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Flash: Rebirth #1

Event\Storyline: Rebirth Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 8, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 47 User Reviews: 71
8.0Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Spinning directly out of the epic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1, the Fastest Man Alive finds himself at the center of a DC Universe at a crossroads.

WARNING: Do NOT read this issue until after you read DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1!

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jun 8, 2016

    The Flash: Rebirth #1 is filled with Easter Eggs and fan service that will make the familiar feel at home, yet it's entirely accessible for new readers. Although this spent a good deal of time tying into the DCU at large, it neatly set up the new ongoing series. Rest assured, it's one astonishing read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - taschabear Jun 8, 2016

    Long story short, grab the first issue of The Flash: Rebirth for $2.99 (before tax) and immerse yourself into the Central City Speedster's World. I have been left with a hunger, that I feel I won't satisfy until the next issue is in my grubby hands. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jun 8, 2016

    Overall, a solid issue. DC's Rebirth event continues to please. The commitment to returning the best of the old is manifest in respect beinggiven to Wally. DC has realized that both Wally and Barry can be the Flash without any detriment to either. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Tim H Jun 10, 2016

    The Scarlet Speedster is in good hands with Williamson, Di Giandomenico, and Plascencia. And that's a Flash Fact. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Jorge Arena Jun 21, 2016

    The Flash Rebirth #1 hits the ground running, no pun intended. Joshua Williamson crafts a strong, and complex story for the reader to dive into. The unease that The Flash feels, is something you can definitely relate to. The art by Carmine Di Giandomenico is well done, and sets the tone for the story. As you read The Flash Rebirth #1 you follow the path that Williamson writes for you then Carmine builds the road with his art. The only thing missing was a more in-depth look at Barry's confusion and mental struggles. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Jun 8, 2016

    Flash Rebirth is essentially again just getting rid of the New 52 and bringing back everything before Flashpoint. However, I rather enjoyed this one, the art style is beautiful and gets your blood pumping with the bright colors and all the Speed force effects flying around..if that makes sense. The fact that we get to see a whole new villain is kind of neat, personally I feel like this one ties everything together a lot better then the other Rebirths so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jun 15, 2016

    There's a brilliant moment in the first issue of The Flash: Rebirth where Barry teams up with Bruce Wayne (still in full Bat-Mode) as they attempt to figure out why this is all happening. This leads Bruce to explain that a smiley face badge was left embedded in the wall of the bat-cave after Wally's vision appeared to him. Any fans of the classic comic book (and film) will know that this points to the Watchmen. It's likely that over the course of various different titles, that we'll begin to uncover just what happened in this giant reset. We're probably going to see all of our heroes crossing over into each others' stories, and this can only be a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 10, 2016

    Another excellent Rebirth that will please old fans and reintroduce the character to new readers. The highlight is the expansion of the scene between the title character and another hero, which is worth the cover price alone. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Jun 8, 2016

    This is one heck of a Flash book. Nothing is rushed, crammed in or prodded, it moves as smooth as possible. Batman fits in, Wally fits in, Barry's tangled past fits in. Hats off to Joshua Williamson and Carmine Di Gianddmenico. This is one heck of a Flash book.  Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Seth Frederiksen Jun 8, 2016

    Artwork was fantastic, particularly the use of the speed force when either Wally West or Barry Allen were on the move. And the use of color in the issue was in top form as well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jun 11, 2016

    If you're like me and you parted ways with the Flash during the New 521, now is the time to give the book a chance to reconnect with you. The title seems to be in great hands with Joshua Williamson and Flash seems to be playing a huge role in DC's larger Rebirth storyline. You might want to race to the shop before this issue disappears in a flash, leaving only the inevitable reprints! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Alexis Simonetta Jun 8, 2016

    If you want more backstory before this one begins you're going to need to read DC Universe: Rebirth first. There are a few plot holes I didn't quite understand and that's most likely the reason why. And as good as the artwork is, some of the panels are a tad cluttered. It makes the story seem really intense but read it a few times to make sure you caught everything. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Mike Annernio Jun 8, 2016

