Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Flash #24 Review

Written by: Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato
Art by: Francis Manapul
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 23, 2013

The End Came too Fast

The Flash and Reverse Flash face each other one last time and Barry and company try to pick up the pieces and get on with their lives.  Can The Flash actually slow down enough to smell the roses?

Manapul and Buccellato give us what is essentially their swan song. Yes, they are returning for a Zero Year issue and another one-shot, but this is the true finale of their run.  Oh what a run it's been. Everything has led to this issue which pains me in multiple ways. That the story is ending and that it ended so quick and easy.  There is no big fight, just talking and pleading.  It all seems a little too rushed.  It is a satisfying end to the Speed Force Killer story, but I just wanted more.

What comes after the final Flash/Reverse Flash confrontation is great, though.  We see the aftermath of everything that came before.  Barry has grown since issue #1 and it shows.  He has learned the responsibility of being a hero and is now going to use it for what is important.  This sets up the future of the series and I can't wait.

The art is worth the price of admission alone.  It is stunning.  The multiple splash pages, the unorthodox panel positions all add up to THE best looking book in the New 52 and in my opinion, comics as a whole.  It is that good.

Bits and Pieces:

Manapul and Buccellato's Flash has been a highlight of the New 52 since the beginning.  While this story seems a bit rushed, the aftermath and art are awesome.  They set up the future of Barry and hopefully the next team will take it and continue the greatness.  


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