Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Ivan Plascencia and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 22, 2016
While i was a little disappointed with the Flash: Rebirth #1, it was only because it seemed to more concerned with catch-up and recap than doing anything fresh or new. Since doing my review, I have come to grips that the Rebirth #1's may not have been for me and were more for people who skipped the New 52 and were jumping in the book and needed some recap. I have come to grips with it, but that doesn't mean that I like it. I am a selfish man and want new and fresh from my Rebirth books and like Veruca Salt, I want it now! Is Joshua Williamson listening? Let's find out...
The issue opens up with a little recap of the recap we got in the Rebirth issue. Oh no! We do start by seeing the accident that gave Barry his powers and while that is always cool to see, it is old news and when it's presented with the other stuff, I just had to shake my head. For a comic about the Fastest Man Alive, Williamson seems to be stuck in neutral.
After a really odd description of how the Speed Force was created and an equally odd scene of what happens after the Flash saves the day, we get...more jokes about Barry always being late. Okay, I hate to be the Negative Nancy of the review scene, but this isn't what I was hoping for from the rebirth issues of one of my favorite characters.
We do get to meet August Heart, a detective who seems to have a big case of the fanboys for our man, Barry Allen and was there when Barry's accident happened. He also went to Barry to help solve the murder of his brother years ago and credits Barry for his faith in the system. If that didn't sound heavy handed, believe me, it was.
Williamson continues by making Barry look like a dick and then when he meets Iris and Wally for lunch (or course he is late!), he makes him look like a self centered ass. Then Iris insults him and Barry thanks her and then it's time for Flash things. I don't know if you can tell, but I am really not enjoying how Williamson is writing the characters in this book.
It's no secret that what is going on here is a not so subtle setup that Barry Allen and the Flash need some help to get things done properly. I wouldn't mind the heavy handed nature of it all if I liked any of the characters so far.
While Barry is saving everyone from a burning building (a scene that started to remind me of Jose Canseco doing the same), August is stepping up to stop some trouble at S.T.A.R. Labs and then it happens. "It" being the proper start of this story arc.
The issue ends with Barry being late for the hundredth time in this issue and it leading to a brand new Speedster. I love the idea behind how this issue ends, but the road to get there was pretty damn rocky.
I'm sure it's no shock that I was not a fan of this issue. It started with a sputter, continued by trying to make me not like one of my favorite heroes, but at least it ends in a cool way. The biggest issue I had, however, was the heavy handed way that Williamson is starting his run. He doesn't present ideas, he pounds them over the reader's head until he is satisfied they have sunk in.
I mentioned in my review for the Flash Rebirth #1 issue that I liked Carmine Di Giandomenico's art when Barry was in the Flash suit and that continues here. I love the frenetic feel he gives the Flash, but his regular people need a pick me up. Iris is the worst case of this here.
Bits and Pieces:
This may only be the second #1 issue for Flash, but I am not getting a fresh and new feeling from this book yet. This issue continues to deal with some recap and then we get some non-likeable versions of our favorite characters dealing with some heavy handed issues. It all leads to the birth of another Speedster and while my hopes for this series are taking a bit of a hit, I am still looking forward to next issue. It has to be better than this.