The Flash #25 (DC)


Rating: 5/5 – Everything you know begins in a FLASH.

Flash #25 was PURE AWESOME! I was a bit skeptical at first. I never wanted Zero Year tie-ins because I feared some of them would be terrible (and some were).  Even though I was skeptical about the idea this issue delivered a great story and was everything I wanted from the Flash since the beginning of the New 52 and didn’t get.

Barry Allen: Detective and CSI.  Barry finally did some police work in this issue and there was no Flash to get in his way. We got to see a whole new side of Barry and I’m glad we did because I’ve missed Barry Allen being a cop.

Barry + Iris = Forever. Ever since the beginning of the New 52 Flash has been dating Patty Spivot. I won’t go into the details of why I hate their relationship, but thanks to Zero Year we got to see Barry and Iris back together, even if it is momentarily.

We also got some of Flash’s backstory and character. We learned why he does what he does and what makes him a hero. Barry had some very key moments in this issue that really explain who he is, another missing element so far in this New 52 version.

This story was so natural it didn’t need the Flash. I read through it without thinking even once that it was boring or that I wanted to see the Flash. The story is told perfectly, just like it should be- fast paced and exiting.

This issue is the end of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato’s run on The Flash. It has been two years and they are responsible for creating my favorite New 52 series. They will be remembered for the fantastic reincarnation of the Rogues and the spectacular Gorilla War. They have created new, exiting villains that challenged the Flash in many different ways.  The new creative team we’ll be seeing next issue will have some big shoes to fill.

Reviewed by: Gilad Levin – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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