If you asked most comic book readers from the 1990s who their favourite Flash was, the answer was likely Wally West, with older fans citing Barry as their favourite. If you asked most comic book readers about the Flash title during the 1990s, Mark Waid’s influence as writer is most likely to be mentioned.
That comes as no surprise, as he started on the book in mid-1992 and ended his run in mid-2000. He dominated that decade, but during that eight year period, many people forget there was a rather solid year where Flash was written by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar instead of Waid.
This run does not typically make top ten lists, and it is too bad, because there are some very memorable tales and concepts that Morrison and Millar tackled during this year, and really sort of broke the mould that the series had developed by this point.
Sure there is the usual stuff that you would expect in stories featuring Flash; (cosmic) races, Wally being in over his head, multiple speedsters and even a few hijinx along the way (as a cross-over with both Green Arrow and Green Lantern would entail). However, when have you seen a two major writers take over a character such as the Flash, and break both of his legs by the end of their first issue? That is the only spoiler that will be revealed, but that is indeed how their year long tenure begins.
The only thing that really harms this collection is the inconsistency in art. Paul Ryan’s style works great on a character such as Superman or saw Batman who have some very iconic and polished looks, but not so much as someone that is as visually kinetic as the Flash. Compared to many of the other artists that pencilled this title (Mike Wieringo, Carlos Pacheco, Salvador Larroca & Oscar Jimenez), Ryan’s work unfortunately comes across as very stiff. Newcomer (at the time) Pop Mhan brought back a lot of the visual creativity, but his time on the title was simply not long enough, with only three of his issues being collected in this package (out of a total half dozen or so issues).
This collection is still worth reading, but the reader should be forewarned; do not expect massive, big zany ideas type of stories from this collection; Morrison’s usual eccentricities seem tempered a bit with Millar on as co-writer, making it a rather traditional, yet still incredibly satisfying, read.
Note: neither the Green Arrow or Green Lantern issues collected are written by Morrison or Millar, but included for the sake of a story that ran through all three titles.
Collects: Flash (Vol 2.) 130-141, Green Arrow (Vol. 2) Green Lantern (Vol. 3) 96