The Flash Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice is written by Joshua Williamson and illustrated by Carmine Di Giandomenico. The volume collects The Flash: Rebirth #1 and The Flash #1-8
The Story (aka From the Publisher)
A new storm brews over Central City and disproves the old adage about lightning never, well…you know. Just as Barry begins to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, a new speedster debuts–but just where did this amazing new friend come from? Spinning directly out of the epic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, the Fastest Man Alive finds himself at the center of a DC Universe at a crossroads–and reeling from the reemergence of his protegé, Wally West!
The following may contain spoilers. You have been warned.
It is the beginning of a new era for the fastest man alive. In this volume, we are introduced to the future Flash who is a broken man. Time and again, his powers have failed him at an enormous cost to himself and the city he loves and has sworn to protect. Future Flash concludes that the his powers are weakening the more he travels through time. In order to remedy this problem, he goes back to the current, present-day time to stop the one event that starts it all.
The story comes from writer Robert Venditti, Van Jensen, and artist Brett Booth, collecting The Flash #30-35, The Flash Annual #3, and The Flash: Futures End #1. The main troubling element of this graphic novel is the story in the present. For the most part it isn’t all that interesting. There are pieces that are repetitive, and some things are overly explained. The pattern is established – someone is using weapons from previous villains to enact random acts of violence. Once the act has been committed, the Flash/Barry is the only one who knows that the villain who owned the weapon is not who they are looking for. The investigation continues until he figures out who is behind it all.