(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Christian Duce (CA) Rafael Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona In Shops: Dec 11, 2019 SRP: $3.99
“Rogues’ Reign” part three! The Speed Force is out of control, but the Flash must learn to harness it again if he’s to stand a chance against the powered-up Rogues! With the freshly crowned King Cold leading the charge to hunt the speedster down, all hope seems lost…or is it? An unexpected ally and the save of a lifetime comes to our hero in the form of one of Cold’s oldest and most trusted friends-is this icy betrayal what the scarlet speedster needs to turn the tide and set the world right?
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 Moreci. The 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.
It’s “The Death of the Speed Force” for the Flash as our hero squares off with new force users Fuerza, Steadfast and Psych! If the Flash can’t convince his fellow speedsters to unite and find a cure for the dying Speed Force, certain death awaits! Plus, Captain Cold’s latest recruit is a familiar friend who’s got a brand-new grudge…
(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Scott Kolins (CA) Howard Porter In Shops: Aug 28, 2019 SRP: $3.99
“Death of the Speed Force” continues! The Speed Force is collapsing, and its destructor is here…to save the day?! The Strength, Sage and Still forces have placed a dangerous strain on the force that empowers the DC Universe’s super-speedsters, and the Flash is about to face the impossible choice of saving his friends’ lives or losing his powers forever!
(W) Joshua Williamson (CA) Howard Porter (A/CA) Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona In Shops: Aug 14, 2019 SRP: $3.99
“Death of the Speed Force” begins! With renewed resolve following the events of “The Flash Year One,” the Flash is back with a new mission, a new outlook and a brand-new speedster HQ. But the Fastest Man Alive is slowing down-and there’s only one explanation: the Speed Force is dying. Plus, the Year of the Villain heats up as Captain Cold uses Lex Luthor’s offer to boost Heat Wave to the next level!
The Bloodshot Rising Spirit #8 preview text asks “Will we finally learn the truth behind Bloodshot’s origin?”
Not really, if we’re being honest. This comic actually creates more loose ends than it answers. That’s about par for the course with the series as a whole.
The series certainly took a turn for the better after Eliot Rahal joined the creative team. The back half of the series found a cohesive voice and direction. The series became an entertaining read after five somewhat forgettable issues.
Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #8 does an admirable job of bringing the story to a close on a high note. It doesn’t do quite enough to change my gut feeling that this series as a whole is worth reading. If you want to know the highlights and major plot points, read the issues with Rahal’s name on the cover. The last three, honestly. While this issue does bring to a close the eight issue series that was supposed to tell the origin of Bloodshot, and it does deliver on the threads and hints from the previous issue or two, it doesn’t really give us anything more that we didn’t already know.
This leaves me in a bit of a quandary; while Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #8 is actually a pretty solid comic, but it does nothing to make the series as a whole necessary reading for Bloodshot fans. When you’re advertising that a character’s origin will be revealed, one would expect that there would be some form of closure or revelation beyond what was telegraphed the previous issue. It’s a somewhat disappointing feeling when you finish the series and realize that all we really took away was that maybe there has been more than one Bloodshot. Which we knew already, thanks to Jeff Lemire’s introduction of Quiet Man, Tank Man and the rest of the Bloodshot Squad in Bloodshot Island. And yet… the comic itself was actually pretty good, because Rahal is able to craft a fun story from his short time on the book.
When it comes down to judging the comic on its own merits, I think that Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #8 is a solid read, and I’d almost recommend you picking up the final three issues; but when you look at the series as a whole, I’m left feeling somewhat empty. It just isn’t that great of an eight issue run.
Story: Kevin Grevious and Eliot Rahal Writer: Eliot Rahal Art: John K. Snyder III, Diego Yapur, ChrisCross with Jordi Taragona Colourist: Jason Wright Letterer: Simon Bowland Story: 8.3 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read
Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.
Story by ELIOT RAHAL and KEVIN GREVIOUX Written by ELIOT RAHAL Art by JOHN K SNYDER III, DIEGO YAPUR, CHRISCROSS with JORDI TARRAGONA Colors by JASON WRIGHT Letters by SIMON BOWLAND Cover A by FELIPE MASSAFERA Cover B by AJ JOTHIKUMAR Cover C by MICHAEL WALSH Pre-Order Edition by KEN LASHLEY $3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 26th
Will we finally learn the truth behind Bloodshot’s origin?
