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Earlier today the December solicitations for DC Comics were released and a pair of names were mysteriously missing from the list: Current Flash team Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. As it turns out, the pair will be leaving the title with issue #25 and moving on to a new book that will be released in March of next year. Brian made the announcement on his Twitter account:

“If you’ve seen the solicits for FLASH #26, you may notice that Francis Manapul and I are not listed as the creators…We’ve reached the end of our Flash run. #25 is the final chapter in what’s been an incredible journey with the fastest man alive. Fun times! Francis Manapul and I will be moving on to a NEW regular DC series that will hit stores in MARCH 2014. We can’t tell you what the series is (yet), but we are super excited about this new sandbox we get to play in!”

December’s 26th issue will be a stand alone story written by Christos Gage (Avengers Academy) and drawn by Neil Googe (2000 AD). Gage will only be writing the one issue so the identity of the new team taking over with issue #27 has yet to be announced.

What are your thoughts on Francis and Brian leaving the Flash? Who would you like to see take over the series? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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2 Responses

  1. Paul

    I think Manapul and Buccellato have been one of the surprises of the new 52 in terms of artist turned writer. They have maintained a high level of quality and creativity through out their run and are surely going out on a high note. That said though The Flash is my favourite DC character and my longest read title, and even I have fallen off some what on this tail end of their run. I hope the new creative team are high quality, Johns then Manapul and Buccellato are hard acts to follow. I hope whoever gets the gig has plans to push the flash in different directions. Also nice to see Gage taking the reins on a DC book – there has been a lot of transference between the big two in recent months, so I cant help but wonder if a former Marvel writer and maybe artist will take over on The Flash.

    • Travis McCollum

      While I’ll admit I fell off the wagon a bit with The Flash (budgetary reasons mostly), I always enjoyed the title and when I get the chance to catch up I definitely take it. The art and writing are absolutely top notch and I’m really excited to see what they bring to the table in March.

      I have no doubt whoever takes over will do a good job and the same goes for Jeff Parker over on the Aquaman side.

      I’m happy about Gage too, he’s a hard worker, stand-up guy and he does great with fill-in issues (he’s become a master of them in my opinion) so I’m excited to see what his one and done story looks like with The Flash.

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