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Monday, January 25, 2010 

Next Flash volume reeks of more bait-and-switch

I found some solicitations for upcoming DC books, including the latest volume of the Flash, and not only is it tied in to their next crossover, it sounds rather familiar:
On sale APRIL 14 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art, cover and 1:100 variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
1:25 Variant cover by Tony Harris
A BRIGHTEST DAY tie-in! Get in on the ground floor of DC’s next epic in the making! The Flash races out of BLACKEST NIGHT and into his own monthly title as the all-new adventures of The Fastest Man Alive start with “Case One: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues!” Barry Allen runs back to his life in Central City, but when one of the Rogues turns up murdered under mysterious circumstances, it’s up to The Flash to not only solve this bizarre crime, but protect those that are still targeted by the elusive killer. Plus, don’t miss a peek into the future of the Flash universe in this special, extra-sized starting point issue!
This issue will ship with two covers.
So, at least one Rogue is terminated? Gee, and I thought Johns loved the Rogues! But that was before he made them less appealing and made it extremely difficult to find any humor in them. I wonder which one it is? Captain Cold? The Pied Piper? The Trickster? Oh wait, he already died in 52! Maybe it's the new one? And maybe this'll turn into a variation on Ten Little Indians? Who cares? Mark Waid did something almost like this more than a decade ago when he had the Rogues go to hell during Neron's reign of terror (I think it was called Hell to Pay?), and for all I know, he may have even been willing to leave them there. In recent years, they seem more intent on killing even once-beloved villains off in more "realistic" fashions, and that too is getting very old.

Aside from the yawn-inducing plot, the price for this is four dollars, and will have a variant cover, another sign of their bait-and-switch tactics in effect. Since this is likely to be more of the same from Johns, little different from his earlier run, that's one more reason why this would be best avoided.

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