Saturday, December 19, 2009

Blackest Night: The Flash #1

Writer: Geoff Johns

Artist: Scott Kolins

Editor: Adam Schlagman


Synopsis


While Barry Allen warns Earth’s heroes about the threat posed by the Black Lanterns, Eobard Thawne rises and becomes the new Black Flash. Barry seeks out the aid of Solovar in Gorilla City, only to find that his former ally has also been raised as a Black Lantern. Meanwhile, Captain Cold and the Rogues head to Iron Heights to deal with the undead Rogues plaguing the prison…


Notes


Page 1: This scene takes place concurrent with Blackest Night #4, page 14.


In fact, this whole issue takes place between Barry Allen’s “Paul Revere run” and when the Black Lantern Power Battery reaches 100%, Blackest Night #4, pages 14 and 20. Not a whole lot of time, but the Flash does move at super speed, now doesn’t he?


The Flash II, real name Bartholomew Henry “Barry” Allen. First appeared in Showcase #4. Died in Crisis on Infinite Earths #8. Returned to consciousness in DC Universe #0, physically returned in Final Crisis #2. Last appeared in Blackest Night #4. Able to move at superhuman speed due to his connection to the Speed Force.


Avernus is the hidden graveyard of the Rogues, located somewhere in Central City. It first appeared in The Flash (second series) #217.


Flash III, real name Wallace Rudolph “Wally” West. First appeared (as Kid Flash) in The Flash (first series) #110 and (as the Flash) in Crisis on Infinite Earths #12. Able to move at superhuman speed due to his connection to the extra-dimensional Speed Force.


Linda Park-West, wife of Wally West. First appeared in The Flash (second series) #28. Works as a journalist in Central-Keystone Cities.


“Irey” is Wally and Linda’s daughter Iris, who can also move at superhuman speed.


Captain Cold, real name Leonard “Len” Snart. First appeared in Showcase #8. Wields a gun that allows him to freeze an object to absolute zero. The de facto leader of the Rogues. Last appeared in Blackest Night #1.


Pages 4-5: A really, really, really brief recap of Barry Allen’s origin and history, with a particular emphasis on recent events as seen in The Flash: Rebirth mini-series.


Page 6: Seen herein Avernus are statues memorializing the Golden Glider, Captain Boomerang and the Top.


Tarpit, real name Joey Monteleone. First appeared in The Flash (second series) #174. Body is made of molten asphalt which burns upon touch and is virtually indestructible.


Captain Boomerang II, real name Owen Mercer. First appeared in Identity Crisis #3. Able to more at superhuman speed for short bursts and is armed with an arsenal of normal and trick boomerangs. Last appeared in Blackest Night #1.


Page 7: “I was a Rogue. An Outsider. A ‘hero’ and a ‘villain.’” Literally. Owen Mercer has been a member of the Rogues, the Suicide Squad and the Outsiders.


Page 8: And now we have a little recap of the twisted life and times of Professor Zoom, a.k.a the Reverse-Flash.


With the return of Eobard Thawne, what becomes of Zoom? You know, Hunter Zolomon, Wally’s super fast nemesis? Did we forget all about him already?


Because Tarpit doesn’t have a heart and is useless to them, the Black Lanterns don’t see him as expressing any emotion. Will Tarpit be the hero that saves the world from Nekron?


Man, would that ever be a cop out ending…


Page 9: The police officers in the panel with Wally West are Jared Morillo and Fred Chyre of the Keystone City Police Department.


The Titans – Kid Flash II, Donna Troy, Starfire, Dove II, Cyborg and Beast Boy – appear immediately after the events of Blackest Night: Titans #3.


Page 10: The Reverse-Flash, also known as Professor Zoom, real name Eobard Thawne. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #139. Killed in The Flash (first series) #324. Returned in The Flash: Rebirth #3, although the circumstances of his return have re to be revealed. Able to tap into a Negative Speed Force that allows him to move at superhuman speed.


The Black Flash first appeared in The Flash (second series) #138. Basically, it serves as “Death” for the speedsters in the DC Universe, returning them to the Speed Source, the source of the abilities. Barry Allen was recently transformed into the Black Flash in The Flash: Rebirth mini-series.


Page 11: “What would Iris say?” The Black Flash means Irish Allen, Barry’s wife.


Page 13: Another recap, this time explaining Barry’s friendship with King Solovar of Gorilla City.


