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  • Title: The Flash – Who Is Harrison Wells?
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The Flash - Who Is Harrison Wells?

“Who Is Harrison Wells?” offers fans of both The Flash and Arrow another crossover episode as Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) head to Starling City to examine the night of Harrison Wells‘ (Tom Cavanagh) accident while Barry (Grant Gustin), Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker), Wells, and Eddie (Rick Cosnett) are left in the city dealing with a new metahuman capable of changing his physical appearance to that of anyone he comes into contact with. The search for the human chameleon isn’t helped when Everyman frames Eddie for the shooting of two other police offers while escaping capture.

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The Flash – All Star Team Up

by Alan Rapp on April 15, 2015

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  • Title: The Flash – All Star Team Up
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The Flash - All Star Team Up

Things are looking up for Central City. Crime rates have fallen as appearances of the Flash (Grant Gustin) have risen with the city’s new hero helping Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Eddie (Rick Cosnett), who is struggling with keeping Barry’s secret from his girlfriend, with several recent collars. With Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) needing a little help on his A.T.O.M. suit, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and her new boyfriend make a trip to Central City to see her friends at S.T.A.R. Labs. The guest-appearance by both Felicity and Ray allows for her to coax the truth from Barry about what is bothering him about his team while Ray’s first appearance on the show allows both he and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) to go into full geek mode and an instant bromance while working on the suit.

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Convergence: Speed Force #1

by Alan Rapp on April 14, 2015

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Convergence: Speed Force #1Now that’s more like it. After being horribly disappointed with Convergence: Batgirl #1 I was feeling less and less sure about DC’s new big event centering on battles between previous versions of characters not found in the current New 52 DCU. Convergence: Speed Force #1 gives us Wally West back in action as the Flash and his kids Jai and Iris.

Like pretty much every Convergence tie-in issue, Speed Force #1 begins by offering us glimpses of the hero’s life without powers after the city is transported by Brainiac. With the fall of the barrier the Flash and his kids take a run across the bizarre world coming across an assortment of odd characters including another speedsterFastback!

Although I’m not sure I’m ready to see the Flash take on the Flashpoint version of Wonder Woman next issue, I am excited to see Wally and Fastback team-up. Unlike Convergence: Batgirl #1 this issue gets the feel of its characters right. (Plus I’m all in favor of throwing the Zoo Crew as much love as possible.) Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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The Flash – Tricksters

by Alan Rapp on April 1, 2015

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The Flash - Tricksters

When a new villain calling himself the Trickster (Devon Graye) holds Central City hostage with a series of deadly pranks Barry (Grant Gustin) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) go to Iron Heights to talk with the incarcerated original Trickster James Jesse (Mark Hamill). Reprising his role from the 90s television show, Hamill steps right back into character (along with stills from the show!), although 20 years of prison has certainly made the Trickster more menacing the second time around. The episode even finds a way to pair John Wesley Shipp and Hamill together again for a couple scenes when the escaping villain chooses Henry Allen as his hostage of choice.

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The Flash – Rogue Time

by Alan Rapp on March 25, 2015

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The Flash - Rogue Time

“Rogue Time” isn’t a bad episode by any stretch of the imagination but it’s hard not to feel disappointed when it undoes so much of what made last week’s show the best episode of the series so far. Stuck “a day and some change” in the past, Barry (Grant Gustin) has the chance to relive the events the past two days. Despite warnings from Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) about not diluting the time steam with any changes, Barry chooses to act on his knowledge of the past taking down Mark Mardon (Liam McIntyre) before he can threaten Joe (Jesse L. Martin) or paralyze Singh (Patrick Sabongui).

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The Flash – Out of Time

by Alan Rapp on March 18, 2015

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The Flash - Out of Time

The Flash delivers a game-changing episode including removing any doubt as to the identity of the Reverse-Flash, allowing Iris (Candice Patton) to admit her feelings for Barry (Grant Gustin) and discover his secret, and deliver the death of a major character. Or did it? The show’s creators have been teasing us for some time that time travel will play an important role of the show’s run and that all begins with “Out of Time,” first when Barry catches a glimpse of another version of himself and later as the character discovers he has been offered a second chance to change the events the past day and alter the timeline.

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The Flash: Season Zero #5

by Alan Rapp on March 4, 2015

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The Flash: Season Zero #5“Smoak Signals” reunites the Flash and Felicity when Green Arrow‘s Girl Friday is target by killer robot drones known as Sky Lords who have been programmed to take out Ms. Smoak. I though the two shows gave up on the possibility of a Felcity/Barry relationship far too quickly so its fun to see the two thrown together here (albeit as friends). Given that the issue teases, but doesn’t offer the identity of, who wants Felicity dead I’m betting we’ll see the thread of this story picked up in the near future.

The first few pages of the issue also give us Felicity watching the Flash battle the Hydro Hunter whose origins and motivations aren’t explored here. The fight is fun but given the level of the villain’s powers he seems an odd choice for what boils down to a pre-credit scene fight. However, the sequence does illustrate how Felicity continues to keep tabs on Barry and offer a more a-hole version of the pre-Atom Ray Palmer than we’ve seen on the show so far (what a dick!).

Fans of both The Flash and Arrow should enjoy the crossover even if questions are left unanswered. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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The Flash – Fallout

by Alan Rapp on February 18, 2015

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The Flash - Fallout

“Fallout” serves two purposes as the latest episode of The Flash wraps up the Firestorm storyline by decoupling Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) and Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and removing any doubt to the identity of the Flash‘s (Grant Gustin) arch-villain as Barry learns a troubling truth that he will travel back in time to save his mother… and fail.

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The Flash – The Nuclear Man

by Alan Rapp on February 11, 2015

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  • Title: The Flash – The Nuclear Man
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The Flash - The Nuclear Man

After teasing us for weeks slowly putting the pieces together about what happened to Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) The Flash finally turns its attention to Firestorm whose growing instability endangers all of Central City. Although the main storyline gives the episode its name, promises to cause the return of General Wade Eiling (Clancy Brown), and offers more insight to the mind/body combination of Ronnie and Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber), the episode’s various subplots may have more lasting impact on Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) life.

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The Flash – Crazy for You

by Alan Rapp on February 4, 2015

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  • Title: The Flash – Crazy for You
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The Flash - Crazy for You

Although the main story lacks a big name Flash villain there’s quite a bit to enjoy in the latest episode of The Flash. “Crazy for You” introduces our hero to a new meta-human in the unfortunately-named Peek-a-Boo (Britne Oldford) who has the ability to teleport short distances within line-of-sight allowing her to break her boyfriend (Micah Parker) out of prison and go into business for his boss using her powers for big scores leading her into contact with the Flash (Grant Gustin).

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