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The Flash #5

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

As Wally West’s powers continue to evolve beyond his understanding, another confrontation with the Stillness makes the group wonder if they are here to protect Earth with the Flash, or from him. While Wally seeks out the Resident for answers, Jai has a secret he really needs to tell his Dad, and Jai’s quest to find Wally brings him into the heart of the horrors affecting Central City!

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Print Lenght
26 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    As it continues to develop a new theory of metaphysics for the Speed Force (and perhaps much more of DC Comics), The Flash wisely utilizes new perspectives to inform readers and keep its story grounded. The Flash #5 focuses on Jai West with both his increasingly strange powers and relationship with his father Wally revealing new perspectives on a complex narrative. Jai’s voice is both clear and genuine, reflecting the massive questions and lack of context possessed by children. His emotional and superpowered turmoil alike develop opportunities to better understand this often neglected member of the Flash family, and provide a valuable new perspective on Wally, as well. The issue can be read as a standalone story about Jai grappling with his future, but even when he arrives at a clear answer it only opens new opportunities. There is a thrilling bit of action at the end, but it’s Jai’s narration and the emotional grounding that makes it resonate. The Flash #5 assures readers that no matter how strange this story is prepared to become, it won’t lose track of the human heart at its center.

  • 90

    Comic Watch

    The Flash #5 is not going to be for everyone, deepening an already complex story with more factors; but those who love high concept science fiction will truly appreciate it.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    The Flash #5 balances the series out. With the last issue all about Irey, this chapter shifts to Jai and spreads the story across the family. Wally’s lack of awareness of what is happening to both of his children is massively present in both issues. The comic has excellent character development. Wally is a great and extremely loving father, which is never questioned, but his absence is also causing a rift within the family.

    The last part of this book is the ultimate demonstration of what Wally would do for his family. The reality-bending parts of the comic are not the easiest to understand, and they aren’t supposed to be. But at the very core of the comic is a family, and the complications within that family can strike a pang of guilt and sadness into everyone’s heart

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    This is one of the strangest, most heavily sci-fi-influenced books on the stands, but I also don’t think it’s lost sight of what made the past runs work—the focus on the Flash family

  • 80


    While I wouldn’t expect Jai to continue to remain the protagonist of the series, the introduction of the idea that he’s entangled in the Speed Force and connected to everyone connected to it opens up several possibilities for future stories. Although helpful to Jai, there’s the specter of something potentially malevolent behind his new friendship with this science detective. Hidden a bit behind Jai’s story, and an important decision he makes about his future, is Wally losing his temper while dealing with the Stillness possibly offering some foreboding of its own.

  • 80

    Speed Force

    This story arc is adding a lot to the FLASH mythos, with expanded powers and elevated threats all around.

  • 70

    First Comics News

  • 40

    Weird Science DC Comics

    The Flash #5 succeeds in creating a heartfelt story about a superpowered boy wrestling with his powers and his future. Unfortunately, the emotional strength of this issue is mired in pompous dialog, plot points that don’t go anywhere, high-concept ideas that are meaningless, and a story that feels like it’s treading water.

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