Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

THE FLASH: MOVE ON by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

Francis Manapul Flash Vol 1

For a long time, Barry Allen was dead. Then Geoff Johns found a way to bring him back and – doing what Johns always does best – made him better by showcasing his police scientist background. Of course, now that ground-breaking television series like CSI, Bones, and others have educated the public on what those departments do. Except that in most cases those television shows venture more into the comic book realm than superheroes do because they don’t get the facts quite right. But there is this educated audience out there now.

With the New 52, Barry is the same, but different. He’s not quite the Flash I grew up with. He’s dating Patty, not Iris, and I have to admit that I like Patty a lot. She’s just a better fit.

Francis Manapul Flash Vol 1 01

Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato are splitting the writing/art chores and they’re doing a dynamite job on the art. The writing is really good for the most part, but I’m not sure what they’re after. In the first arc of this graphic novel, the focus is more on Barry’s old friend who becomes Mob Rule. Barry and his issues almost take a second banana role in the story. Overall, I enjoyed the story as well as the twists and turns it took, and the scientific curiosity of it all.

Science is playing a major role in this new Flash book. Not only with the police science, but with the possibility of things as well. Flash is pairing up with Dr. Elias and they end up doing the treadmill experiment, which has got to ping all kinds of memories for long-time Flash readers. A treadmill has always racked up a lot of mileage in the Flash tales.

Francis Manapul Flash Vol 1 02

The second story in this graphic novel, which for some reason ends on a cliffhanger and has got to tick some readers off who had to wait six months or longer on the second volume to get published, involves Captain Cold and a new character named Turbine. It also brings in Gorilla Grodd, but he’s off somewhere else at the moment and not in Flash’s face.

Francis Manapul Flash Vol 1 03

Of all the restarts, Flash has got to be one of the tough ones. I can’t think of a character who’s had a more varied or multi-layered history. Or as many people wearing the suit. I know there are a lot of readers out there clamoring for Jay Garrick, Wally West, and Bart Allen, and I have to wonder if those characters will be introduced into this new series at some point. That’s one of the reasons I’ll be picking up future volumes. Thankfully, I started reading these books recently and the second volume is already out. With the ebook download, I can get it in a Flash.

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