New Comic Wednesday: February 22, 2012
"The Flash #6," written by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, comes out on Wednesday.
February 22nd, 2012
10:02 AM ET

New Comic Wednesday: February 22, 2012

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

You probably think you already know everything you need to know about The Flash. You should pick up DC Comics “The Flash #6,” which comes out this week, anyway. (Like CNN, DC is owned by Time Warner.)

It’s a crossover issue that builds on the pre-existing story and artwork by the always brilliant writer/artist Francis Manapul (“Witchblade,” “Legion of Super-Heroes”). It manages to bring that story to a conclusion and nicely set up issue No. 7’s introduction of the New 52’s vision of Flash’s nemesis – Captain Cold.

Our friend Daniel Dean from Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, thinks you should read "The Flash” simply because Manapul writes the book.

Francis Manapul, simply put, is "an artist who's never afraid to try something,” Dean said. “He usually succeeds, even on projects undeserving of his talents.”

“The Flash” has always been a divisive property, with different incarnations and different “definitive” takes on the character stretching back to the ‘30s. In the end, I think there’s a place for all of them. But the shifting around has understandably rubbed some comics readers the wrong way.

I went back and read some older issues of “The Flash.” I found that sharp thinking, a mind for science, and above-par intelligence were always at the heart of the comic.

Batman always wants to be better than his enemies. Superman always wants to represent a greater good. And The Flash always wants to be smarter than his enemies and he wants to win. That's the jock and the nerd rolled into one.

I've always been a lukewarm fan of "The Flash." I see this superhero as more an ensemble cast member than a stand-alone hero. But I'm honestly surprised by the new story line. I think a lot of readers feel that way about the New 52 incarnation of "The Flash."

“There are a lot of superheroes whose appeal I didn't get as a kid, when my main exposure to comics was whatever was on the stands at the grocery store that week,” Dean said. “Flash never made the cut, and I never saw what the big deal was about a dude who could run fast.”

He said his opinion shifted when he figured out that the iconic character wasn’t just about running fast. He was about speed of all sorts.

“The Flash doesn't just run, he moves and metabolizes and reacts and thinks faster than anyone on the planet, and that isn't just cool, it's compelling,” Dean said.

The first five issues of the New 52 version of "The Flash" are an absolute primer on everything that is great about the speedster his Midwestern setting and blue-collar roots in his secret identity as Barry Allen, and his way of fighting crime both in and out of costume (he was all over CSI before most people knew what that was).

The way he adapts to and uses his ever-evolving powers is also on full display. Running is the tip of the iceberg.

So, until next week, go forth and read, my people. And the reading will be good!

Is there a comic out there that you really love? Let us know in the comments. We’re always looking for tips on good comics!

Here are some of the comics scheduled to hit the shelves on February 22, 2012. Your local retailer will probably have these and others, so make sure to check with them for more details.

DC COMICS

ALL STAR WESTERN #6 $3.99
AMERICAN VAMPIRE #24 (MR) $2.99
AQUAMAN #6 $2.99
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #6 $2.99
BATMAN VS BANE TP $12.99
BLACKHAWKS #6 $2.99
DC UNIVERSE SECRET ORIGINS HC $39.99
FLASH #6 $2.99
FURY OF FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MEN #6 $2.99
GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #6 $2.99
I VAMPIRE #6 $2.99
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #6 $2.99
MAD MAGAZINE #514 $5.99
RAY #3 (OF 4) $2.99
SANDMAN TP VOL 08 WORLDS END NEW ED (MR) $19.99
SAVAGE HAWKMAN #6 $2.99
SUPERMAN #6 $2.99
TEEN TITANS #6 $2.99
VOODOO #6 $2.99

