The Flash Vol. 4: Running Scared by Joshua Williamson

The Flash Vol. 4:  Running Scared

The Fastest Man Alive continues his monumental run in DC Universe Rebirth with THE FLASH VOL. 4!Barry Allen is at a crossroads. He’s lied to the woman he loves about his life as the Flash, and a rift is growing between him and his heroic young partner. Now, his greatest enemy has threatened to strike down everyone close to him! It’s time to make a tough choice that will la...

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The Flash Vol. 4: Running Scared Reviews

  • Danielle

    Read this review and more on my

    Barry has screwed up again. Is it just me or does every ‘Flash’ story revolve around Barry doing something stupid or not telling someone the full story. For the first few times I found this okay to cope with as it shows Barry’s inability to realise that he creates all his own mistakes, but now it just seems like there is nothing more

    Read this review and more on my

    Barry has screwed up again. Is it just me or does every ‘Flash’ story revolve around Barry doing something stupid or not telling someone the full story. For the first few times I found this okay to cope with as it shows Barry’s inability to realise that he creates all his own mistakes, but now it just seems like there is nothing more to The Flash.

    In Volume 4, we find Barry facing the Reverse Flash again but this time Eobard Thawne raises the stakes by involving the people who are closest to Barry. Whilst the pacing of what occurs worked, what actually occurred just did not make much sense.

    The art style for the previous 3 volumes was not very pleasant and did not suit the story or just The Flash. Unfortunately more of the same continues for volume 4.

    If you have enjoyed the previous 3 volumes of The Flash, then volume 4 is very much along the same lines.

  • Will Robinson Jr.

    A Masterwork of superhero storytelling. Williamson is killing it on the Flash series. This is arguably one the best Reverse-Flash tales I have ever read. Instead of writing the predictable villain destroys the world story Williamson writes a more personal psychological tale about obsession and revenge. Williamson's take on Thawne (Reverse-Flash) is unique and reminds me a little of the relationship between Batman and the Joker. Williamson also does a great job making us care about the Flash's pe

    A Masterwork of superhero storytelling. Williamson is killing it on the Flash series. This is arguably one the best Reverse-Flash tales I have ever read. Instead of writing the predictable villain destroys the world story Williamson writes a more personal psychological tale about obsession and revenge. Williamson's take on Thawne (Reverse-Flash) is unique and reminds me a little of the relationship between Batman and the Joker. Williamson also does a great job making us care about the Flash's personal life just as much as the super heroics. Like most heroes Barry has to constantly keep his identity a secret or his enemies will harm the his love ones. Williamson perfectly contrasts this difference between heroes with secret identities and those who do not with the inclusion of Hal Jordan aka Green Lantern in this story. When Hal is on earth he hides his identity but since he spends a lot of time in space he does not have the pressures of lying as much as Barry. For those who have been following the Watchmen mystery in the DC comics universe this book ties in to

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    & some of the things going on in the Action comics Superman titles. Once again the artwork is unique. Carmine Di Giandomenico's pencils crackle with energy.Great to see Howard Porter is still drawing for DC Comics as well. The coloring by Hi-Fi is handle beautifully as well. This is probably the biggest story the Flash creative team has done since

    . This is a must read for all Flash fans.

  • Wing Kee

    Argh...still pretty bad.

    World: Still ugly art. Why is it that every artist that comes on board draw such fugly characters and gave weird facial expressions that don't really help the tone and the emotions of the book. The world building here, where do I start?! Yes it is a look at Thawn and a deep dive into his motivations but readers already know he's obsessed with Barry, I don't think we need to make Thawn pathetic and sad cause it serves no purpose but to deposit him, but more on that in the

    Argh...still pretty bad.

    World: Still ugly art. Why is it that every artist that comes on board draw such fugly characters and gave weird facial expressions that don't really help the tone and the emotions of the book. The world building here, where do I start?! Yes it is a look at Thawn and a deep dive into his motivations but readers already know he's obsessed with Barry, I don't think we need to make Thawn pathetic and sad cause it serves no purpose but to deposit him, but more on that in the character section. The time travel rule of thumb is to set clear rules to your time travel and be consistent but man Williamson is just all over the place and doesn't even bother to try to out readers into some forms of internal logical consistent box to enjoy the story, the world is a mess.

    Story: I really wanted to like this story and it has his most iconic modern villain and it was trash. The pacing was all over the emplacement, the emotions was basic and unearned and once again we have a Barry that clearly is stupid and naive and not in a well written way. The entire plot was full of inconsistent time travel tricks and...who leaves a live gun in a museum? Would the 25th century curators not even know how to depower it?! Idiotic. Argh. I don't want to talk about this lest I spoil it.

