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The Flash: Savage Velocity

(The Flash (1987) (New Editions) #1)

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Welcome Wally West!

After the devastating loss of his mentor, Barry Allen, former sidekick Wally West must take up his idol's mantle as the Scarlet Speedster! But at only 20 years old, is Wally ready to drop the "Kid" and be the world's one and only Flash?

In his first year as the Flash, Wally must face the immortal super-villain Vandal Savage, tech terror Kilg%re, human bla
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by DC Comics (first published March 31st 2020)
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Chad
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, hoopla
I'm glad to see DC finally reprinting some of these runs from the 80's that have never been collected before and I really hope they collect the rest of William Messner-Loeb's time on the book. Mike Baron's writing doesn't hold up very well here though. You can see his misogynistic views coming through the writing. Wally treats women like garbage and is just a straight up jerk throughout. There are some interesting villains, Vandal Savage, Kilg%re, Blue Trinity, Speed Demon, along with the speed ...more
Nicholas Palmieri
The first few issues were good, but Baron lost steam pretty quickly, and I'm not a fan of the early Guice art (those unintentionally misproportioned legs...). The later Baron issues were terrible- lifeless and anticlimactic. However, the last four issues collected here, written by Bill Messner-Loebs, are a masterclass in how to take a few poorly executed concepts from another writer and reconfigure them into a great superhero soap opera. In his first issue alone, he weaved together almost all of ...more
John
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
This starts out inspired, but quickly ran out of speed. I like Baron's approach--it's got the deconstruction of the Flash needing high caloric intake, clothing that deconstructs, etc. His insane metabolism affects his lifestyle. He can't slow down!

Vandal Savage wanting to harvest superhero organs is also a fun idea.

And this superhero f*cks. He's in his 20s and dating a lot. I think he sleeps with six women during the run. Pretty risque for the 80s.

But then there's a lot of suspension of disbel
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Fizzgig76
Reprints The Flash (2) #1-18 and Annual #1 (June 1987-November 1988). Barry Allen is dead, and after years as Kid Flash, Wally West discovers he is now stepping into Barry’s shoes. Being Flash isn’t easy for Wally who doesn’t have a secret identity, but when Wally hits the lottery, Wally discovers his luck is changing. With more speedsters, and more danger, Wally finds being the Flash is a whole different level than his days as a Teen Titan…and when Vandal Savage targets him, Wally better watch ...more
Gus Casals
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For a whole generation, this is THE Flash. Wally, greedy Wally, horny Wally. Mike Baron got a brief for "different" and he ran with it. Messner-Loebs (also present in the collection) perfected it, and Waid, who gets all the credit, only did so standing on their shoulders.
So many of the concepts in these year and a half of stories have been influential for over 30 years and across all media: Chunk, Tina McGee, reinvigorated Vandal Savage, Velocity 9... and of course, Wally himself.
Baron's joke wa
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Andrew
Dec 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Collects the first 18 issues of the Wally West Flash. That's the entirety of the Mike Baron run, plus the first four issues of William Messner-Loebs. Baron's Wally West is a believably dumb and directionless 20 year old, with an overbearing mother and a string of stupid romantic decisions. I enjoyed Baron's focus on the physical demands of Wally's superhuman speed -- he's constantly eating and sleeping for 16 hours at a time.

Baron has an absurd sense of humor and a bit of a mean streak. That, c
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Paxton Holley
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-flash
I originally read this Flash title back in 87 starting with issue #3. Off the rack. I read and collected the issues for the first few years. I even still have my original issues that I bought off the rack in a filing cabinet.

I’ve been meaning to revisit this title for years. This collection contains the first 18 issues of the title and it was so much fun to revisit. Everyone remembers and talks about Mark Waid’s run on this title, but he didn’t come in until issue 62. Everyone forgets about Mike
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Baba
Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-reads-kapow
The death of the Flash, sees Wally West pick up the mantle, and his own comic, a huge change to The Flash franchise post Crisis. 6 out of 12.
I read the comic books collecting Mike Baron's The Flash run - The Flash volume two #1-14 and Annual #1, but it's great to see that there's now a graphic novel available.
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