The DC Super Heroes series from Titan Magazines introduces The Flash #1; in which the titular hero of the hugely successful and enjoyable TV series has his origin fully explored. Following his recent appearance in DC Universe Presents: Justice League Trinity and his one-shot special earlier this year, it’s time for The Flash to go it alone in this new on-going series: DC Super Heroes: The Flash.
In the first issue, out on 15 October in the UK, The Flash must face the Rogues and their enigmatic leader, regular adversary Captain Cold, after a breakout of the Iron Heights Prison. “Dr. Elias alerts The Flash to a problem with the Speed Force that could threaten space and time itself. However, there may be an even bigger problem brewing for The Flash in Africa.” In the TV show, Barry Allen was of course the perpetually tardy C.S.I. in the Central City Police, first introduced in Arrow. It will be interesting to see how the characters are drawn – both actually and narratively – in relation to their TV likeness and how the formats manage to co-exist. Plenty to get excited about for DC fans.
The Flash #1 is by previous Flash collaborators (Flash Vol 4 from 2011-13) Francis Manapul (also known as an artist on Witchblade and The Necromancer) and Brian Buccellato (writer of Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four and colourist on Hellblazer). What you have here is an experienced team who know the characters and the universe from multiple perspectives, so expect attention to detail and rounded characters.
The comic book itself is more than just The Flash however. In a bumper but regular 76 pages, there is also the story of Harley Quinn, as she becomes used to being her own unique style of hero, after being spurned by The Joker. This potentially delightful extra features stories from regular Harley Quinn collaborators Amanda Conner (Powergirl, Gatecrasher) and Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex).
DC Super Heroes: The Flash will set you back £3.99, for 76 pages of Flash and Harley Quinn goodness.
GS Blogger: Ian J Simpson