The Flash has started to become one of my favorite shows this year on TV. Because of how much I enjoy it, I thought it would be cool to dive into some Flash comics to get even more out of the character. This of course led me to my book of the week in The Flash: Rebirth!
Rebirth is a 6 issue mini series by highly touted writer Geoff Johns and drawn by Ethan Van Sciver. This series marked the re-introductiom of Barry Allen into the DC universe. It had been 2 decades since the character had died in the 80s cross over Crisis on Infinite Earths.
The book starts off with everyone celebrating with parades and planning welcome parties for Barry's return. We are slowly introduced to all the main characters of the flash family such as Wally West and his children who all have a connection to the speed force.
We find out that some how Barry has become the black flash, a part of the speed force that from my understanding drains the life of other speedster that he comes in contact with him. Instead of taking the change of hurting his loved ones Barry makes a run for it to try and trap himself in the speed force. Which is started by a race with Superman!!!!!
Barry runs so fast that he escapes the role of being the black flash only to discover that the Reverse Flash has been behind the whole thing. Based on how the show has gone this was the type of stuff I wanted to see. It was cool to read a story with a villan like Thawne. He really is the Joker to Barry's Batman.
The final 3 issues are filled with Reverse Flash vs Flash Family greatness and refuses to slow down! Pun intended! This was when I just could not stop reading. Rebirth ends with Barry accepting the fact that he is back in the world he was taken from long ago and reclaims his title as The Fastest Man Alive!
If you are looking for a jumping on point to get more Flash in your life then Rebirth is the solution I have found. The only problems I had is the first issue and half of issue two deal with some DC history that I didn't have a frame of reference for. Once the story got going though it was a hell of a ride! I can't wait to read more Flash!!!
4 out of 5