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The Flash by Mark Waid Book One

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Under the limitless possibilities of DC's Elseworlds label, Ross and Waid crafted a tale of biblical proportions. The way with which its done is awesome and makes for a remarkable last page which promises some big story coming next volume! I guess you could also start with the more recent stuff, with Barry as the Flash, but I'm not familiar enough with it to say if it's any good of if it's what you're looking for (I'm personnally more of a Wally fan). At this point, there had been Year One style stories told for most of DC’s major characters in the wake of the reboot in 1985.

Waid's run is one of the best comics runs in 90's era comics and I can't wait to re-read the rest of it again. Superman had Man of Steel, Batman had Year One, Wonder Woman has George Perez’s opening arc of her title, Green Lantern had Emerald Dawn.There are also two large size annuals included that tie into the universe-wide events of Armageddon 2001 and Eclipso: The Darkness Within.

His first run (with Wally) is considered one of the better runs; not on par with Waid or anything, but far from the worst that the character has seen. Once again it took the combined help of all his friends to stave off Savitar, with his newfound powers Wally was able to supercharge his friends by lending speed. The Born to Run storyline that functions as a retold origin story for Wally West is wonderfully swift, energetic, and filled with great dialogue and impeccable cliffhangers. Yes, the much-lauded Terminal Velocity story arc is present in this collection which serves as a culmination of Waid’s development of Wally West to this point.Born to Run which is the first Flash story written by Mark Waid and also depicts Wally's origin story. He would go on to become one of my favorite artists of all time and holds a special place in my heart. At the time it was written the “tone” of comics was a bit cheesy, having not transitioned into the current modern tone that is more consistent with prose authors, and less like old-time radio stories. The Flash By Mark Waid Book 1 collects DC Comics issues Flash Special 1, Flash 62-68, and Flash Annual 4-5 with art by Craig Brasfield, Travis Charest, Michael Collins, Paris Cullins, Carmine Infantino, Greg LaRocque, Grant Miehm, Irv Novick, and Mike Parobeck. Not that long when Mark Waid took over and starting with an introduction of how Wally attained his speed powers - one of a billion chance that became two strikes of lightning.

He quickly begins to train Bart in the ways of "speed" so that he will be ready to take over for him in the event of his death.However, Waid deliver brilliantly with a story that updates but still respects Wally's silver age origin but also gives Wally's character some depth.

Impulse also crossed over into Flash for an Event or two as well, so that would help flesh out those stories, but its worth reading on its own merits. Waid tells a good story with a twist that manages to avoid forcing Wally towards a pre-determined outcome. The best parts of this arc though, was watching Wally travel across the future on his way back home. In this first volume of a new series, Young Wally West is quickly in danger-not only from The Flash's enemies, but from powers that he doesn't know how to control!There were parts that were a little confusing--probably because I haven't read EVERYTHING that precedes these stories, and also probably because I used the hoopla app and read this on my phone, rather than having the physical book (and therein the full pages) in my hands to reference--but these stories were all what you expect from comic books: solid action, fun characters, and the best what-if scenarios that anyone could imagine. Superman's post- Crisis on Infinite Earths origin had remained lore since John Byrne's seminal Man of Steel series in 1986, but by 2003 it was time for an update.

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