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The New 52 Flash

The Flash/Barry Allen has so much potential. 

The New 52 eight graphic novel Flash set, was written by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. Of course, it had it's fair share of praise and criticism, but I enjoyed most of them. It's art style stands out because of Manapul and Bucellato; it wasn't next level, but personally I thought it was mostly hit and less miss. 

The beginning of the Flash new 52

It reminded me of the latest television show: It started out very promising and I was pulled in. It slightly touched on some comic themes, and everything was hunky-dory, until; they turned it into one of the cringiest comic-to-television disappointments I've ever seen. They destroyed Flashpoint; I hope the Flash movies doesn't do the same—Ezra Miller isn't the right choice. 

Flash comic book cover

Anyway, the later Manapul & Buccellato storylines fumbled with the ball a little for me, but it is no where near as bad as that televised monstrosity. That being said, for some unknown reason, I enjoyed those cheesey bad guys, The Rogues. They tied in quite well with the spin off from the Forever Evil arc which came later. 

The Flash with his enemy Gorilla Grodd

Yes, some of these storylines are well written and quite detailed. It would've been enjoyable to see more of Barry Allen's crime scene work and street level investigation, this stuff compliments his justice league collegue the Batman. His down-to-earth-level of superhero work is more raw and believable than the far fetched tomfoolery of psychic gorilla's, weather rod wielding villainy and that type of tongue in cheek narrative you might find yourself forgiving as you read. However, it connects to the dark world of Watchmen

The Flash comic book cover

You might like Francis Manapuls Flash. As reading goes, I recommend pretending Flashpoint is the first book, read it, and then, I would pretend the New 52 Justice League is the second book. That's before I'd start the first four or five graphic novels of the Manapul New 52 set. Once accustomed with those, I recommend exploring the first few of The Flash Rebirth volumes and conclude with Batman/Flash The Button

Batman from the button story holding a watchman badge

Barry Allen has his issues and strange life he certainly isn't a very complex character—he's just fun. A supportive character. I Not many Flash publications have immersed me into the characters rich history or put me into his life. Ezra Miller has failed too. 

Scene from the comic book chasing the jester

If we ignore the shortcomings, he is great in the comic book Justice League. However, The New 52, Flash graphic novel set is a series that has its ups and downs. The concept of a speedster is a tricky one to wrestle with, given how unrealistically powerful this meta human must be. 

Flash romantic art

With him on the team they should never lose a fight—he's faster than light. I have to ignore the physics if I want to enjoy Flash stories. This is when we see writers act like apologetics by dulling down superhero powers to more acceptable. 

The cover of dc flash point

While the over all idea of The Flash is definitely not perfect, there's no denying that he's also a character worth developing properly in his own right. Batman had a scowling Michael Keaton, the brutish Ben Atflick and the husky voiced Christian Bale; all brilliant in their own way!

Artwork from the flash series

Barry Allen in print, is blonde haired and blue eyed, an athletic looking man. He's quite level headed given his forensic science interests and he works as a CSI to vindicate his father. Ezra Miller and John Wesley Shipp didn't come close to The Barry Allen found in our graphic novels, except, maybe for Grant Gustin. What do you think? 


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