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The Flash by Geoff Johns Omnibus, Vol. 1 Hardcover – May 24, 2011
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Thankfully, the stories themselves are absolutely wonderful. This first volume of the Omnibus contains a number of story arcs (some of which are not fully resolved here), including a Lewis Carroll-esque reality-hopping tale, a four-part thriller involving a Flash-worshipping cult, a battle with a newly powerful Weather Wizard for the life of a mysterious baby, and a somewhat gruesome encounter with Murmur in Iron Heights prison. Geoff Johns' writing here is a sheer joy to read: his Flash stories are imaginative, well-paced, and full of nuanced, believable characters. Indeed, his biggest accomplishment here is his work on the Rogues, who--in Johns' hands--become some of the most well-developed and human-seeming villains in the DC Universe. Story-wise, the only stinker here is the uninspired Our World at Wars crossover, which fits poorly into the larger Flash arc and suffers a hastily rushed plot.
As for the art, it too is excellent throughout. Brian Bolland's covers are stunning--and some of the best to come out of DC during the early 2000s. Angel Unzueta's pencils, inked by Doug Hazelwood, for the book's first half are beautiful, with strong expressive characters (he's particularly good with faces) and unusually dynamic backgrounds. In some places, Unzueta's approach to perspective and panel atmosphere even reminded this reviewer of Sam Keith's work at its most reserved (such as on Sandman). Scott Koline provides pencils for most of the book's second half (again with Doug Hazelwood as inker). Though slightly cartoon-ier than Unzuetta's work, these too are a sheer pleasure to look at, with intensely detailed panels, gorgeous layouts, and beautifully realized figures. Ethan van Scriver's dark and occasionally gory art for Flash: Iron Heights also deserves mention.
If you're a fan of The Flash, of Geoff Johns, or of DC superhero comics in general, this is a must-buy. If you already own the original trade paperbacks, however, this somewhat lackluster Omnibus edition may not be worth buying.
***This review was edited on June 2 in response to feedback in the comments section.