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Flash #31 Solicitation & Cover (May 2014)

DC Comics’ list of comics for May has been released, including…

THE FLASH #31
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
1:25 BATMAN ’66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Continued from THE FLASH ANNUAL #3! Guest starring Future Flash, Future Mirror Master and…Wally West! The future is invading Central City and the fates of Wally West and his Aunt Iris hang in the balance!

Three items of note:

  1. They list the future Flash separately from Wally West (though it could as easily be future Wally and present Wally as it could be future Barry and present Barry), recalling Brett Booth’s cryptic remarks about the annual. (But honestly, who would expect a straight answer from DC after all this time?)
  2. They confirm that Wally is Iris’ nephew in this continuity.
  3. Future Mirror Master.
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The Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man #1

by Van Jensen and Ron Salas, @dynamitecomics

Have you ever heard about Steve Austin? Not the wrestler. Col. Steve Austin the Six Million Dollar man. I was lucky enough to be sat in front of syndicated reruns of this show by my father who was the most nostalgic 70s TV fan of all time. Enjoy this treat of an intro to the show:

Col. Austin after surviving this crash was “rebuilt” by the government with bionic parts giving him super speed, telescopic vision, all the super powers a super sleuth would dream of. The Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man #1 from Van Jensen, Ron Salas, et al. gives this rather goofy television premise a serious reboot, where Austin isn’t exactly the “good soldier” that I remember from the television show, and it doesn’t take long for him to start inquiring about the program that rebuilt him.

The art from Ron Salas is uncluttered and reminds me of a modern update to pulpy adventure comics from the 50s. It’s clean lines pair well with the dynamic, high-action layouts. Jensen, who many of you know for his run on The Flash (2011-), knows how to craft a tight thriller script and drops you right into the story with Austin.

(Get it?)

Van Jensen also injects the right amount of reference that fits this pseudo-campy reality that’s only slightly tongue-in-cheek. Let’s just say, in the interest of not spoiling issue #1, that ninjas, secret new bionic powers, g-men, millionaire CEOs etc. will get me to come back to read #2. There is only one fatal flaw to this comic… No sound effects:

Josh Doyle-Elmer is comiXology’s Six Million Dollar email marketing specialist.