This Week: Flash by Geoff Johns Omnibus 2

Written by GEOFF JOHNS
648 pg, FC, $75.00 US (Or $46 on Amazon)

It’s the second hardcover volume collecting all the issues of THE FLASH written by comics superstar Geoff Johns! In this massive collection featuring issues #177-200 and DC FIRST: FLASH/SUPERMAN #1, an old friend of Wally West becomes the portal to another universe and Gorilla Grodd goes wild in Keystone City! Plus, don’t miss the Fastest Man Alive’s clashes with members of his infamous rogues gallery, including Captain Cold, The Trickster, the Pied Piper and more!

Notes: I’ve said before that these are my favorite stories from Geoff Johns’ run. He’d hit his stride by this point, bringing everything together first for Crossfire, then for Blitz, with some great done-in-one stories in the middle and a real effort to balance characterization, world building, and both the classic Rogues and new villains.


8 thoughts on “This Week: Flash by Geoff Johns Omnibus 2

  1. Josh

    I agree with all of the accolades with which you rightfully shower Johns. Back then he was world building and telling fresh stories that honored the past while moving forward. After Ignition, that all changed. I don’t know if it was because he’d used up all his ideas or if because that was when he’d started writing every single DC title. But whatever the reason, everything that made the stories in this volume some of the best Wally issues ever written was gone shortly beyond the end of this collection.

  2. Collected Editions

    That scene, at the family barbeque, and then the Spectre’s in the background warning the reader that something bad’s going to happen … oh, Johns was at the top of his game in this one …

  3. Kyer

    These are amongst my favorite Johns stories. Heck, add Ignition and these ARE my the only Johns stories I’ve read in full and love.

    In fact, I am not sure I’ll be getting vol 3 since I do have Ignition already.

    Now if only my usual store would carry vol 2 so I can have it delivered. X(

  4. Kyer

    Off-topic (but need to share this with Kelson so please bear with. Has to do with allergic reactions.)

    I’ve just been diagnosed yesterday with a corn wonder I’ve felt sick and irritable. Corn has a high sugar content and fungus loves it. Turns out that almost everything is made from corn even laundry detergent. One of the top culprits is citric acid which is grown off of black mold (I kid you not) and which is in *a lot* of products probably because it’s cheaper than true citrus acid.

    Anyway, I’m told that a good quality apple cider vinegar (with the ‘mother’ in it) about a teaspoon or two with meals will counteract the growth of the fungus consumed. Also can add to detergent, shampoo, and use as a hand wash to soften dry skin. On the last, I have two people who have previously tried it and give it a thumbs up.

    I don’t know if this would work with peanut allergies (which also have to do with fungus?) but thought I’d pass this on.

    1. Kelson Post author

      Wow, corn allergy has got to be tough to avoid. Sorry to hear that, but glad to hear it’s manageable.

      Thanks for the tip, but unfortunately, apple cider vinegar wouldn’t help with peanut allergy. It’s not fungus related, but an immune response to proteins in the peanuts. Essentially, the immune system mistakes peanut proteins for an attacking infection and overreacts to it, bringing out the big guns and causing an immediate and sometimes severe reaction an attempt to destroy the “dangerous” protein.

      1. Kyer

        Still…apparently fungus is at the root of a lot of health problems…it eats away at the immune defense because it gives off toxins and is really tenacious (like Starro tenacious. Any meat product is doused in citric acid and it was in the brand of soap I had switched to a month ago from Dr. Bronner’s that doesn’t have citric acid in it. Got to go shop more brands.)
        Apple cider vinegar does help with dry hands! Mine were so dry they were splitting enough to bleed. That and Neem oil. I’m saving the neem for work since cider doesn’t smell that pleasant to most people and I don’t want to be associated with salad dressing. 🙂

  5. Savitar

    Considering his role in the Flash Family implosion, I find it hard to read any of Johns’ Flash work nowadays.

    These stories were good, but to me, they only serve now to highlight what went wrong instead of what went right.

    1. Kyer

      Agreed, but Crossfire and Blitz are amongst my favorite stories. If it wasn’t for those in volume 2 I’d be avoiding his stuff like the plague. I got volume 1 mistakenly thinking it contained the intro of Hunter Zolomon arriving at Central.

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