Flash In The Pan?
Just to make things crystal clear…THIS IS NOT THE 2016-2017ish review of DC’s new Rebirth. This a review for the Geoff John’s and Ethan Van Sciver book that was released waaay back in 2009. I’m a bit behind I know.
I’m a HUGE fan of ‘The Flash’ TV show and even did a list of my favourite moments from Season 1 and Season 2 (which can be seen here Top 5 Flash Moments From Season 1 & 2), however, my knowledge of the comic universe is pretty basic. I know about Flashpoint, I know about Wally West, I know about Infinite Crisis I know about Zoom….but that’s it.
Loving the on screen character so much though I really wanted to get up to speed with the source material, so when I got the New 52 Flash Omnibus for Christmas I thought that there was no better time to start reading about the adventures of the Scarlett Speedster.
So follow me as I review MY first ever flash comic and see what I thought it was like for people who may also be wanting to take that leap into the speedforce.
Let’s Get You Up To Speed
Red On His Hands
The Big Villain
It’s in the speedforce that we get our big villain reveal. If you hadn’t guessed it (and you should have as i’ve posted lots of pictures of him so far) the villain is none other than The Reverse Flash. Like most comic book villains he explains his big master plan and how he brought Barry back from death to become it. The time travel, like with a lot of time travel stories, is a bit confusing but John’s doesn’t dwell on it too much and the book is gripping enough at this point that it doesn’t lose you. Ofcourse with the inclusion of Time Travel, John’s is able to give The Reverse Flash some gravitas and he let’s the villain become Barry’s ultimate nemesis. Through flashbacks (again pun not intended) we see that the Yellow Speedster has tormented Barry throughout his life, appearing at key moments to hurt him as much as possible. The big twist comes when Zoom admit’s that he killed Barry’s mother. Sure I knew it from the TV show, but it still had an impact and I can imagine at the time that it was a huge revelation.
He states that he’s now going to travel back to before Barry and Iris ever met, murder her and ruin The Flash’s life even further. It’s a dastardly plot that really gets you sweating as you turn from page to page to get to the outcome. All of the Flashes, from Jay Garrick to Wally West get involved to take down the villain it’s great to see everyone working as a cohesive unit with Barry as the spearhead of the group.
This is truly the return of the true Flash!