    This book is just one more reason why I can't wait for whatever DC brings next. It's been so long since I've been able to feel this giddy about DC comics each week, excited to jump into their universe every time. This issue is perfect for newcomers and a treat for fans, giving us The Flash we know and love while creating a new, yet familiar universe around him. It's such a weird juggling act that Williamson is able to pull off with such brilliance. This first issue is a gorgeous, fun intro to what I can only imagine is going to be a fantastic run. This is what comic book and superhero escapism is all about, that magic and wonder. I can't wait to see where they're going to go next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicList - Eric Bradach Jun 9, 2016

    The onslaught of DC Rebirth titles have yet to disappoint but if you'd had to pick one that has worked the best, it's the Flash. Writer Joshua Williamson has expertly crafted a comic that balances character moments with narrative driving scenes. It stays faithful to the character but introduces a new direction for the speedster while expanding on the DC Universe Rebirth mythology. With solid pacing along with its superb artwork, The Flash is a title that all DC fans should add to their pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jun 8, 2016

    The Flash: Rebirth #1 is a primer issue, but it is still a damn good comic. While you won't find resolution here, you'll find a story that sets up the new volume nicely and was quite entertaining. Anyone interested in picking up a Flash comic who hasn't before will be just fine with this one, and I highly recommend any Flash TV fans (or comic fans) give this one a shot. It is obvious Williamson has some big plans going forward and this sets them up nicely. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Adeem Khan Jun 8, 2016

    The Flash: Rebirth is a must read book for anyone that picked up DC Universe: Rebirth. Even if you know nothing about The Flash, you owe it to yourself to pick this book up. It will catch you up right away and throw you right into the beginning of whats shaping to be one amazing Flash adventure. Thats a flash fact. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicsverse - Tim O'Reilly Jun 9, 2016

    That's why THE FLASH REBIRTH works. It isn't the story that makes this book so compelling, since it is nearly non-existent. It's that Williamson, di Giandomenico, and the rest of the team have such a firm grasp on both how and why The Flash is so different from other characters. Sure, it's great to see the Watchmen mystery incrementally move forward, but like any great Flash issue, THE FLASH REBIRTH's strength lies in its ability to convey the infallible heart of The Flash. He may be surrounded by trauma, but there is an infectious quality to Barry Allen's goodness that has made him a favorite for decades. THE FLASH REBIRTH works because before any of the super powers and grand storytelling, which are all there, mind you, Barry Allen is still an endearing character that we can unashamedly love to read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Jun 12, 2016

    The creative team here does a fantastic job of getting the reader hooked, and wanting to come back for more. By the last page, I cannot imagine anyone saying "eh, I'll pass on the next issue." The Flash is one of DC's heavy hitters, and this Rebirth special just further cements that. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 8, 2016

    DC has had a solid track record with their Rebirth relaunches so far, and Flash is no exception. This issue manages to play on familiar tropes even as it begins building a dangerous new status quo for Barry Allen. It features some of the best art seen from the Rebirth lineup so far and even manages to expand on the events of DC Universe Rebirth in a cool way. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jun 15, 2016

    I like having Carmine di Giandomenico working on this series. Its been a while since a guy named Carmine drew the Flash and for some odd reason, he draws his character with the same elongated limbs that look unattached to thetorso, like Flash creator Carmine Infantino! Di Giandomenicos interpretation of the Flash is really an updated take from Infantino, down to certain memorable poses that old time readers will recognize. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jun 9, 2016

    Flash: Rebirth #1 shows us a solid preview of things to come with a creative team geared for the task. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jun 16, 2016

    The Flash: Rebirth #1invites us to consider the definition of a plot device. It's easy to denounce such-and-such aspect of a book as a “mere plot device” or “only there for the convenience of the storyteller,” as if any part of a competently written story were not in service of the plot, and were not created by the author for practical reasons. We believe, both intuitively and formally, that plot devices are different from setting or character or theme, but trying to draw clear boundaries them usually leads to an appreciation of the lawyer's maxim about hard cases making bad law. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Jun 9, 2016

    With all of the early exposition and the long awaited reunion, the best part of this issue was still in the last three pages. It takes a certain perspective to see any commonalities between Flash and Batman, who almost anyone would view as polar opposites. But bringing these two great minds together to work on the same case made their similarities clearer than ever before. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jun 8, 2016

