"Glass Houses": Barry Allen rushes to get ready for work and states despite how always wanting to be a forensic investigator, his life as the Flash keeps interfering. Realizing he'll be too late if he travelled normally, he rushes across Central City as the Flash to reach the downtown quickly. M
The Flash Giant #1 is an issue of the series The Flash Giant (Volume 1) with a cover date of April, 2019. It was published on February 15, 2019.
- 1 Synopsis for "Glass Houses"
- 2 Appearing in "Glass Houses"
- 3 Synopsis for "The Speed Force"
- 4 Appearing in "The Speed Force"
- 5 Synopsis for "Planet Heist, Part One"
- 6 Appearing in "Planet Heist, Part One"
- 7 Synopsis for "Shazam!" (Chapter 1)
- 8 Appearing in "Shazam!" (Chapter 1)
- 9 Synopsis for "Shazam!" (Chapter 2)
- 10 Appearing in "Shazam!" (Chapter 2)
- 11 Notes
- 12 See Also
- 13 Recommended Reading
- 14 Links and References
Synopsis for "Glass Houses"
Barry Allen rushes to get ready for work and states despite how always wanting to be a forensic investigator, his life as the Flash keeps interfering. Realizing he'll be too late if he travelled normally, he rushes across Central City as the Flash to reach the downtown quickly. Meanwhile, Sam Scudder meets with the mystery figure who called him and declines his job offer of killing people just to distract the superhero, but is forced to agree when his mother's life is threatened.
Barry arrives at his destination, as usually late, something Captain Coover is used to. He proceeds to investigate the house where a man was murdered, despite Detective Ulski insisting that they already have evidence against his wife and Coover informing that the two used to do mock-fighting as part of role-play. Finding his toes scuffed and slippers completely new, Barry realizes he must have tripped which caused his crossbow to accidentally go off, causing his death. He informs about this to Ulski and Coover, stating the wife is innocent.
Heading back outside, Coover tells Barry he looks after him because his father was a friend, but he is always late and is holding back his own potential despite being intelligent. The journalist Iris West then calls out to him and introduces herself, giving him her number if he has anything worth reporting. Barry struggles to talk with her and suggests going out on a date, but she rejects and goes away after hearing about civilians held hostage in downtown, but not before informing him he's still wearing his slippers.
Flash rushes to rescue the hostages after learning Mirror Master is holding them up and wonders whether Coover was right. Scudder warns him not to move when he arrives and states how the skyscrapers around them are all full of reflective glass, before making it all shatter. Flash however saves the citizens from the falling glass by using parts of a nearby metallic rose statue and defeats Scudder. He demands to know why he did it before he has him imprisoned and meanwhile, the person who met Scudder earlier states their plan is working as they expected.
Appearing in "Glass Houses"
Synopsis for "The Speed Force"
This story is reprinted from The Flash (Volume 4) #8.
In the May of 1944, airman Roscoe Hynes was led a fleet of prototype war planes on its first combat mission. However, when he broke formation to test the plane's capabilities, he and his plane completely disappeared inexplicably.
Now, Roscoe Hynes is Turbine, having been trapped in the Speed Force for nearly 70 years, and the Flash - who has just arrived in search of his friend Iris West - is Turbine's ticket home. Turbine apparently knows the Flash's identity as Barry Allen, and he fully intends to kill him if he doesn't help him get home. In frustration, Flash knocks Turbine to the ground, in the hopes that it will deter him long enough to get his story out.
Turbine explains that he has been trapped in the Speed Force by himself since World War II, and he has gained a knowledge of both past and future by looking up into the Timestream, which plays out ad infinitum in the sky above them. Barry looks up and sees his parents and his childhood. Turbine explains that he had seen his family there too, but he could do nothing about it. Barry, on the other hand, has the unique ability to reach out to those people and times that he can see.
Absently, Barry reaches his hand toward his mother's face, and he is surprised when a wormhole to that moment opens within the Speed Force. Turbine pulls him away, warning that the future is not the right way to go, hinting that the past will show some untold truth about who and what the Flash is. Pointing to another image in the Timestream, Turbine explains that the disasters - the time anomalies caused by Flash's use of the speed force - are not caused by him. He is not the problem, he is the solution.
The speed force creates excess energy by its moving forward that builds up and needs to be released. When the Flash uses his powers, he taps into that built up energy. Without the Flash, the Speed Force becomes volatile. The Flash is effectively the Speed Force's release valve. Shaken, Barry wonders what happens if he doesn't run.
Meanwhile, in Central City, the police force gathers to pay their respects to the officers lost in the line of duty - including Barry Allen. The event is accompanied by a special performance by Harley Rathaway and the Central City Symphony. Afterwards, Patty Spivot and David Singh are convinced that vigilantes such as, and especially the Flash, are to blame for the loss of Barry Allen. James Forrest is unconvinced, having seen no evidence of culpability. Regardless, Singh comments that superpowers do not give people the right to become vigilantes. They are interrupted by Hartley Rathaway, who jokingly points out that not all vigilantes are bad, referring to his own status as a reformed vigilante. Awkwardly, David introduces Hartley to his coworkers, but refrains from revealing that he and Hartley are lovers.
