A really nice collection representative of important milestones for all 4 Flashes, and by far the best of these 75th Anniversary collections I have reA really nice collection representative of important milestones for all 4 Flashes, and by far the best of these 75th Anniversary collections I have read so far. That said, I far prefer the older collection of The Greatest Flash Stories every told (the one from 1991) as a representation of the best Flash tales around, particularly for the Jay Garrick & Barry Allen eras. Along with that volume, the 75th collection will give the reader a really nice overview of one of DC's best legacy characters. There are stories here that have been reprint ad-nauseam like Flash of Two Worlds! and Jay & Barry's origin stories, but I was happy to see a few more unusual tales pop up like Stupendous Triumph of the Six Super-Villains!, Death of an Immortal!, Deadly Secret of the Flash!, and The Last Dance! Bronze age DC books are often not collected these days, so it is a treat to see some some very important Flash lore reprinted!
So why 3 stars? The collection does a terrible job representing arguably the best Flash, Wally West, with a measly 3 tales, which are mixed at best. Flash #1 is a really weird pick for representing early Wally, especially since there are so many great stories by William Messner-Loebs & Mark Waid in this period (I do really like the inclusion of The Unforgiving Minute for Wally in this collection) that could have been easily been included instead of say, Crisis #8 or other Barry Allen stories. This plus the really poor Bart Allen installment take this collection down a peg. Overall, mild recommendation for casual readers, but fans of the character should take it for a spin!...more
At this point Superman's origin has been retold so many times, reading another version usually says more about the writer than the character himself.At this point Superman's origin has been retold so many times, reading another version usually says more about the writer than the character himself. Johns makes some very interesting choices. I like how he sidesteps Krypton's destruction and focuses on Clark's Smallville years, and even manages to crowbar in Legion of Superheroes which I'm not sure has ever been included in a retelling of Superman's origin before.
Johns' other great idea is that Metropolis is absolute dump when Clark shows up, with the population suffering under Luthor's control. This is really brilliant since one of Superman's key strengths is as an inspirational figure, and by the end of the series, you see the city turning itself around which is neat! I also need to mention that Gary Frank's art is pretty good too, using the Christopher's Reeves model for his inspiration (which I have mixed feelings about).
Overall, this is just a solid effort that doesn't really replace any of the myriad of other versions of the story, especially the version I grew up with, John Byrne's Man of Steel. That is fine, I am sure younger readers will discover and enjoy this book, but older readers might have more mixed mileage....more
This is a actually a 3.5; in many ways, this is the newest Bat-title (along with Grayson, and the relaunched Batgirl) that has the potential do somethThis is a actually a 3.5; in many ways, this is the newest Bat-title (along with Grayson, and the relaunched Batgirl) that has the potential do something very interesting and unique in the current line of DC comics. First of all, it is actually written for a YA audience, which is great, and fully embraces the culture and drama of high school. At this point in the series, there are almost too many characters and ideas that are exploding out of this book, so I suspect that this will get better as the mysteries deepen and the characters grow. Very fun for Batman fans, but really accessible and enjoyable if you don't know anything about this world....more
Like a lot of readers here, I was really looking forward to this new direction on Batgirl but the results are a mixed bag. What's good? Babs Tarr's arLike a lot of readers here, I was really looking forward to this new direction on Batgirl but the results are a mixed bag. What's good? Babs Tarr's art is stellar, and I really like the new designs for not just Barbara, but also background characters, including Dinah. I also thought the core mystery for the story arc was clever and helped pay off a lot of the plot threads that seemed random at first. What's bad? The overall plot is a real mixed bag, especially the strange non-climax with dealing the central villain. I fully acknowledge that huge parts did not work for me (the endless stuff about hooq, constant use of instagram, etc.) because I am not the audience the authors are writing for. I think this will pull in new readers for superheroes which is a good thing, I just wish the plot had been better....more