Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato are the dynamic duo in charge of writing and illustrating one of the best books for the New 52, The Flash. Once Barry dispatches of Grodd and his minions he will be up against one of his most deadly foes, The Reverse Flash! ComicVine caught up with the team for this great interview, here are a couple excerpts, hit the link for the full interview!
CV: Word is we’re going to see a new Reverse Flash. Where did the decision come from to create a third Reverse Flash for the New 52 instead of a previous one?
BB: I can’t divulge trader secrets… but I can say that It all came about from a conversation between myself, Francis, Dan DiDio, and our editors Matt Idelson and Chris Conroy. I will say that Francis and I never really considered using the pre-52 version of Reverse Flash. That ground is well worn and so we prefer to just keep “moving forward”.
FM: After our discussion with the gang, the introduction of Reverse Flash into the New 52 actually flowed seamlessly with the story we were telling. We’re excited to introduce this “new” threat to Barry and his supporting cast.
CV: Word also is Reverse Flash is getting a new look. What was the reason for that besides showing off how skilled you guys are?
FM: Our reason for updating his look stems more from the story. It has nothing to do with a desire to out do the past, but rather do whats right for the story we are telling. What we needed from the new iteration of Reverse Flash is a character that elicits fear in the our protagonist and the readers.
BB: Honestly, the way we are approaching the character and his/her motivations requires an entirely different look and feel. This may be a bit of a knock against the classic versions, but MAAAAAN his costume was YELLOW. I’m sure some might hammer me for not liking the old costume, but I think our version looks WAY MORE badass and, dare I say, SCARY.
Fans were a bit disappointed when Paul Cornell left DC Comics. Well now the title has a new writer, Robert Venditti (The Surrogates). ComicVine caught up with Venditti for an interview about his plans on the title, head on over to ComicVine for the full interview:
COMIC VINE: The last arc of DEMON KNIGHTS ended with Paul Cornell tying up a lot of the plot points we had been seeing in the series. The solicit for your first venture into this series opens 30 years from when we last saw these characters. Why do you plan to start your run so far into the future?
ROBERT VENDITTI: Many, but not all of the characters are immortal, so I thought it’d be interesting to see how the time jump effects the relationships between the team members. I mean, the Demon Knights are a fractured team to begin with, so why not add to the conflict? Readers will discover that the past three decades have effected the characters in ways I hope they won’t see coming.
When the New 52 began all of the numbering went back to #1! So long running comics like Detective Comics and Action Comics went from being in the hundreds back to the beginning, While this happens to books on a regular basis it had never happened to these books ever and this upset many fans and collectors. This April DC Comics will be pleasing all the fans when Detective Comics issue number 19 hits the stands but will be numbered as #900! Here’s the official press release:
Written by JOHN LAYMAN
Art and fold-out cover by JASON FABOK
Backup story art by ANDY CLARKE
1:25 MAD Variant cover by The Usual Gang of Idiots
On sale APRIL 3 • 80 pg, FC, $7.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $8.99 US
• In a special oversized celebratory issue, Batman is challenged by the “Mystery of the 900!”
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.
The moment many of us DC fans have been waiting for has arrived! Dr Fate will be making his New 52 appearance in the pages of Earth 2, check out the first look and synopsis below!
EARTH 2 #11
w: JAMES ROBINSON
a: NICOLA SCOTT and TREVOR SCOTT
cover: BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
release date: APRIL 3, 2013. MSRP: $2.99
Jim Starlin and Stormwatch
Last week we showed you some artwork from a series that Jim Starlin was working on. News has hit that Starlin will be taking over duties on Stormwatch replacing Peter Milligan. Yvel Guichet and Jonas Trindade will join him on the art end. Look for the new creative team to start this April!
Stay tooned 😛