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The Flash, Vol. 1: Move Forward

(The Flash (2011) #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  10,165 ratings  ·  562 reviews
Struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals, Central City Police scientist Barry Allen was transformed into the fastest man alive. Tapping into the energy field called The Speed Force, he applies a tenacious sense of justice to protect an serve the world as The Flash!
The Fastest Man Alive returns to his own monthly series as part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by DC Comics
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Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Meet the new Flash. Same as the old Flash.

Barry Allen gets the New 52 reboot treatment here, and I gotta admit that as a newbie inspired to pick up Flash comics thanks to the TV show, it’s nice to get a story featuring just one speedster as the hero rather than small army of them I found in Rebirth. I also appreciated feeling like I didn’t have to read Wikipedia entries to learn decades of history.

Even though it’s a streamlined story that goes back to the relatively early days of Barry as Flas

NEW 52 FLASH is GREAT. I know I'm somehow in the minority (and obviously those who don't like it are just crazy), but it's exciting, dramatic, and incredibly illustrated. Just a fun and dynamic story with fleshed out, sympathetic characters.

I haven't read all of the Flash. Some very silly Golden Age stuff, most crises and Flash events, like Flashpoint and Rebirth, and some pre-New 52 Barry Allen. I'm missing all of Morrison and Millar and Johns' Wally West. (I know. Inconceivable!) But I have a
Oct 24, 2012 rated it liked it

I guess I'm not really attached to The Flash one way or the other. I have yet to read anything about the character that makes me go WOW! I love this guy!...yet. I'm holding out hope that at some point that will happen, and that's why I keep reading titles like this.


I think Barry Allen has the same problem as Clark Kent. He's just so darn nice.
Which is great...if you want to marry him.
Otherwise, he's not all that interesting as a person.


Which is so sad when I think about it. I mean, he's a goo
Having never read any of Flash's comics before, and with my intro to Green Lantern being so disappointing, I honestly had no idea what was in store here. Thankfully I ended up pleasantly surprised with this one.

I'm in love with the art style! It's a lot less ... harsh? than a lot of superhero comics and sets it apart from the rest of the New 52. As the series progresses, it starts to look more like a cartoon than a comic, but I don't mean that in a bad way. It's not easy drawing a character
I liked the art. Several of the revamped Flash mythos were good. But the story fell rather flat for me. It wasn't bad, just not terribly exciting. ...more
Sam Quixote
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Like a lot of "New 52" titles, "Flash" doesn't go into the origin of the character - Barry Allen, the Flash, comes fully formed and jumps straight into action from the opening pages. This might frustrate new readers who've never read "Flash" before as his origin isn't well-known like Batman or Superman's, but this choice is endemic of a larger problem with a lot of these new titles: the lack of character development and the focus on action despite DC aiming this re-launch at introducing new read ...more
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
This is the first volume to the New 52 Flash series and it is quite impressive. The artwork alone is marvelous and really elevates the game. It not only brings life to the Flash's speed, but it delivers it with grace and originality. There's a 3D type of artwork that is integrated within the story that works wonders in playing with time (past, present and future) and I always ended up being impressed by it. Even more impressive are the full two-page panels before every chapter (issue) where it s ...more
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This run on Flash may be the best work of Francis Manapul's career. The art is gorgeous. I love how pays homage to Will Eisner by incorporating the titles into the backgrounds. Manapul and Buccellato treat Barry as a shut-in professor uncomfortable around women he's interested in and it works. I thought Mob Rule was an interesting villain. I think I actually prefer Patty over Iris as a love interest. ...more
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
2 stars for the story, 5 stars for the artwork.

You know how they say, your first may not always be the best; the best comes later.

DC ‘s rejuvenated New 52 Flash was my first Flash comic. After having seen the amazing TV adaptation of The Flash recently, my expectations were through the roof, but they came crashing down.

Unlike other superheroes, the trademark of Flash a.k.a Barry Allen is his humor. Flash is a man who is still a boy at heart ready to sweep you off your feet with his speed and his
Sep 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Hardcore fans of The Flash
Shelves: graphic-novels
A resounding meh. I picked this up because I wanted to know more about The Flash ahead of his spin-off show coming to television this fall. Despite the #1 on the cover, this latest reboot is not the story you are looking for if you are not terribly familiar with the character.
And let's be honest, while he and his red tights are familiar, he is not Batman or Superman, so they could have done a lot more than totally skipping his origin and giving just one very brief paragraph (top right corner of
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this one, but it wasn't what I was expecting. Since this was part of the "New 52" reboot of the DC Universe, I was expecting a rehashed origin story of Barry Allen/The Flash. Instead, it starts a relatively short time later (months? year?, not sure...), introducing several supporting characters and new/old antagonists like Mob Rule, Captain Cold, and a super-fast glimpse of Gorilla Grodd, which is likely a lead-in to the next story arc.

The artwork is very good, and it's interesting how t
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I was quite taken by Manapul's art while reading the "road to Flashpoint". This series is no exception: beautiful soft colors and creative layouts especially on the title pages, and easy to understand storytelling. The writing is just fine. This being the first volume in the New 52 there's some building of his world, and the first story arc smartly gives Barry some backstory but also ties to the current "bad guy" who has an inventive (and creepy) origin. Wisely, the resolution of the first arc l ...more
Shawn Deal
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I thought there was s lot to like here. Liked how it started, with a good redefinition of the main characters. Loved the art style. And I liked the story. A nice starting point for anyone jumping into the flash.
Maxine ❃ etherealpages
The story's interesting enough but the art is the highlight of this volume, it's simply stunning. Can't wait to read more! ...more
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
2019 review:
Somehow completely forgot I read this already and said "Ooh, Flash New 52 vol 1. I'll read that now." Then had this slight feeling of familiarity halfway through and kept going. Still worth reading again. Still same rating.

