The Flash, Vol. 5: History Lessons

The Flash, Vol. 5: History Lessons - Brian Buccellato, Patrick Zircher

This is one of those books that was overall enjoyable to read, but I'm not going to really remember it after a bit. It was good, but nothing really grabbed my attention in any of the stories.

 

The first half of the book is a few one shot issues, while the second half tells a longer story. First is a team-up between the Flash and Green Lantern that shows how they first met. The two friends' dynamic is always fun, and the story did a good job of showing their strengths, but the plot itself didn't particularly interest me. Children are being kidnapped, and the two meet while trying to find them. Aliens end up being behind the kidnapping, but they didn't make for engaging villains. But Barry and Hal are fun to watch banter at least.

 

The next story was a short one about how even the smallest of actions can change someone's life. The main plot was about a fire from the Flash's past where he was unable to save a woman due to her already having died before the fire even started. However, her husband blames the Flash and wants revenge. It was an ultimately bittersweet story. I liked the start and end of the story where the small actions changing lives come in. At the start of the story, the Flash is performing random acts of kindness as he rushes to a party he's late for. At the very end, you see how his random acts changed each person's life in the short and long term. It's usually the smaller acts of kindness that move me more than the grand heroic deeds when it comes to superheroes.

 

The next story was basically an extended chase as the Flash tried to catch the woman responsible for the death of his former teacher. I don't really have feelings about it one way or another. It wasn't bad. But it didn't really draw me in either.

 

And the longer story had the Flash obsessing over catching a serial killer that he suspects might be responsible for his mothers murder. This story actually related to Barry's life and involved the people around him, which made it more engaging than the other stories. We even got a team up with Deadman. But the story didn't quite work for me. The villain had a nice and tragic background, but wasn't very compelling. While I like Deadman, he didn't really make much of an impression here. And the solution to the problem felt rather simple ultimately.

 

This wasn't a bad book. It just wasn't the best I've read of the Flash.