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Find out how Barry Allen adjusts after his battle with Reverse-Flash! Plus, witness the first meeting of The Flash and Green Lantern! Collecting: The Flash 26-29, Annual 2


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Find out how Barry Allen adjusts after his battle with Reverse-Flash! Plus, witness the first meeting of The Flash and Green Lantern! Collecting: The Flash 26-29, Annual 2

30 review for The Flash, Vol. 5: History Lessons

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I don't know what to say about this. It's just...I have yet to feel fully captured by a solo Flash title. I honestly love Barry Allen's character. He's sweet, funny, loyal, and makes a great addition to any team-up, but... on his own? Woof. Such a blah story. I would lovelovelove to see a writer take this title on, and then make it exciting and fun. I know it can be done. And I know it can be done without turning Barry into a dark version of himself or some other nonsense. As it is, I'm still ambi I don't know what to say about this. It's just...I have yet to feel fully captured by a solo Flash title. I honestly love Barry Allen's character. He's sweet, funny, loyal, and makes a great addition to any team-up, but... on his own? Woof. Such a blah story. I would lovelovelove to see a writer take this title on, and then make it exciting and fun. I know it can be done. And I know it can be done without turning Barry into a dark version of himself or some other nonsense. As it is, I'm still ambivalent to this title. Up first was a nice team-up with Hal Jordan that showed how they met. Green Lantern & Flash! BFF's FOREVAH! The story had an old school feel to it that was sorta sweet & fun, but there wasn't any real meat to that one. Ok, I'm going to be completely honest here. I don't actually remember much about most of this volume. Mostly random villains, and unconnected stories...I think. Sadly, the majority of it just left me with a vague feeling of meh. The last few issues were my favorites. Barry accidentally frees an evil spirit who is intent exacting revenge on the descendants of the man who killed him. There's an actual story here that's relevant to Barry's life, and it made all the difference. I wish the whole volume had been as interesting as the stuff at the end. The Flash is just one of those characters (like Aquaman) that I simply refuse to give up on. I like what he stands for, so I'm going to continue on with his comics in the hopes that some writer will eventually knock my socks off. Get this review and more at:

  2. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    This kinda goes all over the place. There isn't really a through storyline right now. It's interesting. I just finished reading The Justice League Dark for the first time and that was my introduction to Deadman. He is this guy who is dead or something like that and now he is able to possess people. He is a strange new hero I'm introduced to. Well, he shows up in this story. It's a good thing to as Flash is dealing with an angry ghost who can possess people. I thought this book was good and I enjo This kinda goes all over the place. There isn't really a through storyline right now. It's interesting. I just finished reading The Justice League Dark for the first time and that was my introduction to Deadman. He is this guy who is dead or something like that and now he is able to possess people. He is a strange new hero I'm introduced to. Well, he shows up in this story. It's a good thing to as Flash is dealing with an angry ghost who can possess people. I thought this book was good and I enjoyed the last story arch that did include Deadman, but it wasn't as well done as the previous volumes. Same energetic artwork and thrust to the story. Flash is fast and he's moving forward. I don't have much else to say. This volume is fairly forgettable. I hope the next volume picks up the thread again.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Donovan

