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Nerdlocker Reviews – The Flash #1

Jason – Flash. The guy that started this whole reboot. In the past I’ve only bought and read the occasional Flash book even though I’ve always enjoyed his character and thought his power of super speed is one of the most under-appreciated. This series might get me to follow Flash more regularly. I enjoyed Francis Manapul’s and Brian Buccellato’s art. Manapul’s layouts accentuate Flash’s super speed. This comic isn’t bogged down like Superboy and Superman were, with extensive narrative and dialogue amongst too many cells. While I liked the muted colors, I really wanted to see Flash’s scarlet costume in bright contrast. Ultimately Flash is interesting as a character and this plot line does enough to keep the reader engaged. I especially like the development of the love triangle between Barry’s partner, Patty, and the forward, pushy reporter, Iris. I give it 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

Jazmin – First and foremost, this book is as it has been for the past year. Francis Manapul has continued doing his thing with Flash. It basically seems as though they just took a bunch of the bad stuff that happened to Barry Allen, put it in a pile, and set it on fire. The story pretty much picks up with a younger Barry doing the same stuff as before. I know that might not sound amazing but seeing Flash get a second chance is awesome. 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

Jim – I will state this with every review I write for the DC Relaunch, I’m a Marvel guy so I know very little of the DC world beyond the heavy hitters (Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, etc.), and even to that end I have not kept up with their latest story lines. I found the recent relaunch extremely enticing in that I might find a better connection with these characters. The Flash has always been a cool character to me. He was even a featured character in one of my first comic books way back in 1982. But I’ve never really kept up with this monthly tales and didn’t even pay attention to Flashpoint, which is the book that got us to this point. Given the positive track record of the New 52, I was excited to read this book. For the most part, it did not fail me. I liked the art and enjoyed the storyline up until the very last panel. I don’t want to give anything away, but it brought back awful memories of a certain Spider-Man storyline in the ’90s. I’m hoping they do not go that route. All in all though, I like the character set-up with Barry Allen, especially showcasing him in his real life rather than just being the Flash. I am extremely trepidatious for future issues, but will proceed with caution and give this book 3 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

I've been a comic nerd since Spider-man and his Amazing Friends and the Super Friends. So someone please explain to me, when did Aquaman become so cool? Also, why isn't She-Hulk in more media?

2 Comments

  1. Jason

    October 1, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Jim, if you want a flashback to those terrible Spider-man storyline, you should read Spider Island.

    • JP

      October 1, 2011 at 4:00 PM

      No thanks. I just gave away those Maximum Clonage comics! Still don’t know what Marvel was thinking with that one! ; )

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