Love is in the air for this week’s Top o’ the Lot. In honor of Valentine’s Day, this weeks list is looking at the romantic side of our favorite super heroes by counting down the best of the many relationships which have graced the world of comic books over the years. So without further ado, let’s count down the best comic book couples of all time! Continue reading Top o’ the Lot: Top 5 Comic Book Couples
Written by Robert Venditti and Van Jensen
Art by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, and Andrew Dalhouse
It’s been a while since I last checked in on this book so let’s see how the adventures of Barry Allen are going.
The CW has dropped the trailer to the latest episode of The Flash, which premieres January 20th.
Sometimes you just want to see hot comic book shelf porn. Well, we’ve got you COVERED! DC Comics’ monthly variants continue, and January is dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of The Flash. Continue reading COVERED: The Flash Variants
6.83 Million Viewers Watch the Series Premiere in Final Live + 7 Day Ratings
Across All Platforms, THE FLASH Premiere Has Been Seen More Than 13 Million Times
The series premiere of THE FLASH rises to 6.8 million total viewers, becoming The CW’s most watched telecast of any series in the history of the network, in final Live + 7 Day Nielsen ratings data. THE FLASH premiere is also the highest-rated telecast among Men 18-49 (3.2) ever on the network.
THE CW ANNOUNCES FULL SEASON ORDERS FOR “THE FLASH”
The CW has given full season orders to its two hit freshman series, THE FLASH and JANE THE VIRGIN, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.
THE FLASH debuted as the most-watched series premiere ever on The CW, scoring 6.1 million viewers in Live + 3 Day Nielsen ratings, and was the network’s highest-rated series premiere among adults 18-49 in more than five years, since THE VAMPIRE DIARIES debuted in 2009.
THE FLASH is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “Everwood”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Arrow,” “Eli Stone”), David Nutter (“Arrow,” “Game of Thrones”) and Sarah Schechter. This series is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment.
Review: The Flash #32
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH, NORM RAPMUND, and ANDREW DALHOUSE
On sale JUNE 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T Flash Facts for this issue: 1. The Flash confronts the serial killer stalking Central City! 2. Barry tries to repair his fractured relationship with Wally West! 3. Future Flash continues to move toward the present for a final confrontation with one of the Rogues! Who will he kill next?
Current Flash has a lot of problems. He has to deal with a serial killer that uses the weapons of a bunch of old d-list villains, an ungrateful little punk in Wally West, and an angry girlfriend. Future Flash has a lot of problems too. The current one being his final confrontation with one of his greatest enemies. Some of this works, most of it doesn’t, but overall this is still an interesting read with the potential for greatness.
Ever since the beginning of the New 52, The Flash has always been an art book. If you want to see a man in red tights (and now blue!) beat up some other random guys in tights with some awesome art, then this is the book for you. A great moment came when the bad guy (I don’t know his name because Flash just shouted out the names of the old bad guys that used to use these weapons) used Merge’s old gloves to warp the house. This created some very interesting and inventive scenes that Brett Booth did a very solid job with putting on paper. I also just like the look of Future Flash with the blue and the Speed Force leaking from him. It’s just pretty. The only great part of the actual story is Future Flash holding Captain Cold’s hand in friendship in Cold’s last moments. There was some genuine emotion there that lifted up an otherwise average at best story.
The story isn’t bad, per se. It has some interesting ideas, but most of them just plain didn’t work. Patty getting pissed at Barry for hunting down the serial killer and taking an at risk kid to a baseball game was just stupid. It was just an artificial way to raise the emotional stakes of the book, and it was just bad. The writers still haven’t given me a reason to care about Wally other than the fact he shares a name with a popular speedster that i like. The time travel stuff is cool, but underdeveloped. There is just something missing that will click all of this together and make it great. Until then, it is just okay.
Story: 3 out of 5 Art: 4 out of 5 Overall: 3.5 out of 5
DC Comics New 52 revamp hit the scene in 2011 with a completely new take on some of the best characters in comics. While there were many surefire winners among the bunch before a single New 52 comic landed on store shelves, many more started out needing to prove themselves to readers. A noteworthy member of the latter group was The Flash, and it was difficult to really get an idea of how good the title would be in this brave New 52 world because the creators given the title were, in a word, untested. Writers/Artists Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato may have shown some chops on art in other DC books, and writing prowess on some Indie offerings, but taking the reins of one of the most well-known and beloved characters in all of comics is a different animal altogether. Without a doubt, however, The Flash quickly became one of the standout books in all of the New 52, and, with Manapul and Buccellato leaving the book with issue 25, it’s a good time to take a look at the entire Manapul/Buccellato run (pun intended) on The Flash, and, man, was it a great ride!
The art on this title was some of the best stuff DC was putting out from month to month. Francis Manapul’s work on pencils was consistently a tour de force.While the title pages of each and every issue offer brilliant examples of just how good the art on this title was, Manapul’s sketches spotlight just how amazing a job these two did. These creators simply understood The Flash on every level. The speed of the character screams off of each and every page, and, really, isn’t that what we want from this character? Not only was the art always on point, but the line-up of Flash characters was bountiful and simultaneously gave long-time Flash fanboys exactly what they expected out of a Flash comic, while giving brand-new readers an easy to handle, spot-on concise, entry into the life of Barry Allen. We got great glimpses of Barry’s troubled past, and the fire that burns inside him that keeps him fighting for justice. We got a whole lot of the Flash-family, and most of the motley crew of friends and villains were highlighted. But best of all, we got to see some great takes on some tried and true (some may say “tired and overused”) aspects of the character’s life, and new spins on powers and the Speed Force itself made for some great story-telling.
While the creators certainly put the focus on art, and although the stories told were not in any way terrible, there was always a feeling that the stories being told were lacking in some way. Perhaps it had to do with so much being thrown into the title over the two years Manapul and Buccellato were on the book, as they included not only Captain Cold but his entire team of Rogues, Gorilla Grodd, and Reverse Flash among others, but also built much of the story around Barry’s pals, like Iris, Patty, and others. They spent so much time including as many Flash characters as possible that the stories built around those characters suffered. Yeah, we got all those characters that we so wanted to see, but we never really got the full story behind those characters. I would have loved to see less characters and more stories about those characters. This direction taken by the creators suggests they used the introduction of timeless characters to The New 52 Flash-verse as a crutch to help carry the title in lieu of actually building a more solid story. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing Grodd, Reverse Flash, Iris, Patty and the rest of the characters associated with The Flash, but I honestly would have liked to see them do more.
While this run may not go down as one of the most eventful runs of The Flash, it will definitely go down as one of the best, if not THE best, work on art Flash has ever seen. Surely that’s because the art team was also doing the writing on the title, and the art was the first and foremost responsibility of the creative team, and, while that story doesn’t live up to expectations, the art more than makes up for any failings in that department. This run on The Flash is a feast for the eyes, which is the primary draw for this book. Now that this team has been replaced by a more traditional writer/artist team the “art before story” method of creating will surely change, so, if you’re looking for a better Flash story, you may want to wait. But, if you are looking for the hands-down best work on art Flash has ever seen you should pick up this run in trades. The story utilizes enough characters and story ideas to keep a reader interested and informed, but even if this run didn’t have a single word balloon or word of text, it would still be a fantastic addition to any comic book lovers collection just because the work on art is that damned good. While it may not go down as one of the best Flash stories in even recent memory, the first two years of The Flash Volume 4 will go down as some of the best artwork in the history of the character.