Killer Croc (Origins)

Waylon Jones was born with a condition that gave him a thick scaly hide and razor-sharp claws and teeth. As a child, he was relentlessly bullied because of his monstrous appearance. When he was only eight years old, he snapped and almost killed one of his schoolyard tormentors. For that little incident, he spent the next eight years of his life in reform school. He didn’t like it much. Over this time his contempt for humanity grew; and so did his body, mutating to grotesque proportions and becoming increasingly reptilian in appearance. The now sociopathic Waylon Jones celebrated his eighteenth birthday by becoming a cold-blooded murderer.

He served twenty years for that crime and emerged from jail to join a traveling carnival. He quickly became the main attraction as the alligator-wrestler “Killer Croc”. It is worth noting that it was here that Croc first found a home and developed a niche for his heretofore ghastly appearance. The circus and its inhabitants became Waylon’s family and had the circus been able to maintain financially afloat who knows if Waylon would then have turned to organized crime after all.

In time, Waylon would turn away from petty crime – and Croc’s ambitions and travels led him to Gotham, where he began to forge a criminal empire to make a new home. Though rising to prominence by the elimination of other mob members was accomplished quickly – his complete dominion over Gotham was foiled by its native guardian. His attempts to “set up shop” were repeatedly thwarted by Batman but Waylon’s ability to adapt has allowed him to carry on for many years.

Much like his Pre-Flashpoint incarnation Waylon Jones was born with a rare condition that gave him scaly skin. He scrubbed daily to try and get the scales off to try and be normal. But he decided to give up because of the pain it gave him when he descaled himself. He grew up to become the Killer Croc and worked for the Gotham Circus. He was paid to wrestle crocodiles, but his boss kept most of the money. Furious by his boss’s foolish choice, Killer Croc bit his arm off.

After being apprehended by the GCPD he listens to two police officers joke about him. Saying he should stop while he’s ahead and to get henchmen. Killer Croc took this to heart. He stopped being the muscle-headed brute and become more of a thinker. He gathered henchmen who are really just homeless people that worship Croc for taking them in.

In Post-Flashpoint, Killer Croc makes an appearance in the flashback in Roy Harper’s memories, having the head of a crocodile. He is seen fighting Roy in Hell’s Kitchen but quickly notices Roy isn’t fighting back. He figures out that Roy’s trying to have him commit assisted suicide, and comforts the ex-sidekick knowing Oliver Queen screwed him over publicly by taking his shares of Ollie’s Company and tells him that this is not the way to go out. Roy says he was not that bad of a guy before blacking out, but Killer Croc reminds him next time he will not be so nice. He is then passingly referenced by Roy, as he is Roy’s current sponsor for his alcoholism, as Roy is in a bar with Jason Todd; Roy is only drinking water but knows Waylon would disapprove.

Hush Story Arc

It is during the Hush storyline that Killer Croc takes on his more bestial appearance, rather than just a scaly human. this is from a mutagenic virus he is infected with by Thomas Elliot. Batman runs afoul of the mutating Croc when he kidnaps a young boy for money. Catwoman steals the ransom money, and Batman promptly chases after her. Batman wishes to help Croc revert to his more human appearance, he does so temporarily but later reverts back to his reptilian look. Since the upheavals of the Gotham gang wars, Croc found himself under the complete control of Black Mask. Black Mask had the Mad Hatter insert a mind-controlling micro-chip into Croc’s skull. While working on a bank robbery for Black Mask, Croc’s constant head scratching dislodged the chip. Croc realized what had been done to him and vowed revenge on Black Mask.

Tic, Toc, feed the Croc!

Inside Arkham Asylum, Croc has earned the enmity of guard Aaron Cash. Croc once ate Cash’s right hand. The enmity runs so deep, Cash had an alligator hide wallet made from a hunk of Croc’s hide. The two characters reference Peter Pan. Croc yelled “tic, toc, feed the Croc!” when he ate Cash’s hand, and Cash had his hand replaced with a hook. Killer Croc joined Alexander Luthor’s Secret Society of Super-Villains. He participated in the Arkham prison break but was recaptured. Killer Croc was one of the villains sent to planet Salvation. He later returned to Earth. During Final Crisis he was turned into a Justifier. Regardless of his grudge against Black Mask, Killer Croc is one of the villains forced into his gang in during the Battle for the Cowl. He flees to the swamps to get the explosive device Black Mask planted out of his body. The Outsiders are sent to capture him. Meanwhile, Killer Croc has been chewing off his own limbs in the hope to remove the device. (His reptilian metabolism means that they will regrow). After a battle with the Creeper and several Black Lanterns, Killer Croc is captured and the explosive chip is removed.

Batman: Dark Knight

After hearing of Dawn Golden’s disappearance, Batman heads toward the alley where Dawn was reported to have disappeared from. Batman notices a large figure emerge from the shadows of the alley. The figure was shrouded in a trench coat and Batman shadows the figure’s movements. Batman soon realizes that it is Killer Croc but he also notices that Croc’s physique has changed since their last encounter in the Weir Chambers underneath Gotham. Batman figures that Croc has been injecting Venom, Bane’s designer steroid, into his body. This would imply that Batman has already defeated Bane but now Bane or someone else, has become a drug peddler that deals Venom to potential buyers like Croc. Bruce remembers that Scarecrow had experimented on Croc at Arkham Asylum and had forced him to ingest his fear toxin. Croc became Scarecrow’s reluctant servant and was forced to kidnap public servants as well as clergymen from crime infested areas of Gotham because Scarecrow didn’t want these people to save the citizens of Gotham that suffered from desperation which was brought on after Ra’s al Ghul’s attack on Gotham. Batman stopped Croc by having him ingest an incendiary device which caused Croc to run away from the fight. Now, Croc is much bigger than before but Batman still swoops down and hits him with everything he’s got. Croc is eventually knocked down to his feet when Batman ties a cord around Croc’s foot and then Batman slams a marquee on Croc’s head which knocks him out momentarily.

