The Flash: Year One by Joshua Williamson

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19 thoughts on “The Flash: Year One by Joshua Williamson

  1. Being a die hard MCU fan I’m not sure why I haven’t tried to read the comics, but you’re posts are making me want to correct this 😊

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      1. 😉 it seems to me that origin stories were once quite… Maybe not rare, but definitely not common. These days, though, it seems like a badge of honor for every comic book writer to come up with a brand new origin story for one or more established heroes… I know that creating a new intriguing and lasting hero is much more difficult, bit I should think it would also be much more rewarding 😉

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        1. You’re definitely right. The longer you’ve been a fan of superhero comics, the more you realize that there are some stories that are “updated” or “renewed” with different writers and artists. I won’t complain about their existence since I see them as an entry point for newcomers, and something to entertain fans, especially if the writers/artists are good to our eyes. Take Frank Miller’s Superman: Year One… You’d think that origin stories for Clark Kent have been done too many times, but the idea that Miller would do one like he did for Batman seems like an incontournable. Of course, if you know what Miller has become as a writer/artist today, you know it’s a bad idea though hahaha

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          1. Oh, some of them are brilliant – I love Busiek’s Superman: Secret Identity for example. I really enjoyed Loeb/Sale color trilogy Hulk: Grey and Daredevil: Yellow, and Spider-Man: Blue is still one of my favorite Spider-Man comics.
            But many new superhero origin stories could easily not exist and I wouldn’t regret it one bit 😜 they’re derivative, redundant, and they often simplify the hero to the point of idiocy. They still can be a good entry point, though 😉

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  2. So let me summarize: what you didn’t like was the overabundance of ideas packed into this book right? That’s a pity as I find the art so great!

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    1. Yep! Barry Allen is a forensic scientist, so imagine the dude then becoming the fastest man alive. Sort of makes him a “speedy detective”. Which is why his stories can be quite fun! 😀 And yes, the artwork isn’t AMAZING, but it works well and is consistent. It’s all you can ask for! 😀 Thank you for reading, Caroline!

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  3. The fact that all of the secret weapons have already been revealed does not nullify the need for following comics. It’s all about romance and drama that needs to happen for anything to sell. (Yes, there is some sarcasm in my comment.)

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  4. Awesome review Lashaan…it had a rather poetic quality to it and left me with a clear impression of Flash: Year One. I think it’s one I’ll eventually check out, it’s always a shame when there are too many ideas thrown into the mix but with that in mind it should still be fairly enjoyable. I usually a bit underwhelmed with Howard Porter’s art – his Flash chapters in “The Button” were an obvious drop in quality in between Jason Fabok but it sounds as though, mixed with the evocative colours his work is a good fit for this particular story.

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    1. Thanks, Chris. I appreciate the kind words. I definitely agree. I’m sure you’ll have fun with this one despite the flaw I pointed out. As an analogy, think of it like getting a Batman: Year One where you see all of his gadgets and vehicles in ONE story arc. I just found this a bit too ambitious, then again it’s still fun to see them in action.

      Yep, I think his artwork works better in this one. I wouldn’t put it high on the list of top artists but it’s still consistent and has style. 😀

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