FLASH SECRET FILES Preview

Posted by No_name_here (1223 posts) - - Show Bio

After seeing what you might call a (pun intended) fleeting glimpse of Francis Manapul’s art for this project a while back, we now have a full preview of this year’s FLASH SECRET FILES straight from the Source. Around and about here are some fully-rendered pages from the special and below is the skinny…

In the aftermath of BLACKEST NIGHT and THE FLASH: REBIRTH comes the beginning of a new era for Barry Allen and the deadly Rogues. As Barry readjusts to life again, strange happenings explode across Central City that will lead to one of the most bizarre murder mysteries Barry will ever face in the upcoming THE FLASH #1. Plus, don’t miss Wally West, Kid Flash, Gorilla Grodd and a cold case that will send The Flash down a path unlike any other. Featuring the work of THE FLASH writer Geoff Johns and artists Scott Kolins, Francis Manapul and many more.


 He couldn't be back.

Call me small-minded, but I never really pictured Barry Allen being the kind of kid who’d be the victim of bullies. I could definitely see, oh say, Kyle Rayner getting bullied, but a point of this Flash’s characterization has always painted him as a normal guy from the Midwest, without the same kind of skeletons in the closet most brooding superheroes have.  So I’ll bet that’s the purpose of these SECRET files - - to show you what unpleasant secrets lurks behind these character’s cheery exteriors. I didn’t know about the whole bit about Allen’s father getting convicted for his mother’s unsolved murder, either. Talk about grim.
 
 
 
 

 And neither could he.

Seeing this again, I can’t help thinking back to fan discussions I had in comic stores and online when I was a kid.  Back then, there were about five storylines that could never be reversed.   Barry Allen, along with Bucky, Jason Todd and Captain Mar-Vell could never be brought back and there was no way you’d ever see Wolverine’s full origin. Never. Ever. We were dead-to-rights certain about it.

-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia.   Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.

#1 Posted by EisforExtinction (1909 posts) - - Show Bio

I added this to my pull list yesterday.

#2 Edited by MysterioMaximus (931 posts) - - Show Bio

"Seeing this again, I can’t help thinking back to fan discussions I had in comic stores and online when I was a kid.  Back then, there were about five storylines that could never be reversed.   Barry Allen, along with Bucky, Jason Todd and Captain Mar-Vell could never be brought back and there was no way you’d ever see Wolverine’s full origin. Never. Ever. We were dead-to-rights certain about it. " 
 
 Oh how I wish we were true...   
#3 Posted by GothamBat (644 posts) - - Show Bio

i agree with you about certain things that shouldnt happen in comics. Barry Allen doesnt come back and you dont kill Alfred.  i'm one for two now. but i will be checking this book out.
#4 Posted by jlat89 (317 posts) - - Show Bio

this will be added to my pull list

#5 Edited by Jordanstine (907 posts) - - Show Bio

So Barry Allen is kind of like Peter Parker now? 

You thought YOU were bullied!? Welcome to MY world.
"Outcasts turned into Heroes by overcoming adversity" type of storylines are very relatable among the younger demographics.     
 
DC is just looking at the bigger picture (aka future Flash movies) and giving Mr. Allen a back-story that would simply relate to the younger crowd just like the "Peter Parker character" did for Marvel's own Spider-man.    
#6 Posted by Moomin123 (2205 posts) - - Show Bio

I could picture Barry being bullied. Before he absorbed the Speed Force he was always slow and I assume he was a little nerdy since he was a scientist.
#7 Posted by Zoom (14668 posts) - - Show Bio

Flash's strangest journey is still ahead?  I doubt that.  Have you read some of the crap that he went through in the Silver Age? 
 
 
But hey, I'm going to go out and buy it anyways.  I love Flash Secret Files and I love Johns and Kollins.
#8 Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir (19714 posts) - - Show Bio

Barry bullied? I could see it, very excited to have Johns back on the Flash

#9 Posted by Yung ANcient One (4799 posts) - - Show Bio
@Jordanstine said:
"
So Barry Allen is kind of like Peter Parker now? 

You thought YOU were bullied!? Welcome to MY world.
"Outcasts turned into Heroes by overcoming adversity" type of storylines are very relatable among the younger demographics.     
 
DC is just looking at the bigger picture (aka future Flash movies) and giving Mr. Allen a back-story that would simply relate to the younger crowd just like the "Peter Parker character" did for Marvel's own Spider-man.     "

 
 
 
QFT
#10 Edited by lostlantern13 (860 posts) - - Show Bio

Flash Fact: Francis Manapul is an incredible artist.

#11 Posted by No_name_here (1223 posts) - - Show Bio
@Jordanstine: That's probably the case. But you're with me on this.... Allan's been portrayed as the most normal guy ever.
#12 Edited by Jordanstine (907 posts) - - Show Bio
@Tom Pinchuk said:

" @Jordanstine: That's probably the case. But you're with me on this.... Allan's been portrayed as the most normal guy ever."


Leave me alone! I told you I don't gots my lunch money! My costume doesn't even come with pockets I swear!!!
I haven't read Flash outside of Justice League comics or cross overs with Green Lantern (mostly during Wally West's run), but I definitely agree with you about Kyle Rayner being bullied.

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