Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Flash #23.2 Reverse Flash Review

Gotta get Back in Time

The Flash #23.2 picks up right after issue #23.  Not mind blowing I know, but with Villains Month you never can tell.  The regular Flash creative team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato handle writing while Scott Hepburn is in charge of art.  Like I said, this issue isn't a Forever Evil tie in or even a full back story, but a continuation of the excellent main Flash storyline.

Reverse Flash can turn back time so it is fitting that Manapul and Buccellato use flashbacks to tell his back story.  We get to see why he would want to turn back the clock.  He is a sympathetic character which works for me.  It may be a little cliche, but at least it doesn't seem forced.

I was surprised at the identity reveal of Reverse Flash in issue #23, but afterwards thought, "How the hell did he get speed force powers?"  Well, we get an explanation and I really didn't see that coming either.  It does fit nicely in the Flash storyline and even ties up a few loose ends.

I have complained about the necessity of these Villain Month issues.  I actually have the opposite problem with this one.  I liked it, but it seemed like it could have been done in Flash #24.  Anyway, it moves the main storyline along and as always makes me look forward to the next issue.

The Flash #23.2 is a really good issue.  We get the back story of the Reverse Flash and find out he is a pretty sympathetic character.  The main writing team of Manapul and Buccellato do a great job, but it probably would have been better served as The Flash #24 and not a Villains Month issue.


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