Flash: Rebirth #1 Review

Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Ethan Van Sciver
Publisher: DC Comics

I was a long time reader of the Flash. I read from the issue #82 of Wally’s series through the Waid issues, the Morrison and Millar year and through the John’s issues where my interest wained, and I eventually dropped the Flash after the much-maligned “Fastest Man Alive” series started. Having started reading comics in the early 1990’s, I’ve never read a Barry Allen story except for the odd guest appearances he had through Wally’s series. To be quite honest, I would’ve quite happy for it to stay that way. Why bring back a character who has been dead for over twenty years?
Well he’s been brought back and his first issue is quite pedestrian, in fact for a whole 30 story pages I really expect a lot more the reminiscing and idolatry of Barry Allen that occurs. Yes the reminiscing comes from a variety of the Flash Alumni and other lasting DC Characters, how Barry has affected their lives and hero careers, but the actual page count left for story advancements is incredibly low. The few portents that are apparent do intrigue, and the snippets that link back through all the Flash’s previous adventures do pique the interest. It’s nice to see how the Flash lineage links together but I need more to get me coming back.
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