Flash #3

Writer: Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 23, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 14
8.1Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

If the Fastest Man Alive is going to capture Mob Rule, he must first tap into his new amped-up super brain to save the citizens of Central City from the EMP that has blacked out the city. Witness a spectacular sequence of out-of-control cars, trains and even airplanes that must be stopped from destroying the city!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 23, 2011

    THE FLASH has a great story, great art and great colors (it's unfortunately not every comic you actual notice the colors). We're seeing Barry Allen develop into the great hero we know he's fated to be. There is an overall feel of fun, action and excitement that makes the fourth week of the month a great time to read comics. Knowing that this issue is coming out has given me something to look forward to each month. No pun intended, but the issues sometimes feel they go by quickly. It could be that you're left on the edge of your seat and wanting more. This isn't to say that the issue is lacking or failing to deliver the story. It's more that you do want to see what happens next. There is a big cliffhanger here. Repercussions from previous issues are addressed. New plot threads are being weaved for future issues. It's a great time to be reading THE FLASH. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Nov 28, 2011

    The Flash is the best title DC is putting out at the moment. It's fun, it's exciting, and it's pushing the boundaries of the medium. This is the next natural evolution of superheroes, which is appropriate considering how Barry ushered in the Silver Age. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Nov 27, 2011

    Manapul and Buccellato are nailing each and every issue. This book is simply too good looking not to pick up, and if you aren't giving it a serious look, you're doing yourself a disservice. Francis Manapul is, in my opinion, one of the best artists in the industry right now, and he's doing some pretty impressive things with the Flash, and what's more, I'm pretty sure he's just getting started. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Nov 29, 2011

    I really enjoyed this issue... I mean like a lot. A good story, good art, strong dialogue and a major threat makes for a happy X. Sure, the ending could have been better(it ends with Wally exclaiming in his head, “His finger!”), but 21 good pages and 1 strange one is a damn fine ratio in my eyes. I'll definitely be looking forward to reading issue #4 to see how Wally ends up stopping something electronic based like Kilg%re. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Nov 24, 2011

    Entertaining from start to finish, with great character moments and well-woven plotlines, Manapul and Buccellato prove, with a few exceptions, they're really getting a handle on this writing thing. A very promising trend for the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Kirby Dec 2, 2011

    Very nicely done! This is obviously a transitional issue and focuses a lot on Barry simply saving the day for the normal citizens of Coast City. But the way the Mob Rule developments and history is mixed in allow the issue to not feel stale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 29, 2011

    If all you care about is the art, this is the comic for you. But the story's not holding up its end of the deal. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Poet Mase Nov 23, 2011

    For a series that hasn't made much headway in explaining its main plot, I find myself incredibly entertained each month. This month is no different. The book moves the plot forward only incrementally, but the bells and whistles are plenty to keep me entertained yet again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Nov 28, 2011

    Fans of the Golden Age should also pay attention to the mention Keystone City, especially now that we know some form of an Earth-2 Justice Society of America is scheduled as part of DC's New 52. Best of the week. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Nov 28, 2011

    As you can see from the page above, Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato distinguish the Flash from other books with an imaginative animated use of panel layout. There's a feeling of slow motion as quantification as the events pulse toward Barry's mind. In other panels, you note a more than figurative crackle of energy as the Flash blurs and energy sweeps over him as his velocity excites the air. This is also perhaps a nod to the idea of the Flash not actually feeling the effects of physics when traveling at such speed. Friction is to the Flash like water off a duck's back. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Nov 27, 2011

    Overall, this book is very close to being brilliant, but while it blows its budget on some of the epic set pieces and larger ideas, it feels like it's cutting corners on the some of the smaller but unfortunately key storytelling elements that make a story work on the most basic of levels. This is a good comic book in its current form, but it could be great. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Nov 27, 2011

    I guess, giving the Flash to a new writer like Manapul was a big gamble on DC Comics part. The Flash is one of the core characters at DC Comics and its always had great creators working on it. Visually, Manapul does incredible work and because hes both the writer (partly) and the artist, his work relies on the visual storytelling a lot. It works. There are very few mainstream comic books still written and drawn by the same guy and I hope that DC Comics will let the experiment continue a while longer. These comics usually produce gems when given time to grow. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 29, 2011

    While The Flash still is consistently better than most of its peers " at this point, only Batman is trumping this book as my must-read of the New 52 " it makes slips like this all the more noticeable to me. On the plus side, it means the explanations are done, and now we have an interesting cliffhanger to react to " but on the downside, it means that the momentum has taken a real hit. I'm confident that next month will see Barry Allen get back to speed with some real panache, but an issue full of just connective tissue doesn't leave much meat for a reader to sink their teeth into. Read Full Review

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