Flash #30

Flash #30

Writer: Van Jensen, Robert Venditti Artist: Norm Rapmund, Brett Booth Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 23, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 6
7.4Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

An all-new creative team makes its debut to show the deadly consequences of The Flashs speed powers. During the traumatic events of FOREVER EVIL, Central City suffered the worst that the Crime Syndicate could dish out. Now The Flash has returned to make things right, but there are limits to what even the Fastest Man Alive can do!

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Apr 23, 2014

    The Flash #30 is a good comic and start for this creative team. Questionable change and artwork aside, the writing is strong enough to overcome its problems. The new direction is intriguing, the characters are good, and the story is engaging overall. If you can get past its shortcomings, there's plenty to like or at least enjoy here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Apr 23, 2014

    The Flash is back after the events of FOREVER EVIL. New writers Robert Venditti and Van Jensen show the after effects of a city being overrun during a big comic book event. Things slow down a little to allow us to see more of who Barry Allen is while at the same time, Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund get plenty of high speed Flash scenes to draw. There are some subtle new developments that readers should pay close attention to. The big and overshadowing one will be the introduction of a long missing and familiar character into the New 52. Aside from the obvious change, we have a pretty crazy mystery on our hands that will definitely make you want to come back for more. As clich as it may sound, run out to your local comic shop and pick this issue up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 25, 2014

    Venditti and Jensen hit all the notes of a good first issue.  We get some catch-up mixed in with a really interesting cliffhanger.  Brett Booth's art is awesome especially the scenes with Flash being Flash. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough of those to make this a great "Flash" book, but it was a good comic book that shows Barry and company are in good hands going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 25, 2014

    So this series continues on the same track it's been on for two-and-a-half years, loaded with stories that are ok - but not much more than that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Apr 23, 2014

    With all that said, yes, The Flash #30 is more than worth checking out. The first run was an instant classic and one thats most definitely going to go down as some of the best Flash work to date, but this new group has the potential to match that success and, just maybe, even match it. Its going to be a long road, but if this is any indication its going to be a good one. Pick up The Flash, you wont be sorry you did. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Apr 23, 2014

    Venditti and Jensen's narrative approach props up solid, if unspectacular, artwork. It's a flip of the dynamic that existed before. Manapul and Buccellato's work was plagued with pacing problems, especially later in their run. Barry Allen might not be as strong as Superman or as cool as Batman but he's a hero through and through. It's good to have the writers remind us of that but it's clear that we're being set up for a fall. I'd be remiss to not mention the arrival of a long-awaited character to the New 52 but it's really too soon to tell what the writers are planning. But if the blend of characterization and big concepts that's on display here continues, I'm sure we won't be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Apr 27, 2014

    So is this truly Wally West and the return we've all been waiting for? Perhaps, but I'm sure I'm not the only one excited for the upcoming issues of this creative team! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Refueled - superiorchris Apr 24, 2014

    The writing team hit the floor running and have me excited about the new direction. Venditti and Jensen might just be the right guys to take over the Flash after Manapul and Buccellato. The art is fantastic and explosive. Booth and Rapmund delivered a very kinetic issue but Dalhouse's coloring really was superb. If you were wondering about The Flash, then don't because this issue went above and beyond. A can't miss issue! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Apr 24, 2014

    The Flash #30 is a new start for the titular character that respectfully takes its cues from what came before. While the first issue of the new run is all about dealing with the consequences of what came before, interestingly, it also looks ahead. A clear theme delivered through a solid framing device and an intriguing sci-fi mystery help to sell this issue, plus there's the long-awaited debut of a long-missed character, although the fact that we don't see him much is a bit disappointing. The artwork leaves a few hurdles to overcome, but aside from that, this is an overall good start to a new run. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Fuentes Apr 26, 2014

    Getting myself to read this book was difficult. I was apprehensive about the direction Venditti was going as well as how opened minded I was going to let myself be. Comparing his work to his predecessors was something that was going to happen (at least for me) but I'm glad I didn't let it affect my enjoyment. This was a good book and I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of this story unfolds. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 29, 2014

    A little awkward in spots, and sure to disappoint Wally fans who were expecting the hero's big introducing into the New 52, The Flash #30 may not be what some readers were expecting. That said, the ideas the issue begins playing with are fertile ground for the character and (other than those distracting yellow seams in the unnecessary New 52 redesign of the character's costume) the art of Booth fits the character well. I'll be interested to see where things go from here. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Infinite Comix - Dan Gehen Apr 24, 2014

    The issue's cliffhanger reveals the identity of the Future Flash, which should pose an interesting challenge for Barry in the following months. Unfortunately, the timeline that this issue establishes does seem to clash with the upcoming Futures End, which may become a source of contention. That said, readers should reserve judgment on this matter until the whole story unfolds. The Flash #30 is a somewhat flawed but promising start for what should be a fun ride. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Population Go - Chris Lemmerman Apr 27, 2014

    This first issue by a new creative team does everything it ought to do " it establishes Barry's current status quo, introduces us to the most important supporting cast members, gives us a cliffhanger ending that will make readers want to come back for more, and is just all around very enjoyable. It's a solid start that lays a good foundation for what's to come, so fingers crossed it's just as good as this, if not better, from here on out. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Word Of The Nerd - Yamini C Apr 23, 2014

    Overall, however, Jensen and Vendetti have credibly established their voice for Barry, and vision for this comic, without confusing new readers or jarring long-time ones. The art is not going to win awards, but it's more than serviceable in translating the dense script to page. I don't know that I'd recommend this to readers who are fresh to the New 52, but it's definitely a comic that Flash fans will want to pick up. I'm definitely curious to see where the team take the plot threads they've dangled in here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Apr 23, 2014

    As for the Wally West storyline, well, it's clearly just getting started and for now the creators are holding most of the cards close to their chest. With time travel and the electric-blue Flash as part of this issue, we'll be seeing a lot of tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow. Overall, I'm sold enough to come back next issue and see what they have in store. That's a good place to start. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Apr 25, 2014

    However, the book has established a hook in the initial appearances of Wally West " both times as a tragically deceased teenager. The last sequence almost has a Primer vibe, with Barry going back in time again and again to save Wally. Handled properly, this is a fun place to take Barry " and hopefully Booth's rendering of his running improve enough to make the book satisfying visually, as well as plot-wise. Read Full Review

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