FlannelGuy reviews: the Flash #1

Title: The Flash #1
Writer: Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato
Penciler: Francis Manapul
Publisher: DC Comics
Reviewed by Flannel Guy

The only thing that’s been truly fast about the Flash is how long his book is on shelves. ZING!

But seriously, the character has been canned, rebooted with Bart Allen, canned, back to Wally West, canned, back to Barry Allen, then canned and renumbered with Barry minus a few Flashes. All in a span of what? Five years? That’s kinda nuts!

There’s no denying our scarlet speedster has a fan base. Just not a book to be a “fan” of.  I mean, you would have thought Geoff John’s Run (Pun punny punnigy pun pun) would have stretched as far as Green Lantern. But not only was it short lived…in my opinion, it wasn’t all that good. Sorry Geoff, can I call you Geoff? I wasn’t crazy about Rebirth or Brightest Day stuff.

But now, with DC relaunching everything. The Flash has hope. Well, kind of. Wally West and Jay Garrick got the boot, but okay, as long as he gets an ongoing title, you have my attention. So how does this new number 1 fair?

Actually, not bad! Personally, I liked it as much, if not, a little better than Geoff John’s number 1. You can tell, Francis Manapul was born to draw this character. And after the first issue….he was kinda born to write him too.

It’s a fast paced read with a lot of action, but to me, the Flash should read like an episode of 24. His missions should be to the clock to test his ability. And I feel, this series may go in that direction.

I even like Barry is gonna be juggling two ladies. As he should. Can the fastest man alive juggle more than one relationship? We’ll see!…if that’s the intended direction of course.  I’m sure as well as Supes, no hero is gonna settle down just yet.

The only things I didn’t care for…and granted, I’m a stickler when it comes to this character, is it really doesn’t transition from Flashpoint. And I guess that’s not supposed to be the case, but there’s way too many cans of worms open. I’m sorry,it’s just tough taking this leap. There should have NEVER Spoiler Alert been that exchange between Barry and Bruce at the end of Flashpoint #5. I mean if the guy remembers everything from both timelines, then how is he moving on knowing Wally is gone, Iris is no longer with him, etc etc. The only way I could sleep, is just like in Flashpoint, his memory began to fade or was threatened it would fade, and the same thing happened in the DCnU. Is it implied, maybe? Do I buy it? Yes, and I will buy Flash #2,3, 4 and so on! Spoiler Over

This, and Teen Titans, were the only real books I would hope to be good in the reboot. Well, simply because it has both my favorite characters: The Flash and Kid Flash. And so far, so good. I do think, these DCnUs all should be getting Secret Origin books though. With the exception of Justice League & Action, but hey, that’s just me!

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2 Comments to “FlannelGuy reviews: the Flash #1”

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  1. Bobby says:

    DC seems to have gone to ridiculous lengths just to make minor cosmetic changes; did they really have to RIP THE UNIVERSE APART so that Flash now has a slightly cooler costume ring and Superman is running around in a pair of Levi’s? Couldn’t they have just DONE THAT? There was no massive, belabored, in-continuity reason that the Golden Age ended and the Silver Age began – they just did it!

  2. FlannelGuy says:

    Yeah, I don’t know why they went and wasted a perfectly fine direction for the Flash, Brightest Day or Wally West, just to give us new #1’s. They should have just did this during Final Crisis. Flash Rebirth just seems like a waste of money and waiting at this point.

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