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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:
|Proposed Title:||Flash: The Murder of Professor Zoom.|
|Collecting 12 Issues:||Flash #322-328, 332-336.|
|Covers: (click to enlarge)|
Before Barry Allen shuffled off of this mortal coil, in Crisis on Infinite Earths #8, he had a tough couple of years, and it was just as tough on the fans. Arrested for the apparent murder of Professor Zoom, Flash's ordeal wasn't over with until the series ended with #350. Going by the covers, the battle that led to Zoom's death looks like it started in Flash #322, and the rest of the issues have to do with the battle, Flash's arrest, the reaction of citizens and the Justice League, and him trying to clear his name. I really like the cover of #326 (Flash in handcuffs) but I think I would use #325 for the cover of the TPB. This trade would be a good lead-in to the TPB that I really want to get to... The Trial of the Flash.
|Proposed Title:||The Trial of the Flash.|
|Alternate Title:||Flash: The Trial of the Flash. (I hate it when they do a title like that, but I've seen it happen.)|
|Collecting 11 Issues:||Flash #340-350.|
|Covers: (click to enlarge)|
At last, the neverending trial of the Flash! That's what it seemed like at the time, and really, it lasted for eleven freakin' months, people! That's just as long as the O.J. Simpson trial (but without the annoying daily updates). Every month that another issue came out, and the trial wasn't ended, it just made you roll your eyes and go, "Really?!" Still, this was the last Flash story, before he died destroying the Anti-Monitor's cannon, in COIE. The Tangent Comics title, Trials of the Flash, was a nod and wink to this story.
I think this should be reprinted, along with the TPB above, which collects the story of Professor Zoom's apparent death. Especially now that Barry Allen's back from the dead - a look back at his last acts before his death wouldn't be out of line. I would use the cover of #340, #344, #345 or #349 for the TPB, with just the title - no word balloons or other text. The covers of #344 & #345 are the only ones that show a judge or anything resembling a court. Of those two, #345 is in full color, but it focuses more on Flash being unmasked. I think I'd go with #344 for the TPB cover, even though a good portion of it is in black-and-white.
Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.
|Did U Buy It?|
1/16/13: DC has published the trial as Showcase Presents: The Trial of the Flash. It reprints Flash #323-327, 329-336 and 340-350. That means DC picked the initial issues before #340 a little different than I did, but that's not surprising. I was going by memory and the covers only, to decide what issues should be included. I wasn't at all sure about the issues before the trial began. Very cool that they reprinted this story. Once again, a little disappointing that it's in black-and-white, instead of color. It costs money to recolor older stories for the newer printing processes though, so it is understandable. For the cover, they used Flash #347, which surprised me, since Flash isn't facing the reader, but it's not a bad choice. So what's the verdict? Did you buy it?
Update 9/4/14: I moved this blog to the Showcase Presents: The Trial of the Flash forum. :)