The Pull List 3: The Hero who STARTED this...

The Flash
Writer: Francis Manapul/Brian Buccellato
Artist: Francis Manapul/Brian Buccellato

In a way, it's...fitting to have the Flash actually bring about the change that he has. It was the Flash who saved the world in the 1980's and created the Crisis. And it was Barry Allen, again, who in the 1950's started the Silver Age and ignited the Revitalization of all the DC characters. So for him to do it a third time, thirty years later, almost makes sense. By accident or on purpose, it truly does all begin with the Flash.

I do love the Flash and his universe, but I'm always iffy when an artist picks up pencil to do more than draw. Though there are plenty of examples of people that can (though none are springing to mind at the moment), when it doesn't work out the results are...well, troublesome, to say the least.

That said, Flash is known for getting people on it who you aren't sure about/don't know and turning them into superstars. Mark Waid. Geoff Johns. One of these writers is unquestionable in his talent. The other is too, but fanboys will be fanboys-- either way, he's currently running the DCU, so he's gotta be doing SOMETHING right. And the teaser they gave ("The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but what happens when he faces an all-new villain who can?") just sounds awesome.

Either way, we'll definitely have a beautiful book on our hands. Francis Manapul draws a slick Central City, and an even slicker Flash.


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