Graphic Novel Review: The Flash, Vol. 4: Running Scared by Joshua Williamson

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The Flash, Vol. 4: Running Scared by Joshua Williamson (illustrated by Carmine Di Giandomenico, and Pop Mhan) finds Barry Allen, the title hero, at a breaking point where he is about to lose everything and everyone close to him. This graphic novel collects issues of The Flash #23 – 38.

  • 136 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781401274627

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My rating for The Flash, Vol. 4: Running Scared – 4
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Thoughts:
This graphic novel start with Barry Allen’s secretive persona, the one where he hides his superhuman abilities from close friends, start to catch up with him. This is the kind of stories I like, those that have personal, not necessarily world shattering events even though The Flash, Vol. 4: Running Scared by Joshua Williamson (illustrated by Carmine Di GIandomenico and Pop Mhan) combines them both pretty well.

Barry Allen keeps doubting himself, he can’t decide if he wants to tell the truth to his friends and put them in danger, or keep up the lies which mount up. Lucky for him the Reverse Flash wants some good ol’ fashioned revenge and saves him from his tortured self… maybe.

I really enjoyed the art, it’s not as refined as other graphic novels, it’s almost like a finished sketch you’d pay a lot of money for in a comic book convention. But it works great. The Reverse Flash is a cross between a tragic figure, and a comedian with god like powers who seems to be the only one on the joke. And, of course, there is an appearance by Green Lantern, and not just a panel or two but a personal story-line of two friends.

The ending, though, left me somewhat bewildered. It’s bland and came out of left field, while I’m always looking for a surprise, this one was just strange. From years reading graphic novels I can only assume it ties in to volume 5, but it still left me bewildered.
I’m complaining so much I feel like Barry Allen.

This graphic novel is a wild ride involving time travel, murders and new powers. It gets a bit repetitive, but is still overall enjoyable.

Synopsis:
Barry Allen’s attempts to protect those he loves by lying to them about being The Flash is coming back to bite him in the … back.  To add to his problems, Eobard Thawne, the Reverse Flash, is back to give him a hard time.

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Dis­claimer: I got borrowed this book from a friend.
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