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The Flash #0 - Before The New 52! Review


Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato take us back to Barry Allen's early days and seeds are planted for what we might be seeing in future issues.

"Why are you here, Barry?"

The Good

I've said it many times but the great thing about the zero issues is getting the chance to find out who these characters are in the New 52 Universe. We may all know who Barry Allen is but for many of today's readers, they weren't even alive before he "died" back in CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS. Having Barry as the Flash now is a new experience for them. Even for those that are more familiar with Barry's adventures as the Flash, we still can't be absolutely sure what has or hasn't happened in this new continuity.

The main themes in the issue is Barry's father being accused of killing Barry's mom as well as Barry first gaining his powers. We get flashbacks in a flashback as the main story takes place five years ago but we even see Barry as a child before his mom's death.

Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato may be doing a great job with the story but the art and color are going to knock your socks off. I am simply amazed at how good it all looks and the way the colors meld together to really give the flashback scenes a surreal feeling. The layout of the panels and the focus on certain elements truly makes reading this an experience.

So who is Barry Allen? If you've been wondering, this is where you'll find out. Besides just giving us a look back at his early days, we also get a feeling that Barry is actually human. You can clearly get a feel for who he is and what he's going through. That makes reading his adventures more exciting and enjoyable.

The Bad

Nothing. This is what I want from a zero issue.

The Verdict

If you've been wondering what Barry Allen's early days were like, this is where we get some answers. There is still a lot to learn about the New 52 Universe but we're getting a clearer picture on who Barry Allen is compared to what we've seen in the pre-New 52. Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato seamlessly pull double duty on the writing and art (and color). Not only is this a great look at Barry's early days and childhood but it's simply a beautiful comic as well. Seeing the way they present their stories is like being spoiled. It looks amazing and you can't get enough of the story or art.

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Posted by zackattack529

This was the most pure 0 issue I have read this month. such a great story and origin. Definitely the best of the week.

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Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Might Pick this up

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Posted by zachkastner

I want to see the silver Mark II Flash suit in action! Ah well. I still loved this book.

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Posted by connor110693

i wished for more from the creation of the costume but i adored this issue, my heart broke reading about barry as a kid

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Posted by Suprman

For my money this was the best 0 issue of the month, next to probably Animal Man.

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Posted by jointron33

And some fans think Barry sucks.....please! and btw....kinda off topic, this the real Alex Ross?

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Posted by Greggh

did anyone else notice the convicts name was daniel west? is this new ?....wonder if it willl tie into future stories ? possibly wally ?

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Posted by benette_rivera

This 0 issue is really great!

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Posted by MonarchofMotion

I completely agree this was perfect in my opinion. Definitely the best 0 issue!

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Posted by soumya

This issue is a true "0 issue"in nature.The only way to describe a zero issue is to give a complete story of a character's origin and it had done it in style.

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Posted by riiiiiiiight

I would have liked a little more details about the costume and maybe some more details about the accident that gave Barry his powers, but the story makes up for it ten times over. Awesome 0 issue!

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Posted by TheVowelO

@zackattack529: Agree.

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Posted by Gambit1024

It was ok

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Posted by daredevil21134

@Gambit1024 said:

It was ok

I love Barry Allen,he's one of my favorites but I dropped this book a while back.I'm just not feeling it

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@daredevil21134 said:

@Gambit1024 said:

It was ok

I love Barry Allen,he's one of my favorites but I dropped this book a while back.I'm just not feeling it

Agreed. I don't know what it is, but it's just not for me. I like what they did with the Rogues, but other than that, the whole series has been meh.

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Posted by sinestro_GL

Great zero issue...for me, the best so far!

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Posted by Mbecks14

Can't wait to pick this up! I've been enamored with this Flash run. I'm going to make all my friends read it! By far the best book in the New 52 IMO! Definitely my favorite