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The Flash: Crossfire (Flash (DC Comics)) Paperback – March 1, 2004

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Gr. 9-12. The Flash is one of comic books' most durable heroes--or, more precisely, concepts--since the name Flash, as well as the ability to move at blinding speed, has been applied to three different characters since 1939. What the various incarnations share, in addition to swiftness, is a rogue's gallery of colorfully costumed supervillains. In this story arc from the monthly Flash comic, eight of those rogues have joined forces to take over Flash's town of Keystone City. As if that weren't enough, the Thinker, an artificial intelligence with a personality--a walking computer virus of sorts--is attempting to absorb the minds of the city's inhabitants, including Flash's. Writer Johns demonstrates his ability to reinvigorate the series' classic elements, although the nearly nonstop battling leaves almost no room for subplots. The artwork, mostly by Scott Kolins, is detailed and dynamic, with the fight scenes--the crux of this arc--particularly well choreographed. Teens will appreciate it as mainstream superhero fare, executed with complexity and flair. Gordon Flagg
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Product Details

  • Series: Flash (DC Comics)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401201954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401201951
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,693,954 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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Vernon Clark Mayo on March 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
Reprinting Flash: #183-191, Flash Secret Files

So the rogues have this huge network, an underground society that arms crooks, buy, sell and trading goes on, and the flash never knew, now the crap hits the fan, it's outed, the rogues are gunning for him like never before, an army of crooks, but that's not all, there is an old villain named goldface who has reformed and now runs a union in town, but is he really on the up and up? what's his connection to the underground network and their evil leader?

then the city across the bridge is infected by a living computer who plans to turn the world into his slaves, and caught in the middle? the flash can he save two cities, stop all hell from breaking loose on the world and save his wife and family?

Johns does yet again a great job with the writing, even the little characters like the cops gets you on the edge of your seat and you might even say "hey give me more of the cops" when they switch back to the flash, and all the villains are fleshed out, even the union leader is great, so many characters, and you still love them all, and none are wasted, none are just props.

if you love flash or just want a great story then get this, and the other geoff johns flash trades

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

Flash: Rogue #177-182

Flash: Blitz #192-200

Flash: Ignition #201-206
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. R. Lehman on November 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is one I can read over and over. Might help if you read the previous volumes. This is the book that got me hooked on Geoff Jones work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LunarSeahorse on October 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Goeff Johns does more amazing work with the Flash! One of the best long running comincs in a long time, and this volume doesn't disappoint on any level. The art is cool/fantastic, the Rogues are better than ever, and Wally West grows up. Get all the Volumes of the life of Wally West-Flash III, and you'll probably never think of comics as just comics again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By average on September 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
A reasonably long trade, compiling 9 issues. The major storyline being that what everyone thought was a two way war for Keystone between Blacksmith, her Network, and the Rogues, versus The Flash, his allies and the police, is really three.

A new force, the Thinker, has turned up, and wants to use all of Keystone City in his own processing machine.

After this is over, James Jesse starts doing a little Rogue recruiting for the FBI, as does Captain Cold, for his own purposes.
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By YorickMann355 on July 16, 2013
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I'm a Geoff Johns fan hands down. Anything he produces or writes I will buy. "Crossfire" has long been out of print and was not reprinted with the rest of the Johns Flash run which is strange. With the Omnibus out collecting his entire time on the book, DC is not going to bother reprinting this great trade. The seller on this book did a great job keeping to trade packaged well and shipped out on time. Thanks guys!
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