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Flash #1

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 14, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 7
8.1Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

A BRIGHTEST DAY tie-in! The all-new adventures of The Fastest Man Alive start with "Case One: The Dastardly Death Of The Rogues!" Barry Allen runs back to his life in Central City, but when one of the Rogues turns up murdered under mysterious circumstances, it's not only up to the Flash to solve this bizarre crime, he must also protect those still targeted by the elusive killer.

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Apr 16, 2010

    If I could hug a comic, this would be it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comic Addiction - Paul Steven Brown Apr 14, 2010

    Manapul has really come into his own unique style with Flash #1. He now has the classic dynamic flair that reminds me of Will Eisner. His figures, faces and shading recall some sort of post-modern H. A. Rey (Curious George), while the backgrounds receded into impressionistic shapes that invoke the looseness of Hank Ketcham (Dennis the Menace). Add in Brian Buccellato’s watercolor-like palette, and you’ve got a comic book that is as classic as it is modern. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Apr 16, 2010

    The issue does drag a bit towards the middle, but that is really the only major complaint that I have on this one. This was definitely one of the most entertaining comics of the week and the creative team did a great job with the craftsmanship. As a lifelong Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Tacopina Apr 18, 2010

    There is no doubt that Geoff Johns has a long-term plan for this book, and you can be equally sure that the ride to where this series ends up is going to be a breakneck, adrenaline-pounding thrill ride that has you by the seat of your pants! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 16, 2010

    It's a promising return for a beloved speedster. All I can say is: welcome back, old friend! Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Tim Lenaghan Apr 14, 2010

    There's been a lot of talk of Barry's importance over the course of the last year, however this is the first time I've felt as though bringing the character back was a worthwhile venture. Johns and Manapul finally appear to be giving Barry a new lease on life with this series, and I can't wait to see what's next. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Mason Moyer Jun 24, 2010

    Overall highlights were the intriguing and pull-you-by-your-ear story and amazing pencils, downsides are the darker colors than I would like and lack of the Wally West co-feature. Here's how I rank the issue overall: Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Apr 18, 2010

    How lighthearted and fun a Flash title starring Barry Allen as The Flash will turn out to be remains to be seen. The Flash doesnt need to be chocked full of giggle and goofiness (Wallys run as The Flash definitely wasnt always), but Barrys a bit of a carrier of the world on his shoulders type, especially after all the brooding he did in Flash Rebirth and Blackest Night, so lightheartedness might be a bit of a stretch for him to achieve. Johns and Manapul manage to inject some fun into Barrys re-debut issue though, so there might be some fun Flash stories ahead. Lets at least hope so. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Apr 15, 2010

    "The Flash" #1 is a faced-paced, dynamic relaunch for a series that has something to prove: that bland old Barry Allen can be interesting in a superhero universe that has radically changed in the past few decades. It's off to a nice start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Apr 18, 2010

    I didnt expect to say this, but The Flash #1 is a solid, entertaining, and (by god) accessible superhero comic in a world where a superhero comic is rarely all three things. I cant wait for #2. I pray my praise isnt for naught in 30 days. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser Apr 18, 2010

    Unlike the overeager citizens of Central City, however, I am willing to wait for the resolution to that problem when the time is right. In the here and now, The Flash is quite the enjoyable read with Barry Allen at the helm. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Apr 18, 2010

    Its a good thing Barry can work at the speed of light. He probably has about 8,000 unsolved murders in his cold case files that have accumulated during the last eight years. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Apr 20, 2010

    Flash #1 was a fresh start for this franchise that has had nothing but turbulence ever since Johns left the title after Flash #225 in 2005. Since then the franchise declined with the disastrous Flash Fastest Man Alive title featuring Bart Allen as the Flash for an entire thirteen issues before DC pulled the plug on that experiment. The regular Flash title then resumed but was a sub-par read until it was finally cancelled with issue #247 last year. Read Full Review

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