Review by Alexander Moser
Flash is exactly what it should be to readers old and new—a quick paced, action-packed comic book that stretches the boundary of DC’s characters in a sensible way.
Flash fights Reverse Flash in this issue. The battle stretches across the twenty pages, and the comic is filled with fast fists, super speed and much more. Flash is trapped and held at the mercy of his Reverse counterpart. But Flash escapes, and retreats to bring the battle right outside of Central City’s limits. Meanwhile, Iris West discovers Reverse Flash’s identity…her brother Daniel West! She races to the fight, only to be blasted by a gun that takes the speed right out of her. Reverse Flash, seemingly empowered, begins to drag the speed force out of Barry, draining the life from our hero.
Francis Manapul really gives the reader some serious information to hold down. His run on Flash has been very different from past iterations, but it seems to really work in this comic. We can see very clearly that Reverse Flash is more than just a palate swap of Barry Allen, even his character and personality is different. We also seem to get Barry’s human side in the issue, noting how his relationship with his girlfriend is tearing apart little by little.
Even if the issue is one giant fight scene with a little bit of intercut still scenes, the comic is carried very strongly by the stylistic artwork that really has the characters running off the page. The action here is truly high-octane speed action. Even the panel borders give us a great look at the characters, using insets to give us a look at the little moments, while the larger panels give a working timeframe. Buccellato’s coloring is also very good, using intense reds for the speed force, contrasting against muted blues that convey slower character points.
Flash gives us a perfect time to start reading the comic. Filled with action and a surprising plot reveal, readers can jump right onto the title to see the latest info about the scarlet speedster. Manapul and Buccellato also will be giving us Reverse Flash’s origins next month, so now’s a great time to stick around.
-Really good artwork
-Comic is a little thin