Flash #15

Writer: Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 2, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 3
6.7Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Flash forward in time as Barry Allen goes to extreme measures to defeat Grodd!

  • 8.8
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan Jan 3, 2013

    This issue of The Flash might not be the most satisfying installment to the very entertaining tale that "Gorilla Warfare" is shaping out to be, but it makes up for it with energy and tightly rounded set-pieces. It's an enjoyable reprieve in an already quickly drawn tale and creates a whole new set of excitement for the rest. Now it's up to see if the next chapter can follow through, but given Manapul and Buccellato's track record so far it should be exciting to witness. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jan 2, 2013

    Things are changing for the Flash. Gorilla Grodd's attack is taking its toll on him and the city. There are big things happening here for Flash and others. You almost have to look carefully to see seeds being planted by Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul. We have some great visuals from both Marcus To and Manapul and Buccellato. Unfortunately whenever single issues have art by more than one artist, there is an almost awkward feel to the story. Manapul experiments some more with his layouts and delivers a gorgeous look at what could be happening in the coming issues. Month after month, we are reminded why THE FLASH is such a great comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Doug Garbark Jan 3, 2013

    That said the art in the last 8 pages alone is worth the price of the comic. The issue also sets up many potential paths for Manapul and Buccellato to go down when finishing the feud between Grodd and Flash. As of the issues end The Flash seems to feel the best path is surrendering himself to Grodd and preventing all of Central City from becoming collateral damage. Surely next issue will deliver something more promising than The Flash waving a white flag. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 7, 2013

    With two issues left in the arc our hero is back on his feet with an impeding conversation with Patty, and a gorilla army to stop. Oh yeah, and Iris is still lost in time. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - JohnP Jan 5, 2013

    Some may be frustrated by the perceived lack of plot in this issue, but transitional issues are a common fact in comic storylines. A lot happened last issue and this one sets up what look to be several major developments for the future. In fact, there will likely be multiple plot threads that have been building throughout the series that will be tied up in the coming penultimate Gorilla Warfare issues. I, for one, am a huge fan of this series's Flash reboot and can't wait to see what is in store for the Scarlet Speedster. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Jason Motes Jan 5, 2013

    Storywise, there are a few details that further the plot, but I would be lying if I said I didn't wish things weren't furthered just a tad more. This story is good and is really establishing Grodd as a violent foe and a serious villain in the DC Universe. It's just suffering from the same problem that a lot of books these days do, decompressed story telling. But, it wasn't bad. As a whole, this issue touched bases with the various different cast members involved in this story and as the story did move ahead a bit. Both artists delivered great artwork, but their styles failed to mesh. But still definitely above average. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Jan 8, 2013

    This is an odd issue; it's sort of like the eye of the storm, with the battle with Grodd almost on hold as Barry attempts to use his powers to see the future, and the other supporting characters go through their own revelations. It's an interesting experiment, and one that succeeds on some levels and fails on others. It's nice to see that the comic industry isn't averse to trying new things, and it certainly keeps the reader on their toes, but sometimes, a bit more of a straight forward approach would do better for the overall storyline. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jan 3, 2013

    Overall, the artwork DOES look pretty cool, and the elements of the story are fun, but while it's been a pretty solid ride the last few issues, Flash #15 just seems to undercut everything that was crafted so far. It's decent enough, and there's nothing actively bad about it. It's... well, it's just okay. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Jan 4, 2013

    Overall, this was really not a great issue of The Flash. I am probably being slightly harsh on this story arc as I recall thinking the last issue had got this story back on track; now unfortunately I am worried again. This is a title I am going to continue picking up due to how great it has been. I have every confidence that it will get back to that high level of consistency; I am just not sure when that will be. I am really hoping it will return starting with issue #16. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - paladinking Jan 4, 2013

    The Flash is a really interesting book in that it truly is a case of the art carrying a book but not just in the sense of making things look pretty; the art completely changes how the story is relayed, the emotions it elicits, and even the ambition and creativity of the ideas presented in the script. Sadly, Manapul only drew part of it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Kevin Mak Jan 5, 2013

    It is another solid issue by the Flash team. Although there are a lot of stories to juggle and very little advancement in regards to the plot, both the writers and the artists keep the comic consistent and balanced. With all this conflict, how it all gets resolved at the end is anyone's guess. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 5, 2013

    This can be a great comic, it's very close to being there - but it needs consistency and tighter storytelling first. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Jan 4, 2013

    Tucked away inside Manapul & Buccellato's “The Flash” are little pockets of visual storytelling that could hold their own against any in the history of the character. There are fleeting moments where the book transcends whatever story is being told to give the reader gorgeous landscapes of pure super-heroics the kind of which comic books were conceived to deliver. But that they are so spectacular in a book whose plot and characters are so thin is what makes this all the more disappointing. Duos like Fraction/Aja & Waid/Samnee find the synergy to create writing that serves the art and vice-versa. That is the stuff of Eisner awards. Manapul's interpretation of the Flash deserves a script that attempts to say as much about the character as his art does. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Jan 2, 2013

    Guest artists Marcus To and Ryan Winn handle the first half of the book with excellent results, while the latter half Manapul puts Flash's Speed Mind power on big display. To do this, Manapul creates nine gorgeous pages that detail possible outcomes of the big conflict. His lightning-shaped panels zigzag across the page, and each different future is shaded a different color to differentiate the paths. Yet for all of this creativity, the captions that accompany the images are dull and end with some of the cheesiest lines imaginable. It's not hard to imagine that if the quality of the story matched the art, then The Flash would be a title worth raving about. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jan 4, 2013

    Without checking the numbering or projection of this "Gorilla Warfare" storyline, I could tell this issue is the midpoint in the story as the adventure pivots and the pacing slows. That provides Buccellato and Manapul with the opportunity to draw plotlines together while taking stock of various elements that have brought the story to this point. Grodd and his army have been integrated in this title since issue #9 and while I will not say their tale is growing old, I can most definitely say that I welcome conclusion soon. After all, the fastest man alive should be a little quicker to get from one adventure to the next. Of course, if Manapul and Buccellato are in place to provide visuals as they were for the latter half of "The Flash" #15 the pacing and the story itself takes a back seat to tremendous visuals. Read Full Review

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