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The Flash

Volume 1, Move Forward

Manapul, Francis

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"Struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals, Central City Police scientist Barry Allen was transformed into the Fastest Man Alive. But there are some things even the Flash can't outrun. After years spent on the hunt for vengeance, one of the Flash's oldest friends has returned, with new enemies hot on his trail-- an unstoppable mob that seems to grow quicker than the Flash can stop them. In the supermax prison called Iron heights, the Flash's most dangerous enemy plans his escape, dreams of revenge, and prepares to put the Flash on ice for good-- driven by a personal grudge the Flash can't see coming. And deep within the Flash himself, incredible new powers are ready to be unleashed-- unforeseen, unexplored abilities fueled by the same Speed Force that makes the Flash run, and which could be his greatest weapon-- or worst nightmare--" -- dust jacket flap.
Published: New York : DC Comics, c2012.
ISBN: 1401235549
9781401235543
1401235530
9781401235536
Branch Call Number: GN FLA VOL. 1
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,chiefly col. ill. ;,27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Buccellato, Brian
Alternate Title: Move forward

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Aug 27, 2014
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Amazing, innovative layouts and a heartfelt approach to telling The Flash's story characterize this excellent volume.

Aug 08, 2014
  • rebekahgordon1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The art is gorgeous, especially when they let Manapul do his thing with layouts -- dude can rock the heck out of a two-page spread. It feels a little like he wanted to be on a darker book though -- Barry's bright-red costume and super-sharp/crisps outlines always looks sort of out of place amongst the rest of each scene (as compared to his current work on Detective Comics, although maybe that's down to the colorist, idk). The story is sort of meh -- honestly, I read it like a week ago and can barely remember what happened. Probably would never have read New 52 Flash at all if I hadn't heard such great things about the art on this book, though, and I'm pretty glad I did. Just...not gonna pick up volume 2, I don't think.

Apr 21, 2014
  • CONOR DELAMARTER rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a cool comic. I like how Barry can see into the future, and how that ability both helps and hinders him. His tornado arms are awesome too.

In fact, the only 2 things I didn't like about the book were that it didn't cover his backstory (I'm a first-time Flash reader, and that made it kind of confusing.) and all the unnecessary flashbacks. They got in the way of the story.

Feb 28, 2014
  • BrianLaBelle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Although Barry was just re-booted, he gets rebooted again here. In the New 52 Universe, Barry is no longer the mentor to Wally West, Kid Flash. Nor is he the grandfather of Bart Allen, Impulse and later the second Kid Flash. The New 52 Bart Allen is actually a rebel from the future named "Bar Torr". In the new 52 universe, Barry is free of the legacy comic the Flash had become which is both sad and unfortunate but also opens new doors to new Flash stories.

The first volume is interesting and examines the Flash's new found power to think out probabilities at super speed which takes some getting used to.

Nov 30, 2013
  • theorbys rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

4 stars because Flash is my favorite character and I like Barry Allen best as the Flash. But the book is only an ok read, with way too many intercuts and flashbacks and boring explanations and moralizings. Hope this is just the shakedown shakes, but I am REALLY glad I didn't buy this title.

May 07, 2013
  • JEarl rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Another 52 down. So-so BUT I am not a big Flash reader. Not a bad read just not my thing.

Feb 12, 2013
  • Keogh rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Average. The New 52 relaunch of the Flash starts with Barry Allen some five years into his time as the Flash, confronting among other things an old enemy, an old friend with links to new enemies, and the possibility that his dashing around all the time is tearing open holes in the space-time continuity. Basically the book suffers from the same thing it had to deal with before the reboot: the main character is dreadfully boring, always has been, and always will be.

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