When Croc regains consciousness, Batman starts his interrogation. Croc refuses to give up anything until Batman threatens him that he will inject a detox serum into Croc’s body which will painfully immunize his body from the effects of Venom. Croc gives in and tells Batman to look up Lars Beck because he was responsible for Dawn’s disappearance. After getting the information, Batman forces the serum down Croc’s throat and calls in Gordon for a pickup. Gotham PD prepares Croc for his transfer back to the new Arkham Asylum in the Narrows while Commissioner Gordon informs Batman that Lars Beck, was fished out of Gotham River this morning. Whoever Croc was working for (Penguin), made sure that Croc disposed of Beck after his usefulness ran out in order to avoid any implications to Dawn’s kidnapping. Later on, Bruce overhears a news report which states that Killer Croc has escaped police custody. Killer Croc makes his way to Penguin’s second base of operations, the Boom Room. When Batman finds out that Penguin had a hand in Dawn’s kidnapping, he defeats Penguin’s goons and goes after Penguin who ran out of the Boom Room. Batman catches up with Penguin in an alley nearby the Boom Room.

As Batman interrogates Penguin, Killer Croc appears out of nowhere and attacks Batman. Killer Croc grabs Batman and smashes him into a wall thus knocking him out. Later on, Batman awakens tied up to a support beam in a vacant room with a TV in front of him and bombs strapped to him. As Batman tries to escape, he is slapped in the face by Killer Croc and the TV automatically turns on. The television displays a sick-bed where Penguin taunts Batman with the unsettling fact that Dawn Golden may not have much time since the heat in her room will begin to pick up. It looks like Dawn Golden’s “goose is cooked.” Penguin explains that Dawn Golden made fun of Oswald’s demeanor which is not the wisest thing to do. It looks like Dawn Golden’s “goose is cooked.”

Before the television turns off, Penguin tells Batman that he has 8 seconds before the room explodes. Killer Croc can’t believe Penguin would have the guts to betray him so he makes a hasty exit while Batman breaks free of his bonds. Batman manages to get out of the room before it explodes and looks for Dawn because he could recognize from the television that the room Dawn was in was somewhere inside the building. Batman discovers her in the basement where he frees her and makes his way back to the streets.

Black Mirror Story Arc

Shortly after Bruce Wayne appointed Dick Grayson to be the Batman of Gotham City, a string of mysterious crimes occur with a series of weapons and abilities that are utilized by Batman’s rogue gallery. First, Edward Lamont IV, a young rich boy who was kidnapped by Killer Croc ingests the same serum that enhanced Killer Croc’s advanced skin condition. Edward mutated himself so he could get revenge on those who bully him. It seems Edward’s uncle is a dirty cop and he was the one who gave his nephew the Croc serum. Batman (Dick Grayson) subdues Edward after he devoured his tormenters. Gordon and Dick use the laboratory at Wayne Enterprises to remove the serum from Edward’s body.

Afterward, Dick went to Edward’s house in Palisades to talk to his mother. By this time, the dirty cop is already aware of Edward’s apprehension so he takes the initiative by wiping out all loose ends. He places a Mad Hatter microchip on his sister and tells her to kill her butler and then murder the Batman when he arrives. The uncle then situates himself outside of the house to make sure everything goes according to plan. Batman arrives and finds the butler bleeding on the tile floor.

The butler proclaims Edward’s innocence but before he could tell Batman about who gave Edward the Croc serum, Edward’s mother comes out from the shadows and shoots the butler with a shotgun. The mother runs out of shells for the shotgun and the uncle realizes that his plan is going awry. The uncle then tells his sister to run upstairs and jump out of the nearest window. Unfortunately, Batman is unable to save the woman but he does manage to pick up the Mad Hatter device from off the floor then he notices a police car speeding away from the house. Dick memorizes the number on the police car and tells Gordon to be ready at the precinct when the uncle returns.

Gordon arrests the uncle and brings Batman to the interrogation room. It turns out the uncle is the officer who is in charge of the evidence locker at Gordon’s precinct and he has been selling various items from Batman’s rogues to someone named the Dealer. Dick and Gordon leave the room to compare notes while the uncle waits to be processed. Unfortunately, someone placed airborne spores in the ventilation system that leads to the interrogation room. When Gordon and Dick return to the room, they find the uncle covered in vines with plants growing out of his body.

 

The BatMan Who Laughs (Explained)

As a disquieting amalgamation of Batman and his most notorious foe, The Joker, The Batman Who Laughs has arguably been the creepiest and most disturbing of the seven Dark Knights featured – at least so far – in Dark Nights: Metal. Having served as Barbatos’ Dark Multiverse lieutenant and gathering the remaining nightmarish incarnations of Batman for their incursion into the known multiverse, the origin of the eeriest of these personifications is the final one to be told, courtesy of James Tynion IV and Riley Rossmo’s The Batman Who Laughs #1.

There is Joker toxin involved, but the issue shows that the character’s beginnings have a much farther reach than just another encounter between two longstanding foes – beginnings that are drenched in the kind of darkness that readers have come to expect from any world in the Dark Multiverse.

The Joker’s Last Laugh

 

That’s not to say Batman and The Joker don’t have a deadly encounter – in a decidedly high-stakes showdown along the same magnitude of Snyder and Greg Capullo’s climactic “Endgame” arc in Batman, The Clown Prince of Earth -22 has Batman at his mercy as he launches a different kind of endgame. Having slain both the Gotham police force as well as the rest of Batman’s foes, Joker embarks on a murder spree of Gotham’s parents before proceeding to infect their orphaned children with his deadly toxin, engaging in a repeated perversion of Batman’s own origin. When an enraged Batman breaks free, he commits an act atypical of the character in most worlds of the multiverse – whether intentionally or otherwise, he ends The Joker’s killing spree by snapping the villain’s neck during the course of their battle.

