  • Untitled DC Film (June 2017) – 6/23/17 – Wonder Woman above.
  • Untitled DC Film (2016) – 8/5/16 – Suicide Squad above.

All the dates match up, except one which is shifted one week.

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New York Comic Con is kicking off! We have a few of the team there, and hope everyone has fun!

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ICv2 – ‘The Flash’ Posts Best CW Debut in 5 Years – Well deserved!


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Comic Vine – Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1

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Comicgirl – The Best American Comics 2014

CBR – Batgirl #35

Comic Vine – Batgirl #35

Talking Comics – Batgirl #35

Comic Vine – Batman #35

Comic Vine – Birthright #1

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Comic Vine – Captain Marvel #8

Comic Vine – Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #1

Comic Vine – New Suicide Squad #3

Talking Comics – The October Faction #1

The Beat – The October Faction #1

Comic Vine – The Punisher #11

Talking Comics – Punks: The Comic #1

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Talking Comics – World Trigger Vol. 1 and 2

Comic Vine – Wytches #1

Talking Comics - Wytches #1

Fashion Spotlight: Hardboiled Speedster, Fast Cat, and Crimson Comets

Ript Apaprel has three designs for fans of The Flash. Hardboiled Speedster, Fast Cat, and Crimson Comets from RyanAstle, alecxps, and A_Man_Oxford will be for sale on October 8, 2014 only!

Hardboiled Speedster by RyanAstle

Hardboiled Speedster

Fast Cat by alecxps

Fast Cat

Crimson Comets by A_Man_Oxford

Crimson Comets

Two Looks at Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold

The Flash debuted tonight on The CW and Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment Geoff Johns has given us a first look at Wentworth Miller who we’ll see on the show as Captain Cold!

TV Review: The Flash S1E1: City of Heroes

theflash_full_costumeFor those who have watched Arrow are pretty familiar with this version of The Flash. In the second season of the show, we were introduced to Barry Allen, the police lab tech who eventually becomes the speedster hero. In this pilot, that previous footage is weaved perfectly into a debut that’s fresh, fun, and perfect for those not familiar with the character or world the two television shows share.

Taking place nine months after the Star Labs explosion we saw in Arrow, Barry awakens to find a lot has changed while he was in a coma. With his new friends and powers Barry must try to right the wrongs of his new Mentor and Owner of Star Labs.

Here’s the worst part of the show, it takes the group dynamic built up and perfected in Arrow and transplants it to the show. That’s the worst part, and only flaw I can really think of.

Otherwise, the show as I said is fun, exciting, and full of energy. So far, out of all of the “comic” televisions shows that have debuted in recent years, this pilot is the most solid of the bunch. The Flash is a pretty simple character, a guy who can run fast, but this episode lays that out, some of the other abilities he has gained, and puts him, and the DC television world, on a course. We get references to meta-humans, and their explosion in growth. We get an interconnection in Arrow. Get nods to Keystone, Superman, and much more. And there’s a cliffhanger that’ll leave fans of the Flash giggling with delight, and newcomers wondering what’s next.

The show is a fantastic debut, it’s fun, colorful, and strangely full of hope and positive. Out of all of the new comic television shows I’ve seen so far this season, this debut is the best of the bunch, and best in a long time.

Overall rating: 9

Fashion Spotlight: Arkham Family, NANANA, and Flash: The Animated Series

Ript Apparel has three designs today for fans of DC Comics. Arkham Family, NANANA, and Flash: The Animated Series from hartzack, Gil, and ArchXAngel20 will be for sale on September 22, 2014 only!

Arkham Family by hartzack

Arkham Family



Flash: The Animated Series by ArchXAngel20

Flash The Animated Series

Wizkids Debuts The Flash and Bizarro Flash

019a-the-flash-1024x536Wizkids has started to debut figures from their upcoming DC Heroclix: The Flash set. Up first, they’ve got two version of The Flash!

The Flash has improved movement that allows him to ignore elevated terrain. There’s also a cool trait called Speed Force, in which every time the figure moves one square and hits one or more adjacent characters you add a Speed token on the card after actions resolved. You can increase the figure’s speed value by the number of Speed tokens on the card… But there’s more too!

Another trait called Faster Than Thought allows him to use Super Senses, and once per turn remove a token to re-roll a Super Senses roll. Also, a special power called Flash Fact allows you to gain additional powers to more tokens you have. When he has two tokes he has Empower, 3 there’s Enhancement, 4 it’s Probability Control. On top of it, they stack!

Add in 13 movement with Hypersonic speed, an 11 attack, 3 damage, and natural 18 defense that he can share with Defend for 130 points, and you have the center of a really fun team full of speed.

019b-bizarro-flash-1024x536Wizkids has also premiered an uncommon Prime figure, Bizarro Flash. Much like the regular Flash figure, this one can also has the Speed Force trait as described above, where you gains tokens. He also has a trait called Slow Force, where if he misses all his attacks, he gets a token.

Bizarro Flash’s attack special power called Slow Dowwwwwwwwn which allows a free action to remove a Speed token from his card. If you do, other characters within 8 squares can’t use Hypersonic Speed until your next turn. The other special power is called Picking Up The Pace and shows up in his mid to late dial. This allows him to use Flurry and Close Combat Expert. Remove a Speed token from this card and you may activate Close Combat Expert with a close combat attack this turn.

The figure starts out with Sidestep, Toughness and Perplex that switches to Outwit on click 2. Mid dial he can use Charge which does overlap with both special powers and Super Senses.

Click 6 brings the use of Hypersonic Speed, Precision Strike and his special Pick Up The Pace power. Hypersonic Speed allows you to give Bizarro Flash a power action and during his movement make a close combat attack which if he had a Speed token could be used to active Close Combat Expert.

Bizarro Flash finishes out his dial with Hypersonic Speed, Precision Strike, Impervious and Outwit. Bizarro Flash comes in at 111 points.

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