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The Flash: Rebirth #1 - ...Doomed To Repeat It...


Where does Barry go from here?

Interweaving the events of DC Rebirth, Barry Allen is the Flash and deals with Wally West entering current Universe. What does this mean for the upcoming series and how does Batman plan into all of this?

Much like many of the other Rebirth titles, longtime readers may find so much of this issue to feel like a recap. However, unlike many other Rebirth titles, it feels like we're getting to see a different and extended version of the book that kicked all of this off. We're getting an extended scene between Barry and Wally, after Barry pulled Wally into the universe.

In addition, there's a bit more of Batman and Barry. Joshua Williamson gives the reader a bit more characterization. We're getting internal dialogue, struggle, and placed inside the head of Barry. He feels less like a hero and more like a human, and that's what sets this book apart. In addition, there's also a wonderful scene between Wally and Barry, which brings an emotional element to the book.

Carmine Di Giandomenic's art, with Ivan Plascencia on colors, can be a little tough to take in at first. Carmine's art is pretty stylized, but by the end of the issue, readers will finally understand the flow of his art and how it incorporates into the whole issue. It's a tad jarring at first, but stick with it.

There's also Plascencia on colors (one of my personal favorites, mainly when working with Riley Rossmo). Plascencia keeps everything pretty grounded; however, when Barry and Wally are in costume, there is a real dynamic pop to these characters which looks great. More than anything else, he does an amazing job with coloring the lighting here.

If you've been reading these Rebirth titles, then you probably know the name of the game by now. It's all about getting new readers and creating books that anyone could pick off the street and enjoy. That's the same thing with The Flash. Yes, longtime readers may find this issue a tad boring, but this issue is much better at giving longtime readers something to enjoy than some of the other titles. It doesn't give too much away for the upcoming series, which is both good and bad, so what we're left with is a solid issue that stands on its own.


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Edited By apokos7

The plot was nice and the writing was so good I read the issue in a flash (pun intended, of course). I liked the way they touched the Rebirth mystery more than any other title, expanding on Barry-Wally and the Barry-Bruce handling of the situation. This could have been the best issue of all the Rebirth issues so far if it weren't for the art. It's too stylized as the review suggests and also I find the outlines of the people to be too thick. The best panel was the Godspeed one by far because of the thin lines used in it. Another thing that wasn't for me was the fact that Wally will be seemingly called The Flash, too. I'm strongly against multiple characters with the same name (except Green Lantern, it only works there) and I hope they give him a different codename. I will definitely keep up with the title but I can't help but wish that we had different art.

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Posted By the_comebacks

I really liked this issue. This is the best new flash issue I've read in a few years. Having Wally and Barry back really feels right. Family and legacy has always been very important in the Flash universe, and now that they are bringing it back it really feels like the characters are starting to grow. I was skeptical about 2x a month issues but if the characterization is this good- I say bring it on.

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Posted By Synack1138

Nail on the head about the art, it took some time but did feel better.

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Edited By casper4690

Awesome issue !! My favorite rebirth title next to Green arrow

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Edited By EcstaticGrace

Weren't kidding when they said it tied into Rebirth, did a really excellent job doing so and has me curios to what answers Barry might find.

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Posted By UltimateSMfan

Enjoyed this issue so much, the extension of the Wally Barry scene from DCU rebirth had me welling up a bit.

And love the furthering of the big DCU plot thread created in rebirth.

Josh Williamson has the voice for these characters down pat, it read and felt to me like one of Mark Waid's or Geoff Johns's Flash issues.

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Posted By Tomkatie

While I agree the art wasn't perfect, it was pretty great compared to that god-awful Jason Pearson variant cover.

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Posted By roaris87

My LCS was sold out, I should've ordered ahead, I was looking forward to this one. I had them order be an issue though. Glad to see people are liking it!

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Posted By MattyDaveHalPeo

I gave it 5/5. Ever since it was revealed that Wally was ACTUALLY COMING BACK, I've been 100% behind all Flash-related Rebirth stuff.

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Posted By Mrfuzzynutz

Took a bit to get used to the art, really had to re read this love story to the history of Barry Allen

should be a good 'run' looking forward to more

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Posted By Footix_A

Barry's monologues were the best part.

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Posted By bighero6