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Geoff Johns has written Infinite Crisis, 52, Green Lantern, X-Men, The Avengers, Superman, and much more. Ethan Van Sciver joined DC Comics to draw Impulse and has gone on to illustrate the adventures of its greatest heroes, including Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and The Flash. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781401225681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401225681
  • ASIN: 1401225683
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A. Kiani on July 2, 2010
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I'll start off by saying I'm not a big Flash fan. The main purpose of this book was to justify bringing back Barry Allen, the Flash who died saving the universe 25 years ago in Crisis on Infinite Earths. That death was considered sacred to comic book fans in that it was one of the few deaths that stuck in comic books.

After Barry died, his sidekick Wally carried on the legacy as the Flash in the 90s and 2000s, becoming the Flash for that generation. That doesn't apply to me because I wasn't a comic book reader until 2006 so I have no definitive Flash. So Johns can persuade me to accept any Flash he wants, whether it be Wally, Barry or Bart. If you are a relatively new comic book reader with no definitive Flash, you will probably dig this. If you are a rabid Wally West fan, then probably not. But you should try to give this a chance, regardless.

This book is very similar to Green Lantern: Rebirth, due it being by the same creative duo of Johns and Van Sciver. Throughout both books, Barry and Hal struggle with a changing world and have to play catchup with all their relationships. Johns basically makes his argument for bringing them both back right in the book. Hal regrets his actions as Parallax while Barry regrets a murder trial. The difference though is that Barry died a hero in the eyes of the DCU. Iris tells Barry to calm down and just spend time with the people he loves, and not to worry about why he came back. Jay Garrick recollects how if it weren't for Barry, he would not have returned to superheroing and there would not be a JSA anymore. Bart is upset Barry is back and considers Wally the real Flash (kind of like the fanboys who hate the idea of Barry coming back). Johns used retcons extensively in both Rebirth books, which I will get to now.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Roochak on May 5, 2010
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Of the many questions this volume leaves me with, I'll focus on one: why bring back Barry Allen, the Silver Age Flash?

The short, flippant answer: nobody stays dead in comics. A better answer, provided by the superstar creative team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Ethan Van Sciver: Barry Allen is central to the Flash franchise, both ontologically and morally. "Flash: Rebirth" has so many plot twists and major revelations (including, at last, an explanation of how the "speed force" that all Flashes draw upon works) that it's difficult to suggest how good this story arc is without dropping any spoilers, so let's just say that in the aftermath of the Final Crisis, Barry Allen returns to Central City, which is more than happy to welcome back its original Flash. The moment Barry confronts his first supercriminal, though, things go catastrophically wrong.

Time and physics are always, uh, flexible concepts in a Flash story, and when I wasn't trying to wrap my head around this book's grim time travel/murder mystery plot, I found page after page of smaller pleasures to enjoy; for instance, Barry's conversation with Hal (Green Lantern) Jordan in the Flash Museum; Iris West's first meeting with Paul Gambi, tailor to the Rogues; another Superman/Flash race, ending with a SMALLVILLE-inspired punch line; even a thoroughly delightful explanation of why Barry Allen used to wear those goofy bow ties in his early appearances.

Geoff Johns, whose 2000-2005 run on the Flash comic book convinced me that Wally West was THE Flash, now imagines Barry Allen as "a man out of step with everyone else," from his quirky sartorial and social habits to his old school sense of morality.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Dylan Luciano on May 4, 2010
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I have never read a Flash book in my life until I read The Flash: Rebirth. But I did learn somethings about their history from Infinite Crisis and Teen Titans. The Flash: Rebirth is very similar to Green Lantern: Rebirth in the way that both heroes had to adjust to a changing world, but I was glad that they were both distinct from the two heroes personalities. First of all the art in this book is amazing. I honestly feel like it might be as good as Jim Lee's.

While I liked the book as a whole I did find certain aspects of it confusing. One of The Flashes is the grandnephew of one of the others from the future, and how sometimes the Speed Force sometimes won't allow them to change time. I just felt lost a few times throughout the whole thing. I'm sure that I sound like some idiot to all the hardcore Flash fans out their. But as someone new to the mytho's it got me interested in The Flash which I honestly thought would never happen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Troy Lyons on May 13, 2010
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I haven't read a comic in 15 years and just recently started getting back into them and I just finished reading this mini-series so that I could catch up before the new Flash regular series started. Let's just say that The Flash is much more complicated than he used to be. While this book did bring me up to speed, I am still somewhat confused. I'm hoping the new regular series will help fill in more of the holes in what I have missed. What is good about this book is they do explain what is going on in the Flash family and how all the speedsters are connected. Since I've been catching up it seems like the DC universe has a bad case of the multiples. Multiple Flashes, Robins, Green Lanterns, Supermen, Supergirl/Power Girl and Earths. It's a little daunting, but I enjoy Geoff Johns writing and hope the on-going series is even better.
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