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The Flash: Rebirth #1

by Alan Rapp on June 13, 2016

in Comics

Because DC Universe: Rebirth #1 centered around Wally West and his connection the lost pre-New 52 DCU, and did such an amazing job of reintroducing the character back into DC Comics, The Flash: Rebirth #1 feels mostly redundant. There’s simply nothing new for writer Joshua Williamson to introduce.

Covering the same ground of Barry Allen and Wally West’s reunion, the issue also sets up the Flash’s backstory. Sadly in this case, it appears our hero is stuck with his New 52 tragic life story and his awful New 52 costume redesign (complete with the unnecessary groves and yellow lines detracting from his far more simple, and elegant, original costume).

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DC Universe: Rebirth #1

by Alan Rapp on May 30, 2016

in Comics

“Every second was a gift.”

DC Universe: Rebirth #1It always starts with the Flash. Since 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths every major DC Comics’ reboot, realignment, restructuring, or rebirth (so to speak) can be tied back to the character who gave birth the the Silver Age of comics. This time it isn’t Barry Allen at the center of events, but Wally West. Last seen five years ago, Wally returns to the DCU with a bang.

When DC needed to find a way to write themselves out of the mess Ron Marz had made of Green Lantern they called Geoff Johns. Although it’s led to a never-ending rainbow war of ring-weilders and Blackest Night, Johns was able to find a way to bring back Hal Jordan and right a ship which had been taking one far too much water for far too long.

I’ve been worn down by the New 52. DC’s gritty 2011 reboot chose (seemingly at random) what to keep and what to toss away (including decades of established continuity). DC Universe: Rebirth #1 offers something missing in the heart-shaped hole at the middle of the New 52 – an understanding and acknowledgement that every moment is precious.

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Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #15

by Alan Rapp on May 26, 2016

in Comics

Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #15Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #15 takes Mystery, Inc. from Central City to the darkest jungles of Africa for a team-up with the Flash. After helping the Scarlet Speedster take down the Mirror Master, Scooby and the gang hitch a ride to Gorilla City where everyone, even Grodd, needs their help in dealing with a Gorilla Ghost haunting the city of telepathic apes.

Sholly Fisch and artist Dario Brizuela certainly have fun playing with the Flash’s super-speed (while making note of how everyone involved really should have their own television show). Choosing to make Grodd a victim rather than the gorilla behind the haunting of Gorilla City proves to be a nice twist.

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  • Title: The Flash – The Race of His Life
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The Flash - The Race of His Life

Well, that was anticlimactic. Ending the show’s Second Season on one of the weakest episodes of the series, “The Race of His Life” concludes the season-long arc of Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) battle with Zoom (Teddy Sears) with… a race? Opening with the funeral of Henry Allen (John Wesley Shipp), Barry’s friends and family decide to prevent Barry from taking revenge by imprisoning the Flash in the pipeline while they try to stop Zoom on their won. As you might expect, something goes wrong.

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The Flash – Invincible

by Alan Rapp on May 18, 2016

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Flash – Invincible
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The Flash - Invincible

As frightened as they are by Zoom‘s (Teddy Sears) army of meta-humans ripping apart the city, his friends and family are more concerned with Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) new-found sunny attitude since returning from the Speed Force. As it turns out, neither will survive the episode. Thanks to the work of Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Wells (Tom Cavanagh), the team finds a way to neutralize all meta-humans from Earth-2 at once – including the recently arrived Black Siren (Katie Cassidy) who kicks some Flash ass before going nite-nite with all of her super-villain counterparts. As for Barry, the team’s victory is overshadowed by yet another loss as the show kills off a major supporting character leading to a big showdown in next week’s season finale.

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