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DC Reveals More of the Infected in November

Six corrupt versions of DC’s Super Heroes are coming to terrorize Earth this November and December, as DC Comics has teased early details of a series of six comics running parallel to the story unfolding in Batman/Superman by writer Joshua Williamson and artist David Marquez. Each one-shot or tie-in special spotlights a corrupt version of Shazam!, Supergirl, Hawkman and more, known within the DC Universe as The Infected. These six issues star DC’s beloved heroes, revealed to be secretly infected by The Batman Who Laughs with a toxin that violently transforms them into the worst versions of themselves. Their buried frustrations and pent-up anger will boil to the surface, unleashing dangerous results.

Kicking off these spotlight, one-shot issues is The Infected: King Shazam! #1 on November 6th by writer Sina Grace and artist Joe Bennett, to be followed by The Infected: Scarab #1 on November 20th, written by Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum with art by Freddie E. Williams II. Both issues will feature covers by David Marquez and Dean White. One is a story of a hero whose soul has been turned black and who has something to prove to the old guard, the other a tale of a hero fighting the evil inside him, with his friends and family about to pay the price…and then some.

While fans got hints of The Infected in The Batman Who Laughs by Scott Snyder and Jock and have seen the brutality of a jacked-up, Dark Multiverse-infected Shazam! in previews of Batman/Superman, the scope of the deadly pathogen unleashed by The Batman Who Laughs, himself a twisted Dark Multiverse version of Bruce Wayne, has yet to be realized.

Rounding out November are The Infected tie-in issues Hawkman #18 on November 13th, written by Robert Venditti with art by Pat Olliffe and Tom Palmer, and Supergirl #36 on November 13th, written by Marc Andreyko with art by Eduardo Pansica and Julio FerreiraHawkman #18 cover art is by Tyler Kirkham while Supergirl #36 cover art is by Dan Mora.

Through all this, neither Superman nor Batman know who’s been infected, they don’t know who has turned, and they don’t know who’s a sleeper agent for The Batman Who Laughs. Can they even trust each other? All six of The Infected will be revealed when Batman/Superman #4 by Joshua Williamson and David Marquez, with an acetate cover by Emanuela Lupacchino, hits shelves on November 27th

The final two victims of The Batman Who Laughs’ toxins, no spoilers here, will hit shelves with spotlight one-shot issues of their own in December 2019. Pick up The Batman Who Laughs (HC) by Scott Snyder and Jock along with Batman/Superman#1 by Joshua Williamson and David Marquez on August 28th at your local comic shop for clues to who the other two heroes turned by The Batman Who Laughs’ influence might be!

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Preview: The Flash #76

The Flash #76

(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 Flash #76

World’s Finest Action Arrives in New Batman/Superman Preview

Now that DC’s published the final issue of The Batman Who Laughs they’ve shared an exciting NEW sneak peek into the ongoing Batman/Superman series that will launch on August 28th. The Batman Who Laughs collection (HC) hits your LCS shelves the same Wednesday as Batman/Superman #1 and will be stocked on bookshelves everywhere the following Tuesday, September 3rd.

Check out this sneak peek at a Batman/Superman vs Dark Multiverse-infected Shazam! sequence.

Preview: The Flash #75

The Flash #75

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Howard Porter, Christian Duce, Scott Kolins (CA) Francis Manapul
In Shops: Jul 24, 2019
SRP: $5.99

“The Flash Year One” finale! This oversize anniversary issue marks the end of Barry Allen’s journey to become the Flash-but at what cost? The Turtle’s final play will challenge our hero in every way possible, and by the end of the battle, a Flash will be born-and a Flash will die! Also in this issue, witness Lex Luthor’s offer to Captain Cold, whose icy vengeance waits for the Flash just around the corner…

The Flash #75

Preview: The Flash #74

The Flash #74

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Howard Porter
In Shops: Jul 10, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“The Flash Year One” continues! The Turtle has made his grand entrance, and it’s about to bring down the house! As an untested hero with the mastery of his abilities still in its infancy, Barry Allen will face the toughest challenge of his life to defend Central City from the invading forces of those who seek its destruction. Our hero is faced with the fateful choice to either become a superhero or die trying!

The Flash #74

Preview: The Flash #73

The Flash #73

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Howard Porter
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 26, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“The Flash Year One” continues! As our hero picks up the pieces from his disastrous defeat at the hands of the Turtle, the rise of the Rogues in Central City gives the Flash renewed resolve. But Barry is still learning to master his abilities, and while an experienced speedster might know how to outrun a gun, this time he may not be so lucky…

The Flash #73

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

Preview: Dog Days of Summer #1

Dog Days of Summer #1

(W) G. Willow Wilson, Joshua Williamson, Mariko Tamaki, Dan DiDio, Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, Others (A) Stejpan Sejic, Tom Raney, Cully Hamner, Kyle Hotz, Cian Tormey, Others (CA) Francis Manapul
In Shops: May 29, 2019
SRP: $9.99

“Who let the dogs out?” DC does this summer as we unleash the beast within and join Krypto and Superman, Bat-Cow and Batman, Wonder Woman and Ferdinand and many more for eight sun-kissed stories in this can’t-miss animal-sized spectacular!

Dog Days of Summer #1

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
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