Flash #4

Writer: Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 28, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 13
6.7Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

As Central City remains dark from the recent EMP blast, The Fastest Man Alive remains in hot pursuit of the one who set it off: Mob Rule! What does Mob Rule really want? Learn the rest of his origin right here!

  • 8.0
    Outer Realm Comics - Shawn Morrissey Jan 6, 2012

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  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 28, 2011

    No doubt about it, Flash is one of the best looking comics around. Francis Manapul's art and layouts combined with Brian Buccellato's colors are breathtaking. We've seen some attempts by creators taking on the art and writing but there can be a slight distraction as they try to take on both duties. That isn't the case with Manapul and Buccellato. They appear to have a very firm grasp on writing the story and presenting it in a kick-ass way. We get a lot of action along with some flashback information and little updates on the supporting characters. What we don't get a lot of is Barry Allen. It's understandable as he was shot last issue in the head, while attempting to get a handle on his new power. This is really a time I long for the days of half stars in our ratings. I would have easily added this another half star to the score. The story is building up and it looks as if the next issue will bring the story to an explosive conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 3, 2012

    It bothers me that everyone is referring to Mob Rule by the same name when the group hasn't publicly ever used that name, but it's a comic book conceit I'm willing to let slide. Once again I'm impressed by how well-planned the story elements are from Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato are every month. And the art is gorgeous. Best of the week. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Jan 3, 2012

    Overall, this was a good comic. Wally was, as usual, great, and the addition of Cyborg was logical for the story and was enjoyable. You know Wally fooling around with the married woman(who happens to be like 12 years older than he is) is going to lead to some trouble down the road, possibly as soon as the next issue, as the woman tells Wally at the end of this issue that she needed to settle things with her estranged hubby. So while I was disappointed by how easily Kilg%re was dispatched, I am looking forward to the next couple of issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 28, 2011

    For the first time, it seems that Manapul-Buccellato commit the first rookie mistake in writing: telling more than showing. With such incredible artistic talent, there's no reason for them to overwrite, and the issue suffers as a result. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Dec 28, 2011

    "The Flash" is definitely worth checking out, even if only for the art. Hopefully with time the script will shift from good to excellent, but the art is already at that high level. It's definitely one of the top-five most handsome books from DC Comics right now, and it's a pleasure to see Manapul and Buccellato shining so strongly here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Jan 1, 2012

    The writing isn't quite what is has been and the game of Waiting for Barry gets a little old, but this is still a pretty darn good book. At this point, the art is more than enough to keep me on board, but hopefully the writing picks up soon, because I can't subsist on art forever regardless of how purty it might be. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Dec 29, 2011

    I keep hoping that the writing on this book will turn around, but it has yet to find even one iota of the personality that simply oozes from the art. I'd recommend skipping this book entirely, if the art weren't so damned amazing. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Dec 28, 2011

    The Flash isn't an easy comic to write. When a hero has one set power, thathero becomes a challenge to keep interesting. My advice to this creative team is to treat each issue as a stand-alonebecause there are some readers (like myself) jumping on board in these earlyissues. When you have a comic thatthe hero isn't in until the last page, you are setting the book up for failure. Read Full Review

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