    SURPRISING, not knowing what to expect. But the creative team is chaotic. Former co-writer Brian Buccellato solo writes Volume 5, Manapul illustrates one cover, and random illustrators do each issue with no consistency whatsoever. If I have one big complaint it's that Francis Manapul, former writer and illustrator, is totally gone. Unlike the previous volumes, which had large story arcs, this contains three unrelated stories that feel somewhat shoehorned. I can imagine Buccellato freaking out an SURPRISING, not knowing what to expect. But the creative team is chaotic. Former co-writer Brian Buccellato solo writes Volume 5, Manapul illustrates one cover, and random illustrators do each issue with no consistency whatsoever. If I have one big complaint it's that Francis Manapul, former writer and illustrator, is totally gone. Unlike the previous volumes, which had large story arcs, this contains three unrelated stories that feel somewhat shoehorned. I can imagine Buccellato freaking out and DC says, "chill out, Brian, just write whatever and Robert will take over in four issues." That's pretty much what happens. The first two issues are okay, not bad, but nothing special. The last three easily should have been expanded into a larger five issue story arc with several sub plots. But oh well. I guess that's why Buccellato leaves the project after this volume. The Quick and the Green is the first issue, a somewhat predictable "otherworld" story: Flash and Green Lantern Hal Jordan get sucked into an alternate dimension battle world and rescue child slaves, and of course battle aliens to the near death. But the humor between Barry and Hal is great. That's the only good thing about this one. Flash Out of Water is the second issue and a typical Rogue story, featuring a new but one dimensional daredevil villain named Sky Pirate. This one's at least exciting, with Flash jumping off helicopters and planes. And surprise, he catches the baddie. But nothing we haven't seen before, let alone in the four previous volumes to greater effect. History Lessons, the title story, is where it's at. Part mystery, supernatural horror, and crime procedural, this story has real depth and audacity. A 19th century Central City (say that five times fast) gold miner comes back to murder and exact vengeance upon his killer's descendants, whom he cursed with his last dying breath. So there's murder, ghosts, possession, the very minor but cool character Deadman, police corruption, and some "who killed my mom" drama from Barry. This story actually has a very "old Gotham" Batman feel to it. But it's too quick! Not an essential read by any means, but actually better than it should be considering Manapul is gone and you've got twenty different illustrators. The last story is pretty solid, better illustrated than the rest, and is surprisingly different with its subject matter. However, after Manapul's talent, this just doesn't feel the same, which is why they didn't include it in the new Flash Omnibus.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Fun collection. Not especially deep or meaningful but just entertaining. Extra half star for the pitch perfect first story team up of Flash/Green Lantern.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Well-paced mystery adventure of the flash -- and guest star(s) -- against... well, why spoil the surprise?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    I went back and bumped this from 4 to 5 stars. Why am I being so generous? Because this collection had a little bit of everything I love about superhero comics: 1. A good annual story - Flash & Hal Jordan team up in an off-Earth adventure that is good ol' space-opera fun, plus a bonus little back-up that's a solid meditation on the profound impact that our seemingly small decisions make on those around us. 2. A solid one-and-done - The next issue is a story that proves The Flash's awesomeness as a I went back and bumped this from 4 to 5 stars. Why am I being so generous? Because this collection had a little bit of everything I love about superhero comics: 1. A good annual story - Flash & Hal Jordan team up in an off-Earth adventure that is good ol' space-opera fun, plus a bonus little back-up that's a solid meditation on the profound impact that our seemingly small decisions make on those around us. 2. A solid one-and-done - The next issue is a story that proves The Flash's awesomeness as a hero. After the trademark opening ("I am the fastest man alive") is the inevitable "Are you faster than Superman?" question. The rest of the issue showcases all of the weird awesome physics behind what The Flash can do and why he is every bit the hero the Big Blue Bore is. 3. A solid arc - This is a bit of a mystery complete with Deadman. It's got murder, history, ghosts, serial killers, and everything I could want from a story with all those ingredients. I might have just been in the right mood, but this was an absolute delight.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David

