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


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Product Details

  • Series: Flash (DC Comics)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401232795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232795
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"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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Customer Reviews

The art is very very good!!!!!!
Panita Boricua
As I'm typing this, I realize how much I didn't like this... not bad, just flat.
Scott Yeats
I loved Blackest Night and Johns is great, but this isn't wonderful.
Jesse R. Meehl

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 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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By John Marsh on June 19, 2014
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Great read, no matter what type of hero you like; you'll enjoy this book. I couldn't stop reading this book once I started.
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(My review is for the Kindle HD Edition, on which it looked SUPER COOL)

Coming straight from Vol. 1...this Vol. 2 sequel hit the spot right on!!!

It will get you into the action as fast as The Flash.....

Like the cover? That's exactly what you will see on the inside story!!!! Guess who is the one riding the super-fast bike....

Like I always say... expect the unexpected....

Story is very easy to follow (even if you aren't a frequent DC reader). The art is very very good!!!!!!

Defintely going to get the next part: "Flashpoint"

Keep running!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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By Missing Aquarious on July 7, 2013
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I just love The flash and I love comics so this was perfect for me. The kindle addition is awesome, but I wish I had the actual hard copy, its worth it :)
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By Jonathan O'Briant on June 16, 2013
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Good sequeway from Johns bringing back Barry to implementing Flashpoint. The book is not vital reading but worth reading for Flash fans.
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