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The Flash Vol. 1: Move Forward (The New 52) (Flash (DC Comics Numbered)) Hardcover – November 13, 2012

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A Look Inside The Flash

Q&A with Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

Q. What's it like working on a huge initiative like The New 52?

A. FRANCIS MANAPUL: It's a dream come true! I've been clamoring to work on this book for years, so to be able to take the driver side seat is a huge honor. To steer The Flash's adventures for this new era in the DC Universe has been daunting and exciting all at the same time.

A. BRIAN BUCCELLATO: It’s been a huge thrill! Taking the reigns of an iconic character like the Flash and reintroducing him to the revamped DC Universe was a rare opportunity that we didn’t take lightly. Francis and I were honored to be able to put our stamp on the character.

Q. How are you balancing making these stories and characters feel fresh and new while still respecting what came before?

A. BRIAN BUCCELLATO: The Flash is a character that has endured for over seventy years, so there was ample source material to draw upon as we designed our take on the Scarlet Speedster. We did a ton of research and tried to stay as true to him as we could when choosing how best to bring him into the New 52. Understanding the character is paramount to being able to respect what came before. We know who Barry is and that colors all of our decisions as we mapped out new directions for the book and lessons he has to learn.

A. FRANCIS MANAPUL: As a long time fan of the Flash, I do feel a sense of responsibility to strike a balance. However like Brian said, having done the research, we understand the essence of the Barry Allen. This allows us to put him in a modern setting and add our own voice to the character, but at the same time remaining true to the heart of the character.

Q. What would you say defines The Flash?

A. BRIAN BUCCELLATO: Barry has a strong sense of honor and a classic hero’s moral compass. He is not a tortured or motivated by guilt or a personal agenda. Barry believes that he was “chosen” to have this amazing gift and that being Flash is what he is “meant to do.”

A. FRANCIS MANAPUL: Barry has a very black and white sense of justice, and this world full of gray areas constantly challenge his ideals.

Q. What have you thought about the response so far for The New 52 and The Flash as a whole?

A. BRIAN BUCCELLATO: We couldn’t be more thrilled with the reception of Flash and the New 52 as a whole. In the dozens of conventions and signings we have done this past year, there has been palpable excitement and enthusiasm for our book and for DC’s courageous re-launching of the universe. It was a much needed shot in the arm that has clearly re-invigorated the industry. On a selfish level, it is an incredible feeling to have so many die-hard Flash fans embrace our take on the book, while at the same time bring new Flash fans into the fold.

Q. The Flash really pushes the boundaries of art and storytelling. Can you talk a little about how, or if you see yourselves doing so?

A. FRANCIS MANAPUL: The marriage of art and words is what comics are about. With such a small creative team, what you're seeing in The Flash is much more raw and unfiltered. Being a co-writer on the book allows me the opportunity to really push how we tell the story visually. Knowing what our intent is lets me do things in and outside of the panel that tell a story within a story. We definitely reward those who read our book more than once.

A. BRIAN BUCCELLATO: I think this is a natural outcome because there are only two of us working on the book. Since we co-write it, Francis does the art, and I do the colors, we are able to fold all of the steps into our creative process. We are both visual storytellers, so it’s not like there is even a decision to push any boundaries. The finished product is a COMPLETE visual representation of what the writers wanted because there is no loss of translation.

Q. You two work in two different cities in two different countries. How do you guys work together creatively?

A. BRIAN BUCCELLATO: SKYPE, and lots of it. We take advantage of all the modern means of communication…. Skype, email, text, and even the phone. We discuss the stories in great length before retreating to our workstations to do our parts. We also pass the baton back and forth, creatively building upon what we have talked about. There is also a ten-year friendship and a mutual understanding of each other, that gives us a shorthand that makes the process go smoother. For my part, there is no one I would rather be making comics with.

A. FRANCIS MANAPUL: The key is communication. Like Brian said, we use every available tool in order to keep our geographical location a non-issue. I feel like we're sculptors. When we write we pass the files back and forth like a piece of clay we are molding. What you get is a finished piece with both of our fingerprints all over it, without having to be in the same room.


