- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics; Gph edition (July 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563892685
- ISBN-13: 978-1563892684
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Flash: The Return of Barry Allen Paperback – July 1, 1996
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Top Customer Reviews
Published in the midst of the "Kill/revamp/screw around with your hero" craze that started with the Death of Superman, when Barry Allen showed up in the Flash comic book, a lot of us didn't know what to make of it. Barry, alias Flash II, had died the ultimate heroic death in "Crisis on Infinite Earths" and had become the Official Martyr of the DC Universe. His nephew, Wally West, took on the Flash mantle but had always struggled, trapped under Barry's shadow.
The best way to sum up this story is with the old chestnut, "Be careful what you wish for." When Barry returns, it seems like the greatest thing that could happen. As it turns out, this isn't the case. The twist doesn't come as too big a surprise to anyone familiar with Flash history, but this story wasn't really about the twist -- it was about the legacy of the Flash, one of Earth's heroes, created by Jay Garrick and immortalized by Barry Allen, and it was about the efforts of the heir to that legacy to rise to the challenge and become not only a hero, but a man. It's a marvelous, touching story, and it's something every Flash fan should read.
This is a Flash-lover's dream and a wild ride young and old can appreciate. The art was the best Greg LaRocque ever offered, a fitting end to his years of work on this title. And Wally West, the third hero to be called The Flash, finally became a man.
Seven yars ago, I said that Waid would never top this. And with perhaps the exception of "Kingdom Come," he hasn't. It's that good.
Barry Allen returns, and as happy as he is, Wally West is also very skeptical. I expected the reveal to be a disappointment only to find my jaw drop to the floor as the conclusion sees one of the most shocking reveals in Flash history. Jay Garrick seems to have nearly as much panel time as Wally, and even Max Mercury and Johnny Quick are major players in this mind blowing storyline. Unless you hate the Flash, add this to your collection as fast as you can!!!
This is great book written by Waid. We learn that original Flash was beloved by all, especially by Wally. We learn how Wally truly idolizes Barry Allen as the Flash. The characters are truly fleshed out and the surprise ending was quite satisfying.
Go out and buy this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This wonderful graphic novel is a reprint, in a book form, of the FLASH #74-79 (1993). In this story, Wally West gets the surprise of his life when his uncle, Barry Allen, the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
In a time where Crisis on Infinite Earths still resonated among comic fans, Mark Waid comes out with this fantastic story. Read morePublished 16 months ago by SoCal Reader
More than a decade before the actual return of Barry Allen, there was The Return Of Barry Allen in the pages of the Flash monthly. Read morePublished on August 7, 2011 by S. Penrose
The Flash: The Return of Barry Allen is well written and well drawn. Anyone who enjoys the Flash and has not read Flash 74 thru 79 will get the complete story in this graphic... Read morePublished on February 4, 2008 by The Gent
After years and years of being Kid Flash Wally West is thrust in to the role of being the Scarlet Speedster because of Barry Allen's untimely death. Read morePublished on December 31, 2007 by Zauriel
When your dead uncle returns after a long time, you are likely to be surprised. Not so surprised if you are a DC universe superhero, but suprised. Read morePublished on September 2, 2007 by average
His name is Wally West. He's the fastest man alive. He's the Flash. And he owes it all to his uncle Barry, the second Flash. Read morePublished on February 19, 2001 by Andrew R. Getting