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Rogue AirThe Flash Season 1 Episode 22 Review

“Rogue Air” is a near perfect penultimate episode of a season. It manages to reinforce the central themes and purpose of The Flash while simultaneously building off of all the material and characters the season… [more]

1x20 (2)The Flash Season 1 Episode 20 Review

A good villain is one of the most important parts of just about any superhero story. Antagonists and conflict are essential to just about all sorts of drama, but when it comes to superheroics there’s… [more]

1x17 (1)The Flash Season 1 Episode 17 Review

One of the most surprisingly canny aspects of The Flash is how it’s not the first television series to bear that name. It was a mildly unexpected decision to cast John Wesley Shipp, the actor… [more]

1x16 (1)The Flash Season 1 Episode 16 Review

It turns out that “Rogue Time” isn’t quite the episode I expected at the close of “Out of Time” last week. Barry’s jaunt back in time seemed like the perfect way to undo some of… [more]

Old school Barry 3Identity Crisis: How Iconism Hurts DC’s Characters

Most of everyone knows, especially through the hit TV show, that Barry Allen is the Flash. And he is. But he isn’t the Flash. For an entire generation, Wally West was the Flash. After 1986’s… [more]

Out of TimeThe Flash Season 1 Episode 15 Review

Two-part episodes are always a bit of a challenge. One of the bigger obstacles that comes with episodic television arises from the need to tell compelling stories that resolve themselves within a single hour. As… [more]

1x13 (2)The Flash Season 1 Episode 13 Review

The mark of a successful long running television show is the way it can reinvigorate an old formula. TV is a medium that thrives on repetition, particularly in the American network model of broadcast. When… [more]

1x12 (2)The Flash Season 1 Episode 12 Review

“Crazy for You” is a very good episode of The Flash. It’s fleet, lots of fun, and totally in control of all of its component parts. This episode veers from light camp, to somber emotional… [more]

1x11 (3)The Flash Season 1 Episode 11 Review

There’s something about “The Sound and the Fury” that just doesn’t work. Perhaps it’s that the villain never really sparks, or maybe it’s that the episode does plenty of teasing in regards to Dr. Wells’… [more]

flash_012014_1600The Flash Season 1 Episode 10 Review

“Revenge of the Rogues” clearly demonstrates how The Flash has mastered its tone, which may sound like faint praise, but is a true compliment considering just how young this series is. Less than halfway through… [more]

FLASH VS. ARROWThe Flash Season 1 Episode 8 Review

One of the exciting things about bringing two superheroes together is seeing how they interact with one another. Most of the big, marquee heroes have their own distinct outlook on the world; Superman is optimistic,… [more]

48402c514f4e4737c7738cf56d2dbbb6The Flash Season 1 Episode 7 Review

“Power Outage” is an ambitious episode of television; it’s filled with ideas, themes, and plots. All of which is nice to see, both in that it demonstrates the heights that the creative team is reaching… [more]

The-Flash-Episode-6-Recap-and-Review-The-Flash-Is-BornThe Flash Season 1 Episode 6 Review

The moments that work in “The Flash is Born” mostly occur around the edges of the central plot. The main focus of the episode isn’t a total bust, but it is pretty standard material featuring… [more]

the-flash-fastest-man-aliveA Couple of Speed Bumps: The Flash “Fastest Man Alive” Review

Just about any second episode of a television series is going to repeat the pilot and its story beats to some extent. Now that the series is getting down to the business of actually being… [more]

From 1994's Swamp Thing #150, by Millar, Hester & DeMulder. Here Millar pointedly has the Traveller described in a way that (1) evokes Barry Allen's defining tardiness while (2) reminding us that the second Flash's funeral took place in the absence of his corpse.Sneaking Barry Allen Back: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 20

Continued from last week. Millar’s habit of writing Swamp Thing tales, which demanded the presence of off-limits DCU characters, never entirely faded. Even at the climax of his run, and despite almost three years of… [more]