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DC Celebrates 750 Issues of ‘The Flash’ in February 2020

To celebrate a milestone in the Scarlet Speedster’s comic book run, in February 2020 DC is publishing a momentous 750th issue of The Flash with a cover by series artist Howard Porter and packed with all-new stories from across the generations and multiverses of super-speedsters. The 80-page prestige format issue debuts February 26, 2020, featuring an all-star array of top writers and artists in the Flash’s recent history.

Joining series writer Joshua Williamson for this must-have collector’s item are Geoff Johns, Marv Wolfman, Francis Manapul, Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Stephen Segovia, David Marquez, Bryan Hitch, Riley Rossmo, Scott Kolins, and Michael MoreciThe Flash #750 also features a variant cover for each decade the character has been published, including art from José Luis García-López, Jim Lee and Scott Williams and Gary Frank.

  • 1940s variant cover by Nicola Scott
  • 1950s variant cover by Gary Frank
  • 1960s variant cover by Nick Derington
  • 1970s variant cover by José Luis García-López
  • 1980s variant cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto
  • 1990s variant cover by Francesco Mattina
  • 2000s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
  • 2010s variant cover by Francis Manapul

This landmark issue of The Flash is highlighted by an original story, “The Flash Age,” that kicks off a new arc for series writer Joshua Williamson and artists Rafa Sandoval and Jordi Tarragona. Barry Allen’s life is being torn apart by a supercharged Speed Force as the story Williamson’s been building toward since issue #50 comes to a head when a new threat appears on the horizon: the deadly Paradox. Destined to destroy the Flash’s legacy, Paradox sends his herald, Godspeed, to trap the Flash family!

The Flash #750, an 80-page prestige format issue, will be available at comics retailers and digitally on February 26, 2020, for $7.99.

The Flash #750

Review: Doomsday Clock #11

Doomsday Clock #11

In Doomsday Clock #11, the penultimate issue, the truth behind “Rebirth” is revealed as Batman searches for the one person he believes can help him save the world…Rorschach!

With just one issue to go, Doomsday Clock #11 amps up the confrontation. The world is on the brink of chaos and we find out why. Doomsday Clock #11 features the worn-out trope of the villain telling his whole plan.

It wouldn’t be too far off from calling the issue a recap issue. Writer Geoff Johns focuses on Ozymandias as he tells Saturn Girl how he’s manipulated everything. It almost feels like Johns uses the issue to make his choppy narrative a bit easier to understand. And, with such delays, a way to remind the reader what’s going on.

The issue is interesting in that it does a solid job of ratcheting up the tension. There’s a great build-up as Ozymandias watches the world burn. People have taken to the streets and Johns uses real world “villains” like Vladimir Putin to add a bit to the tension. Still, it feels like we’ve been there before with aliens attacking a city. And Ozymandias admits this in a way. With that being the case, the world’s smartest man, doesn’t seem all that smart and creative. We’re not getting something new here, we’re just getting “Watchmen Redux” with metahumans replacing nuclear weapons.

There’s also too many suspensions of disbelief. Really, Batman beats people up in one location and suddenly nuclear weapons can’t be launched?

The art by Gary Frank continues to be solid. The color by Brad Anderson and lettering by Rob Leigh feels like a bit of an homage to the original material. It also does its best to deliver visuals for what is a choppy mess of a story. The action is great but should be “epic” moments feel a bit anticlimactic. The prime example being Superman’s confrontation with Black Adam.

The issue packs a lot in and in doing so feels unfocused. The issue is supposed to be chaos and Ozymandias watch it from his base of order. There’s something there in the concept but in the end it feels like we’ve seen this before and there’s just a bit too much thrown in. Some focus and this could have been a winner.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Gary Frank
Color: Brad Anderson Letterer: Rob Leigh
Back Matter Design: Amie Brockway-Metcalf
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: Doomsday Clock #11 (of 12)

Doomsday Clock #11 (of 12)

(W) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Gary Frank
In Shops: Sep 04, 2019
SRP: $4.99

The critically acclaimed series by the renowned team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank marches toward its conclusion. In this penultimate issue, the truth behind “Rebirth” is revealed as Batman searches for the one person he believes can help him save the world…Rorschach!

