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Wally West Charts his Post Heroes in Crisis Future in Flash Forward

Heroes in Crisis was a massive status-quo shift for Wally West. The hero accidentally murdered his fellow heroes, tried to cover it up, and attempted to frame Harley Quinn and Booster Gold. Flash Forward will have West embark on a mission to find redemption after his actions.

Written by Scott Lobdell with artist Brett Booth, Flash Forward is the next chapter in West’s life. The first issue features a main cover by Evan “Doc” Shaner and a variant by Inhyuk Lee.

His previous life has been erased. He knows his family doesn’t exist and in Heroes in Crisis he attempted to cope with that. Now, he’ll explore what he’s done.

His name is Wally West—and he was the Fastest Man Alive. That is, until the Multiverse was rewritten without him or his family in it. Wally returned and tried to make it work, but the damage was done. Spinning out of the events of HEROES IN CRISIS, follow the man who called himself Flash on an adventure to find redemption in a cosmos that has fought so hard to destroy him.

Flash Forward solicit text

Flash Forward is out September 18.

Flash Forward #1

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy Get a Miniseries Post Heroes in Crisis

Heroes in Crisis was a bit of a bumpy ride but it cemented the loving relationship between Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. In the series, Poison Ivy was reborn having merged with a rose seed she gave Harley to plant. She’s now more of a plant-based being.

The two will team up this September in a six-issue miniseries, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, by Jody Houser and Adriana Melo.

Out September 4, the series features a main cover by Elena Casagrande, “Harley Quinn card stock variant cover” by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau and a “Poison Ivy card stock variant cover” also by Lau.

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are taking their show on the road in this new miniseries! They’ll have to evade villains and heroes alike while they explore their relationship and unpack their time and experiences at Sanctuary. Set after the events of HEROES IN CRISIS and smack in the middle of “Year of the Villain,” it’s a journey across the DC Universe that will change their friendship forever…if they live that long!

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy solicit text
Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #1

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Heroes in Crisis #9

It’s a new week and we have lots planned. Yesterday was the return of Godscast and that’s not all that’s coming back! Stay tuned! While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Sequart Organization – Academics on Avengers: Endgame, Part 1 – Academics give their thoughts about the film.


But Why Tho Podcast – Catwoman Annual #1
Comics Bulletin –
Detective Comics Annual #2
Talking Comics –
Heroes in Crisis #9
Talking Comics –
Superman: Leviathan Rising #1

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Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The National Interest Online – Fact: The U.S. Army Had Its Very Own M-16 Rifle Comic Book – Some interesting history.


We Got this Covered – Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1
Newsarama –
Doomsday Clock #10
Newsarama –
Heroes in Crisis #9
The Beat –
She Said Destroy #1

Review: Heroes in Crisis #9

Heroes in Crisis #9

Heroes in Crisis #9 wraps up what has been a mess of a miniseries. It never quite nailed down what it wanted to be and took too many side tours that didn’t focus on what was promised. Beyond the controversial reveal of who caused the deaths at Sanctuary, it’s also a series that seemed to have gone over too many people’s heads.

At its heart, what Heroes in Crisis was supposed to be was a focus on the trauma heroes experience and the impact. In the real world, soldiers, police, first responders, so many are impacted negatively from the good they do. The results can be PTSD, outbursts, and worse, and this series attempted to look at that. Though these heroes may seem calm on the outside, inside they’re struggling. Writer Tom King wanted to explore that and in some ways he did and in other ways he didn’t.

The event turned into a “whodunnit” as other heroes put the puzzle pieces together and suspects ran. Threads involving Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Flash were left dangling or not needed while latter issues congealed around a tight knit group of characters.

Then there’s the murder, Wally West.

West is one of the characters who represents “hope” in the DC Universe. His return in DC Rebirth represented the positive nature of heroes and slowly over time we’ve seen him realized the sacrifice he’s made. He discovered his family was taken away from him. He discovered his memories were taken away from him. And eventually he lost control resulting in the deaths of Sanctuary.

In Heroes in Crisis #9, King explores that hope. It’s talked about and danced around in some ways but that seems to be the point he’s making. Though some of those good heroes may eventually do damage, don’t give up on the hope. You need to keep on doing good yourself. That seems to be the point. You recognize the heavy nature of the positive you’re doing. You recognize the trauma. And you still try to do good and you move forward. That’s the conclusion King comes to.

The art by Clay Mann with color by Tomeu Morey is fantastic as expected. There’s some truly breathtaking spreads and pages. Mann has an amazing eye for dynamic positions of characters in panels with intriguing and eye catching perspectives. Morey’s colors make it all pop. Clayton Cowles‘ lettering too catches the mood and inflection as the story moves along. So much of the emotion is driven by a simple change in font and placement of dialogue or boxes.