Digital Same Day As Print

All Star Western #6
American Vampire #24
Aquaman #6
Batman: The Dark Knight #6
Blackhawks #6
The Flash #6
Green Lantern: New Guardians #6
I, Vampire #6
Justice League Dark #6
Superman #6
Teen Titans #6
The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #5
The Ray #3
The Savage Hawkman #6
Voodoo #6
DC Digital Comics Sneak Peeks 2/22/12 #1
Batman Beyond #2
Beyond the Fringe #4B

MARVEL COMICS

AVENGERS ACADEMY #26 $2.99
AVENGERS SOLO #5 (OF 5) $3.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #627 $2.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA PRISONER OF WAR TP $19.99
DEADPOOL #51 $2.99
DEADPOOL MAX 2 #5 (MR) $3.99
DOROTHY AND WIZARD IN OZ #5 (OF 8) $3.99
FANTASTIC FOUR #603 $2.99
FEAR ITSELF UNCANNY X-MEN PREM HC $19.99
IRON MAN 2.0 TP VOL 02 ASYMMETRY $14.99
MAGNETO NOT A HERO #4 (OF 4) $2.99
MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN TANGLED WEB DIGEST TP $9.99
MIGHTY THOR #11 $3.99
MMW INCREDIBLE HULK TP VOL 02 $24.99
MMW INCREDIBLE HULK TP VOL 02 DM VAR ED 39 $24.99
NEW MUTANTS #38 XREGB $2.99
POWERS PREM HC VOL 04 SUPERGROUP (MR) $24.99
QUASAR CLASSIC TP VOL 01 $24.99
SECRET AVENGERS #23 $3.99
SPIDER-MAN #23 $2.99
SPIDER-MAN FIGHTS SUBSTANCE ABUSE TP $24.99
STRIKEFORCE MORITURI TP VOL 02 $34.99
SUPERIOR PREM HC $24.99
THUNDERBOLTS CLASSIC TP VOL 02 $29.99
TORSO GN HC (MR) $24.99
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #7 WITH DIGITAL CODE $3.99
UNCANNY X-FORCE #22 XREGG $3.99
VENOM #13.3 $2.99
WOLVERINE #300 2ND PTG KUBERT VAR (PP #1007) $4.99
WOLVERINE AND CAPTAIN AMERICA TP $14.99
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #4 2ND PTG BRADSHAW VAR XREGG (PP #1007) $3.99
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #6 XREGG $3.99
WOLVERINE PUNISHER GHOST RIDER OFF INDEX MU #7 (OF 8) $3.99
WOLVERINE X-MEN ALPHA OMEGA #1 (OF 5) 2ND PTG BROOKS VAR $3.99
X-MEN #25 XREGB $3.99
X-MEN AGE OF APOCALYPSE OMNIBUS HC $125.00
X-MEN AGE OF APOCALYPSE OMNIBUS HC DM VAR ED $125.00
X-MEN FF PREM HC $19.99
X-MEN LEGACY #262 $2.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Avengers Vs. X-Men Program #1
Captain America And Bucky #627
Deadpool #51
Dorothy And The Wizard Of Oz #5
Fantastic Four #603
Mighty Thor #11
New Mutants #38
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #7
Uncanny X-Force #22
Venom #13.3
Wolverine & The X-Men #6
X-Men #25
X-Men: Legacy #262

DARK HORSE COMICS

AFRIKA HC $15.99
CHRONICLES OF KULL TP VOL 05 DEAD MEN O/T DEEP & OTHER STORIES $18.99
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #9 MIGNOLA CVR $7.99
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #9 YEATES VAR CVR $7.99
KATSUYA TERADA THE MONKEY KING TP VOL 01 $16.99
OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 20 $11.99
STAR WARS DARK TIMES OUT O/T WILDERNESS #4 (OF 5) $2.99
STAR WARS JEDI VOL 01 DARK SIDE TP $18.99

