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Ask Chris #310: Starting The Silver Age

Ask Chris #310, background art by  Carmine Infantino

Q: Since the Silver Age is now defined mostly by aesthetics, not superhero popularity, is Showcase #4 still a good starting point? -- @morganwick

A: Dividing the history of comic books into a series of ages is a pretty easy thing to do, but picking out one single issue that serves as the hard, immutable dividing line can be a tricky proposition. Showcase #4, the first appearance of Barry Allen as the Flash, is the one that everyone seems to have always agreed on as the "Official Start Date of the Silver Age," and it's about as good a dividing line as you're likely to find outside of Action Comics #1.

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Review: ‘Flash’ Leaps Into ‘Flashpoint,’ Immediately Regrets This Decision

Flash Season 3 Premiere Review
The CW

‘The Flash’ returns for Season 3 with a time-turning “Flashpoint,” only walk back its ‘Back to the Future’ game and make the timeline even more confusing. Plus, what happened to Iris, and just who is this “Alchemy”? Find out in our full review!

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Fantastic Five: Best Science Heroes [Sci-Fi Week]

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.

This week we're looking at the top five science heroes in comics!

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‘Flash’ S3 Reveals New Details of Tom Felton’s Mystery Character

Flash Season 3 Tom Felton Photo Details
The CW / Warner Bros.

Likely the first thought anyone had after news that The Flash Season 3 would feature Tom Felton in a regular role was the meta-reaction from Harry Potter geek Cisco. Now, new details and photos from Felton’s appearance confirm some tongue-in-cheek references to Felton’s Draco Malfoy past, as well as his “Flashpoint” arrival.

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‘Flash’ and ‘Legends’ Get Animated in First ‘Vixen’ Season 2 Footage

Vixen Season 2 Trailer Clip
CW Seed

Just when you thought you’d had your fill of superheroes at Comic-Con 2016, animated or otherwise, Vixen returns to unite The CW’s DC players once more. Our first look at Season 2 of the animated CW Seed drama brings both Barry Allen and Firestorm into the mix, but who’s the weathered new big bad?

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Fantastic Five: Best Comic Book Reboots

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.

With a heavily anticipated and equally hyped reboot (or de-boot? or lateral-move-boot?) debuting this week, we thought we'd take a look at comics' frequent tendency to hit the reset button, with a specific focus on times when things turned out, you know, pretty okay! Whether it was because a certain character or story was in particularly dire straits and needed a mulligan, or because time and hindsight allowed an already good idea to be refined, these five examples show that dramatically reconfiguring a comics series is not always necessarily a bad thing.

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Joshua Williamson Signs Exclusive Deal with DC, Announces ‘Frostbite’ for Vertigo

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Writer Joshua Williamson has signed an exclusive deal with DC Comics. Previously known for Ghosted and Nailbiter at Image and Illuminati at Marvel, Williamson has already been announced as the writer of the upcoming Flash series that launches as part of DC Rebirth, alongside artist Carmine Di Giandomenico. The Flash: Rebirth comes out June 8, followed by The Flash #1 on June 22.

With this news that he's now DC-exclusive comes the announcement of another new series he's writing. Frostbite is a six-issue Vertigo miniseries that launches in September with art by Jason Shawn Alexander. It's a post-apocalyptic tale of a woman who is smuggling people through an icy wasteland.

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Mezco’s One:12 Collective Taps Into the Speed Force for The Flash

Mezco
Mezco

This year is not going to be a great year for my savings account. There are just too many incredible collectibles on the way, and I never learned self-control when it came to buying things I wanted. I guess things like Mezco's One:12 Collective will prove valuable in other ways, such as helping me lose weight since I won't be able to afford to eat in order to keep up with my horrible toy habit.

I've written fairly extensively about Mezco's One:12 Collective and the promise it holds over the past year. With each new reveal of an upcoming character or license, the 6" series grows stronger. This year's Toy Fair showed a number of stunning new pieces that would shine on any shelf in any collection. That's definitely true with The Flash here, who will be joining the DC Comics portion of the line next week.

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The Flash Goes To Jail, Goes Directly To Jail In ‘The Flash’ #50 [Preview]

Flash #50, DC Comics

I believe pretty firmly that Barry Allen should be locked up in a jail, but if we're being honest with each other, that's less because of anything he's done and really just comes down to the fact that I grew up in the '90s and have a pretty strong attachment to Wally West. But even though they might not agree with my reasoning, the Central City Police Department certainly agrees with my conclusions.

When Flash #50 hits shelves next week, it's opening with the Flash being arrested --- and he's being brought in by the Rogues.

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Grant Gustin Reveals First Look at ‘Flash’ and ‘Supergirl’ Crossover

Flash Supergirl Crossover Photo Grant Gustin
CBS / The CW

The Flash’s warm “Welcome to Earth-2” gave us a first tease of the upcoming Supergirl crossover, seemingly confirming CBS’ Kara belongs to another universe, but let’s get those crazy kids together already! Grant Gustin to the rescue, releasing the first photo of Barry and Kara hanging out for CBS’ upcoming Supergirl crossover.

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