That’s not the end of The Joker’s impact on Batman’s life, though, or on the rest of this world. Upon killing his foe in such close proximity, Batman is exposed to the very toxins that not only created The Joker in the first place but continued to drive him into an increasingly downward spiral of insanity. These chemicals are shown to have the same adverse and slow-acting effects on Batman in the aftermath of The Joker’s demise. Knowing that at some point that he will succumb to the nano toxins and must be taken down, Batman establishes a rigid training protocol for Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Red Robin to secretly prepare them for this eventual encounter. Upon revealing to them the reasons for this training, though, his mind snaps, and with The Joker’s toxins now dominant, he fatally ambushes his four most trusted allies. Notably, Robin – aka his son Damian Wayne – is absent from this sequence.

Reverse Flash (Origins)

In the year of 2466, Eobard Thwane inherited a virtuous amount of wealth from his family; this would help fulfill his life long dream to be a Flash. One day, Thawne passed an antique shop and saw the Cosmic Treadmill. Instantly recognizing it, he bought it immediately and tried to duplicate an accident that would turn him into the Flash. However, the planned accident didn’t go as planned and left him scarred and mentally unstable. At the chance of having his face rebuilt, he has it look exactly like Barry Allen, his idol of his entire life, and the hospital expenses cost him the rest of his fortune. This did not matter as he now had a chance to be his revered idol’s partner. He attempted to travel back to the past and leave his time impatiently. However, the Cosmic Treadmill had not been used for many years and resulted in it breaking down. As a result, the Treadmill miscalculated the desired time at which Thawne wanted to travel, and sent him a few years after Barry’s death in Crisis on Infinite Earths. Disorientated and disillusioned from the rough time travel, Thwane saw many posters of Barry Allen killing a man known as “Professor Zoom”. The poster revealed the man’s name as “Eobard Thawne”. Thawne’s mind snapped and he became psychotic. This resulted in him becoming evil.

Retconned

Eobard was genetically engineered to be the perfect son. Incredibly good looking, an IQ of 127, perfect strawberry-blonde hair, but was still a disappointment to his parents. Thawne’s childhood was a lonely one, and it was made even worse with the birth of his brother, Robern. Eobard lost precious time of his schooling, and fell behind his peers in academia because of forced social learning lessons he was mandated to go to with his sibling.

Several years later, Eobard Thawne then hacks into the Flash museum, but Robern, who now works as a Police officer of the future, catches Eobard. Robern strikes Eobard with an elbow to the jaw and arrests Thawne. At this same moment, the Reverse Flash (Professor Zoom) was watching this and erased Robern from the timeline, making it so he was never born. Since Robern was never born, this gave Thawne all his schooling time he needed, and he advanced above and over his classmates. Thawne soon became the leading scientist on the Speed Force, but lost the title to a very overweight Professor Drake. Eobard tries to ask if they could cooperate together and study the speed force together. Professor Drake, now overconfident with his own grandeur, rejects the offer and tells Thawne that he is, “Not needed, nor wanted”. This upsets Eobard, and he snaps at Drake. At this exact moment, Reverse Flash emerges again and erases Drake from the timeline, just like he did with Robern. With no Professor Drake not existing, Eobard Thawne keeps his title as the leading scientist in the Speed force, and here he is given his name: “Professor Zoom”, by his colleagues and coworkers because of his extensive knowledge on all that is Flash. At this point in his life, however, The secret of the speed force seemed to be unreachable. as part of an intervention for Eobard’s obsessive studies, his parents try to have the governor close down the Flash museum permanently. Professor Zoom then goes back in time and kills his own parents, along with Central City’s governor, with a tornado vortex. because they died before the governor could close down the museum, Eobard was able to study further, and when alerted to the death of his parents, he neither cared nor thought of it.

After days had gone by, he got a call from a journalist of Central City Science Today who was interested in writing a piece on the famous “Professor Zoom”. Her name was Rose, and for the first time in his life, Eobard Thawne would fall in love. He soon became overcome with jealousy after he saw her with a man, and as it turns out, this man was her fiance. Professor Zoom would then go back in time and kill Rose’s fiance before his interview, and this led her to believe that he had just run away or disappeared. After conversing for a long time, and having fun, they connected in a very deep way. After their conversation, Eobard asked her to Dinner, as a date, But Rose would refuse. She was determined to wait for her fiance. And so, Eobard waited. After awhile she began dating again, and Eobard kept his distance as a good friend to her. Little did he know however, he had his future self killing Rose’s boyfriends within months of their first dating. Determined and in love, Eobard was not afraid to date her. She told him that she did not love Eobard romantically, but Eobard tried his luck and kissed her. Rose became angry and yelled at Thawne, making it clear that she never wanted to see him again. Eobard’s future self would find her later in the park by herself and he would mentally scar her for the rest of her life, leaving her a catatonic.

Later that night, Eobard’s future self would anonymously send Thawne the suit that belonged to Barry Allen, the second Flash. Eobard soon saw the potential in gaining the secret of the speed force, as it was directly exposed to the speed force. Eobard wasted no time in studying it, and quickly found the way to replicate the accident that gave Barry Allen his powers. Eobard Thawne then dawned the Flash suit and deemed himself the Flash of the 35 century.

Silver Age

In Eobard’s first appearance, he was nothing more than a villain that could use all of the same powers as The Flash. Eventually, he became the archenemy of Barry Allen after proving his skills in several comics and giving Barry a tough fight from time to time.

After some time, Professor Zoom had a brief stint with the first incarnation of the Secret Society of Super Villains and led by Libra, The Villains were able to trick the Justice League into a trap. Beating the Justice League, The Secret Society then switched bodies with the help of Magic, in order to discover the secret identity of the Justice League. Professor Zoom took Hal Jordan’s Body, and because of his future foreknowledge, he quickly became familiar with the Ring, and how to use it.

The Secret Society was subsequently beaten, however, after the Heroes made and unexpected comeback, and with a magic artifact of their own, took back their own respectful bodies. Afterwards, the League decided it was best to wipe the memory of the Villains, and pretend it had never happened.