    Aside from the opening short story, a pleasing Green Lantern, Hal Jordan team-up, this one's a bit of a dud. Disappointed as this title's been regularly enjoyable. Aside from the opening short story, a pleasing Green Lantern, Hal Jordan team-up, this one's a bit of a dud. Disappointed as this title's been regularly enjoyable.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    Since the departure of Francis Manapul from this series, things seemed much more unhinged for the The Flash's series. This volume is an stellar example of this very issue as it collects a bunch of random and unconnected stories together. Not only are these smaller story arcs superficial with barely any real pertinence, and sometimes bordering mediocrity both in story and art, it is worth noting that the final story was the most interesting as it looks into Barry Allen's obsession over his mother Since the departure of Francis Manapul from this series, things seemed much more unhinged for the The Flash's series. This volume is an stellar example of this very issue as it collects a bunch of random and unconnected stories together. Not only are these smaller story arcs superficial with barely any real pertinence, and sometimes bordering mediocrity both in story and art, it is worth noting that the final story was the most interesting as it looks into Barry Allen's obsession over his mother's real killer to finally release his father from prison. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    Mixed bag...I for one DID NOT like the Hal/Barry teamup meet cute recall issue. Lame-o. Too cartoony. Also, has EVERYONE worn Hal's ring now? Then a few single issues, including a lame villain Spitfire...best part there was Barry running on clouds because they have tiny ice crystals...lol. Then we get onto the main storyline of the book,which is where things look up from a near failure first half... Stupid Rogue rejects, Chroma and Tar Pit get caught, accidentally unearthing a burial ground for a s Mixed bag...I for one DID NOT like the Hal/Barry teamup meet cute recall issue. Lame-o. Too cartoony. Also, has EVERYONE worn Hal's ring now? Then a few single issues, including a lame villain Spitfire...best part there was Barry running on clouds because they have tiny ice crystals...lol. Then we get onto the main storyline of the book,which is where things look up from a near failure first half... Stupid Rogue rejects, Chroma and Tar Pit get caught, accidentally unearthing a burial ground for a serial killer. This one was arrested when Barry was a baby, but of course, more to the story! This ties into the founding of the Gemstone cities, and a killer spirit, who has a descendant involved in the story! Also, is Barry going to find out a shocking truth? Tune in next time, featuring Deadman! A highly underrated character, who's now free to roam, like Frankenstein, now that JL Dark "disbanded" ie. Got cancelled. The artwork is the prize here, and Brian Buccellato has started to salvage what Francis Manapul was leading down to crapville. Once again we have to hear about the secret of Nora Allen's killer, between Barry's dad and Capt. Frye, and a subtle (not subtle) hint about who is involved! Good recovery issue, but still room to grow, and still not a great handle on Barry Allen except that he's driven to find his mother's killer. No Gorillas or Iris West this time, which is something.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This series is just really not that great for me. This was actually a little more interesting, since I like Deadman (Blackest Night or Darkest Day, when he comes back is where I mostly have experience with this character and I liked Boston Brand a lot). The beginning stories didn't really have anything to do with the previous volumes; we had a few stories on Flash and Green Lantern, and that was more stand alone. That was just OK also, there was more that should have been explained but wasn't (o This series is just really not that great for me. This was actually a little more interesting, since I like Deadman (Blackest Night or Darkest Day, when he comes back is where I mostly have experience with this character and I liked Boston Brand a lot). The beginning stories didn't really have anything to do with the previous volumes; we had a few stories on Flash and Green Lantern, and that was more stand alone. That was just OK also, there was more that should have been explained but wasn't (or was only half-ass thrown in).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    There is not much development of the Flash universe in this storyline other than a mild murder mystery that sheds light on the corrupt origins of the gem cities. Then again, did anyone out there have a burning need to know the origins of the gem cities? Some solid writing, good story-boarding and okay artwork.... Still, this volume just didn't seem to carry much weight. 3/5 There is not much development of the Flash universe in this storyline other than a mild murder mystery that sheds light on the corrupt origins of the gem cities. Then again, did anyone out there have a burning need to know the origins of the gem cities? Some solid writing, good story-boarding and okay artwork.... Still, this volume just didn't seem to carry much weight. 3/5

