Flash: Rebirth #5

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Ethan Van Sciver Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 18, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 14
7.1Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

The greatest threat to face the Flash Family in decades stands revealed! A new hero will step into an old speedster's boots! And the Scarlet Speedster's family races shoulder-to-shoulder as they dart into action for their very lives in this penultimate issue!

  • 8.4
    Mania - Chris Smits Nov 23, 2009

    By being the most exciting issue in the series (with one issue left to go), this book is a fantastic read. Art and script work great together and there are some surprising moments that Geoff Johns throws at the readers. This is a book for fans of superheroes and has all of the classic ingredients thrown in this time around. The stakes are high, the villain is truly villainous and the fists are flying just as much as anyone could want. It serves as a reminder of how much fun a book can be when it's not tied in to a huge crossover and it gets to concentrate on the characters at hand. Each issue has been a little up and down with me but this one is getting a B+ due to the story being solid, some legitimate twists for the Flash canon, and Van Sciver bringing some exciting panels of artwork. At $2.99 there's no reason you shouldn't read this book; you're not going to get more solid reading from anything that costs that extra dollar on the shelf this week. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 19, 2009

    The Geoff Johns story in this issue is setting us up for a big finish - let's just hope the wait for the next issue isn't quite as excruciatingly long. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Dan Phillips Nov 18, 2009

    But that's all not to say that this is a bad comic. I absolutely love the opening three-page scene explaining the Flash's biggest weakness – having to slow down. It's a reminder that, in addition to all of his other skills, Johns has an incredible knack for getting at the heart of a character. And as much as some moments feel forced and unnatural, others, like the Iris development, work wonderfully in the context of the story. The art, by Ethan Van Sciver, is beautiful enough to make me forgive the book's lateness, even if some of his figures seem too posed to be taking part in a kinetic, super-fast battle. Flash: Rebirth isn't a bad comic; it's just far from Johns and Van Sciver's best. I understand the Flash franchise needed some retooling, but couldn't it have been done in a better story? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 22, 2011

    Flash: Rebirth still confounds me with the why of it all. I know there's a lot of love for Barry Allen from a number of creators and fans out there, but it's been so long that bringing him back now still doesn't feel necessary. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comic Addiction - Aziz Bawany Nov 19, 2009

    Like the Green Lantern series, Johns and his rebirth arcs are introductory points that play out in a greater scheme. Flash has moments of intrigued strewn along with regular storytelling that is primarily focused on selling a character to readers more than the story. Maybe down the road this will play out in the same way the Green Lantern universe has but for now it’s just another comic book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Nov 20, 2009

    Okay... That answers that question, and does it in a way that I liked. Barry's strange disassociation since his return has come not from a desire to darken and "Batmanify" the Flash, but because the villain of the piece orchestrated it all. Zoom killing Barry's mother and altering time (as well as claiming responsibility for having brought Barry back in the first place) makes that piece of the narrative work, and explains why we saw his mom and dad together up until the original Crisis killed Barry. Of course, the thought that a nearly immortal villain, with phenomenal cosmic speedy powers, would take the time to beat up a sixth-grader (EEEVIL!) is kind of ludicrous, andI was struck at how rushed the middle bits of the issue were. "I'm not dead!" "Me, neither!" "I'm not sick anymore, now I'm Impulse!" "And now we have new clothes!!!" The crowded pacing makes me think that giving another issue to let this story's climax breathe a little isn't a bad thing at all. Of course, some little p Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Nov 28, 2009

    To be honest, I'm eagerly anticipating the end of this mini-series and the beginning of the new Flash comic book, which I'm hoping will be a little bit better then this mini has been. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Nov 19, 2009

    Johns and Van Sciver are working with primal, archetypal situations here (and there's a new Impulse thrown in for good measure), so while some of it may seem clichd it's still satisfying. And maybe this is what Barry Allen needs for his rebirth into the DCU. Stripped down to his core, just him vs. his nemesis. With a gang of speedsters by his side. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser Nov 23, 2009

    Flash devotees are still getting their moneys worth out of this issue, but the fact remains that the franchise didnt really need the renovation that Rebirth strives to make. Its a shame that Geoff Johns and company feel they need to do so much. Read Full Review

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