The Flash is getting the Year One treatment this issue. The writers behind the Scarlet Speedster are taking Barry Allen back to beginning. With so much change recently, it’s nice to go back to basics and explore what made The Flash a hero.
Everyone knows The Flash’s origin story. After being hit with lightening, CSI Barry Allen developed super speed alongside a host of other related abilities, including super healing and the ability to time travel. All of these powers are explored pretty quickly, with Barry experimenting with his limits and learning what he is capable of. It’s a crash course on everything Flash and it brings new readers up to date without covering the same ground that regular readers already are familiar with.
Where things take a sharp turn is when Barry manages to run into the future by accident while testing his speed capabilities. He’s thrust into a world where The Turtle is king and a future Flash is still running around trying to protect Central City. It’s a far cry from what Allen is used to and a wrinkle in The Flash origin that readers probably weren’t expecting.
There’s not much else to mention with this first issue, with similar themes as every version of The Flash’s origin we’ve seen before. Year One will certainly act as an interesting look into Barry Allen again. It’s important to see where he has come from in order to see what he has lost. With recent changes in his life, including Iris leaving him, modern Barry is having to find his footing again and there’s no better way to explore some of those ideas than to see how it began.
The art really is phenomenal in this issue and brings an old origin story into modern times with some really compelling visuals. The colour is on point, highlighting the vibrancy of the superhero’s life. The colour palette very quickly turns from drab to whimsical once Barry becomes one with the speed force and it’s a great visual cue for what the speedster is all about.
We’ve also got our first hints to the Reverse-Flash again, with the death of Barry’s mother being hinted at once more. It seems that all the iconic elements will come into play at some point but it will be littered across the arc with other updated plot points.
Introducing a Future Flash as a kind of mentor and The Turtle as the first villain are some great story choices. They give Barry hope of what he can become and facing him against the literal opposite of his own skill set. It’ll set the stage for the Reverse battles he is sure to have.
The Flash Year One: Chapter 1 does a lot right therefore and manages to recapture the spirit of reading Barry’s story for the first time. It’s exciting to see where the team can take this story next as they re-imagine The Flash‘s origins once again.
The Flash #70
A must-read for new Flash fans and a fun trip down memory lane, with a few new twists, for those familiar with the Scarlet Speedster.