As the Flash, Barry Allen is the fastest man alive…but is he fast enough to be in two places at once? That’s a question he tries to find the answer to in The Flash #1.
After a quick reminder of how he gained his super-speedster abilities in the opening pages, the Flash is off and running (pun intended) – rescuing trapped miners and battling mother nature (in the form of a tornado) before returning to his day job as a crime scene forensic scientist. After meeting up with his “friend” Iris and her nephew Wally and pondering whether he’s doing enough to help the citizens of Central City, Barry is faced with a dilemma – rescue people that are trapped in a burning building or rescue a S.T.A.R. Labs transport that is under attack. Or, is he fast enough to do both?
Writer Joshua Williamson, who has worked on various titles for all four of the major publishers, delivers a wonderfully written story, though some of the story’s background may be a little confusing to those who have yet to read DCU: Rebirth. His portrayal of Barry as a man struggling to come to grips with whether or not he’s doing enough to provide the citizens of Central City the justice he feels they deserve is emotional, especially in the way it plays out during his conversation with Iris. And the decision that Barry is forced to make toward the end of the book between the burning building or the S.T.A.R. Labs transport may have long term consequences.
Artist Carmine Di Giandomenico, best known for his work at Marvel with such iconic characters as Spider-Man, Iron Man and The Avengers, turns his pencils to the Flash, with amazing results. The artwork is fresh and clean, and Di Giandomenico does an outstanding job of conveying a real sense of speed to the reader, which isn’t easy to do with still images. Colorist Ivan Plascencia compliments the artwork with bright, vibrant colors that seem to leap off the pages.
The Flash #1 is thoroughly entertaining and a great way to re-start the Flash franchise. The story is engaging and makes for a quick read, while the artwork and coloring are clean, vibrant and fresh.
- Engaging story
- Fresh, clean artwork
- Bright, vibrant coloring
- May need to read DCU: Rebirth to fully understand the story, but that’s knit-picking