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That was an awesome premiere for the Flash TV show last night, wasn’t it? If you can’t wait a week for more Flash action, you’re in luck — there are literally decades of Flash comic books you can choose from right now. We’ll have a list of recommendations tonight, but first, a few key…

Chief Authority on all things Flash, Kelson Vibber drops some Flash Facts.

The Fastest Fan Alive’s Review of The Flash Pilot

Being nearly 30, I’m old enough to remember watching the first pilot for the first show back when I was a young lad with my dad. This is what endeared me to the character, long before I ever laid eyes on a Flash comic. John Wesley Shipp was really my first Flash and while the acting on the show was a little off and some of the episodes were a little cheesy, the show still holds a very special place in my heart. Fast forward more than twenty years later and The Flash has come full circle. He’s back on TV with a good actor in the role and some interesting little twists.

I’m not going to spoil too much here, although I’m not sure what DC and the CW haven’t revealed to us. Personally I miss the good old days where we found out about a TV show as we watched it, but alas in this new world of social media and 24/7 news cycles everyone wants to know everything even before it happens. I’m not going to follow this trend too closely.

Having watched the newest pilot over thirty times I have to say that I love what Grant Gustin brings to the role of The Flash. Although I believe he has a Peter Parker-like vibe (especially as far as appearance) I still think he does a great job of bringing the best qualities of Barry Allen to the forefront; his excitable geeky nature, his awkwardness, and him genuinely being a good person. I have to admit that I wasn’t too thrilled with them keeping Barry’s revised comic book origins from The Flash: Rebirth but they pulled it off brilliantly. I really feel for Barry and his obsession with finding the truth about what happened to his mother and I can completely identify with his loss of a father figure and finding a new one in Detective Joe West. I also like that they showed him using the forensic portions of his character. Barry is intelligent and a bit of a detective in his own right both due to law enforcement training and also due to honing his skills while searching for clues about the mysterious person that murdered his mother and they’ve captured this aspect flawlessly. Completely unrelated, but I’m also happy that Barry doesn’t own a car (just like me) and they kept the recurring theme of him always being late.   

Bravo on the casting of Jesse L. Martin in the role of Joe West. He definitely has the chops to bring some gravitas to the series. Especially considering that every other member of the cast is fairly young (with the exception of Tom Cavanagh). Joe grounds the series in a way that the other characters have yet to do and gives us a stark contrast to Barry. While Joe raised Barry after his mother was killed and his father was jailed he never really believed Barry’s fantastical story about “the man in the lightning” and consequently tried fruitlessly to keep Barry anchored in reality over the years. Having watched him for years on Law & Order it is nice to see a familiar face. He also provides a nice alternative to the somewhat flighty (so far), Iris West (Candice Patton), his daughter and Barry’s adopted sister. Joe West starts out partnered with Fred Chyre (Al Sapienza), who long-time Flash readers will remember from Wally West’s supporting cast, but unfortunately that does not last long. Joe is later partnered with suspiciously named, Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett), Thawne being the last name of Barry’s greatest enemy Professor Zoom, the Reverse-Flash. It is later revealed he is dating Iris.

Iris West played by Candice Patton has the dubious pleasure of uttering the worst line of the whole pilot (something about twerking, ugh) but overall seems like a passable actress. It is easy to see that she is super-attractive but she doesn’t really seem like Barry’s type (which admittedly has always been the case, even in the comics). Going back to Barry’s appearance on Arrow, I have to wonder if Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) will take on the role of Patty Spivot from the comics, who seems to have a lot more in common (at least on the surface) with Barry than Iris. It is obvious that we won’t see a relationship between Barry and Iris develop until much later, but it is awesome that they actually ended up including her in the series on a regular basis as opposed to the original show that wrote her out after the first episode.

