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The Flash by Geoff Johns Omnibus, Vol. 1 Hardcover – May 24, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401230687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401230685
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He began his comics career creating and writing Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. for DC Comics.

His first comic assignment led to a critically acclaimed run on the The Flash and JSA for DC Comics. Since then, he has quickly become one of the most popular and imaginative writers in comic books today, working on titles including a highly successful re-imagining of Green Lantern, The Flash: Rebirth, Superman: Secret Origin, Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Teen Titans, Justice Society of America, Infinite Crisis and the experimental breakout hit series 52 for DC with Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid. Geoff received the Wizard Fan Award for Breakout Talent of 2002 and Writer of the Year for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as well as the CBG Writer of the Year 2003 thru 2005 and 2007 and 2008 and CBG Best Comic Book Series for JSA 2001 thru 2005. Geoff penned the acclaimed "Legion" episode of SMALLVILLE. He also served as a writer for the fourth season of ROBOT CHICKEN. Geoff is currently working on film projects with Warner Brothers to be announced soon.

Geoff recently became a New York Times Bestselling author with the graphic novel Superman: Brainiac with art by Gary Frank among many others.

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The Flash by Geoff Johns Omnibus, vol. 1 collects Flash #164-176, Flash: Iron Heights #1, Flash Secret Files #3, and Flash: Our Worlds at War #1, all originally published between 2000 and 2001. Production quality is decent, but a far cry from that of Marvel's painstakingly produced omnibuses. Indeed, for the cover price here, most serious collectors will be rather disappointed. Though the Flash Omnibus features solid boards and low-gloss paper, the boards are unfinished. Like DC's only other Omnibus in this line (The Green Lantern Omnibus Vol. 1), the spine is also glued, not sewn. DC also continues their horrendous editing practice of omitting issue numbers--not only are they missing from the cover reproductions, but the book also lacks a table of contents, making it impossible for a reader to tell which particular issue he or she is reading at any given time. As for bonus material, there is none whatsoever--not even a page of back story for the Our Worlds at War one-shot.

Thankfully, the stories themselves are absolutely wonderful. This first volume of the Omnibus contains a number of story arcs (some of which are not fully resolved here), including a Lewis Carroll-esque reality-hopping tale, a four-part thriller involving a Flash-worshipping cult, a battle with a newly powerful Weather Wizard for the life of a mysterious baby, and a somewhat gruesome encounter with Murmur in Iron Heights prison. Geoff Johns' writing here is a sheer joy to read: his Flash stories are imaginative, well-paced, and full of nuanced, believable characters.
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By FXM on September 7, 2011
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I bought this because I'm a huge fan of Geoff Johns Scott Kolins Flash run. But, DC are you serious? Only about 12-13 issues? Dude, 12-13 issues is what Marvel throws into their New Avengers and Mighty Avengers Deluxe hardcover editions! And those only cost 30-35 bucks on good quality paper!! Their omnibus collections have 24 or more issues collected under one hardcover for the same price of your omnibus collection! EX: Marvel will be releasing the Age of Apocalypse in omnibus format with the lead-in story, and ALL the tie-ins! That's a lot of comics under one cover! Which in turn makes the pricing understandable and makes me want to purchase it.

I'm diehard DC, but please get the omnibus thing right! Your collections have been overpriced in comparison to Marvel, which in turn makes it difficult for me to purchase more of your books.

Please listen to your fans, we know you have no interest in mimicking what Marvel does, but from a business standpoint please consider a different approach to your omnibus releases, for your fans and for your business.

Totally agree with Xavier, I really enjoy Geoff Johns stories, but man, price this more reasonably, and don't call it an omnibus when it's nowhere near what an omnibus should be.

Really only 1 star for Geoff and Scott's work (even though they deserve a full 5), but 1 star for the minimal amount of issues collected for the price.
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After reading the comments about the binding and page count, I initially was turned off by the book. $75 is a lot for a book with that page count and so few extras. The book essentially is a Deluxe Edition plus another story arc. However, a year later, now at $45, I highly recommend picking it up. Geoff John's Flash run is worthy of the hype. Well... the first arc of the book was ok, which is why I gave it four stars. The first arc seemed like Bill Willingham was standing next to Geoff Johns while he wrote the arc. (Read the arc and you will understand the reference.) This isn't a bad thing, however, the arc did not fit in the with the rest of the book, which is incredible. Johns does a great job flushing out the characters, both good and bad, and left a great mark on the Flash mythos. As for the artwork, Scott Kollins art is amazing. Its such a unique style that fits the Flash character so well. If you like the Flash, or Johns's style of writing, pick this up. It is worth the cash, even with the poor binding.
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This book is trash. You're far better off buying the two trades it collects: Wonderland and Blood Will Run.

At 75$ retail you're buying two trades you can find online for under 30$ for the pair. This should have been 3-4 trades collected. Marvel has several 75$ books that have value for the money (of course the average Marvel story pales next to Geoff on Flash).

I think Flash is Johns' crown achievement in comics and while many like his Green Lantern run, it just doesn't have the same greatness as Flash when you read it all. I recommend his Flash arc to anyone but this "omnibus" (13 or so issues, really?) and it's poor quality just don't make this collection worth an addition. Please try the trades of it, though.
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What is good about this book?. The stories writen by Geoff Johns. The guy can't do wrong when writing comics. This was my first time reading Wally West "run" (see what I did there?) and I loved it.

What is bad about this book?. Ok... Let's start:

- This book have only 448 pages.
- Although the cover looks pretty, when you see the back, there's a drawing of The Flash in a white background that make it looks cheap. Not only that... the quality of the paper used for the dustjacket is SO lame that it bends and gets dirty on the touch.
- No extras nor guides for you to know what your reading. I find completely ridiculous not having at least titles or something that let you know what issue or issue number your reading. Is pathetic. Makes the "Our Worlds at War" issue a clueless story. Without beginig nor end. If you don't know anything about that storyline, you'll have a huge question mark in your hed when you get there.
- THE PRICE. $75 for this book is ridiculous. Before you start with "Amazon gives you a discount" please remember that the discount is proportional to the Retail Price.
- QUALITY. This book is GLUED BINDING. For the price tag I would have expected more pages (maybe over 600 pages) or over-the-top quality with metter paper, ink and sewed binding. This book doesn't have anything worthy of the price.

So you can have a better perspective of what this is, this book resembles to that of "LEGION OF SUPERHEROES: GREAT DARKNESS SAGA DELUXE". It have the exact same size, almost the same thickness, same quality of pages, same quality of ink, same quality of material in the dustjacket. If you have it, then you are holding the exact same quality of book that this Flash one, however The Legion book is way better... why?.
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