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The Flash, Vol. 1: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues Hardcover – February 15, 2011

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Barry Allen, the super-fast superhero the Flash, is back from the dead and rebuilding his life in Central City. Allen finds a city transformed; the population has tripled, the crime rate has quadrupled, and the forensics department is overworked and staffed with burnouts. Flash finds a city overrun with costumed villains, in particular the Rogues, both the villains Barry knew and new criminals stepping into established personae. A bad situation takes a turn for the worse when the Renegades, the 25th-century descendants of the Rogues, arrive. Futuristic policemen enforcing draconian, inflexible laws, the Renegades' target is the man who the Renegades' records show will commit murder, a killer better known as the Flash. In keeping with the retreat into Silver Age nostalgia that saw Barry Allen's successors pushed aside to reintroduce one of the few fallen heroes whose death seemed both permanent and meaningful, this story resembles a '60s-era tale expanded six-fold. Manapul's art is lively, making for a comfortable but unchallenging tale. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401229700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401229702
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Headache-inducing time travel stories: you either love them or you stop reading THE FLASH, which is as much a hard science fiction series as it is a superhero comic. Pit the Flash against his enemies, the Rogues, and you have an action-adventure metaphor for the world's most entertaining course in applied physics. It's all about matter, motion, and energy set to solving problems of heat, cold, sonics, optics, and ballistics, as well as those aforementioned exercises in time travel (fun with relativity, anyone?). Enough material there for a lifetime of comic book adventure.

This story arc introduces the Renegades, 25th century cops with variations on the Rogues' costumes and weapons, who have orders to bring in the Flash for the murder of one of their fellow officers. Complicating matters are the Rogues themselves, territorial as ever and now armed with a mysterious, ultimate anti-Flash weapon, and the resurrection of Captain Boomerang, returned from the dead as a more powerful, genuinely badass supervillain.

Boomerang's extreme makeover is the highlight of this storyline, a solidly entertaining but not a standout Flash adventure. Artists Francis Manapul and Scott Kolins have gone for a clean, efficient look, like painted versions of Carmine Infantino's "space age" FLASH pages from the 1960s, but for me, the artwork really shines in the noirish seventh chapter (Boomerang's long-delayed entry in writer Geoff Johns' "Rogue Profile" series), which looks, perversely, more colorful and contemporary than the previous six. Go figure.
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I was not very excited by the reintroduction of Barry Allen in The Flash: Rebirth but Geoff Johns's take on the character has grown on me through Blackest Night and now THE FLASH: THE DASTARDLY DEATH OF THE ROGUES, which picks up were the earlier series ended and ties into both Brightest Day, Vol. 1 through its use of the reborn Captain Boomerang and the forthcoming "Flashpoint". The other reviewers have offered detailed comments on the story of this collection, but no one (as yet) notes its contents. For the record, the book collects THE FLASH (2010) Nos. 1-7 and all of (or possibly some of) THE FLASH SECRET FILES AND ORIGINS 2010. This is definitely worth checking out for Flash fans.
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Barry Allen is back in the new Flash ongoing written by Geoff Johns and Illustrated by Francis Manapul. Johns is back doing what he does best with the Flash, writing great stories with great villains. This is a Barry Allen book, but what really makes this collection is the villains. Johns does such a great job of writing Flash villains. Enter the Renegades, the Rogues of the 25th century a.k.a the Reverse-Flash Task Force. They're here for one reason: to arrest the Flash for Murder!

I won't reveal too many details, but the main plot alone is worth checking this collection out. And so is the art. OH MAN, is Manapul's art in this fantastic. Two examples immediately come to mind, the Renegades are forced back to the 25th century causing a time ripple that destroys an apartment building. Not only does Barry get everyone out in time, but he goes to the library, researches some books, and rebuilds the building in a flash, pun intended. Then there's an awesome sequence of panels where a helicopter is hit by one of Captain Boomerang's boomerangs and the occupants are rescused by Barry in the span of probably 2 or 3 seconds, if that, but it takes up a couple pages. They are so glorious! This volume really feels like a minimalist approach; less dialogue in some parts and letting the art do the talking. And it works so well.

The only reason I don't give this 5 stars is because of the ending. I didn't feel like it was the strongest reasoning, but looking at it from a different perspective, it's a very old-school silver age type story ending/motivation. I'm as sad as some others that Wally West is nowhere to be seen (this doesn't impact my giving it four stars because I really liked the spotlight being on Barry).
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Barry Allen's return to his own monthly book begins here. This trade collects issues 1-7 of The Flash series as well as The Flash: Secret Files and Origins 2010 issue. Geoff Johns writes all the stories while Francis Manapul and Scott Kolins supply the art.

The first 6 issues tell the tale of Flash's confrontation with the 25th century police force, the Renegades, who accuse Barry Allen of murder. (The Renegades are the 'good guy' versions of the Rogues, Flash's famous gallery of villains who include Captain Cold, the Trickster, Mirror Master, and others.)

There are some cool moments: Flash picking bullets out of the air, speed reading to learn how to rebuild an apartment complex that was destroyed during one of his battles, or racing up the side of a building. It's great to see Johns spend a moment to show us there are consequences to super-hero brawls, and that Barry Allen cares. The art is consistently excellent throughout the book as well.

But these early issues are replete with one fight after another, first with the Renegades, then with the Rogues who inevitably show up to crash the party. And when compared to the great work Johns has done on Green Lantern, these early Flash issues are just ok. It's clear these issues are set up for the larger Flashpoint saga to come.

Things get interesting with issue 7, which focuses on Captain Boomerang and gives the character more depth. Johns even provides a plausible explanation for Boomerang's original, very hokey (by today's standards) costume. This is where Johns is at his best: telling character-driven stories while modernizing the DC pantheon in a way that doesn't offend the fans (i.e., conflict with continuity).
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