Doomsday Clock #11 (of 12)

Review: Doomsday Clock #10

Doomsday Clock #10

Doomsday Clock #10 is what I’ve been hoping for since this series began. All of the pieces of the puzzle have finally started to come together. The maxiseries finally reveals the secrets behind Dr. Manhattan and his connection to the DC Universe.

Since DC Rebirth, we’ve known Dr. Manhattan has loomed over the DC Universe having manipulated it in some way. We had yet to find out how and why. Doomsday Clock #10 delivers the goods.

In this issue, writer Geoff Johns channels his inner Grant Morrison. We take a tour of DC history taking use from the 1930s to today using Dr. Manhattan to explain shifting origins, the New 52, and more. All of which revolves around Superman and his connection to everything.

The issue weaves its tale between Superman, the formation of the Justice Society of America, and the actor Nathaniel Dusk. Dusk is the actor whose films have been back material. It all comes together, as well as recent events, to create a narrative allowing us to explore Manhattan’s motivations, actions and influence on both a maxi and mini scale.

What the issue also does is re-emphasize that the DC Universe isn’t about grimm and gritty. It’s about heroes who instill hope in us. That’s embodied in both Superman and the recently returned Wally West. This issue’s themes tie in to the conclusion of Heroes in Crisis, also out today.

Johns does an impressive thing in making the convoluted DC history actually make sense in a way using Manhattan to “fix” things and also in a fit of genius, a meta explanation for the misstep that was the New 52.

Gary Frank‘s art is solid as usual channeling the original aesthetic of Watchmen with his own unique take on it all. The art, and Johns’ writing, deliver a pacing that nails Manhattan’s voice as the issue is from his perspective and takes us through his logic as he explores the DC Universe.

The issue is an amazing one and what the series, and DC Rebirth, have been building up to. The reveals pay off and the concepts that Johns introduces are ones that are unique and deliver an energy that takes a bumpy maxiseries and makes it really pay off and worth it. This is how you begin to stick the landing and hopefully the next two final issues do exactly that.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Gary Frank
Story: 10 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Doomsday Clock is Collected in its First Part this October Followed by Part Two in May 2020

Doomsday Clock #1

DC has announced plans to collect Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock into two parts beginning this October. Since the first cryptic tease in DC Universe Rebirth #1 to its debut issue, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock has received both critical and sales acclaim as this sequel to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen pits the heroes of the DC Universe against Watchmen characters Rorschach, The Comedian and the all-powerful Dr. Manhattan with the fate of the multiverse at stake.

Doomsday Clock Part One collects issues #1-#6 and is scheduled for an October release. The 224-page collection will feature a new cover by series artist Gary Frank, carry an SRP (suggested retail price) of $24.99 and feature all six issues in full, including the supplemental material at the end of each issue. Formed by Johns and Frank, this material provides fans with behind the scenes insight to the world that they’ve created. The collection will also contain all six incredible variant covers by Frank, along with colorist Brad Anderson.

Doomsday Clock Part Two will collect the finale of the series, issues #7-#12, and is scheduled for release in May of 2020. This will also be available at the SRP of $24.99.

Review: Doomsday Clock #9

Doomsday Clock #9

The DC Universe collides with its greatest threat: Dr. Manhattan. But nothing is hidden from Manhattan, and the secrets of the past, present and future will rock the very foundation of the DC Universe.

After Firestorm’s explosion and Superman’s defense of him, the world has turned on the superheroes and the superheroes have turned their eye on to what they believe is the cause of it all. The Earth’s heroes head to Mars to confront Dr. Manhattan as the series begins to finally come together.

Doomsday Clock #9 is the most straightforward of the issues so far as the picture becomes a bit clearer and story more focused. This is the fight issue with the heroes falling into the usual trope of confrontation and punching before everything is clear. Writer Geoff Johns delivers a bit more standard of an issue with lots of hints as to what we’ll see. Batman scrambles to get a message out. Superman lays in a coma.

The issue is a strange one in that it takes the homage/inspiration that has applied to the other eight issues and takes it into overdrive here. The first page reads like a page out of the original Watchmen using similar time jumps and language. The hints that Dr. Manhattan isn’t the villain and someone else set off the Tachyon blast is a bit too much the plot of the original story. Weirdly the issues riff on the original Watchmen feels like an echo that Manhattan, and us the reader, are experiencing.

