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First Look: Flash #1 Variant Covers

With DC's "The New 52" relaunch of The Flash, you'll have a choice of covers.

September 28 feels like a longs way off even though DC's "The New 52" is about to begin this week with Justice League #1. Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato will be taking over the adventures of Barry Allen. We've seen the covers to the first three issues but today, DC's The Source has revealed not one but two variant covers to The Flash #1.

The first is by Francis Manapul himself.

== TEASER ==

I don't think we can get enough Manapul Flash art. It's the same as the regular #1 cover but you have to admit this version looks pretty sweet as well.

But if you want something a little different, check out the second variant by Ivan Reis and Tim Townsend.

Which cover to you prefer?

Can I also note that besides the awesome creative team and the fact that it's Barry Allen, let me just tease that there will be another really cool reason to pick up issue #1. I'm super excited.

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Posted by _jackbauer

Are variants worth buying for the sake of value? 
 
I'm really liking Manapaul's variant.

Posted by UltimateSMfan

Both Francis and Ivan are amazing!! cant wait for FM's run on the flash and Ivan' run on aquaman n Twelve hours left till Justice League #1 WooHoo!!!!!!

Posted by FalcomAdol

I, uh, hate variant covers.
 
Quality over quantity. Pick the best one and stick with it.

Posted by FadeToBlackBolt

Know what would make those amazing covers better? 
 
Wally West. 

Posted by Krakoa
@FalcomAdol said:
I, uh, hate variant covers.  Quality over quantity. Pick the best one and stick with it.
Posted by Jake Fury
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
Know what would make those amazing covers better?  Wally West. 

The lack of a chin strap?
Posted by Dedpool

Love the update to the suit coming out of the ring. Makes more sense in parts. Also Really need to let people know what's going on with Wally, especially seeing how they're saying Bart is being reintroduced to the world in Teen Titans. What happened to the legacy man?
Posted by thorwhore

You gotta love that golden-age superheroish feel you get when looking at Manapul's variant.
Posted by FadeToBlackBolt
@Jake Fury said:
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
Know what would make those amazing covers better?  Wally West. 
The lack of a chin strap?
=P 
 
@Dedpool: Wally got the boot. Join me in a Vigil of Rage. 
Posted by ImperiousRix

I want them all! 
Okay, I'll probably just end up getting the regular cover, but Flash is the series I'm most looking forward to in the new 52!

Posted by Bestostero
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
Know what would make those amazing covers better?  Wally West. 
Posted by Or35ti

Sweet. 
 
@FadeToBlackBolt said:

Know what would make those amazing covers better?  Wally West. 
Fingers crossed that's what G-Man's tease is.
Posted by ReVamp
@Or35ti said:
Sweet. 
 
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
Know what would make those amazing covers better?  Wally West. 
Fingers crossed that's what G-Man's tease is.
It isn't. ReVamp's word is law. No, but seriously as much as I love Wally West, the orignial Titans are all getting the boot, with the exception of Nightwing and Arsenal. Donna Troy and Wally West aren't gonna be appearing for a while. I have no idea what's going on with Tempest, but I guess its the same as them.
Posted by Or35ti
@ReVamp: Pity. Those are the guys who got me into comics in the first place. Well, them and the X-Men.
Posted by ReVamp
@Or35ti said:
@ReVamp: Pity. Those are the guys who got me into comics in the first place. Well, them and the X-Men.
I know, but I'm hoping that they will eventually come out of the woodworks and get into a team. I'm not too worried about that, I'm sure it will happen. Only thing I'm worried about is Cyborg's history...
Posted by Or35ti
@ReVamp said:
@Or35ti said:
@ReVamp: Pity. Those are the guys who got me into comics in the first place. Well, them and the X-Men.
I know, but I'm hoping that they will eventually come out of the woodworks and get into a team. I'm not too worried about that, I'm sure it will happen. Only thing I'm worried about is Cyborg's history...

Yeah, the new JLI book looks to be where all the forgotten characters will be popping up again. Yesterday there was confirmation that Plastic Man will be back on that team.
Posted by ReVamp
@Or35ti said:
@ReVamp said:
@Or35ti said:
@ReVamp: Pity. Those are the guys who got me into comics in the first place. Well, them and the X-Men.
I know, but I'm hoping that they will eventually come out of the woodworks and get into a team. I'm not too worried about that, I'm sure it will happen. Only thing I'm worried about is Cyborg's history...
Yeah, the new JLI book looks to be where all the forgotten characters will be popping up again. Yesterday there was confirmation that Plastic Man will be back on that team.
Not picking that up actually. I never had much love for the JLI... Maybe Blue Beetle will make me reconsider though...
Posted by yo_yo_fun

The 1st cover. Definitely:)

Posted by aztek_the_lost

what's the point of variant covers anymore if they're shooting for digital?

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Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt
@ReVamp said:
@Or35ti said:
Sweet. 
 
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
Know what would make those amazing covers better?  Wally West. 
Fingers crossed that's what G-Man's tease is.
It isn't. ReVamp's word is law. No, but seriously as much as I love Wally West, the orignial Titans are all getting the boot, with the exception of Nightwing and Arsenal. Donna Troy and Wally West aren't gonna be appearing for a while. I have no idea what's going on with Tempest, but I guess its the same as them.

since Blackest Night remaining in canon, im guessing he'll still be dead
Posted by daredevil21134

BARRY ALLEN IS HERE TO STAY, YEAHHHH NICE COVERS

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

The Reis/Townsend cover looks GREAT! Interesting how the suit comes out of the ring though. Very colorful. Still, Manapul's art is top notch.  I want em both.  But yes I'm starting to agree with what Aztek said below...if the industry is shooting for digital, what's even the point of variant covers anymore?  I mean yeah we still have print and all but if it all becomes digital one day what will be the point?  I can only see $$$ as the motivation for such artwork and nothing more.  Maybe someone can explain it to me.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I love Francis Manipul's art. 

Posted by Mercy_
@FadeToBlackBolt
Know what would make those amazing covers better? 
 
Wally West. 
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Posted by The Impersonator
Posted by greenarrows

Love em both, but would have to go with the FIRST cover. 

Posted by shawn87

Both are incredible awesome!

Posted by Om1kron

a little confused about the whole symbiote costume thing, way out of the loop, anyone care to explain?

Posted by Eyz

Not digging the way the costume's suits on now...yeah, it's nitpicking..

Posted by xScorchedx

I first one by Francis Manapul is WAY better by far!

Posted by blackkitty

How can you make Darkest Night Canon when many of the characters involved in it aren't there? These are the things which never made any sense to me. And DC's refusal to even speak about Wally West is really starting to annoy me.

Posted by TypH

love me some cool variant covers, these ones look pretty freaking cool nice artwork.