“Grodd” refers to Gorilla Grodd, a hyper-intelligent telepath from Gorilla City who has been a foe of the Flashes for years.


“Bruce” refers to Bruce Wayne, the Batman.


“The case is solved now.” Presumably, the mystery surrounding the murder of Nora Allen, Barry’s mother, will be solved in The Flash: Rebirth #6…someday.


Page 15: King Nnamdi, son of Solovar. First appeared in The Flash (second series) #194. Assumed rule of Gorilla City after the death of his father.


Nnamdi was seen painting that wall mural of the Flash family and the Speed Force in The Flash: Rebirth #1 & 2.


Barry is feeling hope.


Page 16: King Solovar, former leader of Gorilla City. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #106. Killed in JLA Annual #3. Possesses force of mind powers and telepathic ability.


Barry’s hope has given way to feeling of rage.


Page 17: Heat Wave, real name Mick Rory. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #140. Possesses a handgun-sized flamethrower and wears an asbestos suit that protects him from fire and heat. Last appeared in Blackest Night #1.


Weather Wizard, real name Mark Mardon. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #110. Able to manipulate the weather; this was formerly controlled through the use of a wand, but he has since internalized this power. Last appeared in Blackest Night #1.


Mirror Master III, real name Evan McCulloch. First appeared in Animal Man #8. Uses mirrors that produce a variety of effects, such as hypnosis, invisibility, holograms, communication, physical transformations and traveling through other dimensions. Also armed with a laser pistol. Last appeared in Blackest Night #1.


Mirror Master I, real name Samuel Joseph “Sam” Scudder. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #105. Killed in Crisis on Infinite Earths #10. Used mirrors that produced a variety of effects, including hypnosis, invisibility, holograms, communication, physical transformations and traveling through other dimensions. Last appeared in Blackest Night #2.


In case you were wondering or confused, Captain Boomerang, while a member of the Suicide Squad, indulged in his criminal tendencies and moonlighted as the Mirror Master for a time, making him Mirror Master II.


The Top, real name Roscoe Dillon. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #122. Died in The Flash (first series) #243. Returned in the body of Senator Thomas O’Neil in Hawk & Dove #27. Killed in The Flash (second series) #222. Able to spin at high speeds, which induces disorientation and vertigo in others. Last appeared in Blackest Night #3.


Captain Boomerang I, real name George “Digger” Harkness. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #117. Killed in Identity Crisis #5. Armed with an arsenal of normal and trick boomerangs. Last appeared in Blackest Night #3.


Golden Glider, real name Lisa Snart. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #250. Killed in The Flash (second series) #113. Wears a pair of specially-designed ice skates that generate their own ice, allowing her to skate on any surface, including in mid-air. Last appeared in Blackest Night #3.


The Trickster I, real name James Jesse. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #113. Killed in Countdown to Final Crisis #22. Wields an arsenal of trick devices, including air-walking shoes, itching powder, exploding rubber chickens, sharpened jacks and other joke-themed weapons.


And although he’s not seen, he is a part of the Black Lantern Rogues and is at least mentioned by Mirror Master…Rainbow Raider, real name Roy G. Bivolo. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #286. Killed in The Flash (second series) #183. Wears specially-designed goggles that allow him to project solid beams of light, with each color affecting his target differently. Last appeared in Blackest Night #3.


The Trickster II, real name Axel Walker. First appeared in The Flash (second series) #183. Wields an arsenal of trick devices, including air-walking shoes, itching powder, exploding rubber chickens, sharpened jacks and other joke-themed weapons.


Page 18: “I heard these things killed Hawkman and Hawkgirl.” That was in Blackest Night #1.


Page 20: “Like Ralph and Sue.” Ralph Dibny, a.k.a. the Elongated Man, and his wife Sue Dibny, were both revived as Black Lanterns and later destroyed.


Page 21: “Power Levels 100%.” In Blackest Night #4, Black Lantern Jean Loring killed Damage and the Black Lantern Power Battery reached 100%. Due to his death and rebirth, Barry seems to have a stronger connection to Nekron than other heroes, and instinctively knew that they were needed in Coast City.


Page 22: Iron Heights Penitentiary is a maximum-security prison located outside of Keystone City that houses the Flash Rogues when they are incarcerated. It first appeared in The Flash: Iron Heights #1.



1 comment:

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