DC - flashpoint /tags/flashpoint en The Flash /characters/the-flash <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>The Flash</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:about content:encoded"><p>Three men have held the title of "The Fastest Man Alive"—Jay Garrick, Barry Allen and Wally West. Each of them redefined the word "hero."</p> <p>The mysterious power known as the Speed Force is an energy field that has, over the centuries, granted incredible powers of velocity to certain heroes. The most famous of these is the Flash, also known as the Fastest Man Alive. Ever since the days of World War II, there has been a man clad in red who can run at impossible speeds, using his power to save lives and defend those who cannot defend themselves. All between the ticks of a second.</p> <p>In the 1940s, college student Jay Garrick acquired his super-speed abilities in a random lab accident and became the first DC Super Hero to go by the name the Flash. Years later, Jay was succeeded by police scientist Barry Allen, until Barry’s former kid partner Wally West took up the mantle at a time when Barry was considered dead. But, when Barry returned, he became the Flash once again. All three generations of speedsters have been cornerstone members of both the Justice Society and Justice League.</p> <p>The Flash has mastery over not just speed, but time itself, and he has often used his powers to travel though different eras and even into other dimensions. Although the Flash has not always been fast enough to outrun personal tragedy when it has come for him, he always does his best to prevent the same from happening to the people of Central City and Keystone City. In so doing, he's earned himself a spot among the greatest Super Heroes the DC Universe has ever known.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-facebook field-type-link-field field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Facebook:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/theflash" target="_blank">The Flash Facebook</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-order field-type-number-integer field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Display Order:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="">4</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-profile-picture field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Profile Picture:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="" resource="/sites/default/files/Char_Thumb_Flash_20190116_5c3fcaaa18f023.90325986.jpg"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/Char_Thumb_Flash_20190116_5c3fcaaa18f023.90325986.jpg" width="384" height="582" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-character-versions- field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Character Versions:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel=""><a href="/character-versions/the-flash" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">The Flash</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-home-page-thumbnail field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Home Page Thumbnail:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/Char_WhosWho_Flash_20190116_5c3fcadbc6a963.74676553.jpg" width="368" height="768" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-facebook-like-box-logo field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Facebook Like Box Logo:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/CharFB_30x30_flash_52ab9d2e8fbff8.98044647.png" width="30" height="30" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-character-type field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Character Type:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/character-type/individuals" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Individuals</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-character-alignment field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Alignment:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/alignment/heroes" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Heroes</a></div></div></div><div class="field-collection-container clearfix"><div class="field field-name-field-custom-information field-type-field-collection field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Custom Information:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full"><div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-custom-information clearfix" about="/field-collection/field-custom-information/18726" typeof=""> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-label field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Occupation</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-value field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Forensic scientist</p> </div></div></div> </div> </div> </div></div><div class="field-item odd"><div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"><div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-custom-information clearfix" about="/field-collection/field-custom-information/354614" typeof=""> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-label field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">AKA</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-value field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Scarlet Speedster, The Fastest Man Alive</p> </div></div></div> </div> </div> </div></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-character-byline field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Character Byline:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The Fastest Man Alive</div></div></div><div class="field-collection-container clearfix"><div class="field field-name-field-first-appearance field-type-field-collection field-label-above"><div class="field-label">First Appearance:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property=""><div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"><div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-first-appearance clearfix" about="/field-collection/field-first-appearance/20631" typeof=""> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-label field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="">First Appearance</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-first-appearance-text field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="">FLASH COMICS #1 (<span class="date-display-single" property="" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="1940-01-14T12:30:00-08:00">1940</span>)</div></div></div> </div> </div> </div></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-char-powers field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Powers:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel=""><a href="/powers/super-speed" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">super speed</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel=""><a href="/powers/intangibility" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">intangibility</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel=""><a href="/powers/superhuman-agility" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">superhuman agility</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel=""><a href="/powers/time-travel" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">time travel</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel=""><a href="/powers/creates-and-controls-lightning" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">creates and controls lightning</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel=""><a href="/powers/multiversal-knowledge" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">multiversal knowledge</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-char-base-of-operations field-type-entityreference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Base of Operations:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="">Central City</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-primary-coverimage field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Primary Cover Image:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/default_images/DC_placeholder_comic-active_573b3c133ef580.76442500.jpg" alt="" /></div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/characters/the-flash" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="The Flash" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 01:03:45 +0000 publisher 130849 at /characters/the-flash#comments Two New Tales From The Dark Multiverse Arrive in November! /blog/2020/08/06/two-new-tales-from-the-dark-multiverse-arrive-in-november <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Two New Tales From The Dark Multiverse Arrive in November! </h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">DC Publicity</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 11:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p align="center"><strong>THE DARK MULTIVERSE INFECTS TWO MORE ICONIC DC EVENTS THIS NOVEMBER!</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush #1<em> On Sale November 3</em></strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Flashpoint #1<em> On Sale November 17</em></strong></p> <p>Following the smash success of last year’s <em>Tales from the Dark Multiverse</em> series of one-shots, DC returns with more chronicles that explore dark and twisted versions of DC’s most memorable stories!</p> <p><strong><u>Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush #1 – On Sale November 3</u></strong></p> <p>It begins on November 3 with the story that kicked off the modern era for the Dark Knight, <em>Batman: Hush</em>, the landmark story that introduced Bruce Wayne’s childhood friend Tommy Elliot to the DC universe and his quest as he tried to destroy Batman!</p> <p>But in this version, of the classic tale, writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson  and artist Dexter Soy pose the question: What if Tommy had ruined Bruce Wayne’s life when they were children?</p> <p>Tommy Elliot grew up to be the Dark Prince of Gotham City with help of Talia al Ghul, Oswald Cobblepot, Harvey Dent, and Jason Todd! But vengeance is coming in the form of Batman the Silenced...who will tear Tommy’s life apart! Written by rising star Phillip Kennedy Johnson (The Last God) with jaw-dropping artwork from Dexter Soy (Batman and the Outsiders)!</p> <p>Written by <strong>PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON </strong></p> <p>Art by <strong>DEXTER SOY </strong></p> <p>Cover by <strong>DAVID MARQUEZ </strong></p> <p>ONE-SHOT | PRESTIGE FORMAT</p> <p>ON SALE 11/3/20</p> <p>$5.99 US | 48 PAGES | FC | DC</p> <p><strong><u>Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Flashpoint #1 – On Sale November 17</u></strong></p> <p>On November 17 the event that changed the game for DC’s Super Heroes and Super-Villains is contaminated by the Dark Multiverse, courtesy of fan favorite writer/artist Bryan Hitch (<em>Hawkman, Justice League: Rebirth</em>)</p> <p>Spinning out of the events of a world where a single choice by the Flash effected the entire DC Universe, find out what would have happened if Barry Allen had not put things right. If a world where the Flashpoint reality was never undone, where Thomas Wayne still haunts Gotham City as the Batman, and the Amazonian and Atlantean armies still prepare for war, will the Reverse Flash embrace this darker more deadly world and finally eclipse Barry Allen’s legacy?