Flash #201

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Alberto Dose Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 27, 2003 Critic Reviews: 4
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In the aftermath of the most horrific attack on The Flash ever, the Scarlet Speedster is nowhere to be found! As Keystone City becomes a breeding ground for lethal street races and rogues, a new type of Flash emerges.

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Sep 8, 2003

    I have to say that this is one of the rare moments when a comic writer has managed to truly surprise me with a plot device, and I have to give Geoff Johns full credit for keeping the big surprise under wraps until he was ready to spring it upon unsuspecting readers like myself. In any event in addition to the simple surprise factor I also have to say that I love how utterly sweeping this change is, as it impacts every single element of this book, from Wally's interaction with every member of his supporting cast, to his role as a hero in the DCU. I mean there's some huge questions that need to be answered, and it's utterly fascinating to see how this new status quo is coming together. There's also a wonderful little moment that acts as a reminder of how cool Wally's powers can be as the entire sequence where he's rescuing people from the tangled wreck that is playing out before our eyes is a wonderful display of his power. The mystery killings, and the stranger who hands Wally his costu Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Cody Dolan Sep 3, 2003

    Its hard to put into words the effect Wallys new world has on the book as a whole. It feels like Johns has drained all of the light out of the world. Being the Flash was Wally Wests world and the removal of that has not only made his life a shambles, but effected Keystone City in such a way that I cant see why anyone would want to live there. Johns is playing with the importance of the existence of superheroes, and Im interested to see how far he takes that idea. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Loretta Ramirez Aug 28, 2003

    Although slower and less vibrant that usual Flash stories, this set-up issue is a well-calculated attempt to establish a new reality for West and the readers. The result: Johns and Dose effectively prepare readers for what promises to be a powerful story-arc. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shaun Manning Sep 1, 2003

    The Flash, month after month, is a book worth reading. This one is a bit sour in that theres none of the optimism, or energy, or love that transformed the Flash from being a guy who runs really fast into a character worth caring about. But this is something different. It is a prelude, and it is a prelude that ends with hope rather than fear. Perhaps, after a run that has invoked tragedy after tragedy, Geoff Johnss bleakest issue marks the beginning of great triumph. Read Full Review

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