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Earth-Prime #5: The Flash (of 6)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 4 critic ratings.

Impulse and XS burst onto the scene in 2049! When Barry Allen and Iris West go out of town for a much-needed vacation, Bart and Nora are left to stay out of trouble in Central City. With their parents gone, Bart begs Nora to let him go on patrol and really be a hero, but Nora refuses, saying it’s too dangerous without Barry there. But when one of Bart’s classmates at Central City University starts causing trouble, how can Impulse not leap into action?

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Print Length
47 pages
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4 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 80

    Geek Dad

    Overall, this is more compelling than the Batwoman issue, but doesn’t really stand on its own the way the Stargirl or Legends of Tomorrow installments worked if you’re not a hardcore CW-verse fan.

  • 65

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Overall, the Flash portion of this series seemed like a big downgrade compared to the previous issues. This was probably due to the fact that they tried too hard to avoid continuity errors by not having it set in present-day, but ended up making it worse. Earth-Prime #5 did have some intriguing moments to set up for the big crossover, but this issue could have some readers questioning their expectations for the crossover.

  • 60

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 50

    The penultimate issue of the Arrowverse’s Earth-Prime miniseries is just as tonally and narratively baffling as much of the fictional universe has become. This week’s The Flash-centric issue largely follows Impulse and XS in the 2040s, with a script from Jess Carson and Emily Palizzi that is delightful and snappy at times but is so jam-packed with half-hearted Easter eggs and a somewhat predictable plot. It’s only in the issue’s last ten or so pages, which try to tie into the crossover’s larger Magog storyline, and also set up a story in the show’s present day, that things take a turn to truly baffling. David LaFuente’s art on the main story is excellently cartoony in some moments and awkwardly blocky in others, particularly with the issue’s renderings of what the current The Flash cast members will look like in the 2040s. While there are a few bright spots in this issue, I’m mainly left feeling like this issue wasted its own potential.

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