This action would later comeback to bite, as after the events of Identity Crisis, as the members who had their memories wiped clashed with the Justice League of America, out for vengeance. Professor Zoom had already died by this point, and was not part of the fighting force of super villains who came back for revenge.

Modern Age

Professor Zoom was Soon mysteriously resurrected by Geoff Johns, and was soon revealed in the Blackest Night arc, that he was resurrected as a Black Lantern, who was then chosen for a white lantern. Professor Zoom was also responsible for the Flashpoint story arc,

The Flash: Rebirth

Professor Zoom appears within the Speed Force in The Flash: Rebirth. He is apparently the one responsible for Barry’s return and transformation into the Black Flash, having the unfortunate ability to kill any speedster he touches. Barry discovers this unfortunate power after he vaporizes Savitar. Barry, fearful that he will inadvertently kill Jay, Wally and Bart with a touch, returns to the speed force. As he runs into the speed force the black costume burns off. When he does return, Eobard Thawne appears and explains that Barry was infected with Thawne’s negative speed force energy which was causing him to cancel out other speedsters with his touch (but which was canceled out when Barry, by running back into the speed force, generated enough positive energy to rid himself of it).

Barry then questions Thawne’s return, the villain acknowledges that he will be resurrected soon, thanks to a “good friend” of Barry’s. As the empowered Thawne beats Barry and Max, he reveals that the red energy field the three are in is a “negative speed force” that is being created by the Reverse-Flash’s kinetic energy. Thawne’s negative energy is slowly starting to poison the normal Speed Force like a cancer. Thawne goes on to reveal the depth of his plan: after Barry briefly returned to aid Kid Flash against Superboy-Prime during the Infinite Crisis, Thawne was able to send a subliminal pulse into the Speed Force to draw back what was left of Barry’s self-awareness. This in turn led to the hero’s reappearance during the Final Crisis.

Afterward, Thawne transformed himself into “a new kind of speedster” (revealing himself to be the mysterious murderer from the beginning of the story) and created his negative speed force to contaminate Barry and the other heroic speedsters. Before Barry can fight any further, Thawne fades away.

Thawne then attempts to cause all manner of trouble in the Flash Family. He attacks Wally’s family, focusing on Irey and Jai. He explains that their erratic powers are due to the fact that their connection to the speed force is ‘tangled.’ He is interrupted in his attempt to kill the twins by Wally and Jay. This event leads Irey, in an attempt to save her brother, to give up her connection to the speed force, though she inadvertently gains full access in the process. She then becomes the new Impulse.

Thawne then decides to go back in time and kill Iris, thus causing Barry the most amount of pain and suffering. Thawne cannot kill Barry, or his negative speed force will be canceled. In this spirit, Thawne tells Barry to cast his mind back to all the negative things that have happened to him in his life, and how they were all caused by Thawne. Barry puts the pieces together and deduces that Thawne, not his father as previously believed, killed his mother, which Thawne proudly admits.

Thawne then puts on a burst of speed, rushing off to kill Iris, removing Barry’s lightning rod. Thawne finds Iris just as she is walking to meet Barry for their first date, (this also being the night that the lightning struck the chemicals which caused Barry to become the Flash). Barry and Wally follow him back in time to stop Thawne seconds before he delivers the killing blow to Iris. When Barry and Wally entered the past to stop Thawne from killing Iris they became the impetus for the bolt of lightning that struck the shelf of chemicals- thus Barry and Wally became the lightning that gave powers to Barry and created the Speed Force.

Barry and Wally then push Thawne back to the present, trapping him in a vibrational frequency chamber (originally designed to hold Barry when he thought he was the Black Flash) designed to sever his connection to the negative speed force. While Thawne can never be fully separated from the negative speed force (he creates it when he runs, just as Barry creates the Speed Force as he runs), the vibrational frequency chamber depowered him long enough for him to be sedated and incarcerated (in the present) in Iron Heights.

Blackest Night

During Blackest Night, as Owen Harkness and Tar Pit inspect the Rogues’ secret graveyard, a black ring finds the body of Eobard Thawne (where he was buried after Barry snapped his neck). Thawne then seeks out Barry, hoping to get an emotional rise out of him. However, this Thawne has no knowledge of the events of Flash: Rebirth. Barry then deduces that this Thawne has no knowledge of the resurrection that Thawne mentioned to Barry whilst they were in the negative speed force. However, Black Lantern Thawne and resurrected Thawne (currently incarcerated in Iron Heights) are still connected, as demonstrated when Captain Cold, who was investigating Iron Heights with the Rogues at the same time Black Lantern Thawne was battling with Barry, sets of a cold grenade, freezing the penitentiary. Resurrected Thawne is frozen along with the rest of the inmates, and Black Lantern Thawne is frozen as well. Barry then concludes that this Black Lantern Thawne is indeed the same one that is in Iron Heights, but at different points in their timeline.

Zoom during Blackest Night

Later, the means of Professor Zoom’s resurrection are made clear. He is one of the twelve heroes and villains to be resurrected by a White Lantern ring. Through his White Lantern ring, Eobard was granted life from the Life Entitybecause his role in Barry’s resurrection.

After his resurrection Thawne states that he is going home. Flash almost apprehends him, but is distracted by Digger Harkness and Thawne escapes, presumably into the future, thus setting the stage for the events of The Flash: Rebirth.

Most recently Thawne was freed from Iron Heights by Harkness, who wanted to know what Thawne had seen in visions since his resurrection. Thawne provides him with no answers, only stating that freeing Thawne will have negative implications for Harkness in the future. Thawne then disappears Into the future.

Road to Flashpoint

Professor Zoom appears to be impersonating a young boy who the police mistakenly believe to be a witness to the mysterious murderer who can drastically aged anyone. Thawne is stealing the life force from children like Elongated Kid to help him change his age and conceal his identity from Barry Allen. Later on, Professor Zoom reveals his true identity to Patty Spivot, Barry Allen’s assistant, and tells her that her death will alter the current timeline. Fortunately, Barry managed to convince Hot Pursuit, his alternate self, that Bart Allen was not the child who was responsible for Elongated Kid’s death or the one causing temporal anomalies. Within seconds, Barry remembers that the police brought in a young boy who claimed to have witnessed the murder.

