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The Flash Age

(The Flash (2016) (Collected Editions) #14)

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Barry Allen and Eobard Thawne… allies? Can the Flash trust the Reverse-Flash? He may have to, if he’s going to stop the massive threat of the brand-new villain Paradox!

Meet Paradox: a new time-traveling villain with a tragic backstory who poses a big threat–and carries a big grudge against the Flash. He’s determined to destroy the Flash legacy at all costs, and he’s powerf
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published May 11th 2021 by DC
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Jun 01, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, hoopla
The best part of this collection was the annual told from Captain Boomerang's perspective. It ties in closely with what Tom Taylor was doing over in Suicide Squad: Bad Blood which you should check out if you haven't. Boomerang is a lot o fun as the unreliable narrator.

Then we move onto The Flash Age . It's a story we've all heard before. There's yet another time traveling villain who's mad at the Flash. He's altering time, blah blah blah. Flash does team-up with Godspeed and Reverse Flash which
Once again, the timeline gets messed up. Once again, a villain escapes a prison. And once again, The Flash "saves" the timeline.

I mean I am really not surprised that Barry once again has to fight a villain who is obsessed with getting revenge on him and gaining power. And I'm even less surprised that the timeline totally gets messed up with and then set back to what we knew it to be before it got messed up with in this story. But of course it's not all back to normal, because another old enemy
James DeSantis
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was the last volume for Joshua so was kind of shocked by the ending but there will be one more!

So paradox decides to make his move. I'll be honest, it's a bit cliché and he actually didn't come off as the next big threat. I mean what he was doin bad, and Barry needed both Godspeed and Reverse Flash to beat him. But the thing was that it gets settled so quickly I was a bit surprised. However, I did love that Paradox was basically us the audience speaking. Saying how Barry causes m
Chris Lemmerman
Enter: Paradox! When Barry's time traveling shenanigans finally catch up to him, a time-bending new villain makes an appearance and threatens the entire timeline in revenge! The Flash's only hope? Godspeed, and the Reverse Flash!

The penultimate volume of Josh Williamson's Flash run is just as much fun as everything that came before. Paradox is the kind of enemy that a long-running character like the Flash has to have at some point (someone hurt by the hero saving other people), and while his pow
Shannon Appelcline
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-dc, comics
The eternal Williamson run continues. And this one's pretty good. Though it introduces a new villain, Paradox, who's thing seems to be messing up continuity in the DC Universe (as if DC needed that!), the solid heart of the book is the return of Thawne. It's pretty terrific to see him through a bunch of lenses, as hero, villain, and everything in-between. But in the end, we learn that we can never really predict what he's going to do. A solid story, and a good lead-in to the next one.

Here's a qu
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was fun. We meet with a new villain and his story is connected with Flash Year one and then we pick up with Godspeed vs Flash again whose working for Paradox. We travel to the 25th century and find more about Paradox history, his intentions and how he believes Barry is a monster and his alterations with time has ruined so many lives. Its an amazing battle and we also have Reverse-Flash show up and have the formation of these 3 speedsters and can they save the day? Its an amazing read a ...more
Paxton Holley
Jun 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: the-flash
Much better than the last volume. At least in this one the problem isn’t a broken speed force. In this one it’s a broken time stream being manipulated by new villain, Paradox.

I liked where this went. Flash teams up with Godspeed and Reverse Flash. This was a fun one. Ends with a story from Annual #3. It’s an adventure with Flash and Suicide Squad told from Capt Boomerang’s point of view. Like I said, some fun stories.
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, this is getting more serious. While Paradox ended up being somewhat not what I've expected it to be, it was executed very well. Great plot twist at the end as well, setting up the plot for the next arc, which is meant to be the last one in the series. ...more
Jamie Revell
This starts with the story from the annual, which is told from Captain Boomerang's perspective. It's a good piece of fun, not least because he's an unreliable narrator trying to big up his own role, but also because, in the limited space available, it tries to give him something of a redemption.

The remainder is taken up by a plot arc about Barry fighting a villain named Paradox. Given that name, it's unsurprising that it's about time travel, although it also ties into some of the earlier stories
Jun 15, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF - Maybe my angst with the TV series is leading me to this decision or maybe it is my friend that has no sympathy for my completist lifestyle, but I will not be continuing this series for a while. I can not take one more Flash story where he is misplaced in the timeline and/or teaming up with other speedster villains to save the day.

When The Flash writers start making better choices I will try to pick it up again.
Jun 23, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This is really well done. The art is excellent. It has lots of action. Williamson makes it clear why the Flash is a hero.

However, it just feels very derivative. It's yet another villain, hurt by the Flash trying to help. The villain is tied to the speed force/time and threatens all of existence. The only exception is that Flash must do something previously unheard of in order to stop him, setting up the next arc.

It's a good ride, but one that I've been on before.
May 18, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Flash is one of my all time favorite characters, but this is almost painful to read. The characterizations are paper-thin; the whole mythology of speed forces, negative speed forces, time travel, et cetera has gotten unwieldy, ill-defined and difficult to follow; and the story feels small - there’s no sense of vastness, complexity, difficulty, skill in a story that travels across centuries and between dimensions. It’s just.. very disappointing.
Adam Graham
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
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, W
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