As far as the rest of the cast goes, S.T.A.R. Labs employees, Danielle Panabaker (Dr. Caitlin Snow), Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon), and the big mystery person of the series so far, Tom Cavanagh (Dr. Harrison Wells) all add a little bit of something interesting to the pilot. Cisco and Caitlin were first introduced to us during the Arrow backdoor pilot and are considerably less annoying than in their first appearance. I like that each character has a specialty that gives Barry some advantages. Cisco is the tech guy who designs and builds Flash’s suit and as comic book aficionados will note is the alter-ego of formerly deceased character, Vibe. Dr. Caitlin Snow specializes in bio-engineering and has a tragic past that we’ve already learned will play into the introduction of yet another comic character. Dr. Wells is definitely hiding something that I’m sure will be a major plot point throughout the series. I loved the call-back to the original series with the presence of S.T.A.R. Labs and even the recreation of the testing sequence on the track.

The more I see of the suit the more it grows on me. I still think it is a little too dark but for what it is they kept it somewhat faithful to the comic book costume. Not as faithful as the unnaturally bulky suit from the 90s show but considering all the directions they could have gone with it, not bad. The scene where they introduce the suit reminds of the scene from issue 50 of Wally West’s series where they introduce the shiny suit. The scientists use similar scientific terms like reinforced tripolymer, abrasive resistant, and so on to describe it. I really dig how they kept the real world explanation about the convenient presence of the suit. In the original series it was an experimental deep sea diving suit and in the new series is was originally designed to replace firefighter turnouts as a way to give back to the community, although that doesn’t explain how so much of it resembles a super-hero costume off the break. Maybe Cisco is a comic book nerd? The producers have also revealed that the suit is ever-evolving and we could possibly see something even closer to the original costume the further we get in the series. I wonder if the 90s show had lasted longer than a season if the suit would have had a similar evolution, especially as technology and special effects improved over the years? In any case, I’m super-excited to see where they go with it.  

One of my least favorite parts of the show was the Weather Wizard (Chad Rook), or what we are supposed to think is the Weather Wizard, now renamed Clyde Mardon and a bank robber along with his brother, Mark. Clyde receives his powers in a freak lightning storm when the reactor blows in an accident that claims his brother Mark. Weather Wizard is my favorite Rogue from the comics and I can’t really say that I’m digging anything about him from this show. From the internalized powers and abilities to the random southern accent, everything about him just seems totally off. However, he did provide a great foil for our Scarlet Speedster and a credible threat to really show that The Flash can do a lot more than anyone thought he could. Also, are we sure this is who the Weather Wizard is going to end up being? Given certain events in the pilot, one can’t be too sure.

Overall, the show looks to be developing into something truly special. From the creators actually embracing the fantastical nature of The Flash’s universe, the fairly faithful adaptation of the costume and the spectacular special effects, the show really brings what is special about the Keystone Comet to life. I was already a huge fan of Arrow and now I have something else to actually look forward to on Television. Although I have to say I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Gotham, and Constantine is also forthcoming. Wow, I never thought I would live in a world where four properties from DC Comics that I actually want to watch were on television simultaneously but here we are and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

-Flash Johnson

Latest DC Direct/DC Collectibles Haul!
Earth 2 Superman and Batman, the one and only birds of prey, Oracle (finally!), Black Canary and The Huntress (Helena Bertinelli), Red Hood, Arsenal, and Starfire from Red Hood and the Outlaws, Orion from the New Gods series, and the World’s Finest, The Huntress (Helena Wayne) and Power Girl (Karen Starr). 
These actually arrived right after I got back from vacation but I had to get settled before I snapped some Haul pics. I am super excited to finally have an Oracle action figure. In my own universe I see no point in reversing the amazing character development of Barbara Gordon and since in the New 52 her paralysis has been reversed this may be the one and only figure we get of Oracle, ever. 
Unfortunately, poor quality control reports have been rampant with just about every figure I just received barring the much older Birds of Prey set from when DC Collectibles was known as DC Direct. So wish me luck and no breakage or needing to boil/freeze parts. 
Have a great week,
-Flash Johnson

Latest DC Direct/DC Collectibles Haul!

Earth 2 Superman and Batman, the one and only birds of prey, Oracle (finally!), Black Canary and The Huntress (Helena Bertinelli), Red Hood, Arsenal, and Starfire from Red Hood and the Outlaws, Orion from the New Gods series, and the World’s Finest, The Huntress (Helena Wayne) and Power Girl (Karen Starr). 

