The Flash #754 Review

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artists: Rafa Sandoval

The Flash Age – Part 5

This issue gives us something you don’t expect, Flash and Reverse Flash running buddies? Say it ain’t so! But the only way Flash can stop Paradox is with the help of Eobard Thawne, but is it the sort of help Barry wants? Together can they stop the biggest threat to not just Central City but the whole Multiverse,

Well this issue goes at a mile a minute quite literally, I mean what more would you expect from two speedsters together. last issue I said I wanted more Reverse Flash and this issue gives me it, it’s very interesting to see two mortal enemies work together, it’s a classic trope of storytelling and is done here to perfection. Obviously it was never going to be as easy as just the two of the team up and they save they day, where’s the fun and drama in that? And this sets up what’s to come next nicely.

Where does it all go from here? Can these two adversaries stay on the same page long enough to do what must be done and where does it leave them? Will they find some common ground to build something new or will it all come crashing down and take their epic rivalry to new heights? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see, one thing’s for sure it won’t be over in a flash………I’m sorry, I had to haha.

The Flash #753 Review

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artists: Brandon Peterson, Howard Porter

The Flash Age – Part 4

This issue is all about Reverse Flash! As a Flash villain Eobard Thawne is one of my favourites and we get lots of him in part 4 of The Flash Age, the fight to take down Paradox is on and Barry Allen needs Eobards help to defeat him, the only issue is where or indeed when to find him!

I loved this issue we get a big progression in the story with what Paradox is doing but also some classic Flash storytelling revisiting elements from Barry’s past that remind you just how important Reverse Flash is not only to the Scarlet Speedster but the entire Multiverse.

The artwork in this issue is stella, the first splash page we have is this beautiful shot of Reverse Flash and it is just sublime, it doesn’t stop there, all the way through each panel is awesome and it really helps draw you in to the story more.

I’m loving this story and I’m looking forward to where the next issue takes us, more Reverse Flash please!!

The Flash #752 Review

The Flash Age – Part 3

So this issue of the Flash is very different from the last, we go from a full on battle to a very Barry Allen focused issue, with Barry trying to figure out where he is and more importantly how to get back to Central City, Iris and more importantly Paradox!

One thing Flash comics do the best is their character work, you really get drawn in and you care about them, you care how Barry is going to get out of this predicament. Even though we only really spend this issue with Flash every panel and every page you get the feeling of the larger story going on and I love it.

One thing we have to talk about in this issue is the armour that Barry has to create for himself, am I the only one getting movie version of Flash’s suit vibes?? I dont think it’s going to stay but I really like the nod.

As this story is very focused it’s hard to talk about it without spoiling the whole issue so I’ll just say, this was a great issue in a very different way from the last and I love how they can do that in comics keep changing things up so each issue feels like something new.

Unfortunately with the current situation going on we have no idea when the next issue of Flash will be available as along with physical releases being stopped DC have stopped digital released too, so that comic book stores will not suffer in the long run, I think this is a stand up move from DC and while I miss my comics I’m happy to wait so that after all this brick and mortar comic shops will still have a business to go back to. 🙂

The Flash #751 Review

The Flash Age – Part 2

This issue jumps straight into the action, following on from the end of #750 with Godspeed leading Barry to Paradox who then forces the two speedsters to fight! Meanwhile Iris is trying to find any info she can out about Paradox from Commander Cold in the Flash Museum, but all is not what it seems as August (Godspeed) turns on Paradox to team up with The Flash to try and take down Paradox, but even with their combined forces its not enough to take down the new big bad and both are dealt with fairly quickly with Barry caught in Paradox’s bean and waking up in a field with his mum?? Iris however discovers that they’re going to need help from the only person in time to ever defeat Paradox, Reverse-Flash!!…….

This issue was awesome, I love a full on battle in comics especially when it involves speedsters but also with Iris doing her thing at the same time, it’s everything I love about the Flash. The artwork is great, Christian Duce (Artist) really gets Barry and August and their looks are perfect, however my favourite thing is how Iris is drawn in this issue and the one panel where she’s screaming Barry is just amazing, giving us all the emotion you’d expect from Iris.

Overall #751 is a fun issue in this building story and really makes me want to read the next one, which is the sign of a great comic, so bring on The Flash Age Part 3!!

Flash Vols. 1 2 & 3 (Rebirth) Review

I don’t spend a lot of time reading comics and a lot of my knowledge of The Flash comes from watching the show. I love the show and after being recommended to start with Rebirth, I have found myself immersed in a very exciting story.

It’s a good starting point for anyone to pick up from and the story starts with what The Flash does best – a speedster crisis! We’re introduced to familiar characters such as Iris and Wally West and thrown a catalogue of great Flash villains including Godspeed, Black Hole (who are part of the current tv series) and The Rogues. It is a bit strange for me not having characters like Caitlin and Cisco though! The main narrative running through the first 3 issues is Barry dealing with an influx of various new speedsters, which is how we are introduced to Godspeed. Meeting Godspeed is probably my favourite part of the story so far, mainly because he’s not a clear cut villain. Behind his actions there are very good intentions. Barry also finds himself a new love interest in a new speedster, Meena, who goes missing pretty early on. We have two Wally Wests which is intriguing. An original Wally, brought back by Barry from being lost in the speed force after Flashpoint Paradox, who journeys off to be with the Titans and a new version of Wally who is perfecting his super power.

What I love most about reading this is you really feel lost in the world of DC. So many other characters are mentioned and you realise they are all connected and their stories are intertwined. I also really like that compared to watching the show, you get to understand certain things about the characters much better. For example, Captain Cold is a much more rounded character and you begin to get a much clearer picture of why he behaves the way he does. I did also find myself reading him in Wentworth Miller’s voice!

This start to Rebirth is engrossing and opens other avenues which I’m looking forward to exploring as the story continues. I’m so excited to meet the Titans. I’m hooked and I’m pretty sure this the start of an exciting journey for me.