    Characters: This Barry is not well written. He's inconsistent, he's all over the place in personal voice and his motivations and drives are just argh. Than there's the part where he's also stupid and unobservant. Yeah he's terrible. Iris is still not a strong character and she still is not written well to make he mean anything. The banter between Barry and Iris is forced, short and unearned and their relationship just simply does not work at this point. Wally...not much to do here but he's also inconsistent and whiney and combative not in a good way. Then there Thawn which was ruined and any mystique and charisma he had before was washed away leaving a pathetically written whiney sad thing.

    This book needs a new writer. I don't understand why some people think this is well written, go back and read Johns, Waid and even Manapul and tell me this is good...

    Onward to the next book!

    *read individual issues*

  • Taylor Wilson

    The Flash is back, protecting the streets of Central City, along with his greatest enemy, The Reverse Flash and this time he’s not just after Barry, he goes after Iris and Wally as well.

    In this volume of “The Flash” focuses more on the life of Eobard Thawne alongside the usual stories of the Flash universe. We learn more as to why Thawne hates Barry Allen and how he became the Reverse Flash. The addition of Hal Jordan made for another great addition to this volume.

    I’m a huge fan of the Flash s

    The Flash is back, protecting the streets of Central City, along with his greatest enemy, The Reverse Flash and this time he’s not just after Barry, he goes after Iris and Wally as well.

    In this volume of “The Flash” focuses more on the life of Eobard Thawne alongside the usual stories of the Flash universe. We learn more as to why Thawne hates Barry Allen and how he became the Reverse Flash. The addition of Hal Jordan made for another great addition to this volume.

    I’m a huge fan of the Flash so I found this volume to be great. I enjoyed learning more about Thawne and the Reverse Flash. The artwork in this volume was done wonderfully. The addition of Hal Jordan (Green Lantern) makes this comic even better. Barry and Hal work together so well because they call each other out and their powers just mix well.

    I recommend this to any Flash fan or DC fan in general.

    I received this Comic from NetGalley and DC Entertainment for an honest review.

  • Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues]

    The Flash's greatest enemy returns as the Reverse Flash manages to cheat death once again and menace not just Barry himself, but Iris and Wally West as well in this next Rebirth collection.

    But before all that, it's team-up time as Hal Jordan returns to Earth to see his best friend. Of course, when Black Hole strike, things don't go quite as planned. It's been a while since these characters have been together, but they make up for lost time by showing us just why they fit t

    [Read as single issues]

    The Flash's greatest enemy returns as the Reverse Flash manages to cheat death once again and menace not just Barry himself, but Iris and Wally West as well in this next Rebirth collection.

    But before all that, it's team-up time as Hal Jordan returns to Earth to see his best friend. Of course, when Black Hole strike, things don't go quite as planned. It's been a while since these characters have been together, but they make up for lost time by showing us just why they fit together so well - they call each other out on their bullshit, and their powers are very visually compelling together. This is all just a prelude however for the real story - Running Scared is the Reverse Flash doing what he does best; wrecking lives and giggling while he does it. There's a lot of set-up here, and the ending isn't quite what you'd expect, but it up-ends the relationships between Barry & Iris and Barry & Wally for the forseeable future, so it definitely keeps you on your toes. I'm not 100% sold on the new origin for the Reverse Flash, but it's still better than the New 52 origin, so hey.

    The Color Of Fear is drawn by Carmine Di Giandomenico who has defined the visual style of this book since Rebirth's outset, while Running Scared is Di Giandomenico with the incredibly detailed Howard Porter, who tackles some of the most insane spreads I've seen in a while. Porter's work rams so much into a panel that it can take longer to grasp all of his details as it does to read the words, and his Reverse Flash is equally as menacing as Di Giandomenico's, which really sells the storyline.

    If The Button left you a little sour in terms of Reverse Flash, definitely check this one out. Just be warned - this isn't the Eobard you think you know.

  • Ronald

    Have to mention that Thanks to Netgalley I am able to give you guys my honest review of this vol. of the flash rebirth.

    Okay so first off I've never been a huge the flash fan when it comes to the comic books, shows on the other hand and movie role I'm all for. So it came to my surprise when I gave rebirth flash a chance and was actually very in love where the story was/is going. Now vol 4 is here and I'm presented with that same similar feeling of loving where the flash comic is headed except th

    Have to mention that Thanks to Netgalley I am able to give you guys my honest review of this vol. of the flash rebirth.

    Okay so first off I've never been a huge the flash fan when it comes to the comic books, shows on the other hand and movie role I'm all for. So it came to my surprise when I gave rebirth flash a chance and was actually very in love where the story was/is going. Now vol 4 is here and I'm presented with that same similar feeling of loving where the flash comic is headed except there were a bit of slow moments that didn't harm the story too bad but kind of slowed it down.

