The Flash #3

Where all my Flashes at? I’m ok having Barry Allen back, I guess, as needless as it may be…but what of Wally and his annoying children? Max? All the rest of the quick’ens? When this series rebooted I was hoping the point was to deal with the Flash “family”, but now I assume the point is to firmly reestablish Barry and his place in the DCU with his lady Iris. Actually, now that I think about it, this series would be cool if it had rotating story arcs, first with Barry, then with Wally, and so on…but it looks like it’s going to be solely Barry’s book. Speaking of ole Bow Tie, he’s in a spot of trouble with the reverse-rogues from the future, or The Renegades, who’ve traveled back to arrest Barry for supposedly killing one their own. Also making an appearance is the recently resurrected Digger Harkness, a.k.a Captain Boomerang (I’m pretty sure he worked his way up from Private in the Boomerang army, hyuck hyuck. Ahem.)


Soo…yeah. Turns out that Digger is finding out that being back from the dead comes with a perk or two, one of which is that he’s able to create boomerang-shaped energy constructs out of thin air. Pretty bad-ass, considering throwing boomerangs isn’t at all bad-ass! So of course he busts out of prison and makes an appearance later on to save Barry’s bacon.

Let’s talk art for a second. I didn’t know how I felt about Francis Manapul coming in as artist for this series. I wasn’t sure his art was dynamic enough or energetic enough or properly showcase what The Flash is capable of, but this is damn fine stuff. His brush work mixed with the colorists water…um..colors, make for a visually engaging read.

I’m of two minds about this book. Well, three. Three minds. It’s only 3 issues in and the book is already starting to feel repetitive. Coffee shop, Barry at work, getting abused for being the star, fight future rogues, barely get away. Repeat in different order. However, it’s a far cry better from the last Flash series, which was almost painful. This one is fun, smart, and beautiful. So while the story has a mild case of skipping record, it’s still quality stuff that’s keeping me entertained and I know that Johns will really get things going next issue. If I have faith in any comics writer, it’s Geoff. And while I haven’t been clamoring for the return of Barry (I always took his to be one of the untouchable deaths), I am hopeful to see where Johns is going to be taking him as a character. Considering he’s always on the run, I’d hate for Barry to be stuck in one place. I hope this series keeps him moving in different directions with the pace that his name implies.

JD Korejko is the host of the PopTards! Podcast as well as a freelance Graphic Designer/Illustrator/budding Comic Book Inker. He also reviews for the @$$holes over at

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