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5.0 out of 5 stars The Flash why so slow at releasing the book??, 16 Jun 2007
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Glenn Cook (South Cave, near Hull UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Showcase Presents The Flash: Volume 1 (Paperback)
This is a great book. Yes by now we've all read 'the cheap paper and in black and white illustrations' etc comments.
BUT this book is brilliant.

The Flash was always one of the better super heroes. Not invulnerable as superman so a cross between Batman and Superman in that he had a super power but still had to rely on his brains to get out of situations. The stories follow the comic from the first issues and you can see how they started strongly with a good sound character and built up his challenges.

The Iris girlfriend and running joke about Barry Allen being so slow brings a much welcome relief to all the 'superheroing' not as detailed or as depressing as Stan Lee's Peter Parker perhaps.

The villains become more and more sophisticated and the wonderful thing is all the little details the writers put into the story about speed and how the flash uses it really is interesting even after all these years.
I am reading the entire series of showcase reissues and Flash was one I was most looking forward to and upon reading the book I am not disappointed.

Heck £8 to relive and enjoy your youth is cheaper and safer than a mid life crisis purchase of a Harley??

PostScript since writing this review there are 4 more volumes in the series all as wonderful as this
Showcase Presents The Flash TP Vol 02
Showcase Presents The Flash TP Vol 03
Showcase Presents The Flash TP Vol 04
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant stuff, not just for retro heads, 25 Jan 2009
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This review is from: Showcase Presents The Flash: Volume 1 (Paperback)
I got into comics fairly late. DC's Showcase line is a great way for people like me to discover the mile stones in their back catalog, or for long time fans to rekindle old flames. Whilst the paper is low quality and the images only black and white, the writing and the wonderful art work rarely suffer for it. I recommend Showcase to anybody wanting to check out a certain title as the series always offers excellent value for money, even if the content isn't always guaranteed.

The only Flash comics I'd read were modern and I'd found them underwhelming. I came to this book as a historical curiosity and something to read during quiet moments in the Christmas holidays. My expectations were pretty low I guess, but I was hooked from early on!
The art work is wonderful, some of the best I've seen from the period. The stories are consistently good and often excellent. Many of the 'super villains' Flash encounters are like him, ordinary people who discover strange powers and have to make choices. Presenting the villains in this way some how makes them feel less silly and over the top then they do in other DC comics from the same era.

Other stories show off fantastic scope and feature Flash fighting off genius gorillas and alien invaders. The best of these is the volume's cover story, an epic yarn of near apocalyptic pre-portions, that is done and dusted within 12 pages. A mine-bending achievement when compared to the yawn-fest multi book 'event series' which DC and Marvel have insisted on churning out year after year since Secret Wars and Crisis On Infinite Earths.

'Kid Flash' deserves special mentions as his stories are some of the best here. After a dreadful introduction story I was set to dislike the character. But rather then make him a run of the mill side kick he features as a back up strip in many issues. Instead of following the Flash around, Kid Flash fights bullys, beat nicks and other such 'typical' child hood fare. His stories are great and I hope to read more in volume 2!

Overall I can't recommend this book enough. It's a shining example of a 60's comic that stands up today. It's so good that it serves as a excellent introduction to the 'Silver Age' of comics to any readers who are new to that era's eccentricities and want to explore it's high lights.
If you are interested enough to read the reviews for this volume, it's a pretty safe bet that you will enjoy it, so buy it now.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flash 1956-1961 and a golden age surprise, 30 Jan 2010
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I. R. Kerr (Lancashire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Showcase Presents The Flash: Volume 1 (Paperback)
The opening tale is the last issue of the original Flash (Jay Garrick) in Flash Comics 104 from 1949, and hasn't that outfit dated.
After a brief break a new Flash (Barry Allen) appears in Showcase #4 (1956). Accidentally drenched in chemicals after a lightning strike he discovers he is able to move at amazing speeds. Pretty soon he's breaking the speed of light and the time barrier as well as using a pretty novel way of switching costumes with a specially adapted ring.
The Flash re-started with a series of 12 page tales with #105 (1959), each of the early issues had 2 tales featuring the Flash. Some of Flash's best known villains make their first appearances here, Captain Cold, Mr Element, Pied Piper, Grodd the Gorilla, Mirror Master, Weather Wizard, Captain Boomerang and Trickster. Alongside them are lesser threats from aliens, creatures from another dimension, Greek gods, cloud creatures. Not forgetting the odd trio of Winky, Bunky and Noddy.
The back tales in each issue soon give way to tales involving Kid Flash (Wally West) who would later on achieve far greater fame. There's also several tales featuring the Elongated Man who makes his first appearance in Flash #112.
These Showcase volumes are a wonderful way of catching up on DC Comics history from a time when the lines between good and evil were far clearer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Silver-age kickoff for the fastest man alive!, 24 April 2013
This review is from: Showcase Presents The Flash: Volume 1 (Paperback)
Comic-books: these days some say the term comes with a stigma and would rather use the wording "graphic novel",
well, imagine a different time, a time where comics didn't ask the big questions,
didn't explore the dark corners of the human psyche and didn't have long, intertwined stories.
No, Imagine a world of silly colorful villains of the week with elaborate traps!
Nonsensical leaps of logic and techno-babble!
Large-sounding words like "Fantastic!" and "awesome!" all throughout!
This is a collection of such stories featuring the second incarnation of the Scarlet Speedster,
the slow and methodical scientist Barry Allen, who, after being doused with chemicals hit by lightning,
gains the power of super-speed and decides to take on the identity of his favorite childhood comic-book hero.
The collection features not only Barry's, but numerous first appearances of his famous Rouges gallery as well as
Wally West, his sidekick who would eventually take up the mantle himself.
In this day and age, revisiting these simpler times where comics simply aimed to entertain
is definitely a trip worth taking now and again.
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