Comic Book Review: The Flash #9 – The Road to Flashpoint, Part One


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Cover Art for The Flash #9

Story: Geoff Johns
Art: Francis Manapul
Colors: Brian Buccellatto

In a Nutshell

In this comic book issue, Barry Allen aka The Flash investigates the death of the Elongated Kid who mysteriously appears too old for his real age. At around the same time, a new character from the future arrives in the here and now. His name is Hot Pursuit and he’s basically a speedster cop on a bike. Barry Allen suspects that something or someone has disturbed the present timeline. When he finally gets to meet Hot Pursuit, not only was Barry’s gut feeling affirmed, but he also had the biggest surprise of his life.

What's Cool

  • This issue of The Flash is a classic Geoff Johns comic book. It has brilliant and smooth dialogues, plus the story pacing is sharp and clean.
  • Francis Manalpul’s drawings are stripped down to the basics without making the overall artwork look too cartoony.
  • Add the vibrant color work by Brian Buccellatto and you have graphics that seem to leap off the panels.
  • The Flash #9 is a perfect jumping on point for fans of the Scarlett Speedster as it is the first part of the Road to Flashpoint.

What's Crap

  • Comicbook fans who want to see The Flash catching bad guys will be disappointed. This issue is focused more on character development. Barry Allen dons his superhero costume only once and toward the end of the book… still without ever going toe to toe with criminals, superhuman or otherwise.
  • The new character, Hot Pursuit, is just not up to par with the other characters in The Flash series, especially in the previous story arc. I find this timecop on a bike to be unoriginal and a bit dull. And are those blinker lights on Hot Pursuit’s shoulders (red on the right and blue one on the left)?

The Bottom Line

Overall, fans of The Flash will love this comic book. Sure, there’s no action here, but the plotline for the Road to Flashpoint has definitely moved forward and you don’t want to miss it. Geoff Johns has begun developing the characters that will be involved in Flashpoint, the next big event in DC Universe.

The Flash #6: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues, Part Six


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The Dastardly Death of the Rogues comes to a close, wrapping up the first five issues of The Flash written by Geoff Johns. Previously… the Reverse-Flash Task Force (RTFF), a police force from the 25th century, is hot on the trail of Barry Allen aka Flash. Later on in the series, an RTFF member known as The Top befriended our hero and things looked a little brighter for the beleaguered Flash. But the twist came in The Flash #5 where it was revealed that Top was the one who actually set up the Scarlet Speedster.

The Flash #6

Well, if you are looking for an explosive conclusion to this series, you might be quite disappointed with this issue. However, if you love crime drama or mystery series and you wouldn’t mind having a more worldly approach to superheroes, then this comic book will definitely hit you on the spot. In the opening pages, we see Flash finally getting caught, restrained, and facing the The Judge from the 25th century. Of course, Barry Allen escaped and went back to the present to clear his name and apprehend the real criminal—none other than the double-crossing Top—who’s about to kill Barry’s wife, Iris.

This issue is packed with crucial revelations and events that will be forever etched in the life of the Scarlet Speedster. Plus, the artwork by Francis Manapul is definitely a masterpiece. From character expressions to blow-up scenes, Manapul has, yet again, did a great job. And loyal comic readers shouldn’t even be surprised by it.