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Flash The Road To Flashpoint Hc (Flash (DC Comics)) Hardcover – November 22, 2011

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The danger for superhero collections—for any serialized storytelling, really—is the risk of alienating new readers with complex backstories and plotlines. This volume, serving as both an origin tale for longtime archenemy Professor Zoom and as a precursor to DC’s line-shattering Flashpoint event, runs that risk more than most. If you’re entering in the middle and leaving in the middle, why should you engage and invest? Johns counters this concern with a story that, though heavily entangled in continuity, compellingly focuses on the emotional journey of the Flash as he tries to reconcile with his past and his family while investigating a case of murder by premature aging and the arrival of a doppelgänger from a parallel time line. Meanwhile, Kolins’ always-solid art basks in standout color work that paints the action in crackling reds and yellows and the human end of the story in soft greens, browns, and beiges for an extra layer of emotional texture. A fine, fun example of sci-fi superheroing. Grades 8-12. --Jesse Karp --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


"The art of Francis Manapul is detailed and kinetic and perfect for The Flash."—TIME/ Techland

"The teaming of Manapul with DC Comics' superstar writer (and chief creative officer) Geoff Johns on The Flash has been a true boon for the Scarlet Speedster, putting him right up there in popularity with the likes of Batman, Superman and Green Lantern."—USA TODAY

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  • Series: Flash (DC Comics)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (November 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401232795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232795
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,265,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy in the US on November 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Flash: Rebirth was the return of Barry Allen as the main figure of the Flash legacy, regardless of the views on bringing him back to life. Some enjoyed it and some didn't. After his rebirth, Barry was then followed up by the excellent The Flash, Vol. 1: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues volume that showed the return of Barry Allen as the main figure of The Flash title, with Barry going back to Central City and getting his life back on track. He fought some futuristic cops that investigated a future murder, saw his nemesis Reverse-Flash get free from his prison, and introduced a mysterious masked biker-figure mention something called Flashpoint at the very end of the book. What could this all mean for Barry Allen? I'll try to keep the review spoiler free.

THE ROAD TO FLASHPOINT collects The Flash issues #8-#12. Issue #8 is about Professor Zoom, AKA Reverse-Flash, and explains his back story in the future. Issues #9 -#12 revolves around Barry Allen investigating a mysterious death of a young super hero, who's life-force has been taken away by an unknown being, which rapidly ages the victim. The same day of the death, the entire West and Allen families are having a picnic together, which Barry can't attend due to the found body. In pops the mysterious masked biker named Hot Pursuit who can use the Speed Force, that comes from an alternate Earth in search of an "anomaly" (a problem dealing with time and space) that could be the worst disruption in all of the multiverse.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Attidude on December 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
One thing is sure. If it's a "Flash" graphic novel and it's written by Geoff Johns and art by Scott Kolins or Francis Manapul, you will NOT be disappointed! This book is definitely entertaining in many ways. The characters are life-like, especially Barry Allen/ Flash and Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash. The artwork is excellent; a visual treat for the eyes! Seriously, the art is top-notch quality. Just for the art, you can read this book again and again!! Kolins is the superior one but Manapul is also good. I liked the new character Hot Pursuit; especially his bike! Cool Design! Another beautiful rendition by these two artists.
But there are many downsides to the book. One thing, it's very short. By the time you start getting interest, suddenly it's over! I mean, the book started off so well, it DESERVED at least 3 to 4 more issues!! It's very sad to see a book with such good potential , laid to waste by making it short.And Since "Flash:Rebirth", all Johns-stories have had two things in common : Murder mystery and Time-travellers. It's become repetitive now. Also, this title came out AFTER "Flashpoint" , which is a really big mess-up by DC. I have read "Flashpoint" and I bought this to know more as to what exactly lead to "Flashpoint". But sadly, this story is just written to fill the gap or maybe to provide some small entertainment to readers till the main event ("Flashpoint") starts. Honestly, it's only on the LAST page of this book, that I felt that it connects to "Flashpoint", all the remaining part of this book has NOTHING to do with "FlashPoint". And also, I'm tired of seeing the Reverse-Flash ALWAYS get the better of Flash. It kind of shows Flash's weakness and lack of aggressiveness. He has speed but not the grit. For once, I'd like to see Barry kick Thawne's a#%!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bowman TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 30, 2014
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A solid if not spectacular lead into the upcoming Flashpoint cross-over event that has another new speedster and some interesting back-story. If you consume comics a la trade paperback and get as frustrated with reading sequence as I do then you may find the following chronology helpful. I don't know that it is correct but I do know that it worked for me. Enjoy!

Note: Not required but still enjoyable.
> The Flash: Rebirth - (2009-10)
> Flash Vol. 1: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues! - (2010-11)

> The Flash Vol. 2: - The Road to Flashpoint (2011)
> Flashpoint - (2011)
> Flashpoint: Batman - (2011)
> Flashpoint: Wonder Woman - (2011)
> Flashpoint: Superman - (2011)
> Flashpoint: Green Lantern - (2011)
> Flashpoint: The Flash - (2011)
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By Revan on July 22, 2015
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The title claims this to be the prelude to Flashpoint (quite possibly the best DC comic in a decade). However, it seems to be completely unrelated. After having read both this and Flashpoint, I can confidently say you don't need to read this in order to understand Flashpoint. However, you SHOULD read "Flash: Rebirth". If anything, that is the true prelude to flashpoint, and you will be lost if you haven't read it.

As for the book itself, it's a decent story, but nothing award-worthy. There's an extremely good issue that recaps the Reverse-Flash's life (that's actually really funny in a dark kind of way). The stories involving Barry Allen mainly consist of him realizing that he needs to spend more time with his loved ones, and ultimately are just continued themes from Flash: Rebirth. Worth a read for Flash fans, but not mandatory like the title makes it seem.
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