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The Flash: Rebirth #1


Writer: Joshua Williamson; Artist: Carmine di Giandomenico

Jun 08, 2016 DC Comics Bookmark and Share

For a book concerning probably the most kinetic hero with the most action-oriented superpowers, The Flash: Rebirth sure is a talky, dialog-filled pamphlet. But we think that’s okay in this case—the DC Rebirth titles seem to be oriented to reintroducing a hero and helping to set up the status quo going forward in what is the latest continuity reboot-ish turn of events.

Hints The Flash’s arch-nemesis Zoom is due to return serve as a precursor to an epic reunion (already depicted, in slightly different form, in DC Universe: Rebirth #1 from a couple weeks ago). All the conversations help show us who The Flash really is: scientist, thinker, friend, son, colleague, even a father figure, when it comes to that reunion with the long lost [SPOILER] Wally West (again, not much of a spoiler since DCU: Rebirth #1 is almost moldy at this point).

For an issue where the most physical violence is the Flash having an apparent hallucination in which he gets Zoom in a choke hold, the art sure is zippy full of energy. This feels like a Flash book with some substance, and pays homage to the stuff we loved about the title decades ago, when it was captained by the likes of Mike Baron, Bill Messner-Loebs, Mark Waid, and Geoff Johns. You never know if it’ll stay compelling once the actual meat of the storyline gets going, but writer Joshua Williamson has, at minimum, provided a rather auspicious kick-off. (

Author rating: 7.5/10

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