Barry Allen 1 – 18

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The Flash (Volume 5) #1
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico

I liked that this issue acted as a true #1 and introduced new readers to The Flash’s origin and everything and starts to fill out his supporting cast but I am not a huge fan of the art. I mean it is not bad but I am not sure it is right for a Flash comic. Also, I am unsure of what Barry and Iris’s relationship is now. Does she know he is the Flash? Why does Kid Flash not know Barry is the Flash? I guess I will find out. It also looks like the lightning has struck Barry’s friend August and gave him powers of some sort.

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The Flash (Volume 5) #2
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico

In this issue, Barry trains Detective August Heart about his new speed force powers. He suspects he missed having Wally West (The original and real Flash) around and maybe the Speed Force chose August to be his partner. Meanwhile, the Black Hole is a gang of people working for Dr. Carver and causing Havoc for Barry and August. I am confused why young Wally (Can they just change his name?) says he is not a hero. Didn’t he debut as Kid Flash pre-Rebirth? Also, didn’t the lightning strike Barry after he had a bunch of chemicals on him. I didn’t think lightning alone gave him his powers? At the end of this issue, it looks like the lightning struck a whole bunch more people. This is getting interesting but I am still not a huge fan of the art.

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The Flash (Volume 5) #3
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico

I am sad to learn that Central City no longer has a Flash Museum in this post-Flashpoint world. Anyways, this was a fun issue as Barry trains all the new people with speedster power including a teenage girl who can’t stop moving fast. I don’t quite trust Barry’s friend August, I wonder if he is going to end up a villain?

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The Flash (Volume 5) #4
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Neil Googe

Niel Googe’s art fits this series better than the previous artist. I hope he sticks around. This is getting interesting as the Speed Force is not going to stay with the others forever it seems to want to recombine into one of them. I have a suspicion that August is really Godspeed and he is behind everything but I could be wrong. At the end of this issue, Barry reveals his secret identity to the Doctor he likes. I guess he isn’t with Iris?

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The Flash (Volume 5) #5
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Filipe Watanabe

Maybe August isn’t Godspeed because they seemed to be in two different places in this issue. Barry’s relationship is going well with Meena until she is attacked by Godspeed. Is she dead? I doubt it. That seems like something they would want to avoid in a hope and optimism Rebirth DCU but maybe? She certainly isn’t going to stay around as Fast Track is she? If we need a female speedster I would rather have Impulse II or Jesse Quick back. This was a good issue.

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The Flash (Volume 5) #6
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico

Barry seems to remember dying in the original Crisis in this issue. Is this a result of Rebirth?  It makes sense since he also remembers Wally was the Flash for years. Certainly part of those missing ten years are coming back already. The final pages reveal that I was right the whole time…August is Godspeed! And he can even be in two places at once.

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The Flash (Volume 5) #7
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico

Godspeed goes full-on violent vigilante in this issue as the Flash tries to stop him. Meanwhile, young Wally reveals to Barry he has powers and all of the other speedsters give their powers to Barry and Wally. In the end, Godspeed decides to go after Iron Heights and kill all of the villains there. It would be interesting to see Godspeed and Jason Todd hang out?

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The Flash (Volume 5) #8
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico

The Godspeed arc finally concludes with Flash teaming up with the new Wally to take him down and put him in Iron Heights. I like his character as an anti-hero villain for Barry. It looks like Meena is now in the Speed Force and able to at least whisper things to Barry. Oh and Wally conjures up the Kid Flash costume from Speed Force Energy. One thing I have to ask is…what about Bart Allen? Does anyone remember his time as Kid Flash? He is never mentioned and I know the New 52 had another Bart Allen but it would be great to have the original back. At least Bart wasn’t just a carbon copy of Wally West.

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The Flash (Volume 5) #9
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Jorge Corona

Wally West meets Wally West in this fantastic issue. I did not realize that most people in the DCU still don’t remember the original Wally which is why Barry was surprised last issue when young Wally created the Kid Flash suit just like the original Wally. To me and those my age, Wally West is the Flash without question and yes I do think Barry worked better as a dead character who occasionally comes back through the speed force…so needless to say it was great to have him back in Rebirth and in this issue teaching the new young Wally. Older Wally did say that Barry “taught him about the Speed Force” which isn’t technically true because the Speed Force was something Wally learned about after Barry was gone; Barry taught Wally about his powers but they did not know it came from the Speed Force. The final page of the comic made me shout with glee! Barry sees Jay Garrick’s helmet in the speed force! The JSA will be returning soon I hope! We need the whole Flash family back together. And the old DCU back.