</p> <p>Written by <strong>BRYAN HITCH </strong></p> <p>Art by <strong>BRYAN HITCH </strong></p> <p>Cover by <strong>DAVID MARQUEZ </strong></p> <p>ONE-SHOT | PRESTIGE FORMAT</p> <p>ON SALE 11/17/20</p> <p>$5.99 US | 48 PAGES | FC | DC</p> <p>For more information on these titles and the World’s Greatest Super Heroes visit the website at <a href="http://www.dccomics.com">www.dccomics.com</a> and follow on social media <a href="http://www.twitter.com/dccomics">@DC24ֱ</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/thedcnation">@thedcnation</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-hush-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman hush</a>, <a href="/tags/flashpoint" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">flashpoint</a>, <a href="/tags/jim-lee-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Jim Lee</a>, <a href="/tags/geoff-johns" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Geoff Johns</a>, <a href="/tags/dexter-soy" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Dexter Soy</a>, <a href="/tags/phillip-kennedy-johnson" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Phillip Kennedy Johnson</a>, <a href="/tags/david-marquez" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">david marquez</a>, <a href="/tags/bryan-hitch" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">bryan hitch</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/08/06/two-new-tales-from-the-dark-multiverse-arrive-in-november" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Two New Tales From The Dark Multiverse Arrive in November! " class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 06 Aug 2020 18:00:00 +0000 DC Publicity 453579 at /blog/2020/08/06/two-new-tales-from-the-dark-multiverse-arrive-in-november#comments Leveling Up: Wonder Women Save The Multiverse /blog/2020/07/31/leveling-up-wonder-women-save-the-multiverse <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Leveling Up: Wonder Women Save The Multiverse</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Nick Mindicino</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, July 31, 2020 - 12:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/dcfandome" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/08-AUG/thumbnail_DailyStar_Logo_900_5f287df09ae246.95394909.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 150px;" /></a></p> <p>What’s better than one Wonder Woman? Well, nothing really. She’s the best.</p> <p>Easiest. Blog Post. Ever.</p> <p>But since you came all this way, we do have a back-up answer prepared. So, let’s try this again--what’s better than one Wonder Woman? FIVE Wonder Women. Can the world handle that much awesome? Is there even a threat in existence that a handful of Wonder Women couldn’t vanquish immediately? How in the Hera could something like this happen? Which Wonder Women are they?</p> <p>All valid questions, and we’ve got your answers right here thanks to our partners at Dimensional Ink Games.</p> <h2><strong>Welcome to Wonderverse</strong></h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/dcuo_scr_Ep38-Wonderverse_env_Themys_04_logos_5f237dd6015388.26337788.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>This whole premise is so extraordinary that we have to start at literally the most basic place: its name. Well, friends, allow us to humbly introduce you to <em>Wonderverse</em>, the brand-new event and episode that’s now live in <a href="/games/dc-universe-online-2011" target="_blank"><em>DC Universe Online</em></a><a href="/games/dc-universe-online-2011" target="_blank">.</a></p> <p>The partnership between DC and Dimensional Ink Games, <em>DC Universe Online</em>’s developer, began back in 2011, and this popular MMO has kept players on their toes ever since by constantly refreshing its storylines multiple times each year. With special events and episodes surfacing every few months, the masterminds behind this open-world universe are comic fans at heart but they have no reservations about venturing into uncharted territory. So, while all of the plots are inspired by DC’s canon, you can expect to find wholly original storytelling and surprises at every turn.</p> <p>And that’s what brings us to <em>Wonderverse</em>. The Source Wall has cracked, which means that the Multiverse is now collapsing all around itself. As different universes and worlds merge together, the Themyscira of our Earth becomes a nucleus for the activity and the center stage for a showdown between those who seek to repair the Source Wall and those who greedily aim to benefit from its dismantling.</p> <h2><strong>Who’s Who: Meet the Council</strong></h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/dcuo_Ep38-Wonderverse_Teaser01-Comp1_logos_5f237e00e12706.50361935.png" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>You’ve waited long enough, so let’s jump straight into who our Wonder Women are in this unprecedented event. Not surprisingly, we have the Wonder Woman of our Earth, Diana. She understands what’s happening almost immediately and recognizes that, with fragments of the Source Wall now broken off and scattered, the gods will have a chance to grow even more powerful if they’re able to reclaim those pieces. And when we say gods, we’re not just talking about the Greek Gods of Amazonian lore but also the New Gods. A power struggle amongst all of them quickly ensues, turning Themyscira and the collapsing world at large into a combustible battleground full of threats at every turn.</p> <p>Diana thus puts out a call for help to anyone who may be listening, and the respondents are both heroes and villains alike, all them united in the joint cause of repairing the Source Wall for the sake of their respective universes.</p> <p>And, most importantly, four other Wonder Women from throughout the Multiverse answer her call to team up. Can we get a roll call, please? We’re looking at Red Son Wonder Woman, DC Bombshells Wonder Woman, Nubia (Wonder Woman of <a href="/characters/earth-23" target="_blank">Earth-23</a>), and Flashpoint Wonder Woman. Together, they comprise the Council of Wonder Women, with Nubia assuming the mantle as their de facto leader throughout the rest of the episode.</p> <h2><strong>Oh My God(s)</strong></h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/dcuo_scr_Ep38-Wonderverse_icns-Olympus_01_5f237e80521519.92774550.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/dcuo_scr_Ep38-Wonderverse_icns-Apokolips_01r1_5f237e942d41e3.68468956.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>“OMG” is certainly an appropriate reaction when you think about battling alongside five Wonder Women, but we do need to talk about the “G” aspect a bit more. That’s because the gods in this episode are our primary adversaries, and they pack quite a punch. Hailing from Greek mythology, we have Zeus, Hera, and Poseidon leading the charge. And, on the New Gods side of the spectrum, the main characters are Grail, Darkseid, and Orion.</p> <p>When it comes to boss battles, players can expect a new kind of experience within the game compared to previous events. This will be achieved through a raid-like approach where you can simply explore the open world and join in on a fight without having to wait or find a group. As more people band together in real-time, the difficulty level/power of the boss will increase accordingly. Sharp-eyed viewers probably noticed glimpses of these battles in the gameplay trailer, especially at the end when there’s an epic standoff against an ancient monster that’s been unleashed on Themyscira (for all of you mythology buffs, it’s a Hydra).</p> <p>Another exciting feature of <em>Wonderverse</em> is the expansive landscape of Themyscira that will be open to traverse. It’s as much a key focal point of the plot as it is an invaluable opportunity for players to roam freely in search of friends, foes, and additional secrets that the gods may be hiding.</p> <h2><strong>Want Even More Wonder Woman?</strong></h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/Ep38_Key_Art2_Logos_5f237eafde9d78.65439196.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>Of course you do!</p> <p>Since you’ll rightly be spoiled by all of the Wonder Women activity in <em>DC Universe Online</em>, you can rest assured that there will be plenty more to experience on the Wonder Woman front at DC FanDome on August 22. The focus there will of course be on a little movie called <em>Wonder Woman 1984</em>, which is sure to offer some mind-blowing sneak peeks at what’s in store for the Wonder Woman of DC’s film universe. You won’t want to miss it.</p> <p>In the meantime, feel free to add “council member” to your resume and check out <em>DC Universe Online</em>’s <em>Wonderverse</em> episode, which is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.</p> <p></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/daily-star" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">daily star</a>, <a href="/tags/daily-star-blog" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">daily star blog</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-fandome" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc fandome</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-fandome-blog" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc fandome blog</a>, <a href="/tags/official-dc-fandome-blog" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">official dc fandome blog</a>, <a href="/tags/leveling-up" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">leveling up</a>, <a href="/tags/leveling-up-column" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">leveling up column</a>, <a href="/tags/leveling-up-games-column" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">leveling up games column</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-games" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc games</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-video-games" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc video games</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-videogames" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc videogames</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe-online" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe online</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe-online-episode" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe online episode</a>, <a href="/tags/wonderverse" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonderverse</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe-online-wonderverse" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe online wonderverse</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe-online-wonderverse-episode" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe online wonderverse episode</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-multiverse" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc multiverse</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-bombshells" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc bombshells</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-red-son" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Superman: Red 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/blog/2020/07/31/leveling-up-wonder-women-save-the-multiverse#comments Unlocking the History of the Multiverse /blog/2020/01/14/unlocking-the-history-of-the-multiverse <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Unlocking the History of the Multiverse</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 08:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>The CW’s recent “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event exposed more people than ever before to the concept of DC’s Multiverse—the expanse of differing “Earths," each with their own unique makeup&nbsp;of superheroes and villains. The idea of the DC Multiverse isn’t new, but at least until very recently, it also wasn’t well known outside of the comic book faithful. And while The CW&nbsp;miniseries filled&nbsp;in most of the broad strokes, we couldn’t blame anyone new to the idea for being a bit lost or at least having a few questions.