The art by Gary Frank is solid as usual as he breaks a bit more from the nine panel grid he mostly has used. There’s a lot of characters to pack in on this issue and scenes and how it’s broken up so that it isn’t overwhelming is nice. Still, I’d like to have seen a splash page of everyone as they confront Manhattan at which point Frank could then have broken away from the constriction of page format that has plagued the series up to this point. It could have been a meta break from what has come before.

The issue is a pretty standard one with a confrontation, punch before knowing everything, and various other tropes. It’s also the first issue where everything begins to come together and become much clearer. It’s the beginning of the end but there’s clearly more twists and turns to come in the next three issues and questions we’ve had since Rebirth look like they’re finally going to be answered.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Gary Frank
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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DC Collectibles Expands to Walmart

DC Collectibles is bringing its acclaimed Batman: Black and White statue line to Walmart stores as 4″ mini-figures. The new figures are direct transformations of the company’s acclaimed 9″-scale figures and feature designs from many world-renowned artists including Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke and many more.

Batman: Black and White is DC Collectibles’ longest-running statue line and one of their best-sellers.

But, there’s a twist…

The 4″ line of figures will be packaged in individual blind bags stocked next to DC Comic Giants. Each month a new wave of six figures will be released widening the selection and upping the surprise factor.

The first waves of DC Collectibles Batman: Black and White 4″ figures heading to Walmart stores include:

February 2019:

  • Batman by Amanda Connor
  • Batman by Darwyn Cooke
  • Batman by Jason Fabok
  • Batman by Patrick Gleason
  • Batman by Frank Quitely
  • Batman by Dick Sprang

April 2019:

  • Harley Quinn by Bruce Timm
  • Robin by Frank Quitely
  • Batman by Mike Allred
  • Batman by John Romita Jr.
  • Batman by Gary Frank
  • Batman by Eduardo Risso

June 2019

  • The Joker by Jim Lee
  • Batman by Dustin Nguyen
  • Batman by Mike Mignola
  • Batman by Sean “Cheeks” Galloway
  • Batman from Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Batman by Jim Lee

August 2019

  • Penguin by Brian Bolland
  • Robin by Carmine Infantino
  • Batman by Carmine Infantino
  • Batman by Chris Uminga
  • Batman by Jae Lee
  • Batman by Brian Bolland

The Walmart exclusive Batman: Black and White figures are priced at an MSRP of $5.00 each.

Batman: Black and White Wave 1
Batman: Black and White Wave 2
Batman: Black and White Wave 3
Batman: Black and White Wave 4

Wonder Woman, Titans, Swamp Thing, and The Flash Get Giant at Walmart

DC announced today that it’s expanding its line of comics currently exclusive to Walmart. The publisher is increasing the slate of 100-Page Giant comics from four to six. In addition, two titles from the original lineup will be re-titled and renumbered as #1 issues. All titles, including the Superman 100-Page Giant featuring Tom King with Andy Kubert and the Batman 100-Page Giant featuring Brian Michael Bendis and Nick Derington, will arrive in participating U.S. Walmart retail stores by Sunday, February 17.

Additions to the lineup include the Swamp Thing 100-Page Giant #1 and The Flash 100-Page Giant #1. As with the other Walmart titles, each book will retail at $4.99 and combine new original stories with “flashback” content from popular DC story eras such as DC Rebirth, the New Age of Heroes and the New 52.

The debut issue of the Swamp Thing 100-Page Giant includes an original story, “Desert of Ash,” written by Tim Seeley, with art by Mike Perkins. This 12-page tale features Swamp Thing and his witch companion Briar as they face the pyromaniac Char Man, who possesses the ability to control flames, a power granted by the elemental spirits of fire itself. Issues #2 and #3 feature “Bog of Blood,” a two-parter by Seeley with art by Joëlle Jones, which introduces a terrifying and potentially supernatural slasher stalking the swamps of Louisiana.

This 100-page spectacular also includes fan-favorite stories from DC’s New 52 period, including Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman, and Dan Green’s “The Hunt,” from Animal Man, in addition to “Raise Dem Bones,” from the New 52 Swamp Thing by writer Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette, plus “Death in a Small Town,” featuring Detective Chimp and Shadowpact.

