A few things about this issue: Readers will meet the greatest threat to face the Flash family in decades. A new hero will step into an old speedster's boots. Barry Allen makes the ultimate sacrifice. Yep. You read that correctly. Courtesy of superstar writer Geoff Johns and artist Ethan Van Sciver. You've heard it said before, but this issue doesn't dance around it -- nothing will be the same.
FLASH: REBIRTH #5 hits 11/18.
What's the best way to get over having to come back to work after a long weekend? Well, how about some cool news? I can't really complain, as I'm sending this while heading south to the Florida Keys. But this news is big enough to interrupt my vacation -- and it really should be shared now. Remember how we announced that after the completion of THE FLASH: REBIRTH and BLACKEST NIGHT, writer Geoff Johns would be writing a new ongoing FLASH series? One thing we didn't mention was the name of his artistic collaborator. Johns will be teaming up with none other than superstar artist Francis Manapul to chronicle the adventures of the Scarlet Speedster next year.
The pair knocked it out of the park with their amazing work on ADVENTURE COMICS, so having Johns and Manapul continue their magic partnership with one of the DCU's most iconic characters was definitely a no-brainer. They finish up their run on ADVENTURE COMICS with January¹s #6 to get ready for FLASH #1, which kicks off the high-octane and mysterious storyline "The Dastardly Death of the Rogues!" Stay tuned to The Source for news on the new creative team taking the reigns on ADVENTURE and a sneak preview of Francis’s art from FLASH. How's that for a welcome to the working week?
Writer Geoff Johns and artist Ethan Van Sciver continue to race toward the gripping conclusion of FLASH: REBIRTH with the fourth installment in the mini-series that returned Barry Allen to the DCU. Allen left a legacy that thrived after his death. Now his return threatens it all. What secrets does Barry hold inside him about the fate of the Flash Family? What destiny awaits Wally and his twins? What murderous force targets Bart Allen? And what does it truly mean to be a speedster? You won't find all the answers here, but we've got a few.
FLASH: REBIRTH #4 hits 8/26.
It's Wednesday. We know that means new comics. More specifically, it means a new issue of WEDNESDAY COMICS. Check out the latest SUPERMAN strip installment over at USA TODAY before you head to the shop.
• Over at AIN'T IT COOL NEWS, "Ambush Bug" talks to BLACKEST NIGHT writer Geoff Johns about his plans for the summer event and beyond. A snippet:
BUG: I know BLACKEST NIGHT is just beginning, but do you have things planned out for what’s next?
GJ: I can’t say much, but I will be on GREEN LANTERN for a long time. I have no plans to leave the book. Next year, GREEN LANTERN is going to be my main focus for the entire year. I’m launching a FLASH monthly book soon and there’s going to be a KID FLASH monthly book by Sterling Gates. Those two books are going to work in unison and explore the Flash in very much the same way GREEN LANTERN and GREEN LANTERN CORPS are tied together right now. They’ll be their own separate books, but then they’ll come together. The idea, some of it comes from BLACKEST NIGHT and REBIRTH, but the idea is to explore what it means to be the Flash, what the Speed Force is, and all that and take it to a different level.
• And, speaking of Geoff, in case you missed it, IGN had a lengthy two-part interview with the writer to discuss the recently-unveiled cover to BLACKEST NIGHT #5, featuring Nekron.
• Also, the team at iFanboy continue to roll out content from San Diego. Worth a listen.
• THE NEW YORK TIMES talks to Chip Kidd about his work and love of comics, including a snazzy slideshow of his DC work.
You've heard the question, but have you gotten the answer? Who's faster, Superman or the Flash? Place your bets, because the third issue of FLASH: REBIRTH brings in the verdict -- in a way you'd never predict. Check out a few pages from writer Geoff Johns and artist Ethan Van Sciver's speedster opus, which hits 6/10.
This gloomy weather has us here at The Source feeling a tad under the weather, so apologies for using the "blogging will be light" cliché today. But, we do have a slew of places for you to visit as you wait for a full recovery.
Why do it? Why bring back Barry Allen, after a heroic death and successful replacement?
Johns: I think that's what the series is all about. The answers are all in there. But whenever I get on these characters, my goal has always been to kind of rebuild their world, their mythology, like with Green Lantern and JSA.
Barry Allen is, like Hal Jordan (in "Green Lantern"), sort of a centerpiece to the Flash. With Barry Allen, there's something clear I want to do and I want him to do it. For me, he's the character that's going to facilitate the stories I want to tell.
Johns also spoke to IGN's Dan Phillips about a wide array of topics, including BLACKEST NIGHT, FLASH: REBIRTH and the return of Superboy in the pages of ADVENTURE COMICS.
• Speaking of the Red Circle characters, COMIC BOOK RESOURCES' Jeff Renaud spoke to writer J. Michael Straczynski about the four one-shots and his upcoming stint on THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD.
• Had a chance to check out pages from THE LAST DAYS OF ANIMAL MAN #1? Well, MYSPACE COMIC BOOKS has a lengthy preview.
What’s better than five issues of FLASH: REBIRTH? How about six?
So, yes, to spell it out, FLASH: REBIRTH, the hugely popular mini-series from writer Geoff Johns and artist Ethan Van Sciver has been extended from five to six issues.
In issue #5, which will be solicited in the June Previews, the greatest threat to face the Flash Family in decades stands revealed. Plus, a new hero will take on an older speedster's role. And Barry Allen faces having to once again sacrifice his life to save all that he holds dear.
Watch for the solicitation of THE FLASH: REBIRTH #5 in the June Previews. This issue is scheduled to arrive in stores on August 26.
Not only do you get the definitive "Who is faster?" answer when it comes to Superman and Flash, but you get Johns and Van Sciver continuing to explain just how Barry Allen returned. What more could you want?
FLASH: REBIRTH #3 hits on 6/10.
So, everyone knows that DC has the BEST comic book covers in the business and it’s been that way for a long, long time. I mean, with a crew like Jim Lee, Adam Hughes, Lee Bermejo, Frank Quietly, Andy Kubert and ALL of our other great artists, how could we possibly make things better? I’ll tell ya, by sending out a challenge to all of our monthly cover artists to go wild on their covers for the month of August. WOW! Just check out some of the results. I’d say these guys kicked butt (again!).
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