These actually arrived right after I got back from vacation but I had to get settled before I snapped some Haul pics. I am super excited to finally have an Oracle action figure. In my own universe I see no point in reversing the amazing character development of Barbara Gordon and since in the New 52 her paralysis has been reversed this may be the one and only figure we get of Oracle, ever. 

Unfortunately, poor quality control reports have been rampant with just about every figure I just received barring the much older Birds of Prey set from when DC Collectibles was known as DC Direct. So wish me luck and no breakage or needing to boil/freeze parts. 

Have a great week,

-Flash Johnson

Salt Lake City, Utah Flash Haul!
So this past week I visited Salt Lake City on a week vacation and checked out a lot of the local sights including six (!) comic book shops. Unfortunately, I had already owned a lot of what I saw at the shops but I did come across Figures Toy Co.’s Mego Kid Flash reproduction action figure that was released a few months back. Early followers will note that I finally picked up an original release Mego Kid Flash about a year back but it is still cool to have a pristine copy to look at. I also stopped by a great shop called the Nerd Store, and not only met an awesome Flash fan that works there named Tyler, but also picked up that classy Flash cigarette holder/wallet on the bottom right.
The rest, oddly enough, was found at stores that are not directly comic-related. Both of the watches were found at Spencer’s, and the gift bag in the back featuring The Flash (as well as Green Lantern, Superman and Batman) was found at Target. I actually picked up the Animated Justice League War figure on the far left a few weeks back but I figured why not toss it up there too.
A special Thank you to my Lightning Rod for a fantastic trip and an amazing time. Despite what goes on and what ends up happening in the future I will always love you and you will always be my very special Lightning Rod. .
-Flash Johnson

Salt Lake City, Utah Flash Haul!

So this past week I visited Salt Lake City on a week vacation and checked out a lot of the local sights including six (!) comic book shops. Unfortunately, I had already owned a lot of what I saw at the shops but I did come across Figures Toy Co.’s Mego Kid Flash reproduction action figure that was released a few months back. Early followers will note that I finally picked up an original release Mego Kid Flash about a year back but it is still cool to have a pristine copy to look at. I also stopped by a great shop called the Nerd Store, and not only met an awesome Flash fan that works there named Tyler, but also picked up that classy Flash cigarette holder/wallet on the bottom right.

The rest, oddly enough, was found at stores that are not directly comic-related. Both of the watches were found at Spencer’s, and the gift bag in the back featuring The Flash (as well as Green Lantern, Superman and Batman) was found at Target. I actually picked up the Animated Justice League War figure on the far left a few weeks back but I figured why not toss it up there too.

A special Thank you to my Lightning Rod for a fantastic trip and an amazing time. Despite what goes on and what ends up happening in the future I will always love you and you will always be my very special Lightning Rod. .

-Flash Johnson

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A Special Happy Birthday from The Fastest Fan Alive to Jack “King” Kirby: August 28, 1917 to February 6, 1994. Long Live the King!
Obviously Jack had a hand in creating every character above and even though the Darkseid and Parademons aren’t exactly his design they definitely would not exist without The King. 
From Left to Right: The Demon, Parademon 1, Kobra, Lightray, Big Barda (with Mega-Rod), Darkseid, Orion (with Astro-Harness), Mister Miracle, Metron (sans mobius chair), Steppenwolf (Super Powers Version also designed by Kirby) and Parademon 2.
-Flash Johnson
A special thank you to DC Direct, DC Collectibles and Mattel for giving us such great Kirby creations. Especially DC Direct who as you can see made their releases look extremely Kirby-like: Big Barda, Lightray, Orion and Mister Miracle are all from the 2008/2009 New Gods Action Figure series and are pretty much perfect. While I wish Orion and Metron had come with their vehicles (Orion’s astro-harness is from the Mattel version and I still need a mobius chair) the figures themselves are about as perfect of a recreation of Kirby art in 3D form as one can ask for. 

