Future State: The Flash #1

Event\Storyline: Future State Writer: Brandon Vietti Artist: Dale Eaglesham Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 6, 2021 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 29
6.5Critic Rating
4.4User Rating

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With no powers, no backup and no other choice, Barry Allen and the other former Flashes face the deadliest threat they’ve ever encountered-Wally West. Possessed by an evil force trapped for thousands of years inside the Speed Force, Barry turns to his greatest foes’ weapons to save the young man he loves like a son. In the end, how much will Barry sacrifice to save the former Kid Flash?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Kendra Hale Jan 12, 2021

    For me this was a solid step and honestly, of all the Future State offerings I have gotten a chance to read, only Harley's book stands above it for me as a favorite. It is definitely one I would recommend taking a shot with yourself to see where your feelings lie, whether good or bad. But at the end of the day, I say pick it up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Jan 6, 2021

    Future State is off to a solid start as the Flash navigates a future without the Speed Force while searching for an evil Wally West channeling his best Eobard Thawne impression. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Corey Patterson Jan 5, 2021

    FUTURE STATE: THE FLASH #1 is incredibly well-paced"packed with action yet easy to follow. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 5, 2021

    While it isn't the brightest future you'd want for the Flash Family, it is a compelling story that I want to see more of...... mostly so I can understand the things that led up to this point I was dropped into, but the art is amazing and the characters feel right, which is pretty solid all by itself but you also get some cool action and a Barry Allen who's done taking any shit by the end. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 5, 2021

    Overall, though, while this issue is exciting, it's best described as grim from the start to the finish. Barry is essentially trying to decide if he can still save his surrogate son or if he has to kill him, and the signs aren't looking good. It's a rather depressing topic executed well, and it's odd that so far it's Batman of all the big franchises that seems to have the most hope for its hero's legacy in this event. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Carlos R. Jan 6, 2021

    This title may have served better as a Tale from the Dark Multiverse rather than the Future State line, however it's still a fun read and you'll definitely be left wanting to further explore this world. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 6, 2021

    Future State: The Flash #1 is a solid story arc for an ongoing series. It feels like one of those fill-in stories in between bigger arcs that lasts a few issues. The comic doesn't blow me away, or excite me, but it's still a good read that's entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    COMICON - James Ferguson Jan 11, 2021

    Wally West is a murderer…or is he? Barry won't believe it and even without the Speed Force, he's going to find a way to save the former Kid Flash, even if that means losing everything. It's a dark time for the Flash Family. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Jan 5, 2021

    Despite incredible art,Future State - The Flash #1 is a messy comic storywise. Overreliance on expositional dialogue and a lack of exploring the world it's set in leaves a comic readers will be struggling to remember. Additionally, for a comic that's supposed to be set in the future, there's nothing to actually make it feel as though it's anything other than the present. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - Ben Morin Jan 5, 2021

    As a standalone Flash story, this debut works well, especially in the art department. Vietti's story, while ordinary, captures the characters' voices and tone. Eaglesham's art paired with Mike Aityeh's colors remains the strongest aspect of the issue. They give the book its own pop-sci-fi sensibility that lends itself to the narrative. However, when one places the issue within the broader scope of the DC Universe, it unfortunately falls short. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 5, 2021

    Dale Eaglesham's art is great. There is a classic look and feel to the art that I enjoyed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 15, 2021

    Even Dale Eaglesham's artwork can't save this issue, which is dire, joyless and doesn't go anywhere. In other words, it's everything a Flash comic shouldn't be, though it does look good. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    GWW - Percy Waelchl Jan 5, 2021

    As an adventure comic it succeeds, but readers have to hope the creative team has enough time to craft a story that pays off in the end. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicBook.com - Evan Valentine Jan 7, 2021

    Perhaps future issues will make better use of the many, many elements used here, but this initial chapter needs a spit shine. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Jan 5, 2021

    Future State: The Flash #1 is disappointing. While tackling very interesting ideas, the events happen so fast that the reader is left disjointed. Some huge events occur but arent quite given justice within the page. Barry himself is well-written, but some of those around him behave strangely. Each member of the Flash Family has a unique personality, and that isn't present here. The issue is so bleak its hard to get through. The art is good, but it's not got the power to carry the issue by itself. A poor start to the new series, it's hard to see where the series will be taken next. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jan 5, 2021

    Are you a Flash fan? If so, make sure you've read the best Flash stories of all time. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 5, 2021

    Vietti manages to do a step worse than HIC making for a dismal and bleak read. This is a future that few Flash fans will want to see become a reality and is a major step backwards for one of the flagship DC characters in this new era. Read Full Review

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