Review: The Flash #2

FLS_Cv2_dsThe Flash trains novice speedster August Heart to help protect the people of Central City from the Black Hole, a new breed of rogue with a deadly agenda for the Fastest Men Alive.

The first issue of The Flash was interesting in that it had a bit to catch new readers up, but also kind of threw us into the deep end with lots of action and a new Speedster! The issue was off running (sorry couldn’t resist) and a big question was could the second issue keep up the pace?

The answer is apparently yes!

Writer Joshua Williamson gives us a spin on a story we’ve seen before elsewhere and I’m not going into it because I don’t like to spoil things, but by the time the end of the issue comes about I immediately want to check out what’s next.

The comic builds and builds and when you think you know where it’s heading to, the comic then veers and kicks things into overdrive. I think that’s what really catches me about the comic, Williamson has picked a hell of a pace for the series and the events within.

FLS_2_3The art by Carmine Di Giandomenico is solid. It captures the kinetic field of the Speed Force and that’s partially due to the colors by Ivan Plascencia. There’s a lot of lightning in this issue, and it just looks really cool. I also appreciate Di Giandomenico forging his own style for the comic. There aren’t lots of images of Barry breaking the panels in angles of him running. The layout is pretty standard, but it still captures the speed in many ways. There are exceptions to this though. There’s a few pages where panels feel like they’re being blown away and it’s a simple but very cool design element on the page.

The comic is an interesting one. It begins one way so you expect a comic where Barry begins to train this new Speedster (with some foreshadowing thrown in) but, by the end of it all the comic is something very different. It’s a hodgepodge of a whole bunch of different things but totally works because of the way Williamson presents it all. You can feel the energy on the page, it comes through well. The end of the comic sets something up that’ll be really interesting, and luckily we only have two weeks to wait to see where it goes.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Story: 7.7 Art: 8.1 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review