The two speedsters arrive in seconds to stop Thawne’s attempt to murder Patty but when Thawne figures out that Pursuit is a version of Barry, he immediately drains the life force from him. Thawne reduces Hot Pursuit to pile of dust and gloats on how he has completed the purpose that the Entity of the White Lantern had given him. Thawne escapes and disguises himself as an old man in the crowd thanks to the Speed Force. Barry admits his defeat and realizes that Thawne has tapped into hidden abilities within the Speed Force. Barry goes to visit his mother’s grave, who was also murdered by Thawne. Thawne watches Barry suffer from afar and he knows things are going to change for everyone. At this point, a lightning bolt strikes the center of the cemetery thus leading up to the Flashpoint event.

Flashpoint

Flash finds himself in a new reality, and it is made clear that Eobard Thawne in part responsible for this new reality when Barry opens his ring not to find his red flash suit, but Thawne’s reverse flash suit. Later during the resistance’s fight against Wonder Woman and Aquaman, a great destructive force lays waste to the armies and Professor Zoom appears before Barry. Thawne quickly dispatches of Thomas Wayne, and a battle ensues between the old rivals. Thawne is beating down Barry, and explains that he is now in full control of the Negative Speed Force, and he is removed from reality. Seeing a loophole, Thomas Wayne uses an amazonian sword and impales Eobard Thawne through the heart.

Rebirth (2016)

Zoom’s first appearance in Rebirth was in The Flash: Rebirth #1 – …Doomed To Repeat It… shown as a vision to Barry Allen by the Speed Force. In the vision, Barry was seen strangling Zoom to death.

It has been revealed in The Flash that Professor Zoom has been brought to justice by Barry Allen and is now a prisoner in Iron Heights. Godspeed planned on killing Zoom but was stopped by both Wallace Westand Barry Allen before reaching the prison.

 

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Comic-Con International: San Diego returns to the San Diego Convention Center in 2017, beginning with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 19, and running Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, July 23. 2017 marks the 48th year for the show, making it the country’s longest continuously-run comics and popular arts convention.

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What is the Speed Force?

Origin

The Speed Force has alternatively been described as the source of all speed, as a force generated by Barry Allen, as a godlike pseudo-intelligence, and as a sort of location or dimension that exists on another plane of reality. Regardless, it is the power source for the Flash.

All DC characters who are called “speedsters” are connected to the Speed Force regardless of the origin of their powers; it is said that when they die, speedsters become one with the Speed Force, something of a Valhalla for speedsters. That said, not every DC super-humans that can travel at high velocities is connected to the Speed Force, only the ones whose primary power is superhuman speed. For example, Superman, though he is very fast, has no connection to the Speed Force. The same holds true for the Green Lanterns, who can traverse the galaxy at incredible speeds. Additionally, characters who are explicitly stated to be mimicking super-speed without being speedsters themselves, such as Hunter Zolomon, who uses time manipulation to operate as the villain Zoom, are not connected to the Speed Force.

Max Mercury discovered that it is Barry Allen himself who generates the Speed Force with every step that he runs. When he was struck by the bolt of lightning that gave him his powers, the Speed Force was created and echoed through time and every dimension. By running, Barry generates a kinetic wall between the present and the time barrier that manifests as electrical energy that touches every part of reality and contains the knowledge of every place and every time.

As Barry runs, the Speed Force grows and someone past, present or future is able to tap into it. After Barry’s death, the Speed Force hasn’t grown because he’s the engine that generates the electrical energy that makes up the Speed Force. It is a positively charged electrical energy and Professor Zoom’s Negative Speed Force is the negative, opposite charge.

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During the Infinite Crisis event, Wally West, Jay Garrick, and Bart Allen grabbed Superboy Prime and tried running him into the Speed Force. When Jay Garrick had to stop and Wally West disappeared, Bart Allen knew he could not push the villain into the Speed Force alone; Barry Allen, Max Mercury, and Jesse Quick then grabbed Superboy Prime and pulled him in. This revealed that they live on in the Speed Force.

The Speed Force is usually depicted as lightning and blurs of yellow and red. This is because the Speed Force is used mostly by Flashes throughout DC history and these are their symbols and colors.