    Flash: Rebirth #1 is one you should definitely not read until you have read Rebirth #1. I mean you shouldn't read any of them till you read that issue, but you will love yourself for that and then seeing what Flash: Rebirth #1 has to deliver. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Lead Sharp Jun 10, 2016

    It stood on its on next to the TV series, but had enough for a new reader to recognize the basic back story, the cosmic bits will lose people a bit but the as a one shot it did its job better than some others I won't mention *cough* SUPERMAN*cough*. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jun 8, 2016

    If you've been reading these Rebirth titles, then you probably know the name of the game by now. It's all about getting new readers and creating books that anyone could pick off the street and enjoy. That's the same thing with The Flash. Yes, longtime readers may find this issue a tad boring, but this issue is much better at giving longtime readers something to enjoy than some of the other titles. It doesn't give too much away for the upcoming series, which is both good and bad, so what we're left with is a solid issue that stands on its own. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Neilan Adams Jun 24, 2016

    Seasoned readers might feel this issue retreads familiar turf namely, Flash Rebirth and the flagship release, DC Universe: Rebirth #1. Yes, this issue does glean a lot from those two but overall, The Flash: Rebirth #1 is a good read that does a fine job of reintroducing Wally and combining the Flash of today with yesterday. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 8, 2016

    Like the rest of these one-shots, The Flash: Rebirth #1 reads more like a zero issue, but that doesn't make it any less fun. Using both the events of the DC Universe: Rebirth #1 and the CW-inspired character dynamics to tip the scales in their favor and provide a strong entry point into the new series, Joshua Williamson, Carmine Di Giandomenico, and Ivan Plascencia assure readers that even after a bumpy finale The Flash is back on track with plenty of action, emotion, and twists in store for readers. Though it will never be accused of being an essential read or a can't miss issue, The Flash: Rebirth #1 is a dynamic look at the coming attractions that will be hitting shelves with Barry's proper #1 issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 8, 2016

    It's not much of a treat for those of us who bought Rebirth - it feels more like a rerun (though to be fair, the scene is expanded a bit here). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Jun 8, 2016

    A definitively solid first issue, with impressive and intriguing possibilities. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Al Mega Jun 10, 2016

    It stood on its on next to the TV series, but had enough for a new reader to recognize the basic back story, the cosmic bits will lose people a bit but the as a one shot it did its job better than some others I won't mention *cough* SUPERMAN*cough*. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jun 8, 2016

    "The Flash: Rebirth" #1 has the unenviable task of placating multiple audiences, but it manages to satisfy them all. New readers are welcomed and not overwhelmed, current ones are courteously walked through another rebirth and formerly-disgruntled ones are given every reason to come back and stay. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jun 8, 2016

    Longtime fans of The Flash will be pleased by this issue. Readers following the continuing mystery first revealed in DC Rebirth #1 will want to pick up this issue in order to see the latest clues.And those fans of the TV Series looking for a good entry point into the world of the comics couldn't ask for a better first issue than this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Jun 10, 2016

    The Flash: Rebirth #1 was probably my favourite Rebirth one-shot this week, with the way it tied into the DC Universe: Rebirth #1 being simply astonishing. It also managed to set-up some fascinating developments in it's own rights, with there being some wonderful mystery as well. It also gave us a captivating interaction between Barry and Wally, with the exchange of ideas with Batman also shaking things up. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Pop Break - Pop-Break Staff Jun 15, 2016

    New readers are given enough backstory to at least understand who Barry Allen is, and long-time fans get to delve into a side of The Flash not often explored, specifically his relationship with his father and Allens role as an investigator. But what starts out as a thrilling mystery story, not usually associated with this character, fizzles out into a lackadaisical and shoehorned summary. It is a missed opportunity to hit the ground running with a new story arc. The vibrant colors and eye-catching panels are certainly the star of this book and carry the reader through even the second half. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Jun 9, 2016

