Flash #9

Flash #9

Writer: Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 23, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 2
7.3Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

Continuing the debut of GORILLA GRODD in DC Comics – The New 52! THE FLASH travels to GORILLA CITY for the first time! Who are the "RUNNERS" – and what do they mean for THE FLASH and the SPEED FORCE?

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Paul Mallory May 24, 2012

    Manapul has done a wonderful job each issue setting up each new character as they enter the relaunched DC universe. The panel layouts were a little more straighforward in this issue, but that's fine; it took nothing away from the story or art. One might think the writer is introducing too many characters, but the pacing of the story erases that problem. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene May 29, 2012

    It's a heck of a marketing strategy and very few series make me want to hand over my paycheck more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 23, 2012

    You may be buying the book to see Barry Allen as Flash but you'll find yourself getting hooked on the activities of the other characters as well. It did feel as if Barry's priorities could be called into question a little but this can be overlooked due to all the excitement and visuals provided in the comic. THE FLASH manages to pull me away from the rest of the comics in my stack each month. The characters may be part of the larger DCU but you'll find when reading that this comic is all you want to think about. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 23, 2012

    In the end, Manapul and Buccellato concoct a great story that introduces new readers to the Flash and Flash readers to the new Gorilla City. Personally, I'm trade-waiting this series moreso than not, but I could not bypass this issue. The cover and the gorillas got me in. The story and the art made me happy. I'm not the world's biggest Barry Allen fan, but Buccellato and Manapul have made me a pretty big fan of "The Flash." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Feb 11, 2011

    Really, really nice way to kick off this story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon May 24, 2012

    Manapul and Buccellato are clearly thinking about the broad strokes here, but I hope that in future issues we get a little bit more nuance and focus on character-building rather than world-building. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen May 25, 2012

    Still chugging along fine, and definitely keeping you interested with a nice handful of storylines running at the same time. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 30, 2012

    The issue has several important small plotlines including Iris still stuck in limbo, the Pied Piper deciding to come out of retirement when Central City is left without a hero, Dr. Elias mounting a protest against the scarlet speedster, and a teaser for the introduction of another of the Flash's Rogues next month – the Weather Wizard. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl May 23, 2012

    Manapul is capable of some great layouts, especially his always impressive title pages, but here he plays it safe. This is probably due to the big chunk of exposition, which focuses on cave drawings and Flash's awed expressions. The cave drawings actually look cool from a distance, but when looking closer it seems a bit silly that the rough image of Flash is accompanied by vials and test tubes. Manapul's work looks solid, but this issue did not fully utilize his talent. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff May 27, 2012

    The Flash remains a strong New 52 book, now turning its attention to introducing the Rogues to new readers and reintroducing them to older fans. This first issue gives a nice take on Gorilla Grodd, and promises more in the future with the likes of Weather Wizard and the Pied Piper. Manapul and Buccellato may have made a bit of a mess of some of the narrative, but that's no reason for this book to be anything short of enjoyable. Add in their usual pitch perfect artwork driving the story along, and another solid issue of The Flash has once again raced onto the stands. Read Full Review

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