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The Flash #26 - Flash Out of Water Review

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The Flash is after a killer and there's a personal stake involved. How can he stop a villain that takes to the air when he can't fly?

The Good

There's always something to be said about a self-contained story. This series has seen some ongoing arcs from time to time but this is an issue that can be picked up with a resolution contained within.

Christos Gage takes over the reigns for this issue and does a nice job getting into Barry Allen's head. If there's one thing we expect from a Flash comic, it's the inner monologue from Barry. Gage touches on some topics such as the comparison between Flash and Superman in terms of speed. All this goes on as Barry is hot on the heels of a killer that also has the potential to harm several others. Instead of a typical Flash running really fast story, Gage gives us one where Barry has to think on his feet. The main problem for him here is he can't fly.

Neil Googe's art captures the vibe of the story. Even though this is a New 52 story, it almost has a timeless feel to it. This again works with the self-contained story. Spitfire felt a little cheesy but Googe's take on her and her accessories really works.

The Bad

The occasional problem with the self-contained story is you're left with a feeling of does it matter in the big picture of the character. Barry is after a villain that killed someone close to him, someone we hadn't heard of before. This is, by no means, a bad story. It just feels like a filler issue. This feeling is compounded by the announcement of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato leaving the series and later it being announced that Buccellato would be returning for a few issues. This was a good story but, unfortunately, you won't feel as if you missed anything if you don't catch the issue.

A tiny thing that bothered me was Flash running on a helicopter blade. This was a really grand moment in an issue of the Geoff Johns/Francis Manapul series and didn't have the same effect from when we first saw it.

The Verdict

What can the Flash do when a villain gets away and takes to the skies? Christos Gage puts Barry Allen in a situation we don't often see where running fast isn't always the answer. Gage and Neil Googe give us a self-contained story that can be enjoyed without needing to worry about any previous baggage from any New 52 stories. Unfortunately, at the same time, it feels like if you skipped this issue, you wouldn't miss any major developments in Barry Allen's life. Not all issues need to be huge game-changers and Gage shows us there isn't a case or battle too small for the Flash as a hero.

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Posted by Life_Without_Progress

I'm gonna miss Manapul but damn, Zircher is a damn good artist

Edited by jwalser3

What's this? A Flash issue with only 3 stars?!

Posted by G-Man
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Posted by CantDance93

uh-oh, not off to a good start, I hope Aquaman's better.

Posted by patrat18

Damn.

Edited by darkwingdan

I think this a pretty fair review. The issue was solid, if unspectacular. My biggest turn off was the colors. They were not as vibrant as I would have liked.

Edited by jwalser3

@g_man: oh yeah,the Zero Year tie in right?

Posted by DcNoobReviews

while i did enjoy the story, the Drawings and ink/colors are SUCH a let down! Artwise, they took one the best drawn new 52 books, and threw in artwork that made me feel as if i was reading a comic meant for a 12 year old. I haven't heard any news yet but i am praying to god this penciller and inker is NOT the ones that will be continuing this run. I almost couldn't get through it, i was used to manapuls epic art.

Posted by G-Man

@cantdance93: Gage is only writing this issue. Then Buccellato is doing three. Then...who knows?

@jwalser3: issue #10.

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Posted by Life_Without_Progress
Posted by KASPERCOLE

Okay Tony, I personally disagree with you giving this only 3 stars based on what you described as "The Bad" for this issue. First off, ratings don't matter much to me except when they are unexpectedly high or low compared to my ratings for that particular issue. How is it bad to have a one-shot or one and done issue? Anybody who enjoyed Palmiotti and Gray's Jonah Hex run did not care if (for the most part) each issue was self-contained and did not link to the next issue. Depending on my mood and the writer, I sometimes hate long drawn out connected issues. Other times, I want to feel like the issues are connected and are building up to something bigger. I guess that's why I don't mind a one and done every once in a while for a generally connected, developing set of issues in an ongoing series. But that's just my opinion.

I personally liked this issue quite a bit => 4.5/5

Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg

Hopefully the Brian Buccelato 3 issues will be good. I know one has Deadman, but are the other two the Central City/Keystone City/time travel story that was skipped?

Posted by CantDance93

@g_man: Oh thank jebus! Would be cool if Geoff Johns took over :p

Posted by G-Man

@kaspercole: Why not write your own review on the issue page? I see people tell us our "opinions" are wrong and rarely write up their own reviews. If you dug it, great. I just felt I could have skipped this issue and not missed anything. Comics don't have to be part of a huge on going story arc but I like to be entertained. This was just an okay issue for me.