Characters associated with the Speed Force

  • Barry Allen, The second Flash actually created the Speed Force when he was struck by lightning and energized chemicals. When he died, his spirit merged with the Speed Force even though it was also seen in Heaven. After Bart returned to Earth so that he could absorb the Speed Force, Barry gave his grandson his costume, choosing to remain within the Force. Professor Zoom, however, sensed his old enemy’s return and sent a subliminal pulse into the Speed Force to reawaken Barry’s self awareness and bring him back to the physical world so he could engineer his revenge.
  • The first Flash Jay Garrick, originally couldn’t even run at the speed of sound until he met Barry Allen and began to tap into the Speed Force. He could then run 20 times as fast. Despite this he was unable to keep up with the many speedsters when they entered the Speed Force to entrap Superboy-Prime and when Bart returned and absorbed the Speed Force, Jay’s powers began to swiftly diminish. Eventually however, when Bart apparently met his demise, Jay’s powers have returned to their full strength.
  • Wally West, the third Flash, his powers were connected to the Speed Force, a dimension he chose to live in during Infinite Crisis. He turned into a being of pure speed energy and came to his wife, Linda Park West who grabbed onto him and so they and their children, Jai West and Iris West vanished into the Speed Force. There they remained for many years, so that the twins could age without any pressure on their lives from Wally’s superhero life.
  • The second Kid Flash and fourth Flash, Bart Allen’s powers came from the Speed Force, and at one time he wished to lose this connection, fearing the Speed Force. This was because during Infinite Crisis he was brought into the Speed Force where he aged four years and returned, only to absorb the Speed Force into himself, claiming it was gone. Recently he has been de-aged and become Kid Flash again.
  • Johnny Quick, to save his daughter’s life, ran into the Speed Force, and merged with it. He somehow tapped into the Speed Force by visualizing a mathematical formula in his mind and saying it out loud.
  • Jesse Chambers, known as Liberty Belle, inherited her connection to the Speed Force from her father and his speed formula but has flip-flopped between using it or powers inherited from her mother. She has also gone by the name Jesse Quick.
  • Max Mercury, The ‘Zen Master of the Speed Force’ is a speedster from the past who jumped several times into the future until he arrived in the present. He was guardian to Bart Allen who had arrived from the future and understands the Speed Force probably better than anyone else. He could converse with spirits of those trapped in the Speed Force through meditation and ended up trapped there until Barry Allen brought him back.
  • Reverse-Flash, Eobard Thawne, was sucked into the Speed Force and there he went insane after remaining there for 50 years. When he returned he wreaked havoc and eventually became a being of pure speed energy who has possessed the body of Max Mercury, thus condemning Max to the Speed Force.
  • Savitar developed powers from the Speed Force other speedsters had not, creating a cult based around himself. He murdered people in order to gain speed until Wally West forced him into the Speed Force. Shortly after Barry Allen returned from the Speed Force, Savitar used Barry as a doorway to engineer his own escape; however, Barry’s touch caused Savitar to be consumed by the Negative Speed Force that Professor Zoom had infected Barry with.
  • Impulse, Iris West is the daughter of Wally West and Linda Park West. At first she and her twin brother Jai West shared a connection to the Speed Force and them fighting over it caused them to manifest unconventional powers for speedsters. During Flash: Rebirth she severed Jai’s connection to the Speed Force and gained the full connection gaining traditional super speed and choosing to call herself Impulse. She is possibly Bart Allen’s biggest fan.
  • XS, a descendant of Barry Allen and cousin to Bart Allen, is a superhero in the 31st century. She too is connected to the Speed Force.
  • The Black Flash is a Grim Reaper of sorts for speedsters. When near death, all speedsters connected to the Speed Force must face the Black Flash and unless they are able to outrun him they die. When Barry Allen was infected with the Negative Speed Force Wally West called him the new Black Flash.

The Negative Speed Force

Recently, in Flash: Rebirth, it was revealed that Professor Zoom created a ‘Negative Speed Force’ that eats away at the regular Speed Force like a cancer and can consume any speedster connected to it by touch. Professor Zoom himself is the engine that generates this Negative Speed Force with every step that he runs. He used it to infect Barry Allen in the hopes that the Negative Speed Force would consume Barry’s loved ones and other speedsters who rely on it, consuming Barry in grief so that he’d merge with the Speed Force. Professor Zoom is currently being kept immobile in Iron Heights Penitentiary to prevent him from generating the Negative Speed Force. However, Hunter Zolomon (the most recent Zoom) is kept in the next cell, and believes working together they can be even more powerful, which may be bad news for both Central and Keystone Cities.

Powers

The Speed Force serves as the primary measure of velocity in the DC Universe. It is usually referred to in terms of different barriers: The Sound barrier, Light barrier, Time Barrier, Dimensional Barrier, and finally the Speed Force Barrier. It introduced several “new” powers to Flash and other Speed Force-powered persons. Some of these powers had previously existed during the DC Silver Age, but were later explained as manifestations of the Speed Force.

The Speed Force can be used to various effect including time travel, faster-than-light travel, speed duplicates, constructs using Speed Force energy, faster healing and speed stealing or lending. It also provides speedsters the ability to function at unnatural speeds without the laws of physics stopping them. Those within the Speed Force are protected from heat or bearing the brunt of impacts at any speed they travel. It also lets them breathe, receive stimuli (sight, hearing, etc.), and avoid completely destroying themselves and the world around them as they move. It can even be used to hold enemies indefinitely.

Here is a list of abilities granted by the Speed Force:

Superhuman Speed – Speed Force users can move at incredible superhuman speeds, sometimes surpassing even the speed of light.

Superhuman Reflexes -Speed Force enhances the users reflexes to inhuman levels, allowing them to easily react to danger and perceive time in slow motion.

Superhuman Agility – Speed Force users posses greater balance, equilibrium, and bodily coordination than any normal human.

Superhuman Stamina – Speed Force users possess near limitless levels of stamina.

Infinite Mass Punch – When The Flash begins traveling near light speed he gains the relative mass of such a great speed allowing him to strike with blows with the force of “a white dwarf star.

Speed Lend/Steal – His most useful new power, Wally West could “rob” objects of their kinetic energy and, for example, stop bullets in flight or convert a supervillain to a statue and use the “stolen” kinetic energy to accelerate his movement. He could similarly lend his speed to objects or allies, enabling them to temporarily travel almost as fast as himself.

Regenerative Healing Factor – Using the Speed Force to accelerate his healing factor, Wally West could heal from deadly injuries, without aging. While he was in the Justice League Of America, Wally could use this power to heal his other team members by accelerating their healing factors without aging them. Most speedsters can quickly regenerate from injuries.

Speed Force Aura: Speed Force users are surrounded by an aura of kinetic absorbent energy, allowing them to be unaffected by the effects of moving at super-speed, such as friction, g force, and kinetic impact.

  • Superhuman Durability – Because of their resistance to kinetic impacts, Speed Force users are far more durable and resistant to injury than any normal human.

Speed Force Lightning – All speedsters generate electrical Speed Force energy from their bodies. This electricity varies in color, but is usually depicted as yellow. Some speedsters have used this energy to their advantage, such as when Bart Allen charged his hand with it, to shock Jay Garrick back to life. Some speedsters can also forcefully discharge a large blast of electricity from their body.

  • Lightning Bolt Projection – Some speedsters, such as Barry Allen, have learned to manipulate their Speed Force lightning in the way that they could manually project it from their hands as bolts of lightning.

