Flash #70

Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Howard Porter Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 8, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 34
8.4Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

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"The Flash Year One" starts here! Barry Allen feels helpless in his life in Central City. As a forensic scientist, he's always catching criminals after they've committed their crimes. All that changes one fateful night when Barry is struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals. When he wakes from a coma, he realizes he can run at incredible speeds. Can Barry master these powers and be the hero his city needs...or will the powers burn through him?

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 8, 2019

    As always, Williamson provides more than I expect from a standard origin tale with a cliffhanger that teases a potential future storyline he's laying the groundwork for here. I continue to be a huge fan of this book as it just satisfies that classic comic book approach old time fans appreciate so much. This is a terrific jumping on point for new fans as it provides a fresh look at The Flash's early days in a fun and compelling manner. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Legion - Kevin Vilim May 8, 2019

    This creative team is offering a fresh take on an old origin story. The writing, art, and color make this issue an instant classic. Issue #71 needs to get here in a Flash! Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil May 9, 2019

    VerdictI have been a vocal fan of Williamson's run on the Flash, but I can empathize with others that haven't been so fond of it. Many don't like the constant negativity that has been eating at Barry for a long time now. Well, if you are in this camp, this may be the story you've been waiting for where Barry finally gets his issues sorted out. And even if it's not, it's still a pretty good retelling of his origin story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Nikko Soto May 8, 2019

    Overall, I had an absolute blast not only reading this issue but writing this review. I've been a fan of The Flash for a long time and have read a lot of Flash stories, but this might be the story I've ever looked forward to reading the most. The creative team has done a phenomenal job at capturing the character's essence but also finding ways to revamp his story. I look forward to reading the rest of this arc going forward. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berkowitz May 8, 2019

    THE FLASH #70 is the perfect jumping-on point for any new or returning Flash fans! It offers a unique twist on Barry Allen's origin, and includes some stellar characterization from Joshua Williamson. Howard Porter's art is just stunning. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz May 8, 2019

    The story is strong. And Porter really does the best work of his career on this issue. This is the start of something truly awesome indeed. I can't wait to see how this creative team handles it from here on out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge May 8, 2019

    I have some reservations about the way this opening issue of "Flash: Year One" ends " mainly because I am a little over time travel being a central story element to The Flash. But all told, I am very impressed with The Flash #70, both as a "new origin" and as an example of Joshua Williamson's innate understanding of Barry as a character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm May 8, 2019

    The Flash's origin story, both as a person, and as a hero are revisited in the initial issue of the Year One story arc. However, Barry runs into a big surprise at the end of the issue when he ends up a long ways away from present-day Central City in his city which is now occupied by strangers! I highly recommend this story for fans of The Flash! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Adrian Care May 8, 2019

    The fact that this is nothing new shouldn't surprise anyone but the story is presented with such visual flair and solid storytelling that you have to wonder if this the storyline that will drag Williamson away from being such a polarizing creator and finally allow him to run on his own two feet. A lot to love and it looks like more to look forward to. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 8, 2019

    It feels like this origin story is going to launch a new direction for the main story, not just kill time, which makes it one of the best origin tales in a while. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    GWW - Deron Generally May 8, 2019

    Howard Porter's art is fantastic. All of the details in both the characters and backgrounds are amazing and the story and art move fluidly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - George Chrysostomou May 9, 2019

    A must-read for new Flash fans and a fun trip down memory lane, with a few new twists, for those familiar with the Scarlet Speedster. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Russ Burlingame May 8, 2019

    Gorgeous art, solid characterization, and an ambitious story are more or less par for the course on this title. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona May 10, 2019

    While it's a story we've heard before, The Flash Year One is off to a fun start with great art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Louie Hlad May 8, 2019

    Joshua Williamson is delivering one hell of a Flash run. He clearly understands what's fun about Barry, Iris, and our poor boy Wally. I hope he stays on this book for years. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Niklynn Dunn May 13, 2019

    This issue is nothing mind-blowing, but it's a good setup for what is to come next and is a good jumping on point for new readers since it tells Barry's origin. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer May 14, 2019

    Eager and exuberant in its initial showcase of the Flash's newfound abilities, this issue starts very strong but then stumbles with a bizarre and unearned turn toward the end. It's not a total wash, but seems poised to neglect the "stripping down to basics" ethos that has made past Year One stories for other characters so great. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Christopher Landers May 9, 2019

    This may not have been the best opening chapter one could imagine for Flashs Year One story, as most of the issue seems like Williamson slapping another coat of paint on an old house, but the premise for this arc is so powerful, so it seems like it might be worth sticking around to see what happens. Especially, with such a crazy final page that leaves you wondering what this story is really about. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff May 8, 2019

    Have you been reading this book for seventy issues and have been asking yourself, “What is the Flash's origin story?” If so, this is definitely the issue for you. If not, you have to reread an origin story that you probably know like the back of your hand at this point. It should be said that a Year One story needs some context for the reader but did the entire issue have to be the same story that we all know already? Just take a couple pages and move on. This is lazy. At least the art and cliffhanger and cool. Read Full Review

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