Heroes in Crisis wasn’t perfect. There were massive issues that some editing and better focus would have corrected. Tom King explored a topic that was far overdue and one the public largely ignores. It did, with issues, what entertainment is supposed to, use allegory to explore our condition and world.

Story: Tom King Art: Clay Mann
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.65 Overall: 7.15 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Heroes in Crisis #9

Heroes in Crisis #9

(W) Tom King (A/CA) Clay Mann
In Shops: May 29, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The most-talked-about miniseries of the year reaches its stunning finale! The mystery behind the murders at Sanctuary is solved, but the mind behind it is one the heroes never expected. With their deepest secrets exposed, the Trinity has to consider how to carry on. Should the tragedy cause them to redouble their efforts to help their hurting comrades, or will they need to close up shop? The answers will be found in the ashes of this final showdown, and the fates of Booster Gold, Harley Quinn and the rest hang in the balance.

Heroes in Crisis #9

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Spencer & Locke 2 #2

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Ascender #2 (Image Comics) – Did you read the first issue? If you did, you know why this is on our list. The follow up to Descender does for magic and fantasy what that series did for sci-fi.

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo team again for Batman’s final story.

Doomsday Clock #10 (DC Comics) – We’ve already read the issue and this is what we’ve been waiting for. A ho-hum event finally gets good and there’s honestly some fantastic stuff explored here.

Heroes in Crisis #9 (DC Comics) – We’ve already read this one too and while it doesn’t quite stick the landing it is a decent ending to this rocky event.

Killer Groove #1

Killer Groove #1 (Aftershock) – It’s rock ‘n’ roll crime set in the 70s and the mix of music and crime alone has us excited to check this out.

Sham #1 (Source Point Press) – It’s public domain comics rewritten for our entertainment.

She Said Destroy #1 (Vault Comics) – Goddesses and their worshippers battle!

Spencer & Locke 2 #2 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – This series has been rocking it in its second volume which ups the action and has one hell of a villain.

Star Trek: Year Five #2 (IDW Publishing) – Are you a Star Trek fan? We are, and we’re finally getting our fifth year of the mission!!!

Stranger Things: Six #1 (Dark Horse) – The popular series comes to comics and we’re intrigued to see how comics expands the world and characters.

Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1 (DC Comics) – This seems like it’s going to be a pretty big deal as far as a storyline.

This Was Our Pact (First Second) – Stand by Me meets My Neighbor Totoro in this astonishing, magical-realist adventure story for middle-grade readers. Yeah, we’re sold on that description.

Voracious: Appetite For Destruction #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – If you haven’t read the previous two volumes, you’re missing out. This series has some solid twists and turns about a chef whose secret incredients are dinosaurs. We’re not ruining it.

Wailing Blade #1 (Comixtribe) – We backed this series on Kickstarter as it reminded us a bit of Battlechasers in the exaggerated fantasy style. It’s some fun action in an oversized first issue.

X-Men: Grand Design – X-Tinction #1 (Marvel) – Ed Piskor continues his amazing take on the X-Men’s history.

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Heroes in Crisis #9

The weekend is almost here and we’ll be catching up on our backlog and hopefully relaxing a bit… but, what geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below!

While you wait for the day to end and weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

VOA Cambodia – Graphic Novel Reveals Trauma, Hardships of One Man’s Life as a Modern Slave – This sounds very interesting and a must read.

ComicBook – Michael Rooker In Talks to Join James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad as King Shark – His voice would be great for the character.

Newsarama – Heroes in Crisis Finale Rescheduled, Will Now Coincide With Big Doomsday Clock Reveal – It felt like these two stories were always meant to intertwine eventually, so makes sense?


The Hashtag Show – Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale

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Heroes in Crisis #1

It’s a new week and after this weekend, we may need it to recover! Between Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones (plus lots of comic conventions) it was a weekend made for geeks! While we recover, here’s some news and reviews from around the web.

The ComiChron – Batman’s 80th birthday, Detective #1000 power big March, up 13%; DC takes top 6 slots – For those enjoying the horse race.

CBC – Teva Harrison, award-winning Toronto cartoonist, dead at 42 – Our thoughts are with her friends and family.

The New York Times – Splat! Bam! It’s the Federal Reserve to the Rescue – Well, ok then.


The Beat – Heroes in Crisis #8
War of the Realms: Uncanny X-Men #1

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Heroes in Crisis #8

Seen any movies lately? While we’re sure you’re at Endgame or recovering from Endgame, here’s some comic news, and a review, from around the web in our morning roundup.

Comicbook – The Russo Brothers Confirm They’re Done With Marvel Studios After Avengers: Endgame – They are dealing with Valiant and Image now, so not too shocking.

IGN – Opinion: The Hellboy Saga Is an Unprecedented Accomplishment – No disagreement with that.


CBR – Heroes in Crisis #8

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