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October 27, 2004 – The Flash #215

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Story by Geoff Johns
Art by Howard Porter
Inks by Livesay
Colors by James Sinclair
Letters by Pat Brosseau

Published by DC Comics | $2.25

Man, the hits keep coming.

This week was a big week for me, a bunch of books and I had it narrowed down to three. Green Lantern: Rebirth #1, of course was a highly anticipated book and I know it will be awesome. But this first issue laid the beginnings of the groundwork and didn’t really blow me away. Wolverine #21, written by Mark Millar, was really entertaining and came close to my Pick, but when put up against The Flash #215, it just didn’t have enough.

The Flash #215 had a lot of things going for it:

  • An Identity Crisis tie-in (and I think it will prove to be the most important Identity Crisis tie-in. Is it just me or is this Flash connection to Identity Crisis just seeming to be more important than people think?).
  • A lot of Barry Allen. And who doesn’t love Barry Allen?
  • A fantastic story written by Geoff Johns, who is continuing to blow away Mark Waid’s title as the best run on The Flash in history.
  • Howard Porter’s pencils, which make me yearn for the days of when he was on JLA.
  • And finally, the details of the letter from Barry Allen to Wally West that was given to Wally by the Green Arrow last issue. Possibly the single most thing I’ve been looking forward to for a month (well, aside from the season premiere of The OC).

Johns has time and time again utilized the cliffhanger in a lot of the story arcs within the pages of the The Flash, and while nowadays it could seem like a lame gimmick, but Johns uses it the cliffhanger how it was meant to be use. Impactful and important to the story, while making me get mad that I have to wait 30 days for the resolution. It reminds me of how comics used to be.

It’s nice to be able to depend on some comics. I used to be able to depend on the Uncanny X-Men, but those days are long gone. These days, that role is filled by the Flash. As long as Johns is writing, then I’m buying.

Side Note: Can ANYONE tell me what the heck is going on in Azzarello and Lee’s run of Superman? Sure, it looks nice — but what the hell is going on?

Ron Richards
Trying to leave a legacy.

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  1. I didn’t get to read this because my stupid local store was sold out of it and THE OUTSIDERS, and BIRDS OF PREY and PvP by 2pm on Wednesday!!!

    I hate them.

    In other news – the whole “War Games” saga finally ended in the Batbooks and it was not good at all. It’s time for a shake-up there, all the writers (except for Brubaker on CATWOMAN) are doing really boring stuff.

  2. I saw the Outsiders and laughed because a photo of John Walsh (of America’s Most Wanted fame) was on it – I guess he’s in the issue?

    Reminded me of the 80s with those weird cameos

  3. I’m thinking of dropping PvP. I feel like I’ve read it all. Which I have actually…


  4. I keep buying PvP and keep wondering why. It’s fun, but like JOsh said, it’s been read before.

    I dropped the Azzarello Superman. I was too confused, and didn’t care.

    I’m waiting for a Batman title that I genuinely want to read. fingers crossed.


  5. I guess I don’t keep up with PvP enough to feel like I’ve read it all before. Isn’t it relatively old content from the website?

    Azzarello SUPERMAN did the impossible – it made Azzarello BATMAN seem clear and lucid.

    The Batman titles have been bad since Rucka left. Well, except CATWOMAN and GOTHAM CENTRAL. Devin Grayson has almost ruined NIGHTWING. I’ll be glad when Chuck Dixon and Scott McDaniel return for the Nightwing: Year One story, I just wish they were staying.

  6. PvP is all old stories. They’re just redrawn, but I’ve seen all the jokes before. I’m out I think.

    How about the rebirth of Hal? Anyone? Hal?

    I liked it.

  7. I liked it too.

  8. I liked it too – i just didn’t think it blew me away – I’m sure the next issues will…

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