</p> <p>For example, how many Earths are in the Multiverse? Are they really infinite? Did the <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Crisis-on-Infinite-Earths/digital-comic/T0266400018301" target="_blank"><em>Crisis on Infinite Earths</em></a> comic create the DC Multiverse? What’s the point of the Multiverse? And is the Multiverse we've seen on TV the same as the one in the comics?</p> <p>The answers aren’t always so simple, but before we start getting into them, we should first explain what the Multiverse is for anyone out there who may be new to the concept.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/CrisisMultiverse_5e1d261a150027.07173691.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1016px;"></p> <h2><strong>Infinite Possibility</strong></h2> <p>The Multiverse is essentially a storytelling device that exists within DC that ties a lot of the comics we’ve published over the past 80+ years together. It’s changed a bit since it was introduced, but the current DC Multiverse states that there are 52 different Earths in existence all occupying the same space but vibrating at different frequencies. Each Earth shares a few similarities—for example, they all contain sentient, intelligent life, most often human—but other than that, they can be very different from each other.</p> <p>However, that’s not everything. Along with the 52 Earths, there exist several other realms where DC’s menagerie of gods and other supreme, immortal beings exist—think Jack Kirby’s New Gods, Wonder Woman’s Greek-inspired patrons, Lucifer Morningstar and his legions of Hell and Neil Gaiman’s Dream of the Endless. There’s also the Monitor Sphere, where the Monitors reside and conduct their oversight (and yes, there are more than one of them), the Source Wall, which contains everything in the Multiverse, and much more. The DC Multiverse, as currently mapped, is a complicated place.</p> <p>And yes, you read that right. There is a map of the Multiverse! In fact, if you’d like to dive right in and explore the current Multiverse, you can do that by using <a href="/blog/2019/04/18/the-map-of-the-multiverse" target="_blank">our interactive version of the map </a>or checking out the static version below.</p> <p align="center"><a href="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/Multiversity_Map_PDF.pdf"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/Multiversity_Map_900_5e1d270aecfa19.29623911.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 705px;"></a><span style="font-size:14px;"><em>Click above image to view a full-sized PDF</em></span></p> <h2><strong>Connecting the 24ֱ</strong></h2> <p>Okay, but what does this complex, rather strange thing have to do with our comics? Which Earth do Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman live on? That would be Earth-0, or “Prime Earth.” If you pick up a copy of any current, ongoing DC comic that’s set within DC’s shared universe—for example, <em>Batman, Superman, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, </em>etc.—it’s most likely set on Earth-0.</p> <p>On the other hand, if you’ve read any classic DC comic book released prior to late 2011, chances are it’s set on a different Earth (potentially one that no longer exists—we’ll get to that in a moment). We’re talking about books like our classic Golden Age comics, “Elseworlds” tales like <em>Gotham by Gaslight, Kingdom Come </em>and <em>Superman: Red Son </em>or any of our popular “Earth One” graphic novels.</p> <p>Of course, we’re hedging our statement a little because there are DC comics that are truly out of continuity and aren’t set within the Multiverse, so don’t expect every single DC comic book to tie in. But many, many do.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/Flash123_5e1d2764459353.51082498.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;"></p> <h2><strong>The Flash Gets There First…Naturally</strong></h2> <p>So where did the DC Multiverse come from? Well, it’s generally accepted that the idea of the Multiverse first took root in 1961’s <a href="https://www.readdc.com/The-Flash-1959-1985-123/digital-comic/T0820901235001" target="_blank"><em>The Flash #123</em>,</a> in a story called “The Flash of Two Worlds.” In this Silver Age classic written by Gardner Fox and drawn by Carmine Infantino, Barry Allen was teleported to Keystone City and met the Golden Age Flash, Jay Garrick.</p> <p>True, the Flash didn’t then go on to discover a bunch of different worlds with a bunch of different super heroes, but this issue did establish a few key components to the Multiverse: Jay Garrick’s Golden Age Earth occupies the same space as ours but vibrates at a different frequency, and the superheroes in Garrick’s world were the heroes found in the comics published in Allen’s world.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/COIEDeluxeCover_5e1d278aab7d37.01551802.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;"></p> <h2><strong>A Collection of Crises</strong></h2> <p>Where the Multiverse really comes in to play, however, is in a series of event comics that all share a very key word in their titles. Care to guess what that is?</p> <p>That’s right, “Crisis.”</p> <p>In 1963, Gardner Fox took his idea of alternate Earths one step further in <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Justice-League-of-America-1960-1987-21/digital-comic/T0820800215001" target="_blank"><em>Justice League of America #21</em></a> in a storyline called “Crisis on Earth-One,” which concluded in <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Justice-League-of-America-1960-1987-22/digital-comic/T0820800225001" target="_blank"><em>Justice League of America #22’s</em></a> “Crisis on Earth-Two.” Essentially a crossover comic that teamed up the Silver Age Justice League of America with the Golden Age Justice Society of America, this storyline firmly established that the Golden Age versions of DC characters still existed, just on a different Earth.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/JLA12_5e1d27ac38ea60.75655814.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 1070px;"></p> <p>Yet, cool as this concept was, as more and more comics were published, even two Earths couldn’t account for all of the different takes on characters and storylines. Continuity became unwieldy and for many readers, it became hard to determine which storylines were considered canon and which were now irrelevant. Decisions were made to simplify it all into one straightforward, connected universe, and <em>Crisis on Infinite Earths</em> was born!</p> <p><a href="/blog/2018/06/21/defining-the-dcu-wolfman-and-perez-talk-crisis-on-infinite-earths" target="_blank">Written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by George Perez in 1985,</a> <em>Crisis on Infinite Earths</em> is one of the most famous books in DC history and is usually what fans are talking about when you hear them refer to a series simply as “Crisis.” <em>Crisis on Infinite Earths</em> acknowledged a Multiverse of…well, infinite Earths. It acknowledged it, and then it largely destroyed it, eliminating all of the Earths except for one.</p> <p>Of course, as people are fond of saying, nothing is forever in comic books, and in 2005, Geoff Johns with the help of artists including Phil Jimenez and George Perez brought a version of the Multiverse briefly back with the seven-issue event <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Infinite-Crisis-2005-2006/digital-comic/T0481300018301" target="_blank"><em>Infinite Crisis</em></a> before taking it away again, leaving us once again with one single, lonely little Earth. But change was in the wind…</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/52cover_5e1d27ca500dd6.23474975.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1080px;"></p> <h2><strong>Fifty-Two Worlds Strong</strong></h2> <p>So, when did the Multiverse return, and where did the concept of 52 Earths come from? Well, we can say it was an idea a year in the making.</p> <p>Not long after the conclusion of <em>Infinite Crisis</em>, a writing team made up of Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid reestablished the DC Multiverse with a weekly comic called <a href="https://www.readdc.com/52/comics-series/157?ref=Y29taWMvdmlldy9kZXNrdG9wL2JyZWFkY3J1bWJz" target="_blank"><em>52</em>.</a> Told somewhat in real time, each issue in 52 covered one week of the year following <em>Infinite Crisis</em>, and by the end it introduced us to a new Multiverse made up of 52 different Earths. However, it’s worth noting that this was NOT the current 52-Earth Multiverse.</p> <p>For that, we have to jump ahead a bit, and touch on a few more key comics.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/FinalCrisis_5e1d27f59902f5.86531664.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;"></p> <p>In 2008, the first issue of <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Final-Crisis-New-Edition/digital-comic/T1220300018301" target="_blank"><em>Final Crisis</em></a> hit the stands. A spiritual companion to <em>Crisis on Infinite Earths</em> and <em>Infinite Crisis</em>, <em>Final Crisis</em> is recognized by fans as the third in a trilogy of “Crisis” tales, and seeing how it was written entirely by Grant Morrison, it’s hands down the most…well, let’s say “out there.” It includes a fateful bullet shot backwards through time, reveals that the Monitors are actually cosmic vampires, features a surreal race between two Flashes and the Black Racer and shockingly kills off Batman. (It also ends with Superman defeating Darkseid with a song—like we said, it’s pretty crazy.)</p> <p><em>Final Crisis </em>left us with 52 Earths, and 2011’s <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Flashpoint/digital-comic/T1051000018301" target="_blank"><em>Flashpoint</em>,</a> the world-changing Flash event that reset the DC Universe, altered them further. It was shortly after <em>Flashpoint</em> that our previously mentioned map of the Multiverse came into being, created under the guidance of Morrison as a part of <a href="https://www.readdc.com/The-Multiversity-2014-Deluxe-Edition/digital-comic/T1415500018301" target="_blank"><em>The Multiversity</em>,</a> which was an imaginative, ambitious eight-comic event that helped to clarify and solidify the DC Multiverse of today.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/MulitversityGuide_cover_5e1d281be60308.09574824.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1076px;"></p> <p>In writing <em>The Multiversity</em>, Morrison looked to DC’s past in defining exactly what Earths existed within in the Multiverse. Along with the Golden Age heroes of Earth-2 and the villainous Justice League doppelgangers of Earth-3, we now had the pulp-influenced crimefighters of Earth-20, the tabloid-baiting next-gen heroes of Earth-16 and the <em>very </em>Watchmen-like heroes of Earth-4. <em>The Multiversity </em>also gave us one of the best guides to the Multiverse ever created with <a href="https://www.readdc.com/The-Multiversity-Guidebook-2014-1/digital-comic/T1353500015001" target="_blank"><em>The Multiversity Guidebook,</em></a> which breaks the entire thing down Earth-by-Earth. If you <em>really </em>want to level up your Multiverse cred, the <em>Guidebook </em>is the comic for you.</p> <p>And yet, as brilliant as his words are, Morrison hasn’t had the last on the subject. The Multiverse has continued to change, grow and evolve. <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Dark-Nights-Metal-Deluxe-Edition/digital-comic/T1781700018301" target="_blank"><em>Dark Nights: Metal</em></a> introduced the idea of the Dark Multiverse, an entire Multiverse of frightening, unstable infinite Earths that were never meant to exist and that are completely incompatible with ours. (The Dark Multiverse birthed the Batman Who Laughs, one of the most terrifying and destructive DC super-villains in some time.) Most recently, the <em>Watchmen </em>sequel <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Doomsday-Clock-2017/comics-series/106273" target="_blank"><em>Doomsday Clock</em></a> ended with Doctor Manhattan seemingly altering the DC Multiverse further still, but to what extent is still unknown.