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The idea of a superhero turning his back on his crime-fighting responsibilities has long been a comic-book staple, but in this story arc from Flash, Wally West has abdicated his title as the fastest man alive without even realizing it. After the villainous Zoom attacked Wally's pregnant wife and caused her to miscarry, the omnipotent Spectre made Wally, along with the rest of the world, forget that he is the Flash, and left Wally's town at the mercy of his superpowered enemies. It is, of course, preordained that Wally regain his memory and come to accept Spider-Man's famous maxim, "With great power comes great responsibility"; but writer Johns takes his time with Wally's rediscovery of his powers, setting it in the context of a suspenseful plot in which one of the Flash's foes is killing the city's police officers. Meanwhile, penciller Alberto Dose's moody, quiet art constitutes an atypical approach to the superhero genre, one that effectively accentuates the character-driven nature of this story. Gordon Flagg
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Product Details

  • Series: Flash
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401204635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401204631
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,485,429 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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First of all this Trade reprints issues #201-206, it's part of a series of trades colelcting Johns Flash run, more on that later.

Johns Flash is so very human, he shows us what problems could plague the fastest man alive, what can his speed not out run? how about your wifelosing the babies to a battle between the Flash (you) and a villain? worse yet she blames flash for it, and she has no idea you are the flash.

Wally West made a deal, to wipe the minds of everyone in creation of the knowledge he was the flash, only the deal backfired, he also forgot, he now works as a mecanhic for the police, him and his wife are settling in and tryign to deal with their loss of the two babies when Wally finds out..he is the man he hates, the flash, now will Wally tell his wife? how can he deal with it? and a copy cat killer is in town and they need the Flash.

that's the set up, and it leads to a great story, how far would you go to protect your loved one's? how much can a marrige take? all is explored in thsi book, and it even makes the villains human, Johns captain cold is a guy you could even like, there ars shades of grey all over, a lot of fun, a lot of cameos from other heroes, a must buy.

other volumes in the series that show the events leading to this

Flash: blood will run #170-176, Flash Secret Files #3

Flash: Rogue #177-182

Flash: Crossfire #183-191, Flash Secret Files

Flash: Blitz #192-200
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Geoff Johns has done amazing things for the DC Universe. He's attempted to right the wrongs of the past, although it took another Crisis story to set everything on an even keel. I love what he's done with Green Lantern, and I decided to poke around and see what he's done with the Flash, one of my favorite heroes from childhood.

Wally West has been though more than his share of troubles, many resulting from the unveiling of his identity. Here we see what happens when you get what you ask for, and of how the "disappearance" of the Flash from everyone's life (including Wally's) affects the balance of power. Wally begins to rediscover who he is, and it's fun to see the action that you usually only find in origin stories. The way his super-speed is depicted with time freezing for him is exhilirating.

I've only come back into comics over the last two years or so. One of the things that brought me back was the great artwork being created by masters such as Alex Ross and Michael Turner. So for me, the work of Albert Dose was borderline laughable. I read another review stating that the "atypical" artwork was meant to put more focus on the characters - and I did consider this possibility. It's actually quite plausible as for me the "atypical" artwork forced me to go to the storyline and character development as the only redeemable portions of the collection.

If I had a brother in the sixth grade, and he were forced to draw a comic, this may be what it would look like. I like my good art, and it just didn't happen here. Great story, though - Johns does it again, and does it nicely.
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Buy this volume only if you have to have a complete set of "The Flash"; don't buy it for the art, because the...art...sucks. Not only does the artist seem to lack the ability to draw super-speed action well, he seems to lack the ability to draw anything well. His work is ugly and he shouldn't have been given this assignment.
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Not as good as the previous or latter tpb's. But very entertaining and part of the greater story Johns is telling here
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