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The Flash #1

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Universal acclaim

Based on 20 critic ratings.

Wally West has never been quicker, more fulfilled, more heroic. His loving family is around him. And yet something is off. Very off. His evolving understanding of his powers has opened Wally to new avenues of sci-fi adventure and attuned his senses to strange new ideas. Something whispers from the dark vibrations beyond the Speed Force, and as Wally experiments with creative new approaches to his powers he encounters new realms, mysterious allies, and mind-shattering terrors.

A new era for the Scarlet Speedster begins now from the team of Si Spurrier (Coda, Damn Them All) and Mike Deodato Jr. (Avengers).

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
41 pages
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20 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    Although the issue is significantly different in tone and premise from the prior run, longtime readers can likely find enough interesting facets in the story to continue following the series as it seems to take Wally and his supporting cast in a new direction. Additionally, new readers can rest assured that there isn’t any strenuous background reading required prior to this issue. Overall, The Flash #1 is a captivating jumping point for readers to learn about the next adventure in Wally West’s life.

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    The Flash #1 changes everything. The book is such an emotional shift from what came before, uprooting the feelings of comfort and safety, which was a crucial aspect of the previous run. Now every part of the book is unsettling. Spurrier manages to create tension even from aspects that can’t even be seen, giving the issue enormous depth. You’re on edge from the first page, and that feeling never relents. Even at this early stage, the comic is always teetering of what feels like the edge of disaster.

  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    First installment full of mystery and terror when Flash faces an unknown and omnipresent power.

    Mike Deodato presents highly detailed art where he plays with the panels in a way that creates dizzying artistic dynamism. It’s arguably some of the best artwork of his 30+ year comics career.

    Trish’s colors achieve the perfect balance between a vintage tone and a modern one, where red stands out in the best moments.

  • 100

    The Flash may not always be a must-read series at DC Comics, but when the right creative team discovers something new in the series, it can be the hottest ticket in superhero comics. The arrival of Spurrier and Deodato makes it seem like the title is ready to run again; the debut provides readers a perfect (re-)introduction to the most beloved elements of any modern volume of The Flash and then finds a way to make all of those familiar elements seem new and potentially dangerous. In addition to summoning a dramatic new threat and embedding reader sympathy deeply into the West household, this premiere positions an idiosyncratic artist to utilize their unique style in the best-possible fashion. The Flash #1 reads like lightning in a bottle and there’s no better approach to The Flash.

  • 100


    This is easily one of the best first issues I’ve read in quite some time. I expected good, but got outstanding. DC has really tapped into something special with this team, and even if you haven’t read a Flash book in a while, this issue serves as an excellent (and excellent looking) jumping on point. Do yourself a favor and spend your hard-earned money on this issue this week. You won’t be sorry.

  • 92

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    DC Comics’ The Flash #1 is an incredibly promising start to a spooky, grounded, and wild new run on this beloved character. If you want to be intrigued by terrifying and mysterious forces, have your heartstrings pulled by relatable characters, and experience high stakes thrills — The Flash has all of that and more.

  • 92

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Si Spurrier and Mike Deodato Jr. are working on something special with THE FLASH #1, and I’m excited to see how the first story arc plays out.

  • 90

    First Comics News

    The Fastest Man Alive gets a new direction courtesy of the new creative team of Si Spurrier and Mike Deodato Jr.; Might I say that their debut is just mind-blowing and exciting; Wally West gets drawn into a bizarre sci-fi adventure that involves the Speed Force to where he gets to be creative with his powers while experiences some horrifying elements, especially when it comes to the Speen Force. I love how the familiar factors associated with The Flash make them feel fresh but dangerous but make for a great series. Mike Deodato Jr.’s artwork still feels flat due to his facial expressions. I will admit that his style is perfect and complements Spurrier’s script to no avail. This new approach to The Flash is frightening but also gives the readers a family dynamic, Sci-Fi aspects, and a friendly read that will appeal to both old and new readers.

  • 88

    Graphic Policy

    I’m not sure if I’m totally sold on The Flash #1 but it’s a very entertaining start that feels like a new beginning. There’s a vibe like we’re walking into an expansion of The Flash’s world, much like the growth Green Lantern saw many years ago. No matter, the art alone is more than enough to check out the issue.

