After decades living under the shadows of some of the greatest heros, such as Batman and Superman, The Flash is finally getting his due love in the mainstream. From a popular TV show on the CW network, to a story arc that changed the face of DC comics forever, Flashpoint, The Flash has become the centerpiece of some of the most important stories to ever come out of DC comics. Now, with the Rebirth relaunch in full swing, again we see Barry Allen aka The Flash at the center of a string of important events. It’s still too early to tell what’s in store for the fastest man alive, but all I know is after reading The Flash Rebirth #1, and some of the other REBIRTH titles, we are in for one wild ride.
The Flash Rebirth #1 is written by Joshua Williamson, you’ll most likely have read some of his other works such as Voodoo, Uncharted, and Legends of the Dark Knight 100 Page Super Spectacular #2. His experience pays off highly as you begin to read. The issue starts in a dark place for Barry, he is tasked with collecting evidence for a murder scene that is highly similar to that of his own mother years ago. This set up was just amazing. Nothing gets the emotion of the reader then seeing the protagonist having to relive the most traumatic event of their lives.
As you go through the panels, and pages of this comic, Joshua weaves a story that not only ties in the struggle all the other heroes are facing with memories, but he also sets a tone of impending doom from an unknown source that will leave the reader asking “What the hell is going on?” With this style of writing you know that there is more than meets the eye as the plot unfolds. so It leaves you on the edge of your seat.,
Carmine Di Giandomenico provides the art for the Flash Rebirth #1. With Williamson, he brings The Flash to life. Some of The panels, and art style seen in this issue brings the full range of emotion that Williamson’s packs into the dialogue. As you go through this issue Carmine provides you with the environment to back up the story development. In turn you get to see The Flash convey the mixed bag of feelings running through his mind in issue one. The tone of mental fog Barry is suffering through is expressed heavily within the art of the issue which in turn compliments the writing done by Williamson. Though I would have liked to see more of Barry’s mental struggle show up in this issue, it’s easy to see how Carmine didn’t want to overwhelm the reader with too many visual cues.
The Flash Rebirth #1 hits the ground running, no pun intended. Joshua Williamson crafts a strong, and complex story for the reader to dive into. The unease that The Flash feels, is something you can definitely relate to. The art by Carmine Di Giandomenico is well done, and sets the tone for the story. As you read The Flash Rebirth #1 you follow the path that Williamson writes for you then Carmine builds the road with his art. The only thing missing was a more in-depth look at Barry’s confusion and mental struggles.
- Powerful writing sets up the story for the reader
- Story driven art which creates an enjoyable environment
- Strong opening scene
- The art could have done more to show us Barry's mental state