Review: Flash #5
I had the same concerns with The Top in the last issue and thought he lacked the necessary professionalism but with this issue it seems like that concern can be put aside because...
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The Top is the traitor who killed Mirror Monarch, his story about the Mirror Lords was a lie, and now he's after Iris (or at least her evidence)... which explains why he was so unprofessional in issue #4... although, not why Flash would naively believe him necessarily.
As an issue I'm pretty happy. This is the right balance of action, storytelling, and very Silver Age Barry wackiness without being too over the top... it doesn't necessarily need Barry (over Wally) to tell this story, but at least it's different from Johns earlier run at the book (even if not so different from Waid's version).
The main thing I didn't like was the somewhat random Brightest Day stuff which took me out of the story a bit... and I'm someone who is at least marginally following it. On one hand, it finally justifies that ever-present banner on top... on the other, I really could do without the banner entirely. I'm just imagining rereading my issues years from now and always seeing those banners even on issue #1... or letting someone read the trade and having them be utterly confused by the Brightest Day tangent mid-story.
This is all going to come down to the conclusion of this storyline for me. If it tells a single solid story I can start encouraging newbies (to the Flash) to get into this launch, because despite enjoying this story thus far (and having serious problems with the last half-decade of Flash including Rebirth on) it needs a well executed complete story for me to point to and say, "See, this is The Flash!" without reservation.
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