Flash: Rebirth #1
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Flash: Rebirth #1

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Ethan Van Sciver Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 1, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 15
7.0Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Barry Allen has beaten death, but all the running he did in the past as the Flash was a warm up for the high-speed race he'll have to sprint now that another speedster has turned up dead! DC history will be made, and the Flash legacy will be redefined throughout this event!

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 2, 2009

    All this adds up to one thing: lots and lots of happy Flash-fans! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Nathan Madison Apr 2, 2009

    In this issue, there is also a seven-page preview of the much-anticipated Power Girl ongoing series, by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. It looks like it will be just as good as the trio's previous entries into the Power Girl mythos, began in the first few issues of JSA Classified. May can not come fast enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comix 411 - David Torres Apr 2, 2009

    Anyway, a good job by all and some good stuff ahead for the world of the Flash. I love it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Apr 3, 2009

    The Flash Rebirth #1 was a solid debut issue. Johns delivers a technically sound issue that performs all the necessary tasks of a debut issue and in fine fashion. Now, I probably would not recommend The Flash Rebirth #1 to rabid Wally West fans who hate Barry and will never warm up Barry returning as the main Flash. It will not matter how technically well done this issue is. Those fans will probably not like this issue simply due to emotional reasons. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Bill Frye Apr 5, 2009

    All in all this is a solid opening chapter to a much anticipated storyline. Johns does what he does best and revitalizes a family of characters that have been fallen on hard times, since, well since Johns was last on the title. Any Flash fans, who felt jilted by the series since Johns departed, can come back and feel like he never left. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Brian Lynch Apr 1, 2009

    The Bad: I don't know whether to call it irony, but for all its high points, Rebirth feels like it's moving TOO fast. There's a lot going on, and for a new reader, it could be quite disorienting. Johns switches gears and bounces around quite often, leaving the reader to play catch-up. As such, the manic attitude of the Flash is captured, but in a very distracting way that detracts from the story, rather than enhancing it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Addiction - Paul Steven Brown Apr 5, 2009

    So do I care about Barry Allen after this one issue? Not yet, but it’s early. Hopefully, we’ll get more of what’s going on inside Barry’s head, allowing us to sympathize with the character more. This was only the first issue and a set up one at that. Still it’s a solid read with fantastic visuals. Johns has hit the right notes to bring me back next month and with Sciver on board, it would be hard to resist the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 1, 2009

    Iverson's Score: 9.0 Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Benjamin Birdie Apr 1, 2009

    I guess you could say "The Flash: Rebirth" got off to a bit of a...slow start! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Apr 7, 2009

    I’m giving it the grade of B- and writing “please see me” in the margins - I want to discuss. I definitely liked it and I’ll definitely be back for the next issue and for that matter, the entire series. While the story didn’t punch me in the gut and leave me swooning, it has stuck with me since I read it yesterday. As I said in “The Bad”, it was really a lot of set up and very little actually happened; but the things that were set up were so fascinating, I can’t imagine missing an issue from here on out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Apr 5, 2009

    Lets hope that the week in which Flash: Rebirth #2 is released is an otherwise quiet one for comics because there are plenty of other series that would get my money ahead of this one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Apr 5, 2009

    Uptight Detective rather than laid back forensic scientist? No, that's clearly not the Barry Allen I knew all those years ago. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Apr 1, 2009

    Still, its a very pretty issue, with Ethan Van Sciver delivering the goods on all fronts, and theres nothing inherently wrong going on, just a vague sense of Im not buying this. Its still a strong enough issue that Flash: Rebirth #1 ranks 3 out of 5 stars. If we can ease back on the hero worship and get inside that crewcut next time, I still might be swayed into the realm of the believers Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Apr 2, 2009

    A solid, if slow opening issue that failed, by a large margin, to reach the expectations set for it. Additionally, Johns spent far too much time having characters espouse the greatness of Saint Barry as opposed to actually showing us why he's so great or deserving of all this attention. However, it's early on in this miniseries, so there's still time to solve these problems. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Apr 3, 2009

    The overwhelming nature of the Flash's history and the sheer numbers of his allies and enemies impacts the art as well. Ethan Van Sciver has a hyper-detailed, meticulous style, like those of George (Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds) Perez and Phil (Amazing Spider-Man) Jimenez. Every page is just too cramped with information. I also found it odd that the darker, harsher new villains that have been introduced into the Flash's world in recent years have been elevated to the some kind of campy, colorful status as the classic Rogues in the Flash Museum scenes. It seems to me this creative team's last landmark resurrection series - Green Lantern: Rebirth - was more straightforward than this and therefore more engaging. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 18, 2011

    After really enjoying the Green Lantern revival, I was hopeful that Johns could pull off the most difficult of returns with Barry Allen coming back into continuity. Unfortunately, everything here takes the wrong tone where it's simply too depressing. Where it should be offering a lot of hope and happiness with Barry finding his place in things now that he's come out of the speed force, it's more about not wasting a moment when you could be fighting crime and dealing with the bad guys. It's a strange message for Barry to have when he in essence says spending time with friends and comrades is wasting time. The depressing story combined with Sciver's artwork which makes everyone look like they're clenched left me just as depressed afterward and wondering what went wrong with the Barry I used to know. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore May 26, 2015

    This book picks up, more or less, directly after “ Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Apr 5, 2009

    Following Barry Allens return in the pages of Final Crisis, The Flash: Rebirth #1 sees Geoff Johns kick off a brand new miniseries that seeks to explore the characters place in the present-day DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Murman Apr 5, 2009

    I just hope this issue isnt a harbinger of whats to come of my use of four dollars. Read Full Review

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