A few speedbumps hit the Scarlet Speedster as the twice-monthly test begins in the (new) DCU.
One of the things that I both love and hate about the Flash is how often things are reused in the title. It’s pretty obvious what those are, the good is what sticks and becomes canon while the bad is stuff that just naturally pops up again and again from writers not looking closer at past stories or just doing menial set-up. I don’t expect comic writers to know EVERY story for EACH character they write, but it would be nice if they knew the bad ones to avoid repeating.
I’ve seen the best friend gets powers and turns evil plot; in the Flash once or twice even. It’s never that interesting because it plays out the same. Now if Williamson avoids that story with a plot-twist near the end, I’m good. Otherwise, this arc is gonna be a drag.
So the Flash is teaching August about the Speed Force and what it means to be a hero, while August figures out right away that Barry is the Flash. What works in this issue is Williamson’s handling of Barry enjoying mentoring someone who shares his powerset, as well as Iris West as a (female) reporter in danger. She fairs better than Lois Lane did in some cases. Nonetheless, Williamson ramps up the stakes for the next issue, hinting at Black Hole’s resources and plans for Central City.
Giandamenico’s art is still a visual marvel with how he draws speed and cityscapes enveloped in lightning. His facial expressions are discernible and figure work is solid. His art really does make the Flash feel like a modern comic, whatever that means. It’s a step up from more recent artists in consistency and aesthetic style, even his Rebirth issue. Plascencia’s help to accentuate this with the technicolor light and bright colors spashed across a grey metropolis.
All in all, not a bad issue. Williamson shows a deft hand in characterization and Giandamenico is still going strong on art which puts them in the top three of the DC Rebirth books I’m following. If August turns evil by going powermad I’ll be really let down that such a promising supporting character gets cheaply used, but Williamson often surprises with his stories so I’m hopeful he has something else in mind.
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