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maxine ❃ etherealpages

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars A bit short but interesting enough, the plot twists are certainly mind-boggling in this one. I found the art a bit dull and too edgy though.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    In this latest volume of the no-longer coded New 52 Flash, Barry Allen goes through his paces in a series of tales that are very Bronze-Ageish. It starts with Flash Annual #2, which gives us the first meeting of Flash and Hal Jordan, and ends in a three part murder mystery that has Cary Bates stamped all over it. Nothing really moves forward in this volume (heh), but we do learn a little more about Barry's relationship with Captain Frye, which deepens the mystery behind the murder of Barry's mom In this latest volume of the no-longer coded New 52 Flash, Barry Allen goes through his paces in a series of tales that are very Bronze-Ageish. It starts with Flash Annual #2, which gives us the first meeting of Flash and Hal Jordan, and ends in a three part murder mystery that has Cary Bates stamped all over it. Nothing really moves forward in this volume (heh), but we do learn a little more about Barry's relationship with Captain Frye, which deepens the mystery behind the murder of Barry's mom. Barry is still something of a dull boy, however, although living with his girlfriend is the one modern touch that compares rather humorously with the classic Barry Allen trying to date Fiona whatsherface back before the original Crisis. I wish Barry had more personality, but other than being driven to find his mom's murderer, that's about it. I understand why people miss the classic Wally West, but there is no reason why Barry can't be just as interesting a character. These books have lots of Flash action, but a little more Barry would be great, to make the readers care a bit more about him. Overall, I enjoyed these stories, a little better than most people, but I think the throwback style (as I perceive it) has a lot to do with it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michael Church

    Look...with Francis Manapul gone, this book is going to suffer. There is just no way around it. That look was iconic and those stories were made all the better for it. What can I say, I'm a guy who forgives a mediocre story for great art. Speaking of mediocre stories, you've got a handful here. The Annual is a fun team up with Green Lantern, but it assumes a level of familiarity between these two that really has no reason to be there yet in the New 52. It's a fun story, but nothing unique or out Look...with Francis Manapul gone, this book is going to suffer. There is just no way around it. That look was iconic and those stories were made all the better for it. What can I say, I'm a guy who forgives a mediocre story for great art. Speaking of mediocre stories, you've got a handful here. The Annual is a fun team up with Green Lantern, but it assumes a level of familiarity between these two that really has no reason to be there yet in the New 52. It's a fun story, but nothing unique or outstanding. The other standalone stories are alright and have some fun little highlights. Seeing how everyday little changes can add up to something big and some of the really insane uses of the Flash's powers were pretty sweet. The main story is alright. The twists were a bit predictable and worn out, but it was still a good time. And Deadman can only improve the concept. Zircher is adequate on art with a few moments that shine. Again, anything following up from Manapul would've been tough. This is still a pretty decent book, it's just a shame the creative team had to change.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Travis Duke