Hey Speed Readers,Since I’m on vacation I won’t be able to do a proper picture tribute until I get back but in the meantime you can see my tribute from last year. I’ve doubled my collection of Fourth World figures and I can’t wait to show you all the new additions I have when I get back.Long Live The King!-Flash Johnson

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A Special Happy Birthday from The Fastest Fan Alive to Jack “King” Kirby: August 28, 1917 to February 6, 1994. Long Live the King!

Obviously Jack had a hand in creating every character above and even though the Darkseid and Parademons aren’t exactly his design they definitely would not exist without The King. 

From Left to Right: The Demon, Parademon 1, Kobra, Lightray, Big Barda (with Mega-Rod), Darkseid, Orion (with Astro-Harness), Mister Miracle, Metron (sans mobius chair), Steppenwolf (Super Powers Version also designed by Kirby) and Parademon 2.

-Flash Johnson

A special thank you to DC Direct, DC Collectibles and Mattel for giving us such great Kirby creations. Especially DC Direct who as you can see made their releases look extremely Kirby-like: Big Barda, Lightray, Orion and Mister Miracle are all from the 2008/2009 New Gods Action Figure series and are pretty much perfect. While I wish Orion and Metron had come with their vehicles (Orion’s astro-harness is from the Mattel version and I still need a mobius chair) the figures themselves are about as perfect of a recreation of Kirby art in 3D form as one can ask for. 

Hey Speed Readers,

Since I’m on vacation I won’t be able to do a proper picture tribute until I get back but in the meantime you can see my tribute from last year. I’ve doubled my collection of Fourth World figures and I can’t wait to show you all the new additions I have when I get back.

Long Live The King!

-Flash Johnson

Limited Edition Flash T-Shirts Available at TeeFury for a limited time!

So website, TeeFury, known for their $11 limited edition t-shirt releases, has just released two shirts based on the Scarlet Speedster.

My personal favorite, “Central City Running Club” was designed by alecxpstees and comes in red, black, and silver. I personally ordered the black one as it looks super-slick.

The second Flash-inspired t-shirt, “Speed” comes from PandaBacon. and while I didn’t like it enough to order one, the shirt is still pretty cool. It comes in black, navy, and white.

If you plan on ordering one I would do so asap. The sales typically only last for 24 hours and this one has about 10 hours and change left in the deal.

You can find both t-shirts at TeeFury.com.

-Flash Johnson

Which one do you prefer?

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DC Comics has announced a slew of LEGO-themed variant covers for November 2014 to go with the launch of the game LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, releasing the images to various news sites. Nerdist has The Flash #36.
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Gotta love Lego Flash!

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DC Comics has announced a slew of LEGO-themed variant covers for November 2014 to go with the launch of the game LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, releasing the images to various news sites. Nerdist has The Flash #36.

Originally posted at Speed Force

Gotta love Lego Flash!

Latest Haul 7/19/2014
So I came home from work today to find a gigantic box filled to the brim with DC Collectibles goodies!
Altogether we have Earth 2 Series 1 which consists of The Flash, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Green Lantern, a deluxe action figure of Lex Luthor and a slightly older release in the Trinity 3-Pack featuring Superman with a metallic color scheme and Wonder Woman with a new face sculpt.
Look for a review of Earth 2 Flash in the next couple of days.
-Flash Johnson 
Which one should I open up first?

Latest Haul 7/19/2014

So I came home from work today to find a gigantic box filled to the brim with DC Collectibles goodies!

Altogether we have Earth 2 Series 1 which consists of The Flash, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Green Lantern, a deluxe action figure of Lex Luthor and a slightly older release in the Trinity 3-Pack featuring Superman with a metallic color scheme and Wonder Woman with a new face sculpt.

Look for a review of Earth 2 Flash in the next couple of days.

-Flash Johnson 

Which one should I open up first?

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Full 5 minute trailer for The Flash

If you haven’t seen it already, there are definitely major spoilers for the pilot episode!  But it’s very cool, I enjoyed it.

Lightning gave me abs?

DC Collectibles DC Comics Super-Villains Crime Syndicate Action Figures!