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/CrisisTV_700_5e1d2831ccbee5.36424763.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1050px;"></p> <h2><strong>A Legacy of Worlds</strong></h2> <p>Which brings us to The CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” Inspired heavily by the 1985 comic miniseries, the CW event&nbsp;greatly expanded DC’s live action Multiverse to an extent we’ve&nbsp;never seen before. Along with finally adding <em>Black Lightning </em>to the Arrowverse, it&nbsp;also suggested that other past and current DC movies and TV shows like <em>Titans, Lucifer, Smallville,</em> <em>Superman Returns&nbsp;</em>and even Tim Burton’s <em>Batman </em>exist within the same shared space. This isn’t the Multiverse of the comics, but its own unique take on the idea with its own near-limitless creative potential.</p> <p>So, now that we’ve broken down what the Multiverse is and discussed its storied comic book history, you’ll be going in prepared should you choose to dive into any of the comics that helped define it. Beyond these basics, you really just need an imagination and a willingness to give some thought to what you’re reading.</p> <p>Though if you happen to be a Monitor, you may want to tread carefully…</p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/crisis" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Crisis</a>, <a href="/tags/crisis-on-infinite-earths" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">crisis on infinite earths</a>, <a href="/tags/multiverse" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Multiverse</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-multiverse" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc multiverse</a>, <a href="/tags/what-is-the-multiverse" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">what is the 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class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Everything You Need to Know about Shazam!&#039;s Seven Deadly Sins</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Rosie Knight</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Monday, April 22, 2019 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>When Mark Strong was cast as Dr. Sivana, it seemed pretty clear that the brilliant British actor was going to be a fearsome foe for Asher Angel's Billy Batson and Zachary Levi's Shazam. But what we weren't expecting before <a href="/movies/shazam" target="_blank"><em>Shazam! </em></a>released earlier this month was for one of the comics' oldest and most mysterious team of villains to play a major part in director David F. Sandberg’s hit big screen adaptation. Just in case you're not sure who we're talking about, they're called the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man and were created by C.C. Beck and Bill Parker, but you might know them better as Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride—the Seven Deadly Sins.</p><p>The Seven Deadly Enemies of Man first appeared in the comic that introduced the world to Captain Marvel, the enigmatically named <em>Whiz 24ֱ #2</em>—and no, there was never a <em>Whiz 24ֱ #1</em>. In a story that is almost directly replicated in the movie, the Seven Deadly Sins are monstrous representations of the classical ideal. Trapped by the Wizard's Council in the Rock of Eternity, the demons are housed inside gothic statues and kept prisoner as a way of protecting the outside world.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/04-APR/Sins1_5cb961b05590a5.46139591.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 416px;" /></p><p>If you're wondering why the earliest iterations of the group were known as the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man rather than the Seven Deadly Sins, you can chalk that one up to self-censorship by Fawcett 24ֱ, Shazam’s original publisher, who also went so far as to rename the sins, switching out Lust, Gluttony, Sloth and Wrath for Hatred, Laziness, Selfishness and Injustice. Just like the Sins in the movie, the monsters were usually released by another villain, though Sandberg subverts that by adding an interesting twist which sees the Seven Deadly Sins take on a powerful role in Dr. Sivana's origin.</p><p>Even if you haven't read the classic Shazam comics you may well have come across the sins as they've made appearances in the main DC Universe and fairly recently to boot. The most notable is when Geoff Johns reintroduced them in a series of Shazam backup stories that ran in the New 52’s ongoing Justice League title. Those stories, which heavily inspired the plot of Sandberg’s <em>Shazam! </em>and have been compiled into a single graphic novel called <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Shazam-Origins/digital-comic/T1890800018301" target="_blank">Shazam!: Origins,</a></em> saw the iconic Shazam villains Black Adam and Dr. Sivana hunting down the mythical madness of the Seven Deadly Sins, bringing them back to the forefront of Shazam lore and readying them for their starring role in the newest DC film.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/04-APR/Sins6_5cb961f991d2d2.91345785.jpg" style="width: 649px; height: 837px;" /></p><p>Each of the monsters harnesses the powers of the sin that they represent, and due to the esoteric nature of their creation, they have come across some of the most powerful people in the DCU. Though they're best known as the foes of Billy Batson and his super-powered alter ego, they're also the sworn enemies of Pandora. Introduced in the Flashpoint event, <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Trinity-of-Sin-Pandora-2013-2014/comics-series/10369" target="_blank">this version of the classic mythical character</a> was, just like the woman who inspired her, cursed forever after opening a box full terrifying plagues which introduced evil—including the Seven Deadly Sins—into the mortal world.</p><p>It goes without saying that trying to adapt a property like Shazam! is tough, not only because it's such a high concept, but also because the villains associated with the character aren’t well known like the Joker or the Reverse-Flash. But with the Seven Deadly Sins, DC has found something quite unique, as the sins represent a twisted reflection of the powers of Shazam. With Billy imbued with the powers of Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury, it's hard to imagine a villain who can defeat him, which is why the sins make so much sense as they're an equivalent evil group who make a terrifying adversary for Billy and all of his immortal powers.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/04-APR/Sins9_5cb963e8aacdb4.67334597.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1026px;" /></p><p>If you enjoyed <em>Shazam! </em>and are curious about his comic book universe, there’s never been a better time to delve into the weird and wonderful past of the mythical magic of the Seven Deadly Sins. Just don’t give in to their temptation…<br /> </p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Shazam!, starring Zachary Levi, Asher Angel and Mark Strong, is now in theaters. To discover more about DC's latest movie, <a href="/movies/shazam" target="_blank">click here.</a></em></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Rosie Knight writes about comics, movies and TV for DC24ֱ.com and DCUniverse.com. B<span style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">e sure to f</span>ollow her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/RosieMarx" target="_blank">@RosieMarx</a>.</em></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/shazam" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">shazam</a>, <a href="/tags/shazam-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Shazam!</a>, <a href="/tags/shazam-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">shazam movie</a>, <a href="/tags/shazam-movie-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">shazam! movie</a>, <a href="/tags/shazam-villains" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">shazam villains</a>, <a href="/tags/seven-deadly-sins" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">seven deadly sins</a>, <a href="/tags/shazams-seven-deadly-sins" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">shazam&#039;s seven deadly sins</a>, <a href="/tags/seven-deadly-enemies-of-man" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">seven deadly enemies of man</a>, <a href="/tags/rock-of-eternity" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">rock of eternity</a>, <a href="/tags/greed" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">greed</a>, <a href="/tags/envy" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">envy</a>, <a href="/tags/pride" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">pride</a>, <a href="/tags/wrath" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wrath</a>, <a href="/tags/sloth" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">sloth</a>, <a 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typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">zachary levi</a>, <a href="/tags/asher-angel" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">asher angel</a>, <a href="/tags/mark-strong" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mark strong</a>, <a href="/tags/david-f-sandberg" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">david f. sandberg</a>, <a href="/tags/rosie-knight" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">rosie knight</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2019/04/22/everything-you-need-to-know-about-shazams-seven-deadly-sins" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Everything You Need to Know about Shazam!&#039;s Seven Deadly Sins" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Mon, 22 Apr 2019 17:00:00 +0000 Rosie Knight 445679 at /blog/2019/04/22/everything-you-need-to-know-about-shazams-seven-deadly-sins#comments The Secret Origins of the Batcave's Best Trophies /blog/2019/03/25/the-secret-origins-of-the-batcaves-best-trophies <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>The Secret Origins of the Batcave&#039;s Best Trophies</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Meg Downey</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Monday, March 25, 2019 - 14:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>You don't need me to tell you that the Batcave is a pretty cool place. Even apart from being a top-secret superhero base full of the latest tech, vintage Batmobiles and best security known to man, it also houses some of Batman's most iconic "trophies"—bits of paraphernalia he's picked up over the years fighting super-villains that probably wouldn't be safe (or <em>fit</em>) down at the GCPD evidence lockers.</p><p>Though the Batcave's layout and design are constantly being updated and revamped, some of the trophies have become major staples of the landscape…but do you know where these classic Bat-Family fixtures actually came from, or why Bruce keeps them around?</p><p>Well, if you’ve ever been curious, wonder no more! Here are the secret origins of some of Batman's most prized possessions.<br /> </p><h2><strong>The T-Rex</strong></h2><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/03-MAR/TRex2_5c993b2e38a224.40242045.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 736px;" /></p><p>The giant, animatronic T-Rex is probably one of the most immediately recognizable things in the Cave. How could it not be? It's a massive dinosaur. Of course it's a little bit eye catching.