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Barry Allen and Iris West take a vacation, but their relaxation is cut short when their cruise ship is attacked by King Shark! Can the Fastest Man Alive save a sinking ship when there's no land in sight--or will he be fish food?

Collects stories from The Flash Giant #1-7 (first wave) and The Flash Giant #1-5 (second wave)
Paperback, 184 pages
Published July 21st 2020
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Chad
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, hoopla
Some OK out of continuity Flash stories. They are all very basic good vs evil stories with some base villains and poor characterization of the rogues. I do find it curious that this was written out of continuity when some simple changes could have made these canon stories pretty easily. It was almost like Gail Simone didn't want to be bothered by Flash's history. Clayton Henry's and Marcelo Maiolo's art is great.
Brandon
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Clayton Henry is a remarkable Flash artist whose pencils, alongside Marcelo Maiolo's colours, capture the fun and energy that Flash comics should have. Unfortunately most of the stories in this comic fall flat despite the beautiful artwork. While Gail Simone finds fun ways to talk about the concept of super-speed, and writes some great chemistry between Barry Allen and his love interest Iris West, she often fails at writing the Flash himself. The Rogues, often the most complex and interesting ch ...more
Tim Bartel
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This collection is a couple of two star stories, that get bumped up to three stars by some gorgeous artwork.

Gail Simone is a super respected writer for DC, and I've generally enjoyed her stuff in the past, but I don't think she was suited to the shorter issue length of these Wallmart exclusives, that have no been collected

Simone has tried something similar to Bendis Batman Wallmart series, in that we've got a Flash series showcasing many characters, while he solves an overarching mystery. But th
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Melissa Hernandez
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, physical
This was a fun read! Gail Simone knows her characters. She gives us Barry Allen, Iris West, The Rogues, Reverse Flash, Flash, and so much more. Barry Allen is never on time. He's awkward. He's a nerd. He's fast. He has heart. And Gail has encapsulated that very well. It's supposed to be a fun read as they are the Flash Giants comics put together. They stand alone. Clayton Henry is an amazing artist and definitely knows how to show Barry's emotions very well. The Flash is one of my favorites, and ...more
Adam Graham
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Originally published in the 100-page Giant Wal-mart comics, this look at the Flash finds the Flash dealing with a mysterious threat involving his rogues being forced to fight him. Then there's one shot with King Shark, and then we get another multi-part story with the Flash.

Unlike with Tom King's Superman, or J. Michael Bendis' Batman, Simone makes clear that this is an entirely different take on Barry as it does several things that are different from current DC Comics continuity.

The art is goo
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Jessica Herrett
Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a solid book about The Flash and if you haven't read any Flash stories before a good place to start. It has a wealth of easter eggs and nods to Flash stories for fans too. It was nothing super new and inventive though a new character and a bit of spin on an old villain kept it interesting. I could definitely see Simone using a couple of her old favourites in this. It was a good use of the Giant size format and overall a solidly average story.

If this is your jumping on point, definitely r
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Nate
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
I like Gail Simone a lot but this is more of a Flash overview than anything else and nowhere near as vissually interesting as any other Flash story of the last twenty years or so.
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Gail Simone is a comic book writer well-known for her work on Birds of Prey (DC), Wonder Woman (DC), and Deadpool (Marvel), among others, and has also written humorous and critical commentary on comics and the comics industry such as the original "Women in Refrigerators" website and a regular column called "You'll All Be Sorry".

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