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Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg

@g_man: Oh thank jebus! Would be cool if Geoff Johns took over :p

His version of Barry Allen is too serious.

Posted by Fallschirmjager

Was a decent one shot. At least we saw Barry doing some cool stuff lol

Hope Manapul and Buccelleto stay though, I've loved their run,

Posted by G-Man

@fallschirmjager: Manapul is done. He and Brian will be on Detective Comics. Brian will be writing the next few issues of The Flash solo.

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@g_man said:

@fallschirmjager: Manapul is done. He and Brian will be on Detective Comics. Brian will be writing the next few issues of The Flash solo.

oh gotcha.

that kinda sucks >_>.

Did they want to leave or did DC move them to the title?

Posted by Bezza

How did this get only 3 stars? I bought it today and love it! Its got a whole heap of Flash power feats, which will go down well in the New 52 respect thread. You get to see Flash using brains to defeat a slippery opponent and it answered one of my questions, how does Flash get into the sky when he cannot fly. I feel it merited four stars at least, particularly when last months superman Wonder Woman got 5 and in my opinion wasn't as good as this! Oh well, everyone is entitled to their opinion!

Posted by epierce89

The only problem I had was the art..I felt like I reading a little kid comic.

Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg

@g_man said:

@fallschirmjager: Manapul is done. He and Brian will be on Detective Comics. Brian will be writing the next few issues of The Flash solo.

Hopefully they do well, because their storytelling/artwork is perfect for light-hearted characters like the Flash. But the cover to Detective Comics looks amazing, so I don't think there is anything to worry about.

But my hope is one day the duo will write an Atom ongoing.

Posted by Sun_Pusher

@g_man said:

@fallschirmjager: Manapul is done. He and Brian will be on Detective Comics. Brian will be writing the next few issues of The Flash solo.

Hopefully they do well, because their storytelling/artwork is perfect for light-hearted characters like the Flash. But the cover to Detective Comics looks amazing, so I don't think there is anything to worry about.

But my hope is one day the duo will write an Atom ongoing.

So Flash had to deal with what might as well be Roxy Rocket's sister. How quaint. -_-

Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg

@martianmanhunterisbetterthancy said:

@g_man said:

@fallschirmjager: Manapul is done. He and Brian will be on Detective Comics. Brian will be writing the next few issues of The Flash solo.

Hopefully they do well, because their storytelling/artwork is perfect for light-hearted characters like the Flash. But the cover to Detective Comics looks amazing, so I don't think there is anything to worry about.

But my hope is one day the duo will write an Atom ongoing.

So Flash had to deal with what might as well be Roxy Rocket's sister. How quaint. -_-

Ok... I don't see how this had to do with anything I said. The Spitfire issue wasn't even written by Buccelato or Manapaul.

Posted by Sun_Pusher

@sun_pusher said:

@martianmanhunterisbetterthancy said:

@g_man said:

@fallschirmjager: Manapul is done. He and Brian will be on Detective Comics. Brian will be writing the next few issues of The Flash solo.

Hopefully they do well, because their storytelling/artwork is perfect for light-hearted characters like the Flash. But the cover to Detective Comics looks amazing, so I don't think there is anything to worry about.

But my hope is one day the duo will write an Atom ongoing.

So Flash had to deal with what might as well be Roxy Rocket's sister. How quaint. -_-

Ok... I don't see how this had to do with anything I said. The Spitfire issue wasn't even written by Buccelato or Manapaul.

And it was still crap without them.

Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg

@martianmanhunterisbetterthancy said:

@sun_pusher said:

@martianmanhunterisbetterthancy said:

@g_man said:

@fallschirmjager: Manapul is done. He and Brian will be on Detective Comics. Brian will be writing the next few issues of The Flash solo.

Hopefully they do well, because their storytelling/artwork is perfect for light-hearted characters like the Flash. But the cover to Detective Comics looks amazing, so I don't think there is anything to worry about.

But my hope is one day the duo will write an Atom ongoing.

So Flash had to deal with what might as well be Roxy Rocket's sister. How quaint. -_-

Ok... I don't see how this had to do with anything I said. The Spitfire issue wasn't even written by Buccelato or Manapaul.

And it was still crap without them.

What is the point you are trying to make?

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