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The Flash: Year One

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THE SCARLET SPEEDSTER'S ORIGIN STARTS HERE!

Barry Allen is stuck in place. As a forensic scientist for the Central City police, it's his job to catch criminals after they've committed their crimes. It's like he's lost the race before he even leaves the starting line.

Then one-night lightning strikes--and everything changes.

Electrocuted and doused in chemicals, Barry emerges
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Hardcover, 168 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by DC Comics
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Chris Lemmerman
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every now and then a DC character gets an origin overhaul. This time around, it's Barry Allen's. Not a lot's changing however - it's mostly just an excuse to take a look back at Barry's first adventure as the Flash, and tie him into the greater Force story that Joshua Williamson is telling by dragging in the Turtle.

It's a solid story, don't get me wrong. Whether it works as a standalone Year One story for new readers, I wouldn't go quite that far. It does help refocus Barry's mindset going
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Lillian Francis
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Artwork is great. Story is an origin so it's interesting too see a new take on the characters. Not even going to bother trying to work out where this fits in DC timeline, although it looks like it's tying back in with issue 69. Just enjoying myself for the moment but need to go back to read 1-69!
Shim
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Good art, storyline isn’t really anything you didn’t already know. Some slightly interesting variations littered with mostly people acting unnecessarily reckless.
Beelzefuzz
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
An origin story that is almost completely all new and, as a result not boring like these often are.
Mike Jorgensen
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great summary of Barry Allen as a character and well told origin. I don't think this is as good of an on ramp as most of the "Year One" titles but wouldn't be too difficult to navigate. Just get ready for all the flashy goodness of time travel, multiverse theory, and of course, multiple versions of the same character.
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