Flash: Fastest Man Alive #1

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Clayton Henry Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 22, 2020 Cover Price: $0.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 5
6.7Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

Barry Allen and Iris West take a vacation to rest and recuperate, but their relaxation is cut short when their cruise ship is attached by King Shark! Can the Fastest Man Alive save a sinking ship when there’s no land in sight- or will he be fish food?

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 28, 2020

    I've enjoyed The Flash for decades but I haven't read the modern comics much overall for, well, a lot of reasons. Getting a largely simple standalone tale here that captures some of the basics of what made Barry who he is definitely works well and is a lot of fun to read, even if incredibly familiar. That's part of the point of these stories from the DC Giants in getting them out there to the non-readers and those who may be discovering comics for the first time in its actual form. Simone knows what she's doing here to be sure and it unfolds wonderfully with what Henry and Maiolo do to bring it to life with her. It definitely leaves me looking forward to more tales of the fastest man alive. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Apr 29, 2020

    Witty, thoughtful, and fun,Flash - Fastest Man Alive #1 is an excellent story for both new and old readers. Check it out now on DC Digital! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Apr 24, 2020

    Flash: Fastest Man Alive #1 gets the job done for those looking to get their Flash comic book fix during this time. Gail Simone showed a good understanding of who Barry Allen is during the early years of his time as Flash. But with a thin plot this comic book is really only for those looking for new comics to read. And with a $0.99 cover price Flash: Fastest Man Alive fills that need with a solid story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Apr 28, 2020

    All in all, this feels like a standard effort from this creative team. It’s not the best comic you’ll ever read and it’s not the worst. But I doubt you’ll remember anything about it as the quarantine days continue to run together. It’s a shame really because this is an opportunity for DC to spotlight their characters and creators in new and interesting ways but it seems like there is very little vision to that end. Flash completionists or folks hoping to sell their friends and family on the idea of comics might find something to latch on to here but overall, this is really a workmanlike but forgettable entry in Flash history. Read Full Review

  • 5.1
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff May 1, 2020

    This digital-first issue starring The Flash doesn't really feel like a Flash comic. To me, it feels more like a classic Superman comic than anything else. The inner dialogue for Barry feels almost completely different from what fans have been experiencing for a very long time in his regular series and the dialogue for King Shark is horribly repetitive. This is King Shark, not Soloman Grundy. Overall, you could get some enjoyment out of this short issue but there are plenty of better books out there. This issue isn't really bad, but it isn't really good either. Read Full Review

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