Two more reviews tonight, the new Flash series and Batgirl. One of these comics I've been dreading, while the other I've been dying to read. I'll let you guys figure out which was which after checking out the reviews...
Flash #1: Writer: Geoff Johns. Artist: Francis Manapul.
We begin the official (re-)start of the Barry Allen era of the DCU with Saint Barry chasing down the Trickster's car and apprehending the Rogue. From there the perpetually late Saint Barry heads to his day job, that of a CSI with the Central City police department. DC's Saint gets acquainted(and reacquainted in some cases)with his co-workers, and while that is going down the Mirror Master teleports into the middle of a busy Central City street and collapses in the street dead. The cops decide to send Barry to investigate, and upon checking the corpse, he realizes that the dead Mirror Master was neither the old Mirror Master from the Silver Age, nor the new Mirror Master from the Modern Age, but a new Mirror Master all together. A call then comes in over the police radio saying that a similar teleportational rift as to the one that brought Mirror Master had opened not that far away, so Saint Barry switches into his Flash outfit and races over. Upon arriving, Barry discovers a bunch of characters wearing the costumes of his Rogues, while claiming to be police officers from the future. This issue concludes with the futuristic Rogues telling Barry that he was under arrest for his future murder of the Mirror Monarch.
My thoughts on this issue probably aren't going to be much of a surprise to anybody who knows me. This was the reason we needed Saint Barry back so badly? After reading this comic, I couldn't help but think, “Why couldn't this have been Wally West?”. I guess I'm still just sour over Saint Barry taking Wally's spot, but that's me. It's going to take a while(and better comics then this one)before Saint Barry wins me over and makes me look at him as anything other then an unneeded retro-character. As for this comic, I expected more. With Geoff's obvious lust for Saint Barry, I was expecting him to have an amazing story prepped for the start of second Age of Barry, but this was no better or worse then any other Flash comic Geoff has written before. Maybe in 3 or 4 issues time I'll have changed my tune, but after reading this comic I can't help but feel underwhelmed.
Score: 7 out of 10.Run Saint Barry, run!!!