"Showcases the Flash's likability and almost a hint of goofiness ... a lot of potential for greatness."—USA Today

"A visual treat.... Any reader can easily jump on board."—The New York Times

"The Flash will be one of the runaway hits of this reboot--and could eventually become one of the great runs of American superhero comics."—Time Out Chicago

"Flash fans should breathe a sigh of relief that the character is 100% definitely in the right hands."—MTV Geek

"An accessible, charming superhero tale."—io9


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Product Details

  • Series: Flash (DC Comics Numbered) (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401235530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401235536
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy in the US on November 13, 2012
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With any comic reboot, we all either get excited or nervous when we hear about who writes and draws what comics. In case of the DC New 52, news of The Flash team was in the camp of nervousness for fans. Francis Manapul, who's made a name for himself doing some exquisite art work with Geoff Johns in Flash Vol. 1: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues! (Flash (Graphic Novels)) and The Flash Vol. 2: The Road to Flashpoint (Flash (Graphic Novels))--as well as his colorist Brian Buccellato--were announced as co-writers and artist. Two artists with no prior writing credits? That makes anyone nervous. So how do these two do taking on an A-list character and filling in the shoes that Geoff Johns filled? Pretty darn impressed, if you ask me.

THE FLASH VOL.1: MOVE FORWARD collects issues #1-8 and is divided into two separate stories. Issues 1-5 deal with Barry Allen, crime scene investigator, enjoying his date with fellow police blood analyze, Patty Spivot. Upon visiting a science exhibition, the place gets attacked by an organization by the named Mob Rules. After the attack, one of the dead assailants is an odd friend of Barry's named Manuel, who Barry hasn't seen in years. Barry investigates into it, but Manuel (alive somehow) finds Barry and is trying to get away from some people. Come to find out, these people are hundreds of people that look just like Manuel! And issues 6-8 deal with an old Rouge enemy Leonard Snart, AKA Captain Cold, wanting revenge on the Flash. How will the Flash deal with these situations? You'll just have to read for yourself.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By BuckyCapt on November 27, 2012
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I must say, Im fairly new to comics so I do not have all the baggage that a veteran comic book reader has. I was never a big fan of the flash but after reading what Francis and Brian have done, I am. First the art is amazing and fit perfectly into the story. Also the coloring only enhances Francis art. Second, the ways that they use flash's powers really blew me a way. It was as if an intangible plane flew through my head.... Seriously!!! Overall, I Loved this book and would recommend it to any one. I had a lot of fun reading it.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Russell326 on November 20, 2012
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Most other reviewers have covered the story (albeit in some overly snarky and harsh ways) so I'll just drop that I loved the story AND the artwork on this book.

I've been collecting Flash since the New 52 launched and have loved almost every single issue. It's got some of the most amazing art of any New 52 title and has made Barry Allen a multi-layered character. As the story develops and his powers stretch out, there are some even bigger ideas being thrown in all the time.

I loved the new villain Mob Rule and his power set. It's a crazy idea to have a villain who can literally be everywhere at once. Seeing the developments to the Speed Force's presence and meaning really helped to push this one into another level of superhero comics for me. I had a lot of fun reading this and the next part that begins setting up Gorilla Warfare is really good, too.

No, Barry is not Wally West so you don't have the same type of humor. But, the book is still a good read and one that I recommend to any Flash fan new or lapsed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By angry jedi on October 21, 2014
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This was a good reboot/ jumping in point for The Flash. I've been away from comics for about 15 years and this was very accessible. That said, the first arc felt a little slow and drawn out but it was a good exploration of Flash's powers. The second arc with captain Cold was much more exciting and interesting to read. The ending left a cliffhanger leaving me waiting for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 14, 2015
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Overall, this was a very fun and entertaining read for me. I've been a fan of The Flash television show which plays on the CW so I was pretty excited to get into some of the source material for where the show's writers get their wacky ideas. I obviously did not have the expectation that this would at all be the same thing as the show, but I definitely wanted it to be just as good.

My feelings after reading are certainly a little mixed. On one hand, this was an action packed collection of issues which are lovingly rendered by some immensely gifted artists. On another hand, it's a narrative that isn't quite flat, but also isn't as approachable as DC Comics would lead you to believe. See although this is Volume 1 of this version of the character, it's not necessarily the beginning of the story. The Flash has already established himself as a hero, loved by many, but not trusted by others. All of the characters certainly get a proper introduction, from Barry Allen's (The Flash's) cute police girlfriend, Patty Spivot, to the icy Captain Cold. Despite everything being presented as fresh and new, I definitely got the sense that DC was trying extremely hard not to alienate or bore their current fan base. Some characters, like Patty Spivot, definitely feel like they are worked into the story in a seamless manner, but entrances for characters like Captain Cold are a bit more forced. This largely comes from the fact that some of these characters have history with the Flash by this point - a history that I as a reader am well informed of, but this is a case where they tell me rather than show me that Flash and Cold are old rivals. Now, yes I know who Captain Cold is from the show, but I wanted to get to know him in THIS world and have him (as well as others like Iris West) feel a bit more fleshed out.
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