Flash #2 Review

Posted July 13, 2016 by Adeem Khan in Comic Books

Written by: Joshua Williamson

Art by: Carmine Di Giandomenico

Publisher: DC Comics

Flash is a busy character. He has his own TV show, a upcoming movie, and a long history of popular comic arcs. The fastest man alive has done almost everything, so how do you keep his stories original? Well, the answer is easy, you get Joshua Williamson to write him. Last week I reviewed Aquaman #2 and complained about the lack of originality and how similar his stories have become.  Flash is the opposite of that, this arc has managed to be a unique and interesting take on his character despite how diluted he has become. That alone makes this issue a must read this week, but there’s plenty more.

Flash #2 picks up right after the events of the last issue, Barry’s best friend is now a speedester and that is about to be the least of his problems. First of all, I have to commend this issue of Flash for finally stopping with the recaps. So far the book has been way too new reader friendly in terms of explaining everything, but with this issue it seems we’re over that. Barry and August’s interactions are fun and the contrast between the two’s morality is interesting and will no doubt lead to some intense moments.

I’m a huge fan of the Flash supporting cast, and this issue does a good job of fleshing them out a bit more. We get a quick look at little Wally and some cool moments with Iris. Iris fighting the Black Hole was an awesome scene and a very fun moment. I’m hoping we see more of Barry’s dad, he hasn’t shown up since the Rebirth issue and i’m fan of the character and his dynamic with Barry

The big thing about this issue was a little more exploring of the speed force. Barry believes the speed force is sensing how lonely Barry is every since he remembered how he used to have a partner: the old Wally. So the speed force gave August his powers to give Barry another partner. It’s a interesting look at how the speed force works, although I doubt Barry’s explanation is what’s really going on. The book has an exciting ending, that will no doubt change Barry’s understanding of the speed force.

One complaint I have about the book are the villians. The Black Hole is a pretty generic bad guy group right now, and their motivations haven’t really been explored. It doesn’t help that every time we’ve seen them, they’ve gotten their butts kicked. I hope some more time is spent on them in the next issue.

One of the best parts about this arc has been the art and coloring. The art is very kinetic and fits the Flash perfectly. Action scenes are exciting and Flash’s powers have never looked this good.

Overall, Flash is one of the best DC books at the moment. Despite how diluted the character has become recently, Williamson is managing to keep him fresh and exciting. Giandomenico’s art fits the character very well. This is one of the best fit creative teams that have ever been on Flash, and I can’t wait for the next issue.

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Adeem Khan