This issue will change everything you know about the nanite-filled supersoldier. The action-packed ending of BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT!
Story by ELIOT RAHAL and KEVIN GREVIOUX Script by ELIOT RAHAL Art by RAGS MORALES, ALESSANDRO MICELLI, CHRISCROSS WITH JORDI TARRAGONA, DIEGO YAPUR, GREY WILLIAMSON Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE Letters by SIMON BOWLAND Cover A by RENATO GUEDES Cover B by AJ JOTHIKUMAR Cover C by VERONICA FISH On sale May 29th, 2019 $3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color
A rogue Project Rising Spirit agent is trying to finally show Bloodshot his true origin. Will he succeed? And Project Rising Spirit is under attack! Who will be left standing when the dust settles?
In 2019 it’s good to be bad for the villains of the DC Universe. “Dark Gifts” is the featured theme for August, as the vilest villains in the DC Universe take up Lex Luthor’s offer to be the ultimate versions of themselves, destroying their arch-foes—DC’s greatest heroes—in the process. Fans will see immediate evidence of just how much trouble DC’s heroes are in with a series of covers featuring “battle-damaged” versions of their logos.
From Action Comics to Wonder Woman, these covers, combined with the distinctive “Year of the Villain” cover banner, provide a significant visual cue to the epic struggles within each issue, struggles that the heroes may not be able to overcome. As the Year of the Villain continues to escalate throughout September and beyond, the cover logos will sustain increased damage, leading to a line-wide villain takeover in November. Fans should be sure to check out the following titles when they hit shelves in August:
ACTION COMICS #1014 – Cover by Brandon Peterson (on sale August 28)
AQUAMAN #51 – Cover by Robson Rocha and Jason Paz (on sale August 21)
BATGIRL #38 – Cover by Carmine Di Giandomenico (on sale August 28)
BATMAN #76 – Cover by Tony S. Daniel (on sale August 7)
BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #4 – Cover by Tyler Kirkham (on sale August 14)
CATWOMAN #14 – Cover by Joëlle Jones (on sale August 14)
DEATHSTROKE #46 – Cover by Carlo Pagulayan and Norm Rapmund (on sale August 7)
DETECTIVE COMICS #1009 – Cover by Doug Mahnke (on sale August 14)
THE FLASH #76 – Cover by Rafa Sandoval and Jordi Tarragona (on sale August 14)
HARLEY QUINN #64 – Cover by Guillem March (on sale August 7)
HAWKMAN #15 – Cover by Pat Olliffe and Tom Palmer (on sale August 14)
JUSTICE LEAGUE #29 – Cover by Francis Manapul (on sale August 7)
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #14 – Cover by Guillem March (on sale August 28)
JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #12 – Cover by Will Conrad (on sale August 14)
NIGHTWING #63 – Cover by Bruno Redondo (on sale August 21)
RED HOOD: OUTLAW #37 – Cover by Kenneth Rocafort (on sale August 28)
SUPERGIRL #33 – Cover by Eduardo Pansica (on sale August 14)
SUPERMAN #14 – Cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado (on sale August 14)
TEEN TITANS #33 – Cover by Bernard Chang (on sale August 21)
THE TERRIFICS #19 – Cover by Dan Mora (on sale August 28)
WONDER WOMAN #76 – Cover by Jesus Merino (on sale August 14)
Continuing from July, August will also feature more of the card stock variant covers. These variants are priced at one dollar more than their battle-damaged standard counterparts and feature artwork by some of comics’ top cover artists, including Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, Joshua Middleton, Gabriele Dell’Otto, Yasmine Putri, and others.
(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Christian Duce (CA) Rafael Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona In Shops: Mar 27, 2019 SRP: $3.99
The Flash is running himself ragged trying to learn about the new forces, but all it’s done is tear his life apart. Now that he’s back from his Force Quest and home in Central City, he finds that the city was just fine without him, better even! His home is crime-free, and it doesn’t need the Flash anymore! But where has Commander Cold gone? Barry races to find him and hopefully figure out what’s happened while he was away!