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The Flash (Volume 5) #10
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Filipe Watanabe

Barry Allen catches the new Kid Flash ditching school to be a hero and decides he needs to teach him how to be a responsible hero. Young Wally is not a quick learner it seems and despite being grouned by Iris, goes out as Kid Flash and gets captured by who I think is the Shade. The Shade seems to know what is going on with Rebirth, saying that “Hope was taken.” Interesting. I liked Williamson’s creation of the new Rogue called Papercut. I always like new villains with fun code names.

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The Flash (Volume 5) #11
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Davide Gianfilice

Iris is dumb and annoying in this isn’t she? It is weird to me that she doesn’t know that Barry is like she did before Flashpoint and like she does on the TV show. Anyways, Iris and the Flash wander in the Shadowlands to find Kid Flash. Iris is infected by the Shadows and turns evil and the Shade explains why he came to Central City to get help from the Flash to stop the shadows from taking over the world. It was a good issue.

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The Flash (Volume 5) #12
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Davide Gianfilice

The Flash and Kid Flash defeat the Shadows and save the Shade, Iris, and Hope O’Dare in this issue. The Shade refers to Iris as the Flash’s wife which confuses Barry. Does the Shade have residual memories of the Pre-Flashpoint universe? That was cool. It also leads to Barry asking Iris on a date.

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The Flash (Volume 5) #13
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Neil Googe

MThis was a sweet christmas issue where Kid Flash stops Tar Pit and saves Tar Pit’s nephew. How great was it when Tar Pit smiled thinking they were going to team up? That was adorable. Thank you Neil Googe. Meanwhile, Iris and Barry’s date goes well. Finally, it looks like Captain Cold and the Rogues are coming back to Central City.

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The Flash (Volume 5) #14
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico

The Flash investigates where he the Rogues went after leaving Central City in this issue and we learn more about his relationship and history with them. I have to say that the Rogues were visually way more interesting Pre-Flashpoint but I enjoyed this issue and I did not see the trick they played on the Flash coming. One thing that bothered me was thinking about the concept of “the Rogues” as a team and Iron Heights are all from Wally West’s days as the Flash and now they are just given to Barry Allen as if these concepts belong to him. Does anybody even live in Keystone City any more? Why can’t Wally defend Keystone? Barry Allen is just not interesting compared to Wally.

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The Flash (Volume 5) #15
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenic

The Flash travels to Corto Maltese to fight with the Mirror Master who ticks him into thinking the other Rogues are with him, meanwhile the other Rogues commit crimes all over Central City. It was a good issue, but Di Giandomenic’s art just confuses me sometimes.

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The Flash (Volume 5) #16
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenic

In this comic, the Flash takes on the Rogues in Central City. I like how the Flash thought Heatwave was mourning the death of his family when he was only at their death site to honor his first time committing arson. Heatwave is a dark character. Meanwhile, I can’t say I saw Captain Cold’s new Cold Gun coming. I should have thought about it back when the Black Hole revealed their speed force gun.

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The Flash (Volume 5) #17
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenic, David Gianfilice, and Neil Googe

The Flash defeats the Rogues and sends them all to Iron Heights in this issue, which was somewhat confusing to me because of the art. In the end, it looks like Captain Cold is now in control of Central City’s underworld? Kid Flash is breaking into Iron Heights to find out where his father is too. It was a decent issue.

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The Flash (Volume 5) #18
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Jesus Merino

Jesus Merino comes aboard as artist for this issue and that makes me happy. Why can’t he be the regular artist! In this issue, Kid Flash and the Flash go look for Kid Flash’s Dad who supposedly has been transferred to Belle Reeve but Amanda Waller denies it. It was about the best issue of this series so far because of how great it was to see Merino draw these characters and tell a coherent story with the art. I look forward to seeing where this goes.

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