    Overall, while I look forward to the series to come, The Flash – Rebirth #1suffers from the same feeling of superfluity that afflicts the other Rebirth one-shots, and the issue's his points probably would work better as part of a #1 issue that more decisively kicks off a new era. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 8, 2016

    The issue was good, not great. It feels much more like an addendum to DC Universe: Rebirth, rather than a one-shot to send this character on his way. The Flash seems like he's at the center again of the DC Universe, but other than a few bits of dialogue, you wouldn't necessarily know that here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Jun 8, 2016

    The Flash: Rebirth #1 starts off this series with a slightly jumbled issue that also proves Joshua Williamson has a strong handle on Barry Allen. By rooting the conflict of this comic in the tragic origin of his hero, Williamson is able to effectively recap the character’s origin and introduce new readers to the centre of his heart. This basic understanding of what makes Barry complex as a character shows me that Williamson is going to be delivering great character work in the future of this series. However, it is yet to be determined whether the writer will be able to make the science fiction aspects of this comic easy to read. If Williamson is able to focus on the strengths of this issue, he could be striking gold with this Flash run. That is why everyone should at least give this comic a chance. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Jun 9, 2016

    The future of Flash is very bright now that the Flash family has been reunited, and they are all in good hands. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    GWW - Brad Bell Jun 8, 2016

    The Flash Rebirth #1 is a good Flash story but offers nothing that compelling nor groundbreaking. While some interesting questions are raised, the biggest moments of this story have already been told in Rebirth #1. Leaving a reader to wonder was there any real reason to purchase this book? In all honesty you would probably be fine waiting for Flash #1 in a few weeks. Overall I still leave this book with a lot of positive vibes. Williamson seems to have a great grasp on the Flash characters and their motivations, and Carmine DI Giandomenico's art is on point and maintains the flow of the book throughout while never becoming distracting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Jun 8, 2016

    The Flash: Rebirth #1 should be a vital book in the Rebirth initiative. The Flash was heavily involved with Flashpoint, which kicked off the New 52. Barry Allen now knows there's a higher power in play. He's one of a handful of heroes who can investigate. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 8, 2016

    I understand the need to get new readers up to speed (pun alert!), but Williamson doesn't do much more. He does give us the start of some huge things that will probably fuel at least one future event, but it's obvious this isn't the time for them and leaves them hanging. I liked Carmine Di Giandomenico's art style, but in the end, there just wasn't anything here that made it feel like a Rebirth for the character. It really felt like Williamson's hands were tied a bit here so I am still looking forward to the start of his run in two weeks, but this issue was my first Rebirth disappointment. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Jun 9, 2016

    The Flash: Rebirth #1 was a fun read that had decent art in it. Joshua Williamson gave readers an interesting first issue that should get fans coming back. While the art wasnt perfect, it was good enough and shouldnt ruin the issue for you. This is an issue that ties directly into the rebirth one-shot. Any fan who wants to know what is going with DC should pick up this book. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Jun 9, 2016

    Overall: Flash Rebirth #1 was an issue that has followed up on Rebirth #1 far more than any subsequent title with the Rebirth banner on the cover. Flash Rebirth #1 is new reader friendly and is absolutely a fantastic hopping on point if you are new to this title. If you have ever been interested in checking out the Flash then Flash Rebirth #1 is a perfect issue to start. I would recommend this issue for new readers. For long-time readers or even relatively recent readers? I would pass on Flash Rebirth #1. Nothing new of any real substance occurs in this issue at all. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Jun 10, 2016

    "The Flash: Rebirth" #1 is less of a story and more just an obligatory reminder that Barry Allen acknowledges what's going on in "Rebirth" and will address it there. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Nerdist - Eric Diaz Jun 10, 2016

    This was maybe my least favorite of the Rebirth one-shots so far, but it doesn't mean it was bad, I was just expecting more. Here's hoping the monthly can deliver what this one-shot just hinted at. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 13, 2016

    My other real complaint with The Flash: Rebirth #1 is the art by Carmine Di Giandomenico whose style doesn't flatter the character. While I'm still hopeful Rebirth can let some necessary light into to the DCU, The Flash: Rebirth #1 reminds me that the shadows of the New 52 are still looming. Pass. Read Full Review

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