Flash #1 Review: The Indifference to Briskness!

The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.


Maybe it’s just a matter of personal taste, but The Flash #1, written by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, leaves me feeling underwhelmed.  The story is wholesome and fun, with humor and a healthy dose of blurry, orange action sequences.  The plot here is intriguing, if a little predictable, and the art is really good, so why am I not singing “Zip a dee do dah?” (Get it? Zip?)

Well, I’ve never really read The Flash and always thought he was a little goofy.  I was hoping this book would offer a darker, less-cheesy hero, in the same way many other DC titles are going.  Nope.  Now, I think there is plenty of room for more kid-friendly titles (though this is rated T for Teen, probably because a guy dies in the beginning) in the DC line-up.  Indeed, after all this jabber about Starfire leaving the Teen Titans to have casual sex, I think there should be more comics geared towards kids.  We have to hook them when they’re young, after all.  And, if you don’t mind your child seeing a dead body (no gore or anything, he just stopped breathing), then this may be the book for them.  It just isn’t the book for me.

Being unfamiliar with The Flash, I was offered a brief explanation of his origin, by way of the blurb on the title page, and his powers, which are pretty self-explanatory.  He, apparently, can do some sort of vibrating thing (save your jokes, gutter-mouths) that wasn’t really explained, although, the blurb mentions him “tapping into the energy field called the speed force” (Newton’s fifth law of thermodynamics), so I assume it has something to do with that.

All in all, it’s a well rounded and pleasant introduction to this character.  I am definitely glad I read it, but, as for whether I’ll be buying issue #2... suffice it to say, I do not have the need, the need for speed.


Last modified on Tuesday, 25 December 2018 00:30

Sam Rhodes

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