Race through the streets of Central City in this lead-up to the hotly anticipated blockbuster The Flash!
After Barry’s adventure with the Justice League, he’s determined to become a truly skilled and inspirational hero.
As a new threat emerges in Central City going by the name of Girder, Barry turns to Batman for advice on training to master his powers.
Can the Dark Knight help show the Scarlet Speedster a way to defeat this metallic menace, or will the Flash be crushed by Girder’s strength?
Get Your Comic OnI enjoyed the opportunity to meet the big screen Flash in a more foundational story. Taking a step back and re-focussing on his story has me looking forward to watch comes next for the character.
Geek DadKenny Porter is one of the fastest-rising writers at DC right now, with DC Mech being a hit and an upcoming Superboy title. But if there’s any title loaded with baggage, it’s this movie tie-in. The movie has been massively delayed, stars an actor who has been involved in five hundred criminal scandals, and is part of a shared universe that has largely fallen apart. Despite that, though, you strip away all the chaos and you get a Kenny Porter comic that’s fairly fun and works as an evergreen Flash story. Set in its own universe, it focuses on a young Barry as he battles against Girder—and loses handily, because he really doesn’t know how to fight. After Girder—whose father is in the hospital—is given a second chance by his mobster boss to kill the Flash, Barry realizes that he needs a new edge. So he seeks out help in becoming a better fighter from the Batman himself. The DC cinematic universe is in such flux that it’s hard to even tell who this Batman is at first, given that there are references to him being previously retired, but it does seem like it’s Batfleck under the mask—that makes this feel like a bit of a throwback. But despite all the movieverse baggage, the bond between the older crimefighter and Barry feels very true to the characters, although this wisecracking young Barry often feels more like Wally than he does the original character. That’s part of a larger trend that’s really blurred the line between the characters. The comic does a good job of showing the potential of Barry’s powers, and humanizes the villain nicely with an excellent post-script. It also feels like a very complete one-issue story, which makes me wonder what the plan is for the next two issues. I’m not sure if we’ll ever see this movie as planned, but this is a solid prequel.
But Why Tho?The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #1 is an excellent reminder of what to expect from the Flash movie. Porter recaptures the tremendous chemistry that Flash and Batman had in Justice League and toys with it again, revitalizing the characters. While the story itself is drastically close to one already told, it is a relationship built within a different world that gives the book a heart. It’s a book pulsating with energy and enthusiasm, and fans wanting a prelude before the movie should check it out.
AIPTMovie tie-ins are nothing new to comics. Heck, there’s been a bunch around Black Adam over the last few months, and they’ve already got the Dwayne Johnson press machine. But few have ever had perhaps as unenviable a task as The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive. Yes, the creative team — writer Kyler Porter, artist Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, colorist Romulo Fajardo, Jr., and letterer Steve Wands — aren’t the least bit connected to or even remotely responsible for the actions of the film’s star, Ezra Miller, whose deeds range from the creepy and weird to the downright criminal. But that doesn’t mean they’re not still somehow, even tangentially, involved, and this three-part series will inevitably help shape perceptions when the film does finally debut in mid-2023. So, does this offering somehow help the film’s extra sticky situation, or can we finally say the Flash film franchise is truly cursed? And the answer is… things are OK if a pretty good comics story is enough to do anything. (...) I’m certainly looking forward to the other two issues, especially as #2 is supposed to feature a story about Tar Pit and art from the always great Juan Ferreyra. I imagine it’ll likely be the same sort of tale, and the very same will likely hold true for issue #3. And with any luck, they’ll be just as light and sugary and fun to make us all further appreciate The Flash. And hopefully that feeling holds till the movie drops — unless you-know-who pulls anything else, of course.
Weird Science DC ComicsThe Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 makes a great tie-in to the Flash film (if and when it ever comes out), showcasing the Snyderverse Flash's evolution into Central City's beloved hero. The Snyderverse Easter Eggs and aesthetic are present, Flash comes into his own, which makes for good character growth, and the art is fairly good. However, Girder is formidable but misused in the fight scenes, pulling you out of the story.
The Comicbook DispatchThe Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 is a hard pass this week. From a jumbled plot and bad characterization to a messy display and rendering of the characters that looked nothing like the Movie or comic, there was very little to salvage from this issue. The story beats didn’t jive with the Justice League Movie and the almost anime artistic choice in style made the issue come across as less serious and fragmented in nature. Plus, without knowing if the Flash Movie is actually coming out in June, it leaves the question as to whether or not The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 truly ties into the Movie. Heck, who knows if we’ll ever see that Movie after the incidents with Ezra Miller? For right now, if you need a Flash fix this week, I’d just reread an old Flash comic.
ComicBook.comThe Flash is a movie that's been mired in controversy because of the actions of one Ezra Miller, who's been charged with a felony and a handful of other crimes throughout the year. Coincidentally enough, The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 fits right in—not because of the arrests, but because of the general messiness of the comic. Though an over-sized issue, it's light on character and carries a painfully slow plot that churns little from front cover to back.
KabooooomFans of The Flash can skip this series, as can anyone but the most die-hard of DCEU enthusiasts. Taken on its own terms, this book is dull and ugly. As a companion to the film it ties into, it is impossible to judge. Better to go read the excellent The Flash comics by Jeremy Adams and Fernando Pasarin than endure this.