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Preview: The Flash #72

The Flash #72

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Howard Porter
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 12, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“The Flash Year One” continues! Things are not looking pretty for the Flash, who just got his scarlet butt handed to him by the Turtle. If Barry Allen thought being a hero was going to be easy, he’d better think again after this beating–but will it be enough to detour his destiny?

The Flash #72

Review: The Flash #71

The Flash #71

The Flash #71 continues the so far fantastic “Year One” story arc that began in the last issue. I’ll admit, when I first head that The Flash was doing a “Year One” story, I was a bit skeptical. While DC has a good record of them, is it something we really need? With two issues in, the answer is yes when the story is this good.

Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter have crafted a hell of a story no matter when it’s set in Barry’s life. What stands out is Williamson’s focus on the scientific side of Barry.

The Flash #71 takes us through the trope of the hero continuing to discover the use of his powers. But, it’s how Barry does it that stands out. In this issue, and the previous, he uses his scientific mind to go through and figure things out. There’s a smarts about it. But, this issue really stands out as it’s not just a “Year One” but also some time in the future.

A large portion of the issue is Barry dealing with his future self and a time when The Turtle isn’t as much of a joke. It’s a different take on this type of story and one that’s very welcome.

Williamson also makes sure to focus on Barry’s early life and how that impacted him. While not as much of that is here, there’s still much about his personality that is in the issue, including a shyness and lack of confidence that makes him stand out.

The art by Porter with color by Hi-Fi is as fantastic as expected. There’s such an energy about it all and the designs are amazing. The Turtle and Barry’s early costume just pop in both look and color. The Flash is all about speed and there’s an energy about the art that feels so appropriate for the character.

I was skeptical, I’ll admit it. Two issues, and that skepticism is gone. The Flash has been a consistently entertaining comic and this new story arc is exactly that. Joshua Williamson’s run on The Flash has been amazing so far and this latest arc is an example of what he’s been bringing to the character.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Howard Porter Color: Hi-Fi
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: The Flash #71

The Flash #71

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Howard Porter
In Shops: May 22, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“The Flash Year One” continues! Barry Allen struggles to control his powers as he experiments with his newfound abilities. When one of his tests lands him in a mess, he’ll come face to face with his first villains!

The Flash #71

Preview: The Flash #70

The Flash #70

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Howard Porter
In Shops: May 08, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“The Flash Year One” starts here! Barry Allen feels helpless in his life in Central City. As a forensic scientist, he’s always catching criminals after they’ve committed their crimes. All that changes one fateful night when Barry is struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals. When he wakes from a coma, he realizes he can run at incredible speeds. Can Barry master these powers and be the hero his city needs…or will the powers burn through him?

The Flash #70

Review: Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1

Aquaman faces the truth behind Atlantis’ past and must find a way to reclaim the power of his birthright or watch the floodwaters drown everything he has ever loved! With the world at stake and the Justice League on their last sea legs in their battle against the Ocean Lords, Arthur makes the ultimate sacrifice to return balance to land and sea!

I’ve generally enjoyed “Drowned Earth,” a “summer popcorn movie” in comic form. Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth wraps up the story with an all-out assault against the space gods. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work and generally winds up being rather thin.

Writer Scott Snyder delivers action, there’s a lot of it as Aquaman, Mera, Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and the Flash, are all that stand to stop the end of the world. But, Snyder delivers an ending that is fairly predictable in outcome and moments.

There’s the back and forth between Aquaman and Mera where Aquaman swears there’s another way other than murder. There’s the betrayal. There’s sacrifice. It’s all things we’ve seen before time and time again. While it’s still satisfying in ways, the issue still delivers little that feels new. Even a battle against a giant space kraken is something we’ve seen. But, it does set potentially interesting things up for some of the characters by issue end which Snyder has a talent for. It’s enough that I want to see to see what’s next.

The comic is handled by a rather large art team for its oversized issue. Francis Manapul, Howard Porter, and Scott Godlweski on art, Manapul and Hi-Fi on color, and lettering by Tom Napolitano deliver art that at time is very cool but differing styles are noticeable and frustrating. Both this issue and the previous entry in the event had multiple artists and the switch in styles was noticeable and a negative. The art isn’t bad, there’s just a shift which kills the flow in storytelling. It’s different enough that it’s obvious and feels like you’ve just jammed on the breaks after cruising. You notice it and makes the ride a little less enjoyable. Hopefully this doesn’t become a regular thing but it hasn’t helped what otherwise has been a visually entertaining event.

There’s not much depth here, this is big action popcorn theater. The scenes are over the top and the moments are checked off in predictable ways. The event has been a fun one overall and worth checking out in trade but overall, we’ve seen so much better from everyone involved.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Francis Manapul, Howard Porter, Scott Godlweski
Color: Hi-Fi, Francis Manapul, Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.15 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1

Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1

(W) Scott Snyder (A) Howard Porter (A/CA) Francis Manapul
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $4.99

“DROWNED EARTH” finale! Aquaman faces the truth behind Atlantis’ past and must find a way to reclaim the power of his birthright or watch the floodwaters drown everything he has ever loved! With the world at stake and the Justice League on their last sea legs in their battle against the Ocean Lords, Arthur makes the ultimate sacrifice to return balance to land and sea!

Review: Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1

Who are the Ocean Lords? DC’s crossover event officially kicks off with Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1 which sees ancient alien gods want to remake the Earth for them.

Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1 is written by James Tynion IV, with art by Howard Porter, colors by Hi-Fi, and lettering by Tom Napolitano.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1

Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1

(W) James Tynion IV (A/CA) Howard Porter
In Shops: Oct 31, 2018
SRP: $4.99

“Drowned Earth” part one! The Ocean Lords-ancient sea gods with a grudge against Aquaman and Wonder Woman-invade the Earth with an alien army and flood the globe. As Batman, Superman and the Flash race to stop the waters from rising and turning everyone into aquatic monsters, Mera seeks the advice of an old enemy, and Arthur must face down Black Manta…or lose his connection to the ocean forever!

Preview: The Flash #56

The Flash #56

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Scott Kolins (CA) Howard Porter
In Shops: Oct 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Things are about to get hot-very hot!-when Flash has to battle fire monsters generated by his longtime nemesis, Heat Wave. Unfortunately, the pilot light blew out in Mick Rory’s head, because he’s comatose from the effects of the Sage Force! How can the Scarlet Speedster reach his old frenemy and get him to put out the fire monsters? Looks like Commander Cold takes a demotion…so he can pretend to be Captain Cold and talk Heat Wave down!

Review: Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the complete Snagglepuss Chronicles!

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles collects issues #1-6 and the Snagglepuss story from Suicide Squad/Banana Splits Special #1 by Mark Russell, Mike Feehan, Mark Morales, Jose Marzan Jr., Paul Mounts, Dave Sharpe, Howard Porter, Steve Buccellato, and Ben Caldwell.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores on August 28th. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

 

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