All Flash #1 follows the events of the previous Flash volume’s final story line which saw the brutal murder of the 4th Flash, Bart Allen (I covered a lot of Flash history in a previous post, Deaths of the Flashes)
Too late to stop the killing, Wally West has returned to hunt down Bart‘s killer and nothing will stand in his mission of revenge.
The issue is written by Flash favorite scribe Mark Waid with art by a host of artists including Karl Kerschl, Ian Churchill and Daniel Acuña (the recent Green Lantern Star Sapphire story line and the Freedom Fighters).
This issue precedes the upcoming new volume of the Flash that promises to return the title to its top tier status under Geoff Johns and before Geoff, Mark Waid. Like the character, the series has a lot of potential. Insanely popular in the 60′s, the Flash earned a cult following in the late 90′s with Mark Waid‘s introduction of the ‘Speed Force’ as the source of the Flash‘s abilities, which gave the character a much-needed mythology.
Since that time, the character has enjoyed a new popularity bolstered by the Justice League Unlimited cartoon in which he stars.
With a movie planned for release next year and the return of popular writer Mark Waid to the title (also rumored to be the new Editor in Chief at DC Comics), this title is sure to regain its popularity and success.
Many do not realize that comic book giant Geoff Johns was Richard Donner‘s assistant before his career in comics took off. So it’s in many way no surprise that Donner and Johns have teamed up to deliver what many are calling the best run on Superman… ever.
I covered some of those details and others in my mega-post Superman, Superman, Superman.
The story involves two basic threads; one is that a baby has fallen from the skies… apparently from Krypton, two is that the dreaded villains from the Phantom Zone (from Superman II as well) have escaped and are enacting their revenge upon their jailer’s son, Superman.
An unlikely parental unit of Clark Kent and wife Lois Lane have decided to look after the young child (named Christopher Kent by Lois), but their adoption process was cut short when Superman was abducted into the Phantom Zone.
With a lead-in like that (told in their first three issues), things can only get better. The newest issue (out in August) sees Superman in a all-out action battle with his old enemy Bizarro (presumably this is another tale told from recent past while Superman attempts to escape the Phantom Zone). With art by Eric Powell (creator of the Goon), this three part adventure will be lots of fun.
The return of DC Comics’ first super team from World War II, the JSA (this volume is called the Justice Society of America) has been one helluva ride so far.
The first storyline featured a neo-Nazi group of super villains set to eliminate the team’s greatest strength, their family. It sounds hokey, but each member of the JSA has a tie to the past by family or lineage of some other sort (such as one character accepting the mantle of a deceased hero to carry on their legacy).
One of the JSA‘s strongest characters, Steel, has a twisted and tortured lineage running through the tragic character of Commander Steel who experimented on his grandson Hank Heywood to transform each part of his body into a fighting weapon as the 80′s answer to the Steel legacy.
After this second version of Steel died, it fell down to Nathan Heywood to pick up the legend, but the expert athlete was crippled by a terrible football accident and addicted to painkillers that left him numb in spirit and body. It wasn’t until he targeted by enemies he never knew he had and his annual family summer gathering turned into a bloodbath of which he was the only survivor, that his destiny became clear.
While under observation, it became clear that Nathan Heywood‘s crippled legs had been regrown as sparkling steel-like limbs. After having lost one family, the new Citizen Steel will find that he has found a new one in the Justice Society of America. Though I bet it’ll take a while for him to accept that this is a ‘good thing.’
Paul Dini‘s thrilling two part story ‘Trust’ concludes this week with a startling reveal. I covered some of this in a previous post here, but in essence, this is the most surprising re-appearance of the Joker in years.
Another story in what has been the best run of the Detective Comics title in ages, Trust will pit the two giants of Batman mythos against each other.
As Detective Comics has primarily been a cerebral title (especially compared to its fun-loving fist-fest Batman), this is the first true confrontation that the series has seen under Paul Dini.
I’m sure it will be a battle worthy of your $2.99.
The issue is currently on the stands where, if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to find last month’s 1st part shelved right next to it.