Flash: Rebirth #6 Review

May 4, 2010 at 9:30 PM | Posted in (All Posts), Comic Reviews, Reviews | Leave a comment
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Flash: Rebirth #6

Geoff Johns – Writer
Ethan Van Sciver – Art

In April of 2009, the Flash: Rebirth #1 hit comic book shelves across the nation. In February of 2010, the Flash: Rebirth has finally come to a close with issue #6. Nearly a year after the start of the mini-series, the story of the return of Barry Allen is finally complete. Issues 1-5 were met with mostly average reviews by comic book critics, but many felt the delay was hurting the pacing of the story — not to mention many fans are still left wondering why Barry Allen needed to come back in the first place. Does Flash: Rebirth #6 tie everything together and make this one enjoyable package of a story, or does it fall flat as nothing more than a failed opportunity?

– Just to clarify, this will be mostly SPOILER FREE — however, some minor plot details cannot be avoided. –

The issue opens up with Barry Allen running in the Speed Force after Professor Zoom (Eobard Thawne). As issue #5 came to a close, we saw Thawne running back in time with the intent to kill Iris Allen, Barry Allen’s wife.

Just as the issue opens up, an emotional Barry sprints through the Speed Force struggling to catch up to Thawne. Wally West shows up to assist Barry and the two run back together to save Iris in the past.

Zoom has every intent on killing Iris in the past, thus ruining another aspect of Barry Allen’s life in the present. He already revealed that he was responsible for taking the life of Barry’s father via time travel in a previous issue, but killing Iris would be an emotionally fatal blow to Barry.

Wally even questions at one point why Eobard Thawne wouldn’t try to kill Barry as an infant instead. Barry informs Wally that Thawne gains all of his speed because he needs Barry’s Speed Force to be an opposite — in other words, without Barry Allen becoming the Flash, Eobard Thawne cannot be Professor Zoom — Thawne’s speed relies on Barry’s speed.

Thawne goes back to the night that Barry Allen and Iris would have their first date — also the same night that Barry would be doused in chemicals, struck by lightning and thus become the Flash. Thawne’s plan is to kill Iris before she can get ready for their date. What happens to her and what happens to the Flash legacy? You’ll have to buy the issue to find out.

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I enjoyed this issue a lot. Being a Flash fan, I consider Wally West my favorite simply because I grew up with him. Bart Allen is another Speedster I hold dear because he was Impulse when I was growing up, and seeing him take on the mantle of Kid Flash, then the Flash mantle (briefly), then back to Kid Flash has really made me appreciate the journey that character has been on.

Barry Allen, though? He was never a character I held much regard for. I knew he was important to Wally, but I never read much with Barry Allen — until now.

I can agree that the editors at DC have a fascination with Silver Age characters right now (Hal Jordan, Ray Palmer, Barry Allen) but is that really a bad thing? The Silver Age is considered by many to be one of the greatest eras in comic history — many even feel it IS the greatest.

Flash: Rebirth was designed to set things back to square one for the Flash legacy. Its purpose is to start the franchise on a new leaf that could be accessible to not just Flash fans, but any comic book reader. Does it accomplish that? Yes.

I was not much of a fan for Barry Allen, but now I am. Geoff Johns has made Barry a character I care about now through his writings in Blackest Night and now in Flash Rebirth. I look forward to seeing all the adventures that the All-Flash crew will have in the near future.

Overall, Flash: Rebirth #6 is a nice wrap up to the series. The one minor spoiler I have to break is that of the last panel — it ends with none other than Barry Allen arriving late for his own party, more or less. What does the Scarlet Speedster have to say for his timely arrival?

“Sorry I’m late.”

No need to be sorry, Barry.

I’d give this single issue a 3.5/5. It was a great read, but I know that Geoff could have given a little bit more. Ethan Van Sciver’s art is fantastic, but considering how delayed this was because of his art, I am a bit disappointed to see it’s not his best work.

I could complain about the politics of the situation — how Wally is a superior Flash, how Kid Flash needs more spotlight, how Barry isn’t an interesting enough character. When I put my preset feelings aside, I can really enjoy this series because in the end, it’s a good Flash story that will mean something for the whole Flash legacy.

Either way, if you’ve been reading this series thus far, you really should pick up this issue to complete the story. It’s worth it.

For those who haven’t, you could always check back issues and buy issues 1-6, or you could simply wait for the Hardcover Trade edition.

And to all the Flash fans who feel as though this series has been a step in the wrong direction? It’s just as Barry Allen says when becoming a deputized Blue Lantern during Blackest Night –

“All will be well.”

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