Last month, DC announced that The Flash will go into a bi-monthly schedule beginning in January, with a new ‘One Minute War’ arc beginning in issue #790. And after that, the publisher will release the second part of the arc. in The Flash #791, followed by The Flash: One-Minute War Special #1, a double-size one-shot that Newsarama readers will hear first.
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In ‘One-Minute War’, Flash faces off against an army of aliens known as the Fraction who are also connected to the Speed Force. This means that the Flash Family’s usual advantage (moving so fast that their enemies are almost moving in slow motion) is nullified because the Fraction moves just as fast.
The story arc will also feature Barry Allen’s return to Earth-0/Prime and the pages of The Flash after a two-year absence while he was caught up in the events of Infinite Frontier and Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths.
The aptly named ‘One Minute War’ literally takes place in 60 seconds in real time, but that can last an age for a speedster. Writer Jeremy Adams told CBR (opens in a new tab) who announced the story arc, “[The Fraction] I have also learned to use the speed force mechanically. So, they have ships, vehicles, etc. moving at super fast speeds so they can land and take control without any resistance. And because they move so fast, other superheroes can’t help. This is an event that depends solely on the sprinters of Earth.”
In The Flash #791, written by Jeremy Adams, penciled by Roger Cruz, and inked by Matt Banning, the heroes are divided as the Fraction continues its invasion. As the Flash Family makes a plan and tries to fight off multiple attacks, they face another threat.
The villainous Miss Murder is also on the hunt for the Flash Family, and she has speedy bloodhounds to help sniff them out.
Check out The Flash #791 covers by Taurin Clarke, Daniel Bayliss, Marco D’Alfonso, and Kim Jacinto in the gallery below.
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The Flash: One-Minute War one-shot special, written by Jeremy Adams and drawn by various artists, with a cover by Serg Acuña seen above, will give readers additional insight into the race of alien speedsters invading Central City. It will also explore how the Flash Family fights back.
In addition to the release of the new ‘One-Minute War’ arc in January, DC will also release The Flash #123 Fascimile, written by Gardner Fox and drawn by Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella.
The Flash #123 Fascimile recreates ‘Flash of Two Worlds!’ while Barry Allen accidentally opens a hole in reality with his vibrational powers and ends up on Earth-Two, where he meets his fellow Flash Jay Garrick. To get home, Barry has to help Jay fight the Thinker, the Fiddler, and the Shadow.
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This reprint of the 1962 classic also includes the original ads along with the story. It features a cover by Infantino and Murphy Anderson, seen here.
2023 is already shaping up to be a big year for DC Comics, with the launch of the Lazarus Planet event, a family-focused Superman relaunch, and the rise of the new publishing era known as the Dawn of the DCU. The Flash gets a twice-monthly release schedule and a new arc adds to the growing list of new stories readers can look forward to, and it’s sure to continue to shake things up.
The Flash #790 will be available on January 3, 2023, and issue #791 will be available on January 17. The Flash: One-Minute War Special #1 will be available on January 31, 2023.
And last but not least, The Flash #123 Fascimile will be available on January 10th. Stay tuned to Newsarama for more information on DC’s full January applications, coming later this month.
Barry Allen and Jay Garrick are two of the best dc speedsters.