Flash #3

Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Carmine Giandomenico Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 27, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 48
7.8Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

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"LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE" Chapter Three: In issue #3, dozens of innocent people mysteriously gain super-speed! But not all are heroic, and it'll take everything The Flash and August have to harness the lightning before Black Hole does.

  • 9.2
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jul 27, 2016

    We also find it interesting that Dr. Carver seemingly set the storm off – and then had a training centre ready for these new speedsters. Is he planning to build an army of new villains from them? Is it possible that he's Godspeed? We're going to have to wait to find out. One thing we do know for certain, is that The Flash#3 is a visually beautiful issue. The colours pop from the page in a bright explosion of superheroic costumes and events. Whilst the main plot is only just beginning, we can't wait to see where it ends up. Who do you think Godspeed is? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Adeem Khan Jul 27, 2016

    Wiliamson's Flash is not only shaping up to be one of the best runs on the character, but also one of the best DC books out there. While the pace is slow, the book's focus on character more than makes up for it and with the book double-shipping, you never have to wait to long to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Jul 27, 2016

    Flash #3 is putting the pieces in motion to raise this comic to the heights of its potential. Williamson’s slow-build approach might turn some readers off but I know it will reward those who stuck around when the payoff arrives. This issue showed us how carefully Williamson is building the tension between August and Barry, convincing me that when these two reach their ultimate split, it will be well worth the wait. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Alexis Simonetta Jul 27, 2016

    There's a lot of text, it's a long read and at times it can get overwhelming. There's a text expression being used for whispering/talking softly to one another even that confused me a bit at the beginning. I wasn't sure if they were giving a character their own font style. I started reading the text as that certain character and had to go back to re-read a few times. There are quite a few panels when the text almost overwhelms the art, the dialogue is important but extensive. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 27, 2016

    I'm still all in and maybe even more after this issue.  Williamson is giving us a fun Flash book with a character everyone can fall in love with.  The Black Hole investigation gets put on hold this issue to concentrate on the new Speedsters and Barry reacting to them, but Dr. Carver and his crew will surely become more and more involved as we go forward.  I have theories on who Godspeed is, but I don't want to spoil anything...not even with ridiculously wrong information. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Jul 28, 2016

    So far, Joshua Williamson and Carmine Di Giandomenico have proven themselves to be in love with The Flash mythos. The Speed Force is at the forefront, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.  Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jul 27, 2016

    Flash #3 continues to live up to what is making Rebirth so great. No reason why this one shouldn't be on your pull-list when it reminds you of everything you love about superheroes. The struggles of a normal life, the struggles of having superpowers, training those new to understand them, and facing a threat which will take you to places you haven't gone before. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 27, 2016

    The series is an interesting one in that it's really blown up Barry's world expanding things in a rapid way. And by doing that, totally feels appropriate for the Flash. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jul 27, 2016

    Not only is this a solid story in itself, we are starting to see the Flash returning to the core characteristics that make him great: honesty, decency, optimism, and the pure joy he has in helping people both as a superhero and as a police scientist. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jul 27, 2016

    The Flash #3 was entertaining and I think this book is starting to pick up some serious steam. Williamson and Di Giandomenico have set the foundation for what could be an explosive finale and I appreciate the tone they've set for this serious. While it isn't sunshine and rainbows, it isn't mired in darkness either. I think this team has the storytelling chops to give these characters their due, and issue #3 really locked me in as a Flash reader going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Tony Black Jul 29, 2016

    With some fun cameos and mentions of major Flash arcs of the past, the third issue of The Flash takes the story into some wider, really interesting new places as Joshua Williamson continues exploring the meaning and capacity of the speed force, and a world where Barry Allen isn't the only fastest man alive. Carmine di Giandomenico continues to draw the series really well, full of live and crackling colour, and Williamson's strong blend of character work alongside a plot taking interesting strides makes for an enjoyable serial – and by the end, you'll be left very excited for what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jul 28, 2016

    While there's the sense that it's yet to fully hit its stride, this remains one of Rebirth's more promising titles. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 27, 2016

    Carmine Di Giandomenico's pencils and colorist Ivan Plascencia continue to make The Flash one of DC's most visually pleasing books on the market. Just before things stay too calm, Flash learns a dangerous new threat called Godspeed and he's taking out fellow speedsters. That's a solid cliffhanger and I'm looking forward to seeing how Williamson pays it off. Thankfully, we won't have to wait too long. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Jul 27, 2016

    At the end of the day, you can't have a comic book where your title character is unintentionally your least interesting. Intentionally? That's different because it usually leads to some kind of transformation. But it's not hard to see Barry Allen being a funsucker for another 10 issues until something traumatic happens to push him close to the edge. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Aug 1, 2016

    The issue is enjoyable but the progress meter barely moves as far as story is concerned. This would be a major problem with a monthly, but like I said, its not such a big deal with a bi-weekly. This issue marks a tonal shift as Williamson goes from a breezy superhero adventure to a pretty intense horror tale in the blink of an eye. I think were about to get to the meat of the first RebirthFlash arc, so hopefully, Williamson makes his story as speedy as his main character. But things are better than they were a year ago, as The Flash #3 keeps things in a clear and consistent direction and signals some dark days ahead for Barry Allen and company. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - James Charlton Jul 27, 2016

    If you're a fan of The Flash, you'll probably keep reading these new Rebirth titles regardless of their faults but there are others in the new lineup more deserving of your money. This is a story that could go somewhere but it's got a lot to show me yet. Read Full Review

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