</p><p>The real story of the T-Rex actually dates way, way, way back to <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-35/digital-comic/T0037600355001" target="_blank">Batman #35,</a></em> published in 1946. It featured a story in which an eccentric hunter offered Batman and Robin a massive charitable donation for their appearance at his hunt on the mysterious Dinosaur Island. Unsurprisingly, it turned out to be a trap and Bruce and Dick found themselves fighting for their lives against angry, robotic reptiles. When the dust settled, Bruce took the T-Rex home as a prize of his own.</p><p>I mean, wouldn’t you?</p><p>Much later, during a stint of amnesia, the T-Rex was donated and turned into a play slide for kids at the Gotham City Community Center, though it eventually was returned to Wayne Manor. After all, a good T-Rex is pretty hard to come by these days. It's best to keep yours someplace safe.<br /> </p><h2><strong>The Giant Penny</strong></h2><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/03-MAR/Penny2_5c993b67847a48.04180901.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 961px;" /></p><p>Hot on the T-Rex's heels, the giant penny is another iconic, immediately recognizable Batcave fixture. It's shown up in countless comics and even had some featured moments in various animated and live-action series moments. It might honestly be the most famous penny in the world, truth be told, if anyone kept track of things like that.</p><p>The penny's origins date all the way back to 1947 in <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Worlds-Finest-24ֱ-1941-1986-30/digital-comic/T0820600305001" target="_blank">World's Finest #30</a></em> where a villain named Joe Coyne, the Penny Plunderer, perpetrated a whole slew of penny-themed crimes.</p><p>Look, it was kind of a lot of money back then. Inflation and what not. You know how these things go.<br /> </p><h2><strong>Jason Todd's Costume</strong></h2><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/03-MAR/BM_DKR-cave-todduniform_wText_5c993c37002d41.89017402.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 628px;" /></p><p>A far more recent (and more tragic) addition to the Cave's trophy store is the display case housing Jason Todd's retired Robin costume. The Batcave has housed plenty of uniforms in its day, but none of them quite hold the same weight of symbolism, making this one a definite display piece.</p><p>Strangely enough, the display case actually first appeared in <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-The-Dark-Knight-Returns-30th-Anniversary-Edition/digital-comic/T1534900018301" target="_blank">The Dark Knight Returns,</a></em> but eventually made the leap from that alternate timeline to the main DC Universe, where it became a melancholy symbol for various members of the Bat-Family to visit. Unlike the penny or the dinosaur, the Jason memorial tends to be kept relatively out-of-view in shots of the Batcave, unless of course it is being specifically highlighted for dramatic effect.<br /> </p><h2><strong>The Giant Joker Card</strong></h2><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/03-MAR/BMRET_1_12_13_600-CMYK_700_5c993c89975916.59287833.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1083px;" /></p><p>Another definite eye-catcher, the giant Joker playing card first appeared in <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Detective-24ֱ-1937-2011-114/digital-comic/T0039001145001" target="_blank">Detective 24ֱ #114,</a></em> back in 1946. The origin of the card shifts around, depending on the incarnation of the Cave and the tone of whatever story is being told, but it's typically used as a not-so-subtle reminder of the Dark Knight's never-ending feud with...well, Joker. Surprise!</p><p>More often than not, the card is assumed to have been lifted directly out of one of Joker's hideouts, making it a bit of a power play on Batman's part. Sometimes it can be seen hanging as a display, but other times Bruce puts it to far more utilitarian use and sets it up as a walkway or a bridge between various parts of the Batcave.<br /> </p><h2><strong>The Letter from Thomas Wayne</strong></h2><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/03-MAR/Letter1_5c993ca76593f8.75410218.jpg" style="width: 702px; height: 1078px;" /></p><p>One of the smaller icons of the Batcave's collection is a very mundane looking letter, kept secure in a display case. It's unsurprisingly pretty easy to miss, and even if you do happen to notice it, chances are you won't immediately recognize what makes it so special.</p><p>The truth is, the letter holds a massively sentimental place for Bruce—and a surprisingly cosmic significance for the DCU itself. It's actually from Thomas Wayne, Bruce's father, and was given to him during the events of <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Flashpoint/digital-comic/T1051000018301" target="_blank"><em>Flashpoint</em>,</a> which temporarily allowed an alternate reality in which Thomas survived that night in Crime Alley to intersect with the life of the Batman we know.</p><p>Look, no one said superhero comics were simple.</p><p>Anyway, the letter tends to be given a spotlight in major moments that deal not just with Batman, but the larger fate of the DC Universe at large. In fact, it's been a featured player in more than one very recent Rebirth story.<br /> </p><h2><strong>The Kryptonite Ring</strong></h2><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/03-MAR/KryptoniteRing_5c993ce080c489.17974247.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 984px;" /></p><p>This one is both a trophy and a weapon, so you probably won't see it anywhere outside of its lead box unless Bruce intends to use it. The ring itself was actually taken from Lex Luthor, who had it made as a way to face off against Superman.</p><p>Obviously, Bruce is concerned that someday that will be the case for him as well, which led to him keeping the ring rather than destroying it…much to Clark's chagrin. The ring has actually come in handy a few times, however, making it one of the most well-used (and arguably, most dangerous) trophies in the Batcave's collection.<br /> </p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Meg Downey covers movies, TV and comics for DC24ֱ.com, and writes two monthly columns for the site</em><em>, <a href="/blog/2019/03/14/gotham-gazette-questions-answers-and-in-betweens" target="_blank">"</a></em><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><a href="/blog/2019/03/14/gotham-gazette-questions-answers-and-in-betweens" target="_blank">Gotham Gazette" </a>and <a href="/blog/2019/03/12/relationship-roundup-big-barda-and-scott-free" target="_blank">"Relationship Roundup." </a>You can follow her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/rustypolished" target="_blank">@rustypolished</a>.</em></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div 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class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2019/03/25/the-secret-origins-of-the-batcaves-best-trophies" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="The Secret Origins of the Batcave&#039;s Best Trophies" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:00:00 +0000 Meg Downey 445404 at /blog/2019/03/25/the-secret-origins-of-the-batcaves-best-trophies#comments Gotham Gazette: Amnesia and Assassinations /blog/2018/11/16/gotham-gazette-amnesia-and-assassinations <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Gotham Gazette: Amnesia and Assassinations</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Meg Downey</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, November 16, 2018 - 12:47</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>Welcome back to <em>Gotham Gazette</em>, your one-stop shop for this month's Bat and Bat-adjacent comings and goings. It's November, and while holiday cheer might be seeping into just about everyone and everything in the real world, Gotham is...well, as Gotham-y as ever.</p><p>We'll start with the big things first. The ongoing crisis befalling the extended Bat-Family over in the main Batman title is only getting worse. The situation with KGBeast may be <em>sort of </em>laid to rest, at least for now, but in <a href="/comics/batman-2016/batman-58" target="_blank">BATMAN #58,</a> the pattern seems to be proceeding along as deadly as ever, and this time it's Alfred in the (literal) crosshairs.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/11-NOV/Batman58_1_5bef2b0a6b0f38.11638092.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1080px;" /></p><p>And it's not KGBeast or any of KGBeast's proxies behind this one—it's Penguin. That's right, Oswald Cobblepot himself has somehow gotten mixed up in the conspiracy threatening to bring the Bat to his knees. The good news is, we did get a pretty good look at just what that conspiracy might actually entail. In issue #58, we get our first glimpse of what Bane has been doing since the wedding "sabotage" back in <a href="/comics/batman-2016/batman-50" target="_blank">BATMAN #50.</a> He's got himself an ominous looking base in Arkham Asylum where he's flanked by the likes of...Thomas Wayne? This isn't, strictly speaking, new information, but it is a nice reminder of exactly what is <em>still </em>brewing beneath the surface, and it's worth noting that here in #58, Bane is flanked only by Thomas, while in #50, he seemed to have an entire entourage.</p><p>So, let's talk Thomas for a second. He's a whole situation in and of himself. I won't bore you with the exhaustive history lesson, but in case you need a quick refresher, the strange double life of Thomas Wayne as Batman has been a pretty amorphous part of Batman mythology since around <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-R-I-P/digital-comic/T0791100018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">BATMAN R.I.P</a> and <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Flashpoint/digital-comic/T1051000018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">FLASHPOINT.</a> Technically, he dates even farther back than that, but…well, like I said, it's all pretty strange. The long and the short of it is that in the Flashpoint universe, Thomas Wayne actually became Batman following the murder of Bruce. This version of Thomas most recently showed up in the Rebirth universe during <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-The-Flash-The-Button-Deluxe-Edition/digital-comic/T1769100018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">BATMAN/THE FLASH: THE BUTTON,</a> where Bruce was actually able to visit his alternate father and speak with him. It seemed like that was essentially the end of it. The Button looked to be heralding the end of the Flashpoint continuity and, by association, that version of Thomas, who flat-out refused Bruce's offer to make the multiversal hop to the Rebirth universe to save himself.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/11-NOV/ThomasWayne_5bef2b3fe907d6.33882269.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 550px;" /></p><p>All of which then begs the question: Who, exactly, is the Thomas Wayne working with Bane? <em>Is </em>it even Thomas at all? Or is it someone else? Perhaps someone like Dr. Simon Hurt who has a complicated history all his own wrapped up in his relationship to the Wayne family…or maybe someone entirely new? And regardless of who is in the costume, why are they working with Bane?</p><p>Let's start spinning up some theories—the crazier the better. Send them my way in the comments.</p><p>Meanwhile, things with Dick—er, Ric, sorry—are still in full amnesiac swing, except now he's got some identity theft to worry about. That's right, with a Nightwing-shaped vacuum in Blüdhaven, someone else—<em>several </em>someones, actually—have stepped in to take his place. Spoilers: It's probably not going to go well for anyone involved.