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- ASIN : B01MQ0X9EN
- Publisher : DC (December 13, 2016)
- Publication date : December 13, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 636646 KB
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- Print length : 366 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #939,895 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Instead, we start with The Flash Special #1, on which Waid only writes the framing device. Fair enough; it's an enjoyable set of stories that serves as an introduction to then-status quo of the Flash universe. Then we launch into Flash Annual #4, a mediocre entry into 1991's crossover event, Armageddon 2001. This story's appearance as the second chapter in this volume is guaranteed to alienate and confuse new readers. I appreciate that DC includes the story for completion, but couldn't we relegate it to the back of the book?
Finally, we get to Flash 62-68. The first four of those issues collect Born to Run, and serves as the logical jump-on point for Waid's Flash run. Flash 66 is fun one-shot, guest-starring Aquaman. Flash 67-68 is a two-parter that introduces us to the modern Wally/Abracadabra rivalry that is still important to readers in 2017. We end on Flash Annual #5, another crossover tie-in (1992's theme was "Eclipso: the Darkness within), a fun Rogues Gallery story with some rough art by the now legendary Travis Charest. Unfortunately, due to a printing error, this story does not start with its cover, thus probably further confusing new readers.
Mark Waid's Flash run still stands as the best run in the character's history (yes, I know Geoff Johns wrote him, too). It's a pity that the first volume collecting that run is marred by watered-down content and a printing error.
The book kicks off with Flash Special #1 which is a fiftieth anniversary story for the Flash and features all three Flashes (in separate adventures) as well as a future flash that's written by Waid. In fact, the future Flash (John Fox) is the only part of this actually written by Waid. That doesn't stop this from being an amazing linked graphic novel. The different creative teams for each section evoke the Flash of the Golden, Silver, and Post-crisis era with Waid doing a good job on John Fox.
Flash Annual #4 takes a look at Wally in the future, having gone into witness protection but being found by the people he's hiding from and having to fight to save his family after spending years in retirement. He has to fight a series of villains. It's an epic story that has a bit of the flavor of Amazing Spider-man Annual #1 with Spidey fighting the Sinister Six. Waid tells a good story with a twist that manages to avoid forcing Wally towards a pre-determined outcome.
Issues 62-65 is a Year One storyline for Wally West. Considering that Waid was a new comic book writer in the 1990s, giving him a Year One story to write was a gutsy editorial move, considering that Frank Miller was the man who wrote Batman's "Year One," this just isn't something typically given to a rookie writer. However, Waid deliver brilliantly with a story that updates but still respects Wally's silver age origin but also gives Wally's character some depth.
Issue 66 has Wally going on a cruise ship in a trip in which he faces a sea based villain and meets Aquaman. This story is okay. There's some nice action and art, but it's probably the least remarkable part of the book.
Issues 67 and 68 has the Flash meeting Abra Kadabra. It's a good story that gets really interesting in the second part as the Flash travels to Abra Kadabra's world and makes a startling discovery.
Annual #5 is all about the Rogues as the Flash battles them, while the Rogues are beset by a challenge from within as Golden Glider believes someone in the group has sold her out and has planned some tests to find out who it is. It's a tale with a lot of twists, none greater than the ending which was part of some event...which it would have nice if DC had explained.
Still despite the issues with the presentation, the comic book issues are great and a sign of what was to come for Mark Waid who would prove to be far more than...a flash in the pan.