Flash Volume 1: Move Forward HC (Flash (DC Comics Numbered)) Hardcover – 20 Nov 2012
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"Showcases the Flash's likability and almost a hint of goofiness ... a lot of potential for greatness." "USA Today"
"A visual treat.... Any reader can easily jump on board." "The New York Times"
""The Flash" will be one of the runaway hits of this reboot--and could eventually become one of the great runs of American superhero comics." "Time Out Chicago"
"Flash fans should breathe a sigh of relief that the character is 100% definitely in the right hands." "MTV Geek"
"An accessible, charming superhero tale." "io9""
About the Author
Francis Manapul is the artist and co-writer of "The Flash," which is part of DC Comics The New 52. His previous work for DC Comics includes books such as "Adventure Comics, Superman/Batman," and "The Legion Of Super-Heroes." His work has been published in various publications from the likes of Aspen Comics, Editions Delcourt, Top Cow Productions, and Devils Due just to name a few. Manapul was a TV Presenter on SyFy's "Beast Legends," in which he and a team of scientists and adventurers traveled the globe in search of scientific data to create mythical beasts. Manapul was born in Manila, Philippines and currently calls Toronto, Canada his home. Brian Buccellato started in comics as a colorist for the Marvel/DC crossover "Punisher/Batman" and went on to color for all major publishers including work on "Uncanny X-Men, Superman, The Flash "and many others. Brian began writing as part of The Story Company, collaborating on a number of screenplays. While working for Top Cow, he started his comics writing with "The Darkness," before teaming with Francis Manapul to co-write "The Flash" for DC Comics. He also writes and illustrates the creator-owned title "Foster.""
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This new version of The Flash sets off at a brisk pace and slowly picks up pace as it goes along. It's a simple and straightforward superhero story with a very likeable and believable main character. What really comes across is how much the writers both like and understand Barry Allen -and that can be extremely important in comics. You can feel the passion and effort that this new creative team are putting into every page. And some of the pages are absolutely breathtaking. Has to be seen to be believed. The artwork is top notch.
I would say if you've ever wanted to get into The Flash and if you want a good fun superhero book to read, you could do a lot worse than buying this. A lot worse.
The Flash is back in this exciting and thrilling collection of the first eight issues of this series. I’ve recently become a huge fan of the character and this new 2011 series is a great place to enjoy new Flash stories. Barry Allen had a brief comics return since his return after a 20 year absence, he starred again as the main Flash in the 12 issue series by Geoff Johns before the DC Universe was rebooted. The Flash is one character that greatly benefits from this relaunch, no longer tied down to the occurrence of his own death, the series can run afresh into a new and exciting series for the Flash.
In this new continuity Barry is no longer married to Iris West, their marriage new happened and instead has recently started dating co-worker Patty Spivot. It’s during their first date that our story begins at a Tech Symposium where a masked gang break in looking to steal a piece of technology. Barry gives chase but the gang get away in their plane, Barry saves one from the fall but learns that he died and not only that, but the unmasked dead man is someone Barry knows, an old friend, Manual Lago. Knowing that something doesn’t add up related to his friend’s death Barry carries out his own investigation at home an intruder enters and it’s an alive and well Manual.Read more ›
The Kindle edition on dekstop or tablets does not allow pinch to zoom - comics are therefore hard to read. Comixology provides a better reading platform. Guided or panel view is not as good as each panel is not shown in context, it would be nice to see Kindle improve this and provide a more complete comic reading experience.
In the Flash's first tale of the New 52 relaunch, an old face from Barry's past returns in a way that he could never have guessed, leaving Central City in a blackout after an EMP bomb brings the city into a dark age. Captain Cold, one of the Flash's greatest villains makes his escape from prison with a deadly grudge. As if this isn't enough, it turns out that the speed force that gives the Flash his powers is also creating holes in the space/time continuum and may results in the end of existence as we know it.
Many good ideas and interesting characters appear throughout these stories, but I couldn't help but feel this book dragged on and on. It wasn't bad, and was certainly a good place for this newcomer to the scarlet speedster to jump on without the need for prior reading, but a barely memorable plot wasn't enough for me to thoroughly enjoy it. One good thing, however, is that for the most part, it remains true to the essence of how fun superheroes are meant to be, without much of the unnecessary doom and gloom of most modern comics.
Brian Buccellato's art was beautiful from start to finish, keeping to the realms of reality while also maintaining a stylized, almost cartoonish and colourful aesthetic that is a treasure to behold.
I would certainly recommend this book to anyone new to comics and fans of the current CW tv show, and hope you enjoy it more than I did. It is by means a great book and everything great about western superhero comics, but it just wasn't really for me.