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/11-NOV/Nightwing52_1_5bef2b5fa1f796.30900889.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;" /></p><p>This, hilariously, isn't the first time someone has tried to rip off Dick's brand. For a vintage take on some Nightwing-based thunder-stealing, venture back to around <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Nightwing-1996-2009-118/digital-comic/T0095701185001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">NIGHTWING #118</a> where pre-Flashpoint Dick had just moved to New York City, only to find that a very familiar foe had decided to tag along and steal his costume in the process. I guarantee you it winds up going places you would never see coming in a million years, even once you figure out who's trying to steal the Nightwing look. Trust me on this one.</p><p>And speaking of memory and brain troubles, Dick isn't actually alone in that particular arena. Over in <a href="/comics/batgirl-2016/batgirl-28" target="_blank">BATGIRL #28,</a> Barbara is fighting a battle against her own memory. Her spinal implant—the thing that allows her to walk after her injury—has been malfunctioning in a way that isn't so much threatening her mobility, but threatening her brain. Her photographic memory is no longer reliable, and there's a serial killer named Grotesque (a name you might remember from the New 52's Batgirl!) on the loose turning humans into horrific art pieces.</p><p>Over in DETECTIVE COMICS, things are heating up with Batman and Two-Face's uneasy partnership as the aptly titled "Deface the Face" arc continues <a href="/comics/detective-comics-2016/detective-comics-992" target="_blank">in issue #992.</a> In case you missed the gag for the first four parts of the story, writer James Robinson is actually making a reference to himself here. Back around <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Detective-24ֱ-1937-2011-817/digital-comic/T0039008175001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">DETECTIVE COMICS #817,</a> circa 2006, Robinson wrote a story called—surprise!—"Face the Face" in which Batman and Two-Face had to partner up. It also, strangely enough, happens to be the story in which Tim Drake was officially adopted by Bruce in the old continuity. All of which is to say, if you're looking for an edge-of-your-seat Two-Face-centric thriller with a warm Bat-Family heart, look no further.<br /> </p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Meg Downey covers movies, TV and comics for DC24ֱ.com, and writes about Batman each month in her column, "Gotham Gazette." She's also a regular contributor to the Couch Club, our weekly television column. </em><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Follow her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/rustypolished" target="_blank">@rustypolished</a>.</em></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/gotham-gazette" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gotham gazette</a>, <a href="/tags/gotham-gazette-column" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gotham gazette column</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-column" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman column</a>, <a href="/tags/penguin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">penguin</a>, <a href="/tags/bane" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">bane</a>, <a href="/tags/thomas-wayne" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">thomas wayne</a>, <a href="/tags/flashpoint" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">flashpoint</a>, <a href="/tags/the-button" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the button</a>, <a href="/tags/nightwing" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">nightwing</a>, <a href="/tags/dick-grayson" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dick grayson</a>, <a href="/tags/ric-grayson" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">ric grayson</a>, <a href="/tags/nightwing-shot" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">nightwing shot</a>, <a href="/tags/nightwing-amnesia" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">nightwing amnesia</a>, <a href="/tags/batgirl" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batgirl</a>, <a href="/tags/detective-comics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">detective comics</a>, <a href="/tags/two-face" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">two-face</a>, <a href="/tags/james-robinson" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">James Robinson</a>, <a href="/tags/face-the-face" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">face the face</a>, <a href="/tags/deface-the-face" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">deface the face</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-universe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman universe</a>, <a href="/tags/gotham" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Gotham</a>, <a href="/tags/gotham-city" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gotham city</a>, <a href="/tags/meg-downey" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">meg downey</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2018/11/16/gotham-gazette-amnesia-and-assassinations" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Gotham Gazette: Amnesia and Assassinations" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:47:20 +0000 Meg Downey 443253 at /blog/2018/11/16/gotham-gazette-amnesia-and-assassinations#comments DC All Access: Flashpoint Batman vs. Red Son Superman /blog/2019/04/18/dc-all-access-flashpoint-batman-vs-red-son-superman <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>DC All Access: Flashpoint Batman vs. Red Son Superman</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">DCE Editorial</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, August 3, 2018 - 08:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>The fate of the world may be at stake in this week’s matchup, but the question is…which world? “Versus Live!” is going multiversal with a battle drawn from two of DC’s most popular alternate universes: Flashpoint Batman vs. Red Son Superman! Will this Man of Steel’s Soviet upbringing result in a victory for the people? Or does Thomas Wayne’s anger and willingness to kill give him the edge he’ll need to win? One of them is in for an (Else)world of hurt, but which one is up to you…so watch the debate and then let us know who you think will win in the poll below.</p><p>Don’t forget to watch till the end for the results of our last battle between Wonder Woman and Mera!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/7NhEpZnDAZo?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Voting results will be tallied at 9:59 a.m. PST on Thursday, August 9<sup>th</sup>. To make sure they’re counted, get your votes in prior to then!</p><p style="text-align: center;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"></p><p>Care to elaborate? Let us know who you voted for and why in the comments!</p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/dc-all-access" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">DC All Access</a>, <a href="/tags/versus" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">versus</a>, <a href="/tags/versus-live" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">versus live</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-vs-superman-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman vs. superman</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-vs-batman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">superman vs. batman</a>, <a href="/tags/flashpoint-batman-vs-red-son-superman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">flashpoint batman vs. red son superman</a>, <a href="/tags/red-son-superman-vs-flashpoint-batman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">red son superman vs. flashpoint batman</a>, <a href="/tags/who-would-win" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">who would win?</a>, <a href="/tags/who-would-win-between-flashpoint-batman-and-red-son-superman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">who would win between flashpoint batman and red son superman?</a>, <a href="/tags/who-would-win-between-red-son-superman-and-flashpoint-batman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">who would win between red son superman and flashpoint batman?</a>, <a href="/tags/would-red-son-superman-beat-flashpoint-batman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">would red son superman beat flashpoint batman?</a>, <a href="/tags/would-flashpoint-batman-beat-red-son-superman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">would flashpoint batman beat red son superman?</a>, <a href="/tags/flashpoint" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">flashpoint</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-red-son" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Superman: Red Son</a>, <a href="/tags/thomas-wayne" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">thomas wayne</a>, <a href="/tags/soviet-superman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">soviet superman</a>, <a href="/tags/russian-superman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">russian superman</a>, <a href="/tags/collin-kelly" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">collin kelly</a>, <a href="/tags/jackson-lanzing" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jackson lanzing</a>, <a href="/tags/sam-humphries" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">sam humphries</a>, <a href="/tags/gotham-city-garage" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gotham city garage</a>, <a href="/tags/elseworlds" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Elseworlds</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2019/04/18/dc-all-access-flashpoint-batman-vs-red-son-superman" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="DC All Access: Flashpoint Batman vs. Red Son Superman" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 03 Aug 2018 15:00:00 +0000 DCE Editorial 440893 at /blog/2019/04/18/dc-all-access-flashpoint-batman-vs-red-son-superman#comments Relationship Roundup: Barry Allen and Wally West /blog/2018/04/24/relationship-roundup-barry-allen-and-wally-west <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Relationship Roundup: Barry Allen and Wally West</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Meg Downey</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>There's a war brewing in the DC Universe, but it's not going to be fought by armies or soldiers. As Barry Allen closes out the home stretch of his costly confrontation with Gorilla Grodd, there's another fight looming just beyond the horizon…and it's one that could be even more devastating than the rampage of a giant telepathic gorilla despot. “Flash War” is coming and, like you might gather from the name, it's an event that may just tear the Flash Family apart.</p><p>Of course, to really understand the depth of what that means, we'll have to look at just who and what the Flash Family <em>is, </em>and for that, we're going to take a closer look at one of its foundational partnerships.</p><p>That's right, this month's Relationship Roundup is all about Barry Allen and Wally West, the fastest duo alive.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/04-APR/barry%20wally%208_5ade7bc0a47839.92354323.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 950px;" /></p><h2><strong>In the Beginning</strong></h2><p>Barry Allen had been around for a little while before Wally burst onto the scene—about three years to be exact. Wally debuted in 1959 after Barry's 1956 debut. The Silver Age Flash team didn't waste much time. Wally's first appearance was <em>also </em>his origin story and it wasn't exactly complicated. Just like Barry, Wally was trapped in a lightning storm while covered in chemicals from the Central City police lab, which subsequently gave him the power of super speed—a <em>very </em>literal "lightning strikes twice" moment.