Energy Constructs – Wally West made the discovery that if he concentrated he could create solid energy constructs using the Speed Force. He has used this ability to protect against disease, create pockets for holding items, and to compose a bullet-proof costume.

Shield – Exhibited by Savitar, whose Speed Force mastery allows him to reflect objects away from himself.

Flight – Exhibited by Johnny Quick and his daughter Jesse Quick.

ESP – Used by Max Mercury, whose strong connection with the Speed Force allows him to detect the motion of any object around the world and also to perceive other speedsters. Wally West also exhibited this ability to perceive Linda across time and space.

Total Recall – Bart Allen as the Flash used this ability to remember everything he reads using his super-speed. He is the only speedster to show this ability.

Speed Scouts – The only speedster to use this ability, Bart Allen can create duplicates of himself using the Speed Force that, using the Speed Force’s timeless nature, can travel forwards and backwards through time, manipulating objects or merging their consciousness with Bart’s, informing him of their actions. Once, when a Speed Scout was killed, Bart fell into a coma and has never used this ability since.

Vortex Creation – By rapidly rotating their arms, or running in circles, speedsters can create strong vortexes of wind on various levels.

Dimensional Travel -Speedsters can break the dimensional barrier with their speed, and travel throughout parallel dimensions.

Time Travel – Speedsters can break the time barrier with their speed, and travel throughout time.

Time Manipulation – Some Speed Force users in the New 52, like Barry Allen, Eobard Thawne and Daniel West are able to manipulate their personal time-fields, giving the effect of super-speed.

Wonder Woman (Review)

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So 3 days ago I’ve seen the (Wonder Woman) movie and the movie is epic, but it had it’s meh moments. I personally not a big fan of Wonder

Woman and before I get into this review there was a lot of struggle putting this movie out to some states and countries, now from the reports about the Wonder Woman movie is wasn’t getting viewed in some states in the United States. Not only that some countries in the Islamic area shut the movie down based on (Gal Gadot) ethnic, and in the U.S. it was all sexiest and race debating on the Wonder Woman character. So if you guys want to leave a comment let’s make this a friendly site shall we?

So in the beginning of the movie the (Wayne Enterprise) providers delivered a suitcase with a photo of (Diana) and (Team Trevor) “That’s what I’m calling them for now, if you like it spread the word.” So the era of when the photo is taken was in (WWII) Now I find this to be amazing having the director (Patty Jenkins) base the movie in WWII now in the (New 52) and the previous issues, When Diana met Steve Trevor who is played by (Chris Pine) from the current Star Trek movies directed by J.J. Abrams, the comics based the greeting in the current era. Now I’m all hands down for this story in WWI, but there are some meh like I was saying in the begining of this review, such as the fast past of the story.

Reason of me saying that is the way how the movie started out, now Diana see Steve crash landing into the ocean she runs off to save him of course, and leads into the acton the Nazi solders finds (Themyscira) which leads to the fued of the Amazonians and the Nazis which leads to the death of Diana’s Aunt and teacher from when she was a child to adult. Diana took the adventure with Steve to London, now rewinding to the discussion Diana and another Amazonian had was about who Diana is “In that discussion they may have conform that her father is (Zeus).” In the New 52 #4 after (Flashpoint) of Wonder Woman; Diana’s Mother (Queen Hippolyta) reveals that Diana’s father is Zeus which is the importance of the Wonder Woman comic.

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When Diana and team Trever plans a trip to (The Front) where Aries is settled. Now with the virus which I should have been explaining, is an acid hydrogen that burns through gas mask, and was created by (Dr. Poison) who is played by Elena Anaya. Dr. Poison started In 1942 Princess Maru became Doctor Poison, who disguises her gender via a bulky hooded costume and mask. Dr. Poison was a Japanese “princess”, spy, chief of the Nazi Poison Division, and Chemical Research Chief of the Japanese Army. She was the leader of a Nazi spy ring, whose ultimate goal was to wreak havoc in the US Army by contaminating the army’s water with “reverso,” a drug that confuses the brain center,.

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This plan is foiled by the Amazon heroine Wonder Woman who imprisons Doctor Poison. She later escapes and, in 1943, now working for , grounds all planes along the front of via a “green gas” which “enters the carburetor and stops the engine.” Wonder Woman halts this scheme as well, and Doctor Poison is imprisoned on , the Amazon penal colony. She is not seen again until 1948, when she and seven other female super-villains escape and pool their talents as Villainy Inc. Led by the Saturnian slaver Eviless, the evil eight are again defeated by Wonder Woman. Throughout most of her first appearance Doctor Poison was believed to be a male due to her disguise, and she retained this mannish garb in her later appearances. Whether this guise was simply a necessity of assuming power within the male-dominated Axis governments or indicative of something else is difficult to say at this late date. “Just so know her little origin.

So the mid ending General Erich Ludendorff who is played by (Striker) just kidding (Danny Huston) was a German general, the victor of the Battle of Liège and the Battle of Tannenberg. From August 1916, his appointment as Quartermaster general (Erster Generalquartiermeister) made him the leader (along with Paul von Hindenburg) of the German war efforts during World War I until his resignation in October 1918, just before the end of hostilities. General Erich took a does of Dr. Poison super soldier gas, in which (Batman Theorist) calling the gas (Venom) the same gas that created (Bane).

Now coming to the turn of event after Diana kills General Erich, one of the British commanders who was entailed with assisting Diana and Steve was actually (Ares), so Ares appears reveling that the Good killer isn’t actually the sword she holds, but it is her. “Now it’s pretty obvious that she is the God killer because, she is the daughter of Zeus himself.

Meanwhile Steve and the gang hijack an Nazi plane carrying a gas load of Dr. Poison’s gas tanks, so Steve decided why not I’m going to be a bad ass and risk my life as a hero, which he did “r.i.p my friend” and like every DC movie or some sort Diana was furious and beat the Good living snot out of Ares causing his death.