    2.5 stars, author and artist change over on this volume. Francis Manapul had a great run on flash and this is pale in comparison. The first 3 mini stories in this book are pretty shallow and boring, with the exception of the green lantern ( buddy cop) arena world story. The main story "history lessons" is o.k. its entertaining but nothing great. It revolves around the "keystone killer" which is an old west story about claim jumpers that turned into ghosts. The art is also a downturn but surprisi 2.5 stars, author and artist change over on this volume. Francis Manapul had a great run on flash and this is pale in comparison. The first 3 mini stories in this book are pretty shallow and boring, with the exception of the green lantern ( buddy cop) arena world story. The main story "history lessons" is o.k. its entertaining but nothing great. It revolves around the "keystone killer" which is an old west story about claim jumpers that turned into ghosts. The art is also a downturn but surprising it is still Brian Buccellato at least in some of the stories. I suppose if you really like the flash they you will like this volume but casual readers might just pass it over. I am torn because I am not sure ill pick up volume 6.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    This volume collects an annual, which features a fairly silly story where Flash and Green Lantern meet for the first time and end up on a fairly random interplanetary adventure. It's fun but slight. The main body of the collection focuses on a discovery of bodies that points to a past serial killer that Barry thinks may be a key to his own family mysteries. Thinks take a weirdly supernatural turn, including a rather random crossover character, and ultimately a few questions are answered, a few f This volume collects an annual, which features a fairly silly story where Flash and Green Lantern meet for the first time and end up on a fairly random interplanetary adventure. It's fun but slight. The main body of the collection focuses on a discovery of bodies that points to a past serial killer that Barry thinks may be a key to his own family mysteries. Thinks take a weirdly supernatural turn, including a rather random crossover character, and ultimately a few questions are answered, a few false leads are brought up and disposed of, and Barry ends in a place not far off from where he started. The art is serviceable if not memorable. The writing works too, but it's a fairly average collection overall.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This is one of those books that was overall enjoyable to read, but I'm not going to really remember it after a bit. It was good, but nothing really grabbed my attention in any of the stories. The first half of the book is a few one shot issues, while the second half tells a longer story. First is a team-up between the Flash and Green Lantern that shows how they first met. The two friends' dynamic is always fun, and the story did a good job of showing their strengths, but the plot itself didn't p This is one of those books that was overall enjoyable to read, but I'm not going to really remember it after a bit. It was good, but nothing really grabbed my attention in any of the stories. The first half of the book is a few one shot issues, while the second half tells a longer story. First is a team-up between the Flash and Green Lantern that shows how they first met. The two friends' dynamic is always fun, and the story did a good job of showing their strengths, but the plot itself didn't particularly interest me. Children are being kidnapped, and the two meet while trying to find them. Aliens end up being behind the kidnapping, but they didn't make for engaging villains. But Barry and Hal are fun to watch banter at least. The next story was a short one about how even the smallest of actions can change someone's life. The main plot was about a fire from the Flash's past where he was unable to save a woman due to her already having died before the fire even started. However, her husband blames the Flash and wants revenge. It was an ultimately bittersweet story. I liked the start and end of the story where the small actions changing lives come in. At the start of the story, the Flash is performing random acts of kindness as he rushes to a party he's late for. At the very end, you see how his random acts changed each person's life in the short and long term. It's usually the smaller acts of kindness that move me more than the grand heroic deeds when it comes to superheroes. The next story was basically an extended chase as the Flash tried to catch the woman responsible for the death of his former teacher. I don't really have feelings about it one way or another. It wasn't bad. But it didn't really draw me in either. And the longer story had the Flash obsessing over catching a serial killer that he suspects might be responsible for his mothers murder. This story actually related to Barry's life and involved the people around him, which made it more engaging than the other stories. We even got a team up with Deadman. But the story didn't quite work for me. The villain had a nice and tragic background, but wasn't very compelling. While I like Deadman, he didn't really make much of an impression here. And the solution to the problem felt rather simple ultimately. This wasn't a bad book. It just wasn't the best I've read of the Flash.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Connor

