Flash #3 Review

Posted July 27, 2016 by Adeem Khan in Comic Books

Written by: Joshua Williamson

Art by: Carmine Di Giandomenico

Publisher: DC Comics

The Flash has consistently been one of the best titles coming out of DC’s Rebirth and this issue is no different. Following up on the speedforce storm at the end of the last issue, Central City is filled with speedsters that Barry and his new partner must deal with.

One of my favorite parts about this issue is that the book spends some time characterizing both Flash and August. Williamson touched on this in the last issue as well and this issue continues to drive home that there are some strict moral differences between August and Barry. While Barry is fine keeping his mother’s killer alive in prison, August mentions that if she was his mother, he wouldn’t be so kind. With the mystery behind the death of August’s brother still unresolved, it’s easy to see a rift would form between our heroes once the culprit is found.

Williamson understands the Flash and what he stands for in a way that not a lot of previous Flash writers have. Above all, Flash is a hero and he’s even respected by his own rogues. We get to see that side of the Flash as he quickly accepts responsibility for the new speedsters. The scene with the Flash teaching a girl how to ground herself in reality after being stuck in the speedforce is incredibly touching and what the Flash is all about.

Since the first issue of the book, I’ve talked about how i much love the focus Williamson is giving to the Flash supporting cast and that continues in this book. Iris West, August, Young Wally, and even the new character Meena Dhawan, all get a good role in the book and are written very well. Although, I do hope we see more of Wally.

Carmine Di Giandomenico’s art continue to be a highlight of the book and add just as much to each character as the writing does. The best part is how the speedester powers are drawn and how well they fit the characters.

One negative I have to mention is that, for a book about the fastest man alive, it’s still moving a little too slow. I love the slow pace as it gives time to focus on the Flash supporting cast and add to the characters, but not everyone will be a fan of the pace. We still haven’t seen much of The Black Hole, who so far seem like very generic evil scientist villains. The introduction of Godspeed however seems to be taking the book in the right step.

Wiliamson’s Flash is not only shaping up to be one of the best runs on the character, but also one of the best DC books out there. While the pace is slow, the book’s focus on character more than makes up for it and with the book double-shipping, you never have to wait to long to see what happens next.

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Adeem Khan