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Review: Flash #5

Watch out for the Renegades!

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The Rogues are trying to open up the original Mirror Master's "In Case of Flash, Break Glass" weapon that will unleash the mirror lords upon the world! In addition, the Renegades try to arrest Flash for murder! Top, from the 25th century, and The Flash team up to stop this from happening.

The Good

Francis Manapul and Geoff Johns make an amazing team! Now that the obvious is out of the way, there's a lot more great things in this book to talk about. There's a ton of stuff happening in this storyline, yet Johns does a great way of recapping what happened in the last issue without it seeming out of place. I'm sure if you read this in trade, it will be much more noticeable though. There's a huge Brightest Day tie-in in this issue, so the "Brightest Day" label on the front actually means something. Obviously, it all deals with what Captain Boomerang is supposed to be doing. This issue ends with exactly what you've been waiting for, the glass gets broken. Yes, I know it's a spoiler, but come on, you knew it was going to happen. At the same time, it seems Flash may be disposed during the release of the Mirror Lords. This has been one of the most entertaining story lines I've read in a long time. It's a solid, fun read, and although there aren't any shockers in this book, you don't need them.

The Bad

It bugs me a bit that only Top, from the Renegades, sees the value in Flash and believes he may be innocent of murdering Mirror Monarch. Everyone in the Renegades knows Flash is a hero, but only Top is willing to step up and take a chance at figuring out how to stop the series of events that is about to unfold? Minor annoyances.

The Verdict 4.5/5

I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a Flash book, or any comic for that matter, this much. It's not a thought-provoking story that's going to reshape the world, but does it need to be? This story does what many Flash stories, over the past 5 years, have failed to do: Entertain the reader. I highly recommend this series.