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

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.

Comic Book Review: Flash #8 – Reverse-Flash Rebirth

Cover Art for The Flash #8

Story: Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins
Colors: Brian Buccellato
Letters: Sal Cipriano
Cover art: Scott Kolins with Michael Atiyeh

In a Nutshell

Flash #8 paints Central City yellow with the rebirth of Reverse Flash. This issue is basically about how Eobard Thawne became one of the most formidable foes of the scarlet speedster. But apart from the obvious animosity between these two characters, what makes their story more interesting is the fact that The Flash and Reverse-Flash are inseparable, one cannot exist without the other. Hence, after the Flash: Rebirth series, here comes the retelling of the story of Reverse-Flash.

What's Cool

  • Eobard Thawne is not an ordinary psychopath. He has the power to literally erase from history all the people and things he dislikes.
  • Just like the previous issues of The Flash, this comic book issue has a lot of energy within the pages. Readers can feel the emotions of the characters.
  • Excellent colors by Brian Buccellato.

What's Crap

  • Cheesy – or should I say loser – moments when Eobard Thawne fell in love with a girl named Rose. Unfortunately, these scenes were essential in the story. It was the part that tipped Eobard Thawne’s pot, the straw that broke the camel’s back if you will.
  • The body proportions in some of the drawings can be a bit disquieting, if you like realistic artwork., but the rich colors can well make up for this little concern.

The Bottom Line

The Flash #8 is a self-contained issue, a one-shot material. Meaning, this is a perfect jumping on point for comic book fans who want to catch up with the latest series of The Flash. This also paves the road to Flashpoint, the much-awaited story arc about the fastest man alive.

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.

Fanboyninja Weekly Comics Review (Sept. 23): Millar’s Nemesis plus GL Corps

Nemesis #3

You’d be crazy if you don’t like this series written by Mark Millar, with art by Steve McNiven. Think Batman/Bruce Wayne, except that Nemesis is on the other side of the law. Yep, a billionaire gadget-totting masked character who wants to destroy the status quo that we all have come to know. Nemesis #3 In this latest issue, we see Nemesis in a fantastic and bloody fight scene against prison guards—97 in all. His unbelievable escape is definitely one of a kind and a very expensive one at that. It shouldn’t to be missed. To top it all, McNiven also dishes out an awesome and very energetic art.

Thor #615

Thor #615In this issue, we find Agardians and Broxton citizens busy rebuilding their lives after the Siege. Thor is about to jump on a new course. Where would that lead him? We don’t know. If you have been a longtime fan of the series, this issue signals the turning of a new chapter in the life and adventures of the God of Thunder and his friends.

Green Lantern Corps #52

Green Lantern Corps #52Let’s face it. Blackest Night was one hell of a series. After that, it’s just hard to find another great story about the Green Lanterns. I have to admit, I am slowly getting bored with Brightest Day as a whole. But this latest issue of Green Lantern Corps has given me the jolt that I needed. Here, we find two great lanterns from our very own Space Sector 2814—Kyle Rayner and John Stewart—on center stage as they save the day in Planet Grenda. This issue is made more relevant as it shows us the sad end of Hank Henshaw (aka Cyborg Superman) in the hands of Lantern Boodikka. Moreover, Alpha Lanterns have been changed back and reinstated into the Corps. For many Green Lantern fans, the team pose at the end is reason enough to get this issue.

Flash #5

Flash #5Previously… Flash is being arrested by the time-traveling Renegades from the 25th century for a crime that our hero is supposed to have committed in the future.

Now…Flash gets support from Top, one of the Renegades from the 25th century. But any help from Top is offset by the fact that the other Renegades and both present and future Rogues are hot on our duo’s tails. The plot also thickens as the mirror containing the Mirror Lords is also about to crack. Will things get better or worse for the Flash? Well, writer Geoff Johns hangs us in suspense till the next issue.

Justice League Generation Lost #10

Justice League Generation Lost #10Magog and Maxwell Lord have joined hands and we see the kind of future that this alliance could bring. Make no mistake, Maxwell Lord simply wants to corrupt the future. That’s why it is imperative that our Justice League heroes uncover Max’s plans. This issue also features Batman and Power Girl inquiring about Max. Did these two finally break free of the global mind wipe performed by Max? If so, will they be able to join the Justice League in the hunt for Max? Let’s all stay tuned.