Struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals, Central City Police scientist Barry Allen was transformed into the fastest man alive. Tapping into the energy field called The Speed Force, he applies a tenacious sense of justice to protect an serve the world as The Flash!The Fastest Man Alive returns to his own monthly series as part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event with the writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but he has seemingly met his match when he faces DC Comic’ hottest new Super Villain, Mob Rule, who really can be everywhere at once!

As Mob Rule wages a campaign of crime across Central City, including an electromagnetic blast that plunges the city into darkness, The Flash learns the the only way he can capture Mob Rule and save Central City is to learn how to make his brain function even faster than before—but as much as it helps him, it also comes with a steep price.

My Review:

The Flash was one of those superheroes that I did not get into much.  I loved the idea of being able to run like that, which was only mimicked in The Big Bang Theory by Sheldon.  So when this came up as an ARC, I decided to have a look.

For all those that do not know, the New 52 is a bit of a change for DC comics.  I borrowed the following from Wikipedia:

The New 52 is a 2011 revamp and relaunch by DC Comics of its entire line of ongoing monthly superhero books, in which all of its existing titles were cancelled, and fifty-two new series debuted in September 2011 with new first issues.[1] Among the series being renumbered are Action Comics and Detective Comics, which had previously retained their original numbering since the 1930s.

So this (and all Volume 1’s) collect the first eight issues of the new series.  This one has caused a bit of controversy in that the man who has played Flash is not in this universe.  Wally West has been in the role for 20 years after the original Flash died, but in this redesign, the original Flash did not die and is back.

As I said earlier, being new to the Flash and comic booking in general, I did not mind the change.  There are many elements in this series that make this a great read outside the fact of who plays the lead role.

This is a science fiction extravaganza.  We have everything thrown in there.  Time travel, cloning and lots of other fun stuff to get your teeth into.

Barry is still learning to control his powers in this first omnibus.  It contains two interlocking stories in which he learns of his mother’s death and goes after her killer.  But…

Yep, you guessed it.  I’m not going into any more detail.  Suffice to say, I enjoyed this.

My Rating:

4 out of 5