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Now I started loving Wonder Woman after seeing the movie, well after seeing Flashpoint paradox, but in all cases this movie was a bit of a rush and the story is good, I was hoping to see (Cheetah) after the credits, but leave it to Deadpool breaking the 4th walls. Now my grade for this movie is going to be a 7.9/10 like I sad it was a rush in the movie and could of lead to more excitements, but leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts about the movie.

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Pink Ranger (Kimberly Origins)

In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, The first season of Power Rangers, Kimberly Hart (Amy Jo Johnson) was chosen to be the Pink Ranger. Kimberly is a gymnast and has an interest in gardening. When Katherine “Kat” Hillard (Catherine Sutherland), under an evil spell by Rita Repulsa, steals Kimberly’s Power Coin, granting her access to the ninjazords, the life force is drained from Kim, due to the Power Coin being in the hands of evil. Knowing that Kim was growing more and more exhausted due to her gymnastics training and her duties as a ranger, Rita keeps Kim busy with more and more monsters. One night, when Kim stays late to train at a gym, she gets very tired and falls from the balance beam. It was Kat that found her on the floor of the gym, breaking the evil spell. Kat inspired Kim to follow her Gymnastic career, that and Zordon saying that her recruitment as a Ranger was over.

Kim left the Rangers, leaving Kat to take her place. Both Kim and Kat wielded the Pterodactyl Power Coin, and commanded the Pterodactyl zord, which transformed into the Fire Bird Thunderzord, the Crane Ninjazord, and the White Shogunzord (shared with Tommy, the White Ranger).

Red Ranger (Jason Origins)

Jason Lee Scott is the first Red Power Ranger from Earth shown in the season. He draws power from the Tyrannosaurus Power Coin. He was a karate student with exceptional skill when Zordon summoned him and the four other original rangers to defend the planet against Rita Repulsa and her henchmen. As the Red Power Ranger, Jason controlled the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord and later the Red Dragon Thunderzord. He also had temporary possession of the Dragonzord, along with the Dragon Power Coin, allowing him to utilize the Green Ranger’s Dragon Shield and Dragon Dagger in battle.

He also carried the standard Blade Blaster, a laser pistol that could change into a short blade, and the Power Sword, the most powerful weapon this group of Rangers used. The Power Sword also formed the top of the Power Blaster, a powerful energy cannon formed through the combination of the core five Rangers’ weapons. Jason served as leader of the group up to the halfway point of Season 2 when Tommy Oliver, formerly the Green Ranger, was named leader after being given the powers of the White Ranger by Zordon, leaving Jason as second-in-command. When a special peace conference was announced in Switzerland, Jason chose to give up his power in order to attend. Jason would return in Power Rangers: Zeo as the replacement for Trey of Triforia’s Gold Ranger Power, in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, where he was captured by the space pirate Divatox, and in Power Rangers: Wild Force to team up with 9 other Red Rangers who served after him.
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The replacement for Jason Lee Scott after his departure, Rocky served under Tommy Oliver and is the first non-leading Red Ranger on the show. Rocky along with Adam Park and AIsha Campbell came to Angel Grove from Stone Canyon for a karate tournament and ended up discovering the Rangers idenities after they were captured by Lord Zedd. The trio were sworn to secrecy at the command center by Zordon and served as friends to the Rangers afterwards. When Jason left for the Peace Conference in Switzerland Rocky took his place as the Red Power Ranger and second in command of the team. After the destruction of the Thunderzords by Rito Revolto Rocky and the rest of the team went to meet Ninjor the creator of the original Power Coins who gave the group new Ninja based powers and Rocky became the Red Ninja Ranger with his animal sign being the Ape. As a Ninja Ranger Rocky gained additional powers with slide teleportation, decoy suit trick, enhanced climbing ability, and super strength. Rocky would alter become the Blue Zeo Ranger after the Rangers split the crystal into five shards. As the Red Power Ranger Rocky had access to the Red Dragon Thunderzord, The Red Ape Ninjazord, and the Red Shogunzord. He wielded the standard Blade Blaster, a laser pistol that could change into a short blade, and a Power Sword which was the most powerful weapon this group of Rangers used. The Power Sword also formed the top of the Combination blaster formed from the rest of the Rangers weapons.

 

Green Ranger/White Ranger/Tommy (Origins)

In the first season of Power Rangers, the Sixth Ranger is the Green Dragon Ranger, Tommy Oliver (Jason David Frank). Tommy is a new student at Angel Grove High, and he entered a martial arts tournament that Jason was in. The two fought, Tommy showing that his fighting skills were equivalent of Jason’s. This caught the attention both Kimberly, the Pink Ranger and Rita Repulsa. Rita captured him and, using the special Green Ranger powers she possessed, cast an evil spell over him, turning him into the Green Dragon Ranger.

In his first encounter with the Rangers, he defeats them easily. After continued attempts of trying to get to the Tommy underneath the ranger, and succeed. Jason destroyed the Sword of Darkness, the source of the evil spell over Tommy, allowing him to join up with the other rangers, becoming the first ever Sixth Ranger.

After Rita’s continuous streak of losses against the Power Rangers with the help of Tommy, she set out to get back the Green Ranger powers she believed were hers. Using a special green candle, she slowly drained the Ranger powers from Tommy. Jason tried to enter the Dark Dimension where it was held, as well as where Tommy was being held prisoner, but he couldn’t get there because of the relentless monster attacks by Rita. As Tommy’s powers faded, he transferred the Dragon Powers to Jason to keep Rita from getting her hands on them.

He left the rangers for a short time, but came back after Rita kidnapped the parents of every student at Angel Grove High. He still had the Dragon Power Coin and morphed, knowing that each time he morphed it would weaken him. Zordon granted him a temporary power boost so he could continue to morph. But, Lord Zedd ultimately destroyed his powers, permanently.

Tommy spent awhile away from the Rangers, but after Zedd unleashed his Nimrod monster, Alpha 5 and Zordon knew it was time to make a new Ranger. They made Tommy the new White Ranger, a ranger whose powers couldn’t be used for evil. He wielded his talking sword, Saba to summon the White Tigerzord.