Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Carmine Di Giandomenica
Publisher: DC Comics
DC Comics has been cranking out new #1’s of some very popular series lately as part of a Rebirth movement. Some issues are one shot rebirths while others are entirely new series. Barry Allen is the latest DC hero to start anew with The Flash #1. This issue obviously covers Allen’s origin story, albeit very quickly, but actually focuses more on some struggles of being a hero.
As mentioned earlier, The Flash #1 is about Barry Allen as he becomes the fastest man alive. Although this origin only serves as a flashback of sorts. The rest of the issue is actually set during modern times as Allen is attempting to stop every criminal and save every life. This objective is very difficult, as the young forensics scientist discovers, and he begins to struggle with the overwhelming guilt of failure.
Allen doesn’t have time to worry about guilt, however, as new relationships begin to blossom and crises pop up all over the city. The fastest man alive needs to put all his attention on running faster and saving every possible person. The Flash #1 is a fascinating read simply because of Allen’s juggling act. Barry Allen has so many friends and colleagues needing attention that it’s difficult to prioritize them all. Both Wally and Iris West need attention, but so does a police officer named August. And then there are criminals, and burning buildings, and many other issues. Central City is a crazy place.
This new DC release probably isn’t supposed to coincide with the CW show, but the issue is almost more enjoyable when you enjoy both versions simultaneously. The Flash has dabbled with some of these lifestyle issues during two seasons of television, but The Flash #1 more capably tackles the subject. It’s quite interesting to compare and contrast between the two different forms.
The Flash #1 is a very solid issue. The Flash #1 is lacking action, at least until the end, but Joshua Williamson’s focus on people skills and “everyday” issues keeps the story rolling. Of course, the action that does show up just makes everything crazy. The Flash #1 is well worth reading simply for the ending. Oh man.