In the Speed Force, Turbine reveals that without the Flash to act as a release Valve, the Speed Force begins sucking objects from different times and dropping them in others. Some such objects have been stranded there. Sheepishly, he admits that not all of them are merely the result of the Speed Force overflowing with energy. When Flash uses his powers, it creates these wormholes, and Turbine had been attempting to use those wormholes to travel back to his own time. Unfortunately, when he got near them, he would just begin spinning, and create vortexes that sucked objects from one part of the Timestream to others.
Angrily, Flash realizes that it is Turbine who caused the EMP blast to be sent back in time, causing blackouts in the Gem Cities. He shouts that he can't send Turbine back to his own time because he can't alter the timeline and change things. All he can do is take the man back to the present. At this thought, Turbine becomes agitated, and begins spinning, threatening that he will kill Barry if he won't help. Barry manages to grab hold of Turbine, and drags him through a wormhole, despite his captive's protests.
In the process of traversing the wormhole, one of the wings from Flash's helmet pops off, and lands next to Iris West's foot.
In Gorilla City, the son of a gorilla named Grodd decides that it is time to challenge his father for the right to be king. In their fight, the younger promises that he will kill his father and gain his knowledge through eating his brain. The younger defeats his father, and declares himself King Grodd, leader of the Gorilla City.
Just steps away from the victorious Gorilla, the Flash crashes down into the arena.
Appearing in "The Speed Force"
- Henry Allen (In a vision)
- Nora Allen (In a vision)
- Jean McNilty (In a photograph only) (Deceased)
- Central City Symphony
- Italy (Flashback only)
- Monte Cassino (Flashback only)
- Central City
- Central City Music Hall
Synopsis for "Planet Heist, Part One"
This story is reprinted from Adam Strange (Volume 2) #1.
Adam Strange is in a police precinct being interrogated by two detectives who claim to have found him at the epicenter of a destroyed building. Adam tries to tell them how he came to be there, but they have difficulty believing his "Space Ranger" tales.
He tells them how he has been trying to return to his adopted world of Rann, but has been unable to make contact with the Zeta-Beam that usually transports him there. Finally, he sought the aid of Superman who flew out to Rann, but when he returned, informed him that Rann's star had gone supernova and that Rann was now destroyed.
The detectives are ready to send Adam to Arkham Asylum. Adam breaks out of his cuffs and runs. As luck would have it however, two alien hunters come to Earth gunning for Adam Strange. They chase him throughout the city until finally Adam manages to get a hold of two Rannian energy weapons and a jet-pack. He takes care of his pursuers and flies off into the night.
Appearing in "Planet Heist, Part One"
- Adam Strange (Flashback and main story)
- Alanna Strange (Flashback only)
- Aleea Strange (Flashback only)
- Sardath (Flashback only)
- Superman (Flashback only)
- Sh'ri Valkyr (Behind the scenes)
- Bounty Hunter #1 (Unnamed) (First appearance)
- Bounty Hunter #2 (Unnamed) (Only appearance; dies)
Synopsis for "Shazam!" (Chapter 1)
This story is reprinted from Justice League (Volume 2) #7.
Doctor Thaddeus Sivana is investigating reports of people across the world being mystically abducted by an old wizard. Upon finding them unworthy, he sends them back home. Sivana is convinced that these stories prove magic is real.
Seven months later, Billy Batson is in a boarding home and being interviewed by potential foster parents. He acts like a good boy so the Vasquezes will become his foster parents. As soon as they leave he makes insulting comments and is excited to have finally tricked someone into getting him out of there.
Appearing in "Shazam!" (Chapter 1)
- Billy Batson (First appearance) (First appearance as Shazam)
- Doctor Sivana (First appearance)
- Mrs. Glover (First appearance)
- Black Adam (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "Shazam!" (Chapter 2)
This story is reprinted from Justice League (Volume 2) #8.
Billy Batson begins his new life with the Vasquezes, but he has a hard time adjusting to his foster family.
Appearing in "Shazam!" (Chapter 2)
- Mary Bromfield (First appearance)
- Freddy Freeman (First appearance)
- Eugene Choi (First appearance)
- Pedro Pena (First appearance)
- Darla Dudley (First appearance)
- Victor Vasquez
- Rosa Vasquez
- Mrs. Glover
- Tawky Tawny (In a photograph only)
- C.C. Batson (In a photograph only)
- Marilyn Batson (In a photograph only)
- Shazam (Cameo)
- Wal-Mart exclusive.
- The Flash Recommended Reading
- Adam Strange Recommended Reading
- Marvel Family Recommended Reading
- Whiz Comics (Volume 1)
- Captain Marvel Adventures (Volume 1)
- Captain Marvel, Jr. (Volume 1)
- Mary Marvel (Volume 1)
- Master Comics (Volume 1)
- Wow Comics (Volume 1)
- Marvel Family (Volume 1)
- Hoppy the Marvel Bunny (Volume 1)
- Shazam! (Volume 1)
- Shazam!: The New Beginning (Volume 1)
- The Power of Shazam! (Volume 1)
- Superman/Shazam!: First Thunder (Volume 1)
- Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil (Volume 1)
- The Trials of Shazam! (Volume 1)
- Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! (Volume 1)
- Shazam! (Volume 2)
- Shazam! (Volume 3)
- Shazam! (Volume 4)