The Flash #1
Written by Geoff Johns
Illustrated by Francis Manapaul
Dammit dammit dammit dammit dammit dammit dammit dammit dammit dammit dammit dammit dammit dammit dammit dammit dammit dammit dammit dammit
I really, really really wanted to hate this book. I wanted this book to suck so bad that it was canceled in 3 issues and any trace of its existence was wiped form the collected consciousness only to be replaced by the real Flash, Wally West, thus starting DC along the path of making everything all right again.
But no, no, this book had to go and be good.
Yes, of course there are problems, for one I have no idea why Iris looks like she is in her early twenties, and any one why didn’t read Flash: Blackest night has no idea what happened to Capital Boomerang’s son (SPOILER – the other Rouges fed him to his zombified father) and, of course the biggest problem is that I do not care two spits about Barry Allen.
I got into DC comics back in the day on the back of Johns' initial Flash run. Having been bored with what I was reading, my LCS guy said to me "RU, there is a new writer on the Flash and I think it will be right up your alley" and from that day forward I was a Wally West fan. From there I continued to move into the DCU, Green Arrow, Batman, Teen Titans, Green Lantern etc. Since then, especially since OYL and Waid's Flash relaunch, my interest in the DCU was waned almost back to my pre-Flash days, that is almost nil. When I heard that Allen would be the only Flash we got in 2010 I almost swore off all DC, but I gave this book a shot because I got it cheep and it came with a free ring, and, DAMMIT, I'm glad I did.
Time traveling cops from the future named after The Flashes deadliest foes. That right there is what this issue and this arc will be about.
Time traveling cops from the future named after The Flashes deadliest foes.
DAMMIT!! – Why did this book have to be so much fun? To quote a good e-friend of mine, SuperginraiX, “I almost wish I had left it on the shelf so I could hate it indiscriminately.”
Like I said, I did not read a lot of DC before Johns’ first Flash run, therefore I had no attachment to Kyle Rainer as the Green Lantern and enjoyed GL: Rebirth as my first Green Lantern Story. One major critique that I have of this book, The Flash #1, echoes a critique of Green Lantern since rebirth, I can’t see why this story could not be told with Wally as the Flash. I just hope, that unlike in the Green Lantern books, Allen’s existence is better justified than Jordan’s.
But, dammit, did I enjoy this book
Score 7.5 /10 (minus 1 point for being Barry Allen)
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