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. The Flash is one of my favorite DC characters. I watch The Flash television show; I read all the comics; and I can’t wait to see him in the Justice League movie. Not that those things make me an expert on him, but I do know when a story about Flash is good and when it isn’t. Well, this comic story was pretty cool, so let me tell you why The beginning of this one was a little bit lame I have to warn you. Green Lantern is in it, and the team up story didn’t make Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. The Flash is one of my favorite DC characters. I watch The Flash television show; I read all the comics; and I can’t wait to see him in the Justice League movie. Not that those things make me an expert on him, but I do know when a story about Flash is good and when it isn’t. Well, this comic story was pretty cool, so let me tell you why The beginning of this one was a little bit lame I have to warn you. Green Lantern is in it, and the team up story didn’t make a lot of sense to me. Plus is there anyone who hasn’t worn a GL power ring by now? Once the GL junk finished up though, things started getting better. A burial ground of a serial killer getting unearthed, letting this rampaging spirit lose to start killing people. Flash gets involved, but finds he needs some serious help from someone who is undead! Guess who that is? Well, it is an oversimplification, I guess. But you don’t want me to give too much of the story away, right? And I did give you a hint about the undead guy. What is really cool here was the art work during the second part of the story and the fact the author, Brian Buccellato got Flash moving in a fun direction again (except for the GL stuff). It might just be me, but I think Barry Allen has it too hard. Nothing ever goes his way. So I was glad there was a little hope for Barry in here. Well, I hope you liked this review, and friend me any time to talk about my reviews or comic books.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    Very good! Starts off with two one-offs establishing Buccellato as the new writer with different illustrators. The Green Lantern one was good while the other was only okay. Then the book finishes up with the main entry, the titular story commencing Zircher on art. A great mix of noir detective and paranormal as a ghost from the diamond mining 1800s returns, crosses paths with a modern day serial killer and Flash finds clues to his mother's death as help comes along from, one of my favourite DC c Very good! Starts off with two one-offs establishing Buccellato as the new writer with different illustrators. The Green Lantern one was good while the other was only okay. Then the book finishes up with the main entry, the titular story commencing Zircher on art. A great mix of noir detective and paranormal as a ghost from the diamond mining 1800s returns, crosses paths with a modern day serial killer and Flash finds clues to his mother's death as help comes along from, one of my favourite DC characters, Deadman. Fun book, that turns the tide for Flash from the previous volumes in the New 52.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I enjoyed this one- the art continues to be lovely, I actually laughed at Barry's interactions with Hal Jordan, and the rest of the story lines were swiftly tied up but interesting. Plus, it had a decided lack of any of the characters that typically don't fall on my "enjoyable" list, which was great. I enjoyed this one- the art continues to be lovely, I actually laughed at Barry's interactions with Hal Jordan, and the rest of the story lines were swiftly tied up but interesting. Plus, it had a decided lack of any of the characters that typically don't fall on my "enjoyable" list, which was great.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Really enjoyed this one. Great art. Really enjoyed the storyline with the Sutters vs. Fletchers - it was a deep enough story to get me interested and different enough to keep me intrigued. I'm still not a "DC guy" but I'll keep reading Flash. Really enjoyed this one. Great art. Really enjoyed the storyline with the Sutters vs. Fletchers - it was a deep enough story to get me interested and different enough to keep me intrigued. I'm still not a "DC guy" but I'll keep reading Flash.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Holly Stout

    What a great DC comic. Love this one so glad I one it from Goodreads! It's a keeper. What a great DC comic. Love this one so glad I one it from Goodreads! It's a keeper.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sean Kennedy

    The arc for this volume seemed too rushed and needed to be fleshed out into more than three issues.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    ~4.5⭐️~ Didn't love the art as much ~4.5⭐️~ Didn't love the art as much

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mohamed Ahmed

    Way Below the Previous Stories ( Except For the Annual 2 Which I Already read in the Omnibus )

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mat

    The weakest volume yet. The story about the first meeting of the Flash and the Green Lantern was the best part, including one of the most bad-ass Flash moments I've ever seen. The other stories were significantly weaker. The weakest volume yet. The story about the first meeting of the Flash and the Green Lantern was the best part, including one of the most bad-ass Flash moments I've ever seen. The other stories were significantly weaker.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ivy

