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Book Review: The Flash, Volume 3: Rogues Reloaded

The Flash, Volume 3: Rogues Reloaded The Flash, Volume 3: Rogues Reloaded by Joshua Williamson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book collects seven issues of the Flash, Issues 14-20.

It begins with the 4-part titular story, "Rogues Reloaded," which finds that the Rogues seem to have disappeared from Central City. Barry's starting to miss them because of the lesser and often more ruthless villains who take to the street in their place. However, the Rogues have one more trick up their sleeve and a plan for one more big score.

This is a solid Rogues story with plenty of action and Barry has his moments against each of the Rogues as this plays out. Williamson does shift our moral view of the Rogues. Many writers and fans of the Flash have tended to treat the Rogues as Flash's frenemies, cuddly crooks who really aren't so bad and will generally help out when the chips are down. Williamson tells that the rogues are first and foremost criminals, and that they've hurt people, which the Flash and the audience are reminded of. Being criminals also tests the nature of their code. They don't all full psychopath, but Williamson really establishes them as bad guys and real opponents of the Flash. It's a refreshing shift and the story works quite well.

Next up is the two part Sins of the Father story in which Kid Flash goes to Iron Heights Penitentiary to visit his dad (Reverse Flash Daniel West) only to find him missing and the key to the mystery is the Flash's old enemy Captain Boomerang who is tangling with some gun-runners. The story mixes a very fun comic book tale with a solid and powerful emotional story arc for Kid Flash. It's easy to connect with Young Wally's feelings as he's going through so much.

Finally, Issue 20 gives us a one-shot where Iris investigates the disappearance of the bodies of Godspeed's victims (the Flash's first big Rebirth storyline,) with Iris setting out to find out what's going on. This is a nice issue for giving Iris a bigger role and also giving her a reason to suspect Barry's true identity.

Overall, the stories are solid, if not perfect. This is an enjoyable read with three complete story arcs, however each story also features Easter eggs and hints of coming attractions (which I won't spoil), so not only do I think this is a good book as written but it's also going somewhere with Josh Williamson having some big ideas that I can't wait to see realized.

Disclosure: I received a free digital of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Published on July 31, 2017 19:38 Tags: barry-allen, dc-rebirth, the-flash

Book Review: The Flash Vol. 4: Running Scared

The Flash Vol. 4: Running Scared The Flash Vol. 4: Running Scared by Joshua Williamson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Flash is back in the aftermath of his crossover with Batman in the Button. This book collects Issues 23-27 of the Flash and contains two separate storylines that are linked. Iris throws Barry a surprise birthday party and he's distracted, really only able to focus on Hal Jordan (who got away from the events of the Green Lantern Corps book for a birthday party.) So they have to team up and fight a villain while the Reverse Flash kidnaps Iris and attacks Wally.

The art is weak to mediocre throughout most of the book. What really drives the book is the story as Barry is forced to examine why he keeps so many secrets and questions whether he should tell Iris the truth. There are some good character moments. Even Reverse Flash has some good ones as we understand a bit of his backstory. Although, that does turn a bit pathetic.

This book's not bad, but I think it does have a problems and to be honest, I'm a bit concerned about the direction of the book. It feels like Barry's beginning a 2017 version of Daredevil prior to Mark Waid coming on board. Daredevil was the character Marvel writers put through as much as Hell as possible. It seems like since the first volume Barry's been on a downward cycle as all the key relationships close to him are being compromised and he's been hit with dump trucks full of guilt.. It'd be nice if the book got fun again. Still, there are some compelling ideas here and I just have to hope this will turn around soon.

****I received a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review***.

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Published on November 21, 2017 05:39 Tags: barry-allen, dc-rebirth, the-flash

Book Review: Flash, Volume 14: The Flash Age

The Flash Age The Flash Age by Joshua Williamson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Flash Age collects Issue 88 and the main story from Issue 750 and then 751-755 and sees the introduction of a new villain called Paradox who is killing the Flash over and over again. In order to stop him, the Flash is forced to team up with one of his deadliest fes.

This is a good story. The story from the 750th issue does a great job paying tribute to the Flash and settin gup this story that really takes our hero on an epic journey that covers so much of his timeline. The last few volumes, Williamson's writing has been his mark perfectly and this book is no exception.

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Published on May 29, 2021 23:27 Tags: barry-allen, the-flash

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Adam Graham
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