IDW PUBLISHING

TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE ONGOING #2 $3.99
COBRA ONGOING #10 $3.99
DANGER GIRL REVOLVER #2 (OF 4) $3.99
DEAD RISING ROAD TO FORTUNE #4 (OF 4) $3.99
GI JOE DISAVOWED TP VOL 05 $19.99
GODZILLA LEGENDS #4 (OF 5) $3.99
INFESTATION 2 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS #2 (OF 2) $3.99
PHOENIX WITHOUT ASHES TP $17.99
POPBOT BIG BEAUTIFUL BOOK PI
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #7 $3.99
TRANSFORMERS LAST STAND OF THE WRECKERS HC $29.99
WALLY WOOD EC STORIES ARTIST ED HC PI

Digital Same Day As Print

Danger Girl: Revolver #2
Dead Rising: Road to Fortune #4
G.I. Joe: Cobra Ongoing V.2 #10
Infestation II: Dungeons & Dragons
Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2

IMAGE COMICS

BETWEEN GEARS TP $19.99
BULLETPROOF COFFIN DISINTERRED #2 (OF 6) (MR) $3.99
CHEW #24 (MR) $2.99
INVINCIBLE ULTIMATE COLL HC VOL 07 $39.99
LIL DEPRESSED BOY #9 $2.99
MONDO #1 (OF 3) (MR) $4.99
MORNING GLORIES #16 (MR) $2.99
NEAR DEATH TP VOL 01 $9.99
NO PLACE LIKE HOME #1 JORDAN CVR (MR) $2.99
PROPHET #22 $2.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Between Gears TP
Bulletproof Coffin Disinterred #2
Chew #24
Lil Depressed Boy #9
Morning Glories #16
Near Death TP Vol 1
No Place Like Home #1
Prophet #22

Dynamite Entertainment

GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD #9 (MR) $3.99
JIM BUTCHER DRESDEN FILES FOOL MOON #5 $3.99
PATRICIA BRIGGS ALPHA & OMEGA CRY WOLF VOL 01 #5 $3.99
RED SONJA #64 $3.99
RED SONJA WITCHBLADE #1 $3.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #9
Red Sonja #64
Witchblade / Red Sonja #1

BOOM! Studios

INCORRUPTIBLE #27 $3.99
TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN CUTIE ISLAND TP (MR) $17.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Incorruptible #27

Archie Comics

ARCHIE #630 (ARCHIE MEETS KISS PT 4 ) $2.99
ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #13 $3.99
B & V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #222 $3.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Archie #630

Comic List is via Previews World
Digital List is via ComiXology

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Supriya

    Hey Matt, good point. I have an answer I too would preefr to read an issue in one sitting. But doing that as a release schedule online wouldn't be too smart because you pretty much unload your ammunition. Think of it this way every time you update your site, especially using tags and cool descriptions of what's going on on the page, it shoots out into the internet and draws attention and new outside readers in from all over . Bottom line, you'll grow an audience a bit faster with consistent and often updates. Now here's where you appease the people who want it in one sitting they can wait! Think about it If you've been doing a comic for 6 months and have 3 full issues completed and a new reader comes along, they're going to be able to read 3 full issues all at once. For the people who want to wait to read an entire issue all at once, this would be a great time to get them on a mailing list where you will send an alert to those folks when all of the pages of that issue are available to read.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:43 am |
  2. JoVCaste

    I loved Flash #6, especially the art. Manapul and Buccellato are doing a fantastic job experimenting with their storytelling -written and illustrated. I hope Lisa doesn't die so we can get to see the Golden Glider again.

    Please check my mini-review here:

    http://bit.ly/AfpFQa

    Comments and feedback are always welcome!

    March 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
  3. Easy Reader

    I think Chew is a book that everyone should be reading. It is very clever and just as funny. I look forward to it every month and buy it the day it comes out. I usually read each issue 2 or 3 times just to make sure that I don't miss any of the jokes in the story as well as in the background. Each issue has several "Easter Eggs" included. It's so much fun to read!

    February 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm |