Posted by:
Matt McGloin

Review: The Flash #1 (Manapul & Buccelato)


With the new 52 version of The Flash, we see that artist Francis Manapul and colorist Brian Buccelato have taken on the role of writer. Gone is superstar scribe Geoff Johns; worry not as The Flash is still one of the top books from DC Comics!

Manapul and Buccelato weave an all encompassing tale that takes you from 0 to 200 in the blink of an eye! Filled with breathtaking "Flash" action sequences - that first opening spread is wicked cool(!) - the book just doesn't stop! Just check out the page as the Flash falls off the building - what a save! 

Not to be outdone, the writing is just as top-notch as we are re-introduced (again!) to Barry Allen. As the Flash stops an experimental device from being stolen, one of the henchmen is killed in the process - at the hands of The Flash?! Similar to recent issues from the DC Relaunch, the public and media are quick to blame the super speedster. So, Barry Allen must investigate what just might be his own crime! However, there is even more of a twist (and more!), as it is revealed that the deceased individual was a friend of Barry's from year's past. Finally, the conclusion sees even more mystery revealed, as The Flash catches up with the shocking truth! And as The Flash follows this lead, what it may lead to just might be his undoing! 

This was a fun book; Manapul and Buccelato have done an exemplary job with this one. Not only do we get The Flash, but the life of Allen as a CSI, including a possible romantic triangle that seems to be in the midst! I think Barry is fast enough to keep up!

Get this if you can find it! At my local comic shop, we didn't even get any regular copies. I was part the lucky few who the owner graced a variant with!