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The Flash: Year One

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THE SCARLET SPEEDSTER'S ORIGIN STARTS HERE! Barry Allen is stuck in place. As a forensic scientist for the Central City police, it's his job to catch criminals after they've committed their crimes. It's like he's lost the race before he even leaves the starting line. Then one-night lightning strikes--and everything changes. Electrocuted and doused in chemicals, Barry emerges THE SCARLET SPEEDSTER'S ORIGIN STARTS HERE! Barry Allen is stuck in place. As a forensic scientist for the Central City police, it's his job to catch criminals after they've committed their crimes. It's like he's lost the race before he even leaves the starting line. Then one-night lightning strikes--and everything changes. Electrocuted and doused in chemicals, Barry emerges from a coma with the force of incredible speed humming in his very atoms. He's faster than bullets, faster than sound, faster than anyone can imagine. And he'd better be. Because even as Barry learns how to harness his incredible new powers, a new breed of criminal is stalking Central City. Some can slow him to a standstill. Others can freeze him in place. Still others run so hot and so fast he can't see them coming. The race is on for one of the DC Universe's most iconic superheroes to become the legend he is destined to be. Collects The Flash #70-75


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THE SCARLET SPEEDSTER'S ORIGIN STARTS HERE! Barry Allen is stuck in place. As a forensic scientist for the Central City police, it's his job to catch criminals after they've committed their crimes. It's like he's lost the race before he even leaves the starting line. Then one-night lightning strikes--and everything changes. Electrocuted and doused in chemicals, Barry emerges THE SCARLET SPEEDSTER'S ORIGIN STARTS HERE! Barry Allen is stuck in place. As a forensic scientist for the Central City police, it's his job to catch criminals after they've committed their crimes. It's like he's lost the race before he even leaves the starting line. Then one-night lightning strikes--and everything changes. Electrocuted and doused in chemicals, Barry emerges from a coma with the force of incredible speed humming in his very atoms. He's faster than bullets, faster than sound, faster than anyone can imagine. And he'd better be. Because even as Barry learns how to harness his incredible new powers, a new breed of criminal is stalking Central City. Some can slow him to a standstill. Others can freeze him in place. Still others run so hot and so fast he can't see them coming. The race is on for one of the DC Universe's most iconic superheroes to become the legend he is destined to be. Collects The Flash #70-75

30 review for The Flash: Year One

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Every now and then a DC character gets an origin overhaul. This time around, it's Barry Allen's. Not a lot's changing however - it's mostly just an excuse to take a look back at Barry's first adventure as the Flash, and tie him into the greater Force story that Joshua Williamson is telling by dragging in the Turtle. It's a solid story, don't get me wrong. Whether it works as a standalone Year One story for new readers, I wouldn't go quite that far. It does help refocus Barry's mindset going Every now and then a DC character gets an origin overhaul. This time around, it's Barry Allen's. Not a lot's changing however - it's mostly just an excuse to take a look back at Barry's first adventure as the Flash, and tie him into the greater Force story that Joshua Williamson is telling by dragging in the Turtle. It's a solid story, don't get me wrong. Whether it works as a standalone Year One story for new readers, I wouldn't go quite that far. It does help refocus Barry's mindset going forward though, so in the grander scheme of things, if you're already reading Flash, it's worth sticking around for. Howard Porter's on art, and he's great. The amount of detail the guy rams into his pages borders on ridiculous, and everyone has a stunning amount of weight to them. He's up there with Scott Kolins and Francis Manapul as one of my favourite Flash artists, tbh.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lillian Francis

    Artwork is great. Story is an origin so it's interesting too see a new take on the characters. Not even going to bother trying to work out where this fits in DC timeline, although it looks like it's tying back in with issue 69. Just enjoying myself for the moment but need to go back to read 1-69!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shim

    Good art, storyline isn’t really anything you didn’t already know. Some slightly interesting variations littered with mostly people acting unnecessarily reckless.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Beelzefuzz

    An origin story that is almost completely all new and, as a result not boring like these often are.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mike Jorgensen

    Great summary of Barry Allen as a character and well told origin. I don't think this is as good of an on ramp as most of the "Year One" titles but wouldn't be too difficult to navigate. Just get ready for all the flashy goodness of time travel, multiverse theory, and of course, multiple versions of the same character.

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    Trey

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    Nate Hendon

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