    For starters, the iris storyline of him telling her felt at some points fun and interesting and considerate of what the flash and iris storyline is like if the reverse flash felt it important to ruin all of the flashes relationships on the other hand it slowed the story down a bit and even the short mention of the kids being villains in the future felt like an unnecessary point in the story. I also felt that the switch between past flash and future flash had moments where it was sort of confusing and didn't blend/mesh as flawlessly as I would have liked.

    Next I would like to mention what I loved about the story starting with the actual story I loved the idea of what if the flash had to deal with the future and also how the past changes/influences the future for reverse flash. The interaction between the two characters was both fun and interesting to read, also enjoyable was the writers interpretation of how the reverse flash became apart of the rogues gallery. I love the art style and although at moments the faces are pretty goofy looking/odd I still found myself engaged in where the flash is going as a character and as a hero.

    In short, it's not perfect but it's great for getting fans who are either not big on flash storywise or just want to give the guy a chance and understand the lore from a perspective.

  • Adam Graham

    The Flash is back in the aftermath of his crossover with Batman in the Button. This book collects Issues 23-27 of the Flash and contains two separate storylines that are linked. Iris throws Barry a surprise birthday party and he's distracted, really only able to focus on Hal Jordan (who got away from the events of the Green Lantern Corps book for a birthday party.) So they have to team up and fight a villain while the Reverse Flash kidnaps Iris and attacks Wally.

    The art is weak to mediocre throu

    The Flash is back in the aftermath of his crossover with Batman in the Button. This book collects Issues 23-27 of the Flash and contains two separate storylines that are linked. Iris throws Barry a surprise birthday party and he's distracted, really only able to focus on Hal Jordan (who got away from the events of the Green Lantern Corps book for a birthday party.) So they have to team up and fight a villain while the Reverse Flash kidnaps Iris and attacks Wally.

    The art is weak to mediocre throughout most of the book. What really drives the book is the story as Barry is forced to examine why he keeps so many secrets and questions whether he should tell Iris the truth. There are some good character moments. Even Reverse Flash has some good ones as we understand a bit of his backstory. Although, that does turn a bit pathetic.

    This book's not bad, but I think it does have a problems and to be honest, I'm a bit concerned about the direction of the book. It feels like Barry's beginning a 2017 version of Daredevil prior to Mark Waid coming on board. Daredevil was the character Marvel writers put through as much as Hell as possible. It seems like since the first volume Barry's been on a downward cycle as all the key relationships close to him are being compromised and he's been hit with dump trucks full of guilt.. It'd be nice if the book got fun again. Still, there are some compelling ideas here and I just have to hope this will turn around soon.

    ****I received a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review***.

  • Theediscerning

    In a way I'm glad Eobard Thawne is so keen on knowing all the ins and outs of The Flash's histories, because it's books like these that make me less and less keen to do the same. Fugly artwork, with ridiculous proportions for even standard things like faces in part three, and just a mess of a narrative mean this can't be recommended. The help of a Green Lantern for two episodes is about as good as it gets.

  • Nicola Mansfield

    I'm loving this run on The Flash! Barry's pretty upset with everything that happened in the last couple of issues with Batman so the beginning of this has him distracted. Then Hal Jordan shows up and they spend time together ending up fighting Multiplex. Finally, Allen is about to tell Iris the truth of who he is and Reverse Flash shows up to cause havoc. It's a great action-packed read from start to finish. The plot themes all get sorted out but the book ends with Barry's personal relationships

    I'm loving this run on The Flash! Barry's pretty upset with everything that happened in the last couple of issues with Batman so the beginning of this has him distracted. Then Hal Jordan shows up and they spend time together ending up fighting Multiplex. Finally, Allen is about to tell Iris the truth of who he is and Reverse Flash shows up to cause havoc. It's a great action-packed read from start to finish. The plot themes all get sorted out but the book ends with Barry's personal relationships in disarray. Great stuff!

  • Chad

    First, we get a team-up with Hal Jordan. Yay! This leads directly into the Reverse Flash returning from the dead (which could have been explained better). He kidnaps Iris and takes her to the future where we get a new origin for Thawne. He's all Single White Female for the Flash. The idea behind a negative speed force doesn't really make a lot of sense. Wouldn't a negative speed zone be just an inert zone, so Reverse Flash would basically be a statue. That ending really surprised me.

    I found it i

    First, we get a team-up with Hal Jordan. Yay! This leads directly into the Reverse Flash returning from the dead (which could have been explained better). He kidnaps Iris and takes her to the future where we get a new origin for Thawne. He's all Single White Female for the Flash. The idea behind a negative speed force doesn't really make a lot of sense. Wouldn't a negative speed zone be just an inert zone, so Reverse Flash would basically be a statue. That ending really surprised me.

    I found it interesting that there was fallout from Barry lying about his secret identity. Typically that is glossed over in comics. Barry's very whiny and fearful in this volume, a little too spineless for me.

    Received a review copy from DC and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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