  • 85

    Lyles Movie Files

    Despite some warranted concerns about Wally and Linda’s relationship and a too-talky first issue, the new creative team suggests a promising run with a very different take on The Flash than previous modern runs.

  • 81

    Comic Watch

    The Flash #1 sets up a new, cosmic horror, tone for the franchise, establishing something entirely new for the character. While the change is welcome, this headfirst dive into the story feels like it’s missing some much needed context rather than setup for future mysteries.

  • 80

    Geek Dad

    Every character in this run seems to have a harsher edge, as is seen in Wally’s conversations about Michael’s long-lost son. But this is a very ambitious first issue, and that gives it a lot of points in my book. Spurrier works in a lot of ominous plot threads in only one issue, and Deodato’s art is surprisingly kinetic when depicting the Speed Force. The main thrust here seems to be that the Speed Force is a wildly powerful and unpredictable force—and now something horrific might be emerging from it. The final visuals of this issue are deeply disturbing, plunging this issue into the realm of full-on horror. It’s clear that’s what this creative team wanted to go for—I’m just not sure how well it works yet.

  • 80


    This new Flash book has quickly established itself as something unique. It continues the last volume’s story, while putting a cosmic horror twist on the Speed Force mythology. That alone makes it noteworthy. Hopefully it will also help it find an audience.

  • 80

    Speed Force

    I’m still waiting to see how this new direction of cosmic horror will pan out…but this is a very good start.

  • 73

    Comics From The Multiverse

  • 67

    Zona Negativa

  • 65

    Derby Comics

    This debut issue was a head-scratcher. Nobody expected Si Spurrier to have to keep the same tone as the previous run, but we went deep into Spurrier’s typical larger-than-life sci-fi/fantasy lore in the blink of an eye. It was an abrupt start to say the least and I for one would have appreciated a bit more stage-setting before things got serious. There were also some heavy moments focused on the home life of the Wests, including an overworked, underslept Linda who Wally dismisses and demeans far too easily. Anyone who has read Spurrier’s work on the X-titles over the past year is far too-familiar with how the writer can introduce and probe fascinating genre-related questions, yet he can err on being too heavy-handed and make the journey so complex and convoluted that it removes the fun from it all. This issue immediately inches close to that line in Spurrier’s Speed Force setup and I worry that we won’t have a moment to get buckled in before we’re in the thick of things.

    Mike Deodato Jr.’s layouts are fascinating at first, but become repetitive and distracting. Multiple mini-panels are combined to form larger panels throughout, which adds to the overall complex feel of the book. Used sparringly, it may be more effective in creating disjointed and chaotic moments. Trish Mulvihill’s colors and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou’s lettering are both effective on their own and offer a highlight for the book.

  • 65

    Wakizashi's Reviews

  • 60

    Weird Science DC Comics

    The Flash #1 begins a new era for the West family when the Speed Force gets wonky, new threats appear, and Mr. Terrific is let in on a reality-ending problem. Fans of Jeremy Adams’s time on the title will get whiplash with the jarring shift in tone and attitude. Spurrier’s foray into cosmic horror leads to more confusing questions than intrigue. The art team’s stark, oppressive art makes this first issue in a new era a ponderous, joyless read.

  • 50

    Graham Crackers Comics

    Apparently, the Dawn of DC includes turning some of it’s classic titles into Vertigo books because that’s what the new Flash title reminds me of. And don’t even think you can buy me off with the Legacy #801 small print of the cover. What started off with an excellent continuation of the Max Mercury/Impulse plot from the old series quickly slams into sitations that could only be found in a early Vertigo title circa mid 1990’s. Max and Bart try to cross back into the Speed Force to time jump only to hit a “flaw” and get kicked out but before having a vision of a red eyed buffalo and three men dressed in dusters? Wally is gliching and Grodd is giving condolences? And vomitting? And welcome our new super threat, The Uncoiled who look like something from Grant Morrison’s Vertigo’s Doom Patrol. And what’s with the monolog highlighting Linda’s depression. This one is all over the place.

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