So this past Saturday on Free Comic Book Day I was finally able to complete my DC Collectibles Crime Syndicate team. I’d already picked up Johnny Quick, Atomica and Owlman a couple weeks back and with Superwoman, Ultraman, Power Ring, and Deathstorm, the Crime Syndicate is complete. 

As far as the figures go they do a great job of furthering DC Collectibles rep as a legitimate successor to Mattel’s DC Universe Classics but a couple things hinder these figures from being all that they can be. Quality control issues continue to rear their ugly head especially when it comes to attention to detail and the metallic paint they’ve been using. Johnny Quick’s belt was glued on slightly askew so I had to peel the belt off to reposition it. Johnny’s paint also fused the top left leg joint and when I pulled it free it took a bit of paint with it. Not a lot to be noticed (especially in certain poses) but still annoying. Ultraman had a similar issue with his belt being glued slightly off center. Ultraman’s “U” on his chest is also missing a little bit of paint. The rest got off relatively easy and honestly the issues aren’t enough to break the figures or anything. Just annoying.

Now on to the good. The figures overall look great! Especially when put together as a team. The extra articulation continues to impress and takes nothing away from the wonderful sculpts courtesy of Gentle Giant Studios. The designs of the Crime Syndicate this time around are provided by David Finch, the main artist on DC’s latest crossover, Forever Evil.

I have to say that Deathstorm is easily one of my favorites. DC Collectibles sculpted an excellent head sculpt along with some cool new innovations like realistic sleeves that cover the elbow articulation. It pulls of the baggy Firestorm-look really well without breaking up the look with joints. The paint is perfect with no issues that I can see in that department. 

I’m also partial to the Guy Gardner-esque Johnny Quick suit. The lightning is a little much but I like the usage of different shades of red to make the details stand out a little better. Especially the headgear and vest. Johnny came with a mini version of Atomica which makes me wish that I had one of the mini Atoms. While I would have rather had a full-sized figure of Atomica to go with the mini one it is a great pack-in as Johnny and Atomica were pretty much inseparable the entire time in Forever Evil. 

Superwoman is just an overall great looking figure. Featuring a removable cape and a pretty basic body design and sculpt I’m sure that the figure will be rife for customization. Again the articulation is utilized pretty well and the paint job is probably the best of the bunch as far as clean lines and shading goes. No issues that I could see anywhere. The only thing I could see making this figure better would have been the inclusion of her golden barbwire lasso thing. I couldn’t see it working with that silly string they’ve included with some past Wonder Woman releases but if they went with a more flexible plastic I could see it looking great. Still, excellent release. 

Power Ring came with an awesome Lantern that resembles an Alien Xenomorph that like devours his hand each time he charges his ring or something. In this twisted version of Green Lantern, Power Ring’s ring is a curse and the voice inside the ring constantly talks down to and berates it’s user. Apparently utilizing the ring is incredibly painful and you can see that in the design and the sculpt. It looks like the ring has literally infected him and has deformed his right arm and the right side of his face. It is really cool that they included an extra ‘Lantern’ accessory but it is even cooler that he can actually hold the Lantern. Inexplicably DC Collectibles’ Green Lantern came with a closed left hand and no Lantern at all. Not to mention that his ring looked like a shapeless blob. 

Ultraman is probably the dullest of the group as far as designs go. He just looks like Superman with a “U” and a scowl. The articulation is still spot on but there is nothing really spectacular otherwise.

Owlman is one of my favorites although he doesn’t really match the source material as the actual design is a blue and silver combo. However the changes look excellent and make him look awesome when paired up with DC Collectibles’ previous release of Batman and I’d imagine he would look even better with the upcoming Greg Capullo-inspired Batman.

I posted a picture of the Crime Syndicate’s Justice League counterparts and an epic throwdown with the Crime Syndicate facing off with the Justice League. The only releases I have from the previous DC Direct and Mattel Crime Syndicate releases are the Johnny Quick figures. So I also posted a nice little comparison pic of those two along with the newest version. 

So what do you all think of the Crime Syndicate?

Thanks for reading, 

-Flash Johnson

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