Swamp Thing 100-Page Giant

The Flash 100-Page Giant #1 features an all-new tale of the Scarlet Speedster, written by Gail Simone with art by Clayton Henry. In the 12-part arc “Glass Houses,” Barry Allen is dedicated to keeping the streets of Central City safe as the Fastest Man Alive. But when his old foe Mirror Master shows up looking to cause trouble, it’s up to the Flash to stop him. This book also debuts classic tales of the New 52 version of the Flash by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, in addition to the spacefaring adventures of Adam Strange from 2004 by Andy Diggle and Pasqual Ferry, plus the classic New 52 “rebirth” of the World’s Mightiest Mortal, Shazam, from Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.

The Flash 100-Page Giant #1

Both the Justice League of America and Teen Titans Giants will retain their same contents but continue with new cover titles and will be renumbered with #1 issues. The Justice League of America 100-Page Giant becomes Wonder Woman 100-Page Giant #1, continuing the original Wonder Woman story by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti ,Tom Derenick, and Chad Hardin, with “flashback” stories from Geoff Johns’ New 52 Justice League and Aquaman, plus 2006’s “Who Is Wonder Woman?” by Allan Heinberg, Rachel Dodson, and Terry Dodson.

Wonder Woman 100-Page Giant #1

The Teen Titans 100-Page Giant continues as Titans 100-Page Giant #1, with writer Dan Jurgens continuing his original story with art by Scot Eaton and Wayne Faucher. In addition, the book will continue the ongoing reprint stories from Geoff Johns and Tom Grummett’s Teen Titans from 2004, Peter Tomasi’s Super Sons from 2017’s DC Rebirth and Kenneth Rocafort, Dan DiDio, and Max Raynor’s Sideways from the New Age of Heroes.

Titans 100-Page Giant #1

Each 100-page comic sells for $4.99 and are available in more than 3,000 participating Walmart retailers in the United States.

Review: Doomsday Clock #8

Things are spiraling out of control in the latest issue of Doomsday Clock with an issue that feels like it has skipped a bit from the previous one. Doomsday Clock #8 is by Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Brad Anderson, Rob Leigh, and Amie Brockway-Metcalf.

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Review: Doomsday Clock #8

Things are spiraling out of control in the latest issue of Doomsday Clock with an issue that feels like it has skipped a bit from the previous one. It feels like forever since the last issue came out and while that one featured a confrontation with Dr. Manhattan, this issue is the likely setup for what was foretold in the previous.

Firestorm heads to Russia for some unknown reason where an accident happens causing tensions to rise and the world to inch closer to war. Does this sound familiar? It should as it’s basically the plot of the first Watchmen story in this case a nuclear exchange is replaced with a metahuman battle.

With a two and a half month lag between Doomsday Clock #8 and the previous issue, the story feels a bit disjointed almost as if parts are from an entirely different comic. What’s presented here is intriguing but also feels like going from 0 to 60 in a second. Things ramp up, but it’s a quick escalation and in some ways feels a bit rushed.

Writer Geoff Johns is putting together an interesting narrative weaving in a distrust of the government and metahumans but this latest issue at times feels like an entirely different story from what’s come before. It’s almost like Johns himself took a break between issues and is forced to continue the story with only a slight memory of the previous issue. While that previous issue was a shot in the arm in a good way, this issue is a few steps back delivering an entry that on its own feels disjointed and a part of another story altogether. Part of that is this issue having little connection with the previous’ confrontation and revelations.

The art by Gary Frank is pretty solid and the draw here. While generally fantastic there’s a few panels that are close ups of characters that feel a bit off as far as character and design. The pages stick to the formula that has worked for the series so far an emulates what was previously done in Watchmen.

The issue is an interesting one and could be a story on its own. The issue however suffers from delays, as the event as a whole has, with months between books giving just enough time to forget what happened. In this case that gap makes this feel like a whole other story. Doomsday Clock continues to frustrate in ways delivering a compelling story but doing so in a way that feels like it’s being stretched out and not for the better. Still, there’s the mystery, and the comic book fan wants to see how this one plays out.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Gary Frank
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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