</p><p>So, why was Wally in Central City to begin with? He was visiting his Aunt Iris, Barry's girlfriend (and eventual wife). Wally was from a small town in Nebraska, but unfortunately, didn't get along well with his mother and father. So, the eager young ginger looked for every excuse he could find to go to stay with his Aunt and almost-Uncle, who became the closest things to real parents he had.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/04-APR/barry%20wally%206_5ade7c05864988.78052196.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 942px;" /></p><p>Fortunately for everyone involved, Wally wound up being a pretty quick study with the whole superpowers thing and immediately became Kid Flash, working side by side with Barry to help keep both Central City and his Nebraskan hometown safe. Originally, he even wore a costume that was practically identical to his mentor’s, but that was later changed to the yellow and red we recognize as Kid Flash today, just to keep things from getting too confusing.</p><p>Wally went on to become a founding member of the Teen Titans where he showcased one of the healthiest hero/sidekick relationships on the roster. Barry took his role as Wally's unofficial caretaker <em>very </em>seriously and in a way that only someone like Barry Allen really could. He wove science lessons (Flash Facts!) into their daily routines and looked out for Wally's wellbeing as best and as compassionately as he could, which set them apart from the majority of Wally's slightly dysfunctional teammates and friends.</p><p>In short, things between Wally and Barry were <em>really great </em>for a pretty long time.</p><p>...And then Barry died.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/04-APR/barry%20wally%209_5ade7d937818f1.57493414.jpg" style="width: 633px; height: 616px;" /></p><h2><strong>Life in a Shadow</strong></h2><p>In one of the most famous superhero deaths of all time, Barry Allen (literally) bit the dust during the universe-altering <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Crisis-on-Infinite-Earths/digital-comic/T0266400018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS</a> in the 1980s, leaving Wally to pick up the pieces of the Flash legacy left behind.</p><p>It's probably unsurprising that Barry’s close mentorship and the good guidance he provided Wally in life actually became a sort of roadblock for the younger speedster in death. Barry's shadow was <em>massive </em>and looming just about everywhere, leaving Wally to feel like he was just never going to be <em>quite </em>good enough, strong enough, or fast enough to ever really be the Flash.</p><p>That tension—which, honestly, sometimes oscillated right into bitterness or anger—carried him for years as he settled into his new role. It got so bad that he even opened up about it to a therapist from time to time.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/04-APR/barry%20wally%203_5ade7f7aefbfe4.24541216.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1005px;" /></p><p>Of course, that's not to say that Wally ever resented the time that he and Barry spent together after Barry was out of the picture. Far from it! Wally would often be the first person to defend Barry's memory from anyone who spoke ill of him, but that didn't mean he wasn't carrying a weight around all the time. And carrying weight is really the opposite of what you want when you're trying to run for your life at the speed of sound.</p><p>In Barry's absence, Wally grew up to cultivate his very own rendition of the Flash Family. He married Linda Park, a TV reporter who often covered the Flash, had children of his own, and worked closely with heroes like Bart Allen, Max Mercury, Jay Garrick and Jesse Quick to create a network of speedsters that helped share the burden of Barry's legacy until it stopped being something that was dragging them all down.</p><p>...But then Barry came back.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/04-APR/barry%20wally%202_5ade7fd5b9a8b7.09251208.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 600px;" /></p><h2><strong>Rebirth x2</strong></h2><p>Barry's revival came in a comic book event called <a href="https://www.readdc.com/The-Flash-Rebirth-2009-2010/digital-comic/T0935500018301?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Db2xsZWN0ZWRFZGl0aW9ucw" target="_blank">THE FLASH: REBIRTH,</a> which resurrected the famous hero nearly twenty-four years after his death. And as you can probably imagine, it threw quite a wrench into things for poor Wally in only the way that the sudden return of your childhood mentor-slash-idol-slash-guardian could.</p><p>However, despite his quarter-century of work cultivating himself as the Flash and healing from Barry's death, Wally was one of the few people to be completely and totally optimistic about Barry's revival. Others looked at the revived Barry with suspicion and concern (which was understandable—they've certainly all lived through some pretty weird stuff in their days). For Wally, while the years had been challenging, they had really done wonders for his ability to look at Barry as a multifaceted human being, rather than the immeasurable ideal he had built him into immediately following his death.</p><p>That said, things didn't stay calm for very long and it turns out they didn't have all that much time to reconnect. Barry infamously sparked the events of <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Flashpoint/digital-comic/T1051000018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">FLASHPOINT</a> soon after, and things got a little rough (read: non-existent) for Wally for a few years.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/04-APR/barry%20wally%204_5ade80b208e632.45101611.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;" /></p><p>But, just like with Barry's own death at the hands of a cosmic crisis, Wally's vanishing act wasn't permanent, and in <a href="https://www.readdc.com/DC-Universe-Rebirth-2016-1/digital-comic/T1595400015001?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1,</a> the two Scarlet Speedsters <em>finally</em> got the chance to reconnect in a way that actually, really stuck.</p><p>Their reunion was <em>so </em>long awaited and so emotionally resonant that it actually sparked the start of a whole new era for the DCU, ushering in a full universe-wide Rebirth in the wake of the New 52.</p><p>Of course, that isn't to say <em>everything </em>is all the way back to normal. Just like it was difficult for Wally to adjust to life <em>without </em>Barry, there have been moments where it's been difficult for both Flashes to adjust to life back in the world together. It hasn't always been easy, especially now that they're coming from two very, very different places, and, well, with <em>Flash War </em>coming up, it might not get easier any time soon.<br /> </p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Meg Downey writes about the DC Universe for DC24ֱ.com and covers Legends of Tomorrow for the <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2016/09/30/announcing-the-dctv-couch-club" target="_blank">#DCTV Couch Club.</a> Look for her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/rustypolished" target="_blank">@rustypolished.</a></em></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em>"Flash War" kicks off in <a href="/comics/the-flash-2016/the-flash-47" target="_blank">THE FLASH #47</a> by Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter on May 23, 2018.</em></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/relationship-roundup" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">relationship roundup</a>, <a href="/tags/flash" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Flash</a>, <a href="/tags/the-flash-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">The Flash</a>, <a href="/tags/kid-flash" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">kid flash</a>, <a href="/tags/barry-allen" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">barry allen</a>, <a href="/tags/wally-west" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wally west</a>, <a href="/tags/relationship-between-barry-allen-and-wally-west" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">relationship between barry allen and wally west</a>, <a href="/tags/flash-relationships" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">flash relationships</a>, <a href="/tags/ship" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">ship</a>, <a href="/tags/shipping" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">shipping</a>, <a href="/tags/wally-and-barry" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wally and barry</a>, <a href="/tags/barry-and-wally" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">barry and wally</a>, <a href="/tags/wally-west-flash" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wally west flash</a>, <a href="/tags/barry-allen-flash" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">barry allen flash</a>, <a href="/tags/crisis-on-infinite-earths" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">crisis on infinite earths</a>, <a href="/tags/the-flash-rebirth" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the flash: rebirth</a>, <a href="/tags/flashpoint" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">flashpoint</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe-rebirth-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe: rebirth</a>, <a href="/tags/rebirth" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">rebirth</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-rebirth" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc rebirth</a>, <a href="/tags/meg-downey" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">meg downey</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2018/04/24/relationship-roundup-barry-allen-and-wally-west" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Relationship Roundup: Barry Allen and Wally West" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:00:00 +0000 Meg Downey 438990 at /blog/2018/04/24/relationship-roundup-barry-allen-and-wally-west#comments Looking Behind The Button: Rebirth's Biggest Mysteries /blog/2017/11/03/looking-behind-the-button-rebirths-biggest-mysteries <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Looking Behind The Button: Rebirth&#039;s Biggest Mysteries</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Meg Downey</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, November 3, 2017 - 09:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>As we inch ever closer to year three of Rebirth, it's becoming more important than ever to look back at the mysteries swirling around at the heart of things, whether you're preparing yourself for the future (<a href="http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2017/10/13/doomsday-clock" target="_blank">DOOMSDAY CLOCK</a>, anyone?) or just trying to keep tabs on the status quo shifts in your favorite characters. (If you're a Tim Drake fan like me, you probably want to go look at "The Lonely Place of Living" in <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Detective-24ֱ-2016/comics-series/71634?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">DETECTIVE COMICS</a> right now…)</p><p>You know what I mean, right? Big things are happening in just about every corner of the DC Universe and who <em>doesn't </em>want to be ready?