2016 review:
I regret not having started these New 52 runs earlier. *aggressive sigh*

So I'll admit that I expected more out of this, but I can't say I'm disappointed in it. This was still good.

This opens up with Barry having had his powers for five years already. I
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dcu
Flash fact: I was drawn to comics by the Flash, not by Batman, so I have always had a huge soft spot for the scarlet speedster. Thus, I had a bias heading in to the book.

I really enjoyed it. I didn't love it and I'm not saying it is a great collection, but I still really enjoyed it.

Francis Manapul has done a nice job in creating situations and building relationships in these issues. Backed up by some of the best artwork in the New 52, it looked and felt the way it should..... The only thing mis
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This book is the beginning of one of the best Flash runs ever. I really love how they included a mental aspect to The Flash's powers, and I enjoyed this book as much as the well received title, Flash: Rebirth, which is widely heralded as the best Flash novel of all time. As I read this, all I kept thinking about was how this story would make for one hell of a motion picture! My only gripe is that they left one story arch hanging, and we don't get any closure regarding one of the main antagonists ...more
David Church
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have to admit this…this is my first Flash graphic novel. Aside from about 15 – 20 Flash comics in my 30+ years of reading comics I never really got into anything solo w/the Flash. I always felt I got my fill with his appearances in Justice League or other titles.
The Flash I enjoy, Barry Allen…eh his scenes were ok. For some reason I cannot latch onto his alter ego persona. Don’t get me wrong the writing was really good and the artwork for the most part pretty spectacular, I am a sucker for
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I finished my first graphic novel yaaay!
Mohamed Shoaib
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
i gotta say this is some breath-taking artwork courtesy ..
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Ever since the CW has produced The Flash, I have been hooked on Barry Allen and his friends as they adventure new territory into the unknown when it comes to his superhero abilities. I worship the show and while I do not know his true character history in the comics I have always been open minded towards reading comics about the Flash. My first encounter with Barry Allen was in "The Justice League" cartoon series and all these anima
Peter Derk
May 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Oof. What a letdown.

After reading issue one of all the new relaunched DC 52 titles, I came away very excited about the Flash. The first issue was paced, had a good cliffhanger, and ultimately made it seem like we'd be getting some detective-y stuff along with the speedster business.

Aaaand not so much.

The whole DC relaunch has been pretty disappointing, personally. I'm not saying that there aren't good books coming out. I'm just not sure that there is a larger number of good books coming out, o
Justyn Rampa
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reading Flash together rather than month to month really demonstrates the strength of this title. Actually, I had kind of been a bit down on Flash because of one issue that just didn't sit well with me, but then that was followed by two amazing issues, so I was in a quandary.

Well, not anymore.

Flash Volume 1 collects the first eight issues of Flash which features Barry Allen in the role of the Fastest Man Alive. I love Barry Allen, even though he wasn't the Flash I grew up with. Geoff Johns has a
I've been enjoying the latest television incarnation of The Flash so much that I finally decided it was time to give the comic book version of the speedster a try. Thanks to DC's New 52 experiment, it's easy to find a starting point.

And so it is that I picked up The Flash, Volume I: Move Forward, a collection of the first eight issues from the rebooted series. Central City is the midst of a mob war and the Flash is trying to keep things in check. But as he uses his powers to put on one fire, he
Jez Layman
It took a few issues to (pardon the pun) pick up speed, but after that I was really into it. It ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, but thankfully the next volume comes out later this month (and I already have a hold placed at the library). After that, I can get back to reading it monthly. The New 52 really threw me off and overall, I'm not a fan of their new lineups, but I don't mind it for Flash. It seems kind of silly to reboot it less than a year after Flash: Rebirth (which was far superior, ...more
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhumans, comics
Eh, it's not bad. It just isn't great, either. Barry is perfectly nice, but frankly, a little dull here. And we're never really given a great reason to root for him, other than that he's nice. Yes, I want him to be happy and successful, but in a vague sort of way. It doesn't help that the stories are a little dull, too. The friend from a past story has been done to death, and there's nothing interesting enough in here to elevate this one above any of the many, many others. And although I like Ca ...more
Kyle Stinson
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it

I am a huge fan of the TV show, and so I thought I would give the comics a go to learn more about one of my favorite DC Comics superheroes. I was not disappointed, as the artwork and plot was stunning and it played in my head just like the TV show. I would have given it a 5 star rating, however, I did put this down for a while, and only picked it back up today because the season 2 finale is tonight and I thought it would help me get in the spirit for it. Definitely will continue with this
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
Barry Allen is back!Which is a very good thing and a kinda sad thing considering that there will be no more Wally west flash.In this volume of "The flash" two main things happen one including a cloning problem with his friend which is a very interesting story and two,Barry trying to save some people from the speed force and later which leads to the second volume containing Gorilla Grodd.The art was one of the best things in this volume and hopefully the story will stay strong! ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, dc
Gorgeous artwork, convoluted story. Also, if you are relatively new to The Flash, like me, you would probably be completely lost, because this series seems to just carry on from whatever the established lore was before the New 52 reboot. There were a couple of really cool concepts here, though, and I am interested to see how they will play out, so I'll probably check out at least the next book. ...more
I loved this. Hope Barry will be able to get Iris out. Can't wait to read the next Flash comic and watch the TV show that's coming out this year. ...more
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Francis Manapul is a comic book artist living in Toronto, Canada currently working for DC comics. His list of credits include the forthcoming Adventure Comics, and Superman Batman. In the past he's worked on titles like Legion of Super-Heroes, Iron and the Maiden, Necromancer, Sept Guerrieres, Tomb Raider, Darkness, G.I Joe and of course Witchblade.

Photo by Luigi Novi.

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