Flash: Rebirth #3

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Ethan Van Sciver Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 10, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 10
6.7Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

It looks like the Speed Force has chosen a new role for Barry Allen in the DCU--the role of the Black Flash, avatar of death! As Barry tires of outrunning the responsibility, he rests within the Speed Force itself, and what he finds will shock you!

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 11, 2009

    What this series really requires of the reader is patience and trust that the creative team knows what it's doing. I wouldn't go along with that idea for most comic books, but with this issue, I'm on board. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Dan Phillips Jun 10, 2009

    My qualms about the art aside, Flash: Rebirth #3 stands as a pivotal chapter in this miniseries and Barry's return. The mystery is heightened, the characters sharpened, and the stakes upped significantly. I can't wait to see where the ride takes us next. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Koppy McFad Jun 12, 2009

    The only bothersome part for me is the way another super-speedster was killed off rather casually, just to show how 'bad' the supervillain is. Oh well, guess they need more Black Lanterns. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comix 411 - David Torres Jun 14, 2009

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  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Jun 11, 2009

    Flash Rebirth #3 was an average issue. It was slow and extremely repetitious as Johns once again covers all ready worn ground from the first two issues. I have to admit that after three issues, Flash Rebirth has failed to live up to my expectations. Maybe I set my hopes too high given the combination of my love for Barry Allen and my respect for Johns' righting ability. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 20, 2011

    The Flash: Rebirth series continues to paint Barry Allen in a bad way as someone you try to hang out with and do things with for awhile but eventually just start to ignore because he never gets back to you. There's a good deal of help being thrown his way this time around as people try to help him solve the problem he's going through, but he's resistant to them for the most part and then when things start to get rough, he bolts out on his own to rejoin the speed force to try and make things better. At the halfway point of the series, I like the overall idea of it but it continues to give me a character that I just can't sympathize with. I can understand him, but the way he handles himself and deals with everyone else just pushes me further away from wanting to read about him. Having an interesting story with an uninteresting character definitely makes this series difficult to enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Jun 13, 2009

    I don't think this book is written for me or other readers like me. It's clearly being aimed at long time Flash fans who would appreciate the return of Barry and could draw on emotional baggage associated with his Silver Age stories to carry an otherwise unremarkable issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Alex C. Lupp Jun 12, 2009

    On a final note, Van Scivers art is good. Ive never been a great fan of his work, but outside of some oddly proportioned bodies theres nothing I can really complain about. Again the thing is that this is an okay comic book, when it should be great one. And the friction between that expectation and reality is not doing the Flash (whoever it may be in the suit) any favors. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Jun 11, 2009

    That being said, I did enjoy it. It wasn’t a poorly told story, it was more that the buildup from the last issue had me geeked to the gills and this one sort of nipped that excitement in the bud. However, the last panel has once again got me chomping at the bit waiting for the next issue and it looks as though the mysteries of the series are set to unfold and business is about to pick up. I kind of feel bad giving it a C+, because overall Flash Rebirth has been a great read, but I’m reviewing this issue on its own merits and it was a letdown. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Jun 11, 2009

    "Flash: Rebirth" #3 isn't a run-of-the-mill superhero comic, but for every great moment we get a few that don't work at all. It's certainly not a lumbering, slow comic, but its speedy pace comes at a price: we don't know what its racing toward, or why any of it really matters. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 11, 2009

    Hmm... There are a couple of troubling bits of this issue, and a couple of things that I truly loved. Barry's completely out of character doom-and-gloom attitude is actually quite refreshing, and is working towards actually exorcising the spirit of 'Saint Barry' once and for all. The moment where Barry finally cuts loose and leaves Superman in the dust has been a loooong time coming, and I like the family aspect of the Flashes coming up again. Impulse/Kid Flash's concern from his lost mentor and father figure was also nicely handled. Now, here's the bad part for me: Kid Flash is recently back from the dead. Iris West is back from the dead. Reverse-Flash is back from the dead. Barry himself, likewise. With a sizable number of the characters in the book easily escaping the realm of Pluto, I have a little problem thinking that Barry's own resurrection is going to end up any way other than a bed of roses, which is too bad. The best parts of the series have been the subt Read Full Review

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