    5 🌟 Barry fights crimes, including a ghost case, and teams up with Hal Jordan.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    Yeah, it was Manapul's art that made the Flash wonderful. This is the first arc (well mini arc) since Manapul left this book and moved to Detective Comics (which I have yet to read) and immediately I can see the flaws which I had inkling of before for the series and now are very apparent since the pretty art is not there to distract me from them. So, how does this new creative team fare out of the gate? World: Let's talk about the art first, I don't like it. Zircher's art is adequate but it does n Yeah, it was Manapul's art that made the Flash wonderful. This is the first arc (well mini arc) since Manapul left this book and moved to Detective Comics (which I have yet to read) and immediately I can see the flaws which I had inkling of before for the series and now are very apparent since the pretty art is not there to distract me from them. So, how does this new creative team fare out of the gate? World: Let's talk about the art first, I don't like it. Zircher's art is adequate but it does not capture the wonder and speed and fun that Manapul's art does. Additionally his framing is just not as creative and evocative. It's a sad thing as Flash comics with wonderful art make the Scarlet Speedster more than he is, a character that runs fast and fights ridiculous rogues. The world building in terms of the writing was adequate, there is a lot more to do with it in terms of story than actual world building so I'll talk about it below. Story: The story, well it's a 3 story arc, a 1 and done and an annual so there is not a lot of story meat to actually sink our teeth into. The 1 and done was fun, the annual was also but both were forgetful and I've already pushed them to the back of my mind's recycle bin, they don't really offer anything substantial in character building, world building or just story fun so yeah, yawn. The 3 issue arc on the other hand has it's moments but is a mixed bag. Not to go into spoilers, but my last review of the last arc certainly expressed my unhappy feelings about the changes the creative team made to the Reverse Flash character and now the same could be said to the hint of the origin story of the Flash. I don't really think these iconic moments need to be reinvented instead of being retooled. It also made it harder to stomach as I just recently read this arc AFTER seeing the entire first season of the wonder Flash tv series which nails the origin story and reinvigorated my love of the character. As I said, I won't go into spoilers but the arc and the threads that are created in this small arc regarding Barry's personal history annoys me. I will however note that I did enjoy the supernatural element in the story and I enjoy it when Barry goes up against ridiculous characters (oh and Deadman made it super fun...wish there was more Deadman), it's these kind of ridiculous scenarios that make the Flash fun and differentiates him from other DC characters which is more doom and gloom. Characters: This is pretty much the same as the story section as I can't really separate the two in this arc. The characters introduced here are pretty much characters we've read for over 25 issues now (except the villain) and the turn in the character and the road it is heading towards does not make me happy. I wish there was a bit more time spent on the relationships this arc after the breakneck speed of the last arc, sometimes I think Flash books just need to slow down to build the tension before going full on speeding with the story. It was fun, but not as fun as the Manapul/Buccellato era. The art was really something I did not enjoy and I can't wish that would change, but oh well. I will keep reading as I love this character, but please don't make me GL you take a big hiatus if the writers are heading where I think they are heading...which makes me sad. Onward to the next book!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brent

    This time around, it's all Buccellato. Manapul is not involved anymore. The result is... The continuation of the "meh" Flash books. This first part of this volume consists of various stand-alone stories, one of which is the annual issue I suppose. The first one is about Green Lantern and The Flash's first meeting. It's okay, I guess. Lots of annoying, repetitive arguments. Then there's 2 more issues featuring unimportant villains. A husband has lost his wife in a fire because Barry couldn't sav This time around, it's all Buccellato. Manapul is not involved anymore. The result is... The continuation of the "meh" Flash books. This first part of this volume consists of various stand-alone stories, one of which is the annual issue I suppose. The first one is about Green Lantern and The Flash's first meeting. It's okay, I guess. Lots of annoying, repetitive arguments. Then there's 2 more issues featuring unimportant villains. A husband has lost his wife in a fire because Barry couldn't save her fast enough, so he threatens to blow up the building. The second features some Z-list supervillain who wants to sell the Joker serum. Both of these stories feature Barry being sciency, but they're not really that interesting. The last couple of issues are the actual History Lessons arc. It features a ghost killer related to the foundation of the Gem Cities, and possibly the murder of Barry's mother, Nora Allen. Speaking of Allen, Barry may not be one after all... Even though the mystery behind Barry's ancestry and the team-up with Deadman were kinda cool, it's not the most interesting volume of The Flash I've ever read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Collects The Flash issues #26-29 and The Flash Annual #2 I accidentally read Volume 6 before this volume, but it didn't matter at all. Nothing that happens in this book makes that lasting of an impact. There is a supernatural story featuring Flash teaming up with Deadman, and even though I don't have anything against Deadman, I don't typically enjoy the magic/ghostly/supernatural side of DC Comics storytelling. There was one fun issue featuring a flashback to when The Flash and Green Lantern met f Collects The Flash issues #26-29 and The Flash Annual #2 I accidentally read Volume 6 before this volume, but it didn't matter at all. Nothing that happens in this book makes that lasting of an impact. There is a supernatural story featuring Flash teaming up with Deadman, and even though I don't have anything against Deadman, I don't typically enjoy the magic/ghostly/supernatural side of DC Comics storytelling. There was one fun issue featuring a flashback to when The Flash and Green Lantern met for the first time. I liked that. Otherwise, this volume wasn't my favorite.

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