</p><p>Lucky for us, it's getting easier to take a look back at some of the threads we might want to keep an eye on going forward. Take for instance, <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/batman-2016/batmanthe-flash-the-button-deluxe-edition" target="_blank">BATMAN/THE FLASH: THE BUTTON</a>, the event from back in April that brought Barry Allen and Bruce Wayne face to face with some unexpected enemies and even more unexpected allies. It's now been collected into a hardcover, making this the perfect time to dive back in.</p><p>So break out those bulletin boards and spools of red yarn, it's time to break down some of the biggest unsolved mysteries of The Button, and take a closer look at just why, or how, they might come back to haunt us later.<br /> </p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2017/11-NOV/ReverseFlash4_59fbb375f3e330.32116463.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;" /></p><h2><strong>REVERSE-FLASH</strong></h2><p>Okay, so if you've been keeping up with <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/The-Flash-2016/comics-series/71617?ref=Y29taWMvdmlldy9kZXNrdG9wL2JyZWFkY3J1bWJz" target="_blank">THE FLASH</a> in Rebirth, this one might seem like it's already got a solution—and if you <em>haven't </em>been keeping up with Barry's solo book, you might want to start! Eobard Thawne's been just as much a Bogeyman for Rebirth as he has been for Barry's own personal timeline in the past. But recently, things have been even more complicated than usual.</p><p>When the mysterious smiley face button summons Eobard directly into the Batcave, things don't look great for Bruce—but they don't look great for Eobard, either.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2017/11-NOV/ReverseFlash2_59fbb388868556.51681736.jpg" style="width: 648px; height: 694px;" /></p><p>Death is something Reverse-Flash is pretty well practiced in dodging, however, which is something we all might want to keep in mind as things continue. Whether through the events of The Button or the events of the "Running Scared" arc that followed in The Flash, it's a pretty safe bet that we've only started to scratch the surface of Eobard's potential fallout.<br /> </p><h2><strong>JOHNNY THUNDER</strong></h2><p>Now this one might be a bit of a deep cut, especially if you haven't checked back in with <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/DC-Universe-Rebirth-2016-1/digital-comic/T1595400015001?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1</a> in a while. Remember that old man in the assisted living home crying out about "cei-u"? That's Johnny Thunder, and his name might not sound all that familiar to you, but don't worry. We'll get to that in a second.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2017/11-NOV/JohnnyThunder1_59fbb3a1e83126.22869340.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1080px;" /></p><p>Apparently poor Johnny is still at it, crying out for "cei-u" despite the best efforts of his nurses. The Button is actually only the second time we've seen him around.</p><p>It's important to remember, though, because old Johnny? He's got some pretty deep ties back to another long lost part of DC's history—a team called the Justice Society of America. You probably recognize the name, even if you haven't read about them in quite some time. The JSA's been missing for years, erased from memory like too many things in whatever corruption sank into the universe...but apparently Johnny remembers. Or, at least, he's trying to. Maybe he just needs a little help...<br /> </p><h2><strong>SATURN GIRL</strong></h2><p>Like Johnny, Saturn Girl made her first appearance back in DC Universe: Rebirth #1. But unlike Johnny, she's actually been around here and there since then. It makes sense. As a current inmate of Arkham Asylum, she is stuck in a place that heroes and villains frequency pass through.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2017/11-NOV/SaturnGirl1_59fbb3bc6f53a7.39113165.jpg" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px; width: 701px; height: 1080px;" /></p><p>Saturn Girl is a member of the (currently lost) Legion of Super-Heroes, a massive team from the future who have been missing for quite some time, just like the JSA. We can see her in The Button panicking as she watches the same brutal hockey game Bruce has on in the Cave.</p><p>But her name has come up elsewhere, too. Did you catch the <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Justice-League-vs-Suicide-Squad-2016-2017/digital-comic/T1718600018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD</a> event? Because it reintroduced a villain named Emerald Empress who, very specifically, had come to earth in search of Saturn Girl.</p><p>It might be a very good idea to keep your ear to the ground with regards to both Saturn Girl and Emerald Empress in the future.<br /> </p><h2><strong>THOMAS WAYNE</strong></h2><p>Bruce Wayne's life has been pretty busy lately. With his proposal to Catwoman happening in his ongoing series, and the catastrophic events of <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2017/08/15/enter-the-world-of-dark-nights-metal" target="_blank">METAL</a> echoing out across the Dark Multiverse, things have been...well, let's just call them "eventful" for the Dark Knight. Even more so than usual.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2017/11-NOV/ThomasWayne1_59fbb3ceba5573.47933235.jpg" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px; width: 699px; height: 1078px;" /></p><p>But it was in The Button that things really started to go off the rails for Bruce in a major way. When an incident with whatever temporal anomaly caused the smiley face button to appear summoned the Reverse-Flash into the cave, it also summoned a vision of none other than Thomas Wayne himself—Bruce's long dead father.</p><p>Except <em>this </em>Thomas Wayne isn't the person who died in Crime Alley all those years ago, but rather the Thomas Wayne from an alternate universe—one that you might recognize from the events of <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Flashpoint/digital-comic/T1051000018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">FLASHPOINT</a>—who became a hero himself.</p><p>Now, I won't spoil the ultimate fate of this Thomas Wayne, but suffice it to say, it's pretty dramatic. And given all the <em>other </em>Multiversal craziness surrounding Batman right now, it might be a good idea to start keeping track of this sort of thing. You know, just for future reference.<br /> </p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2017/11-NOV/JayGarrick_59fbb3e61f1591.68403005.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1076px;" /></p><h2><strong>JAY GARRICK</strong></h2><p>We talked a little about the JSA when we went over Johnny Thunder, so you might be surprised that The Button included another—maybe even a <em>bigger—</em>tie back to the original Justice Society?</p><p>If you've kept a close eye on the Flash in Rebirth, you might remember a specific moment where Barry and Wally shared a mutual vision of a winged metal helmet. (That was in issue #9, just in case you missed it.) Well, unsurprisingly? That winged metal helmet is pretty important, because it belongs to none other than the original Flash himself, Jay Garrick.</p><p>As one of the founding members of the Justice Society and just an all around amazing guy, Jay's got a history in the DCU that's both extensive and rich. Just ask Barry. He'd be sure to tell you...that is, if only Barry could remember who Jay is.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2017/11-NOV/JayGarrick2_59fbb3fa9632f0.01507461.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1080px;" /></p><p>Remember how Barry was able to pull Wally from the Speed Force back in DC Universe: Rebirth? Well, it turns out Jay might need the same treatment...but just who, if not Barry, is supposed to be his lightning rod? And is it possible that whatever is keeping him outside of everyone's memory is somehow connected to whatever is keeping Johnny Thunder away from his powers as well?<br /> </p><p>You can take closer looks at these mysteries (and many more) in the deluxe edition of <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/batman-2016/batmanthe-flash-the-button-deluxe-edition" target="_blank">BATMAN/THE FLASH: THE BUTTON</a>, which is now available in print <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Batman-The-Flash-The-Button-Deluxe-Edition/digital-comic/T1769100018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC9pdGVtU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">and as a digital download.</a> Just don’t go touching any strange buttons you may come across. Seriously, just don’t do it!</p><p></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/the-flash-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">The Flash</a>, <a href="/tags/flash" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Flash</a>, <a href="/tags/rebirth" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">rebirth</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-rebirth" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc rebirth</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-comics-rebirth" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc comics rebirth</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe-rebirth-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe: rebirth</a>, <a href="/tags/the-button" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the button</a>, <a href="/tags/button" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">button</a>, <a href="/tags/smiley-face" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">smiley face</a>, <a href="/tags/watchmen-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Watchmen</a>, <a href="/tags/comedian" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Comedian</a>, <a href="/tags/doomsday-clock" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doomsday clock</a>, <a href="/tags/reverse-flash" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">reverse-flash</a>, <a href="/tags/eobard-thawne" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">eobard thawne</a>, <a href="/tags/thomas-wayne" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">thomas wayne</a>, <a href="/tags/flashpoint" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">flashpoint</a>, <a href="/tags/saturn-girl" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Saturn Girl</a>, <a href="/tags/johnny-thunder" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">johnny thunder</a>, <a href="/tags/jay-garrick" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Jay Garrick</a>, <a href="/tags/legion-of-super-heroes" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">legion of super-heroes</a>, <a href="/tags/jsa" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jsa</a>, <a href="/tags/justice-society" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">justice society</a>, <a href="/tags/justice-society-of-america" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">justice society of america</a>, <a href="/tags/joshua-williamson" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joshua williamson</a>, <a href="/tags/tom-king" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Tom King</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-fabok" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Jason Fabok</a>, <a href="/tags/howard-porter" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">howard porter</a>, <a href="/tags/doctor-manhattan" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doctor manhattan</a>, <a href="/tags/meg-downey" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">meg downey</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2017/11/03/looking-behind-the-button-rebirths-biggest-mysteries" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Looking Behind The Button: Rebirth&#039;s Biggest Mysteries" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000 Meg Downey 435543 at