Friday, January 31, 2014

The Flash #27 Review

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Patrick Zircher
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Skittles, Prison and Grave Robbing, Oh My

Barry Allen thinks he may have clues in his Mother's death, but no one wants to listen.  The Flash has a little prison cell Q&A, causes a riot and meets an old enemy.  Then he does a little off duty grave robbing, but discovers that Fred Gwynne was right when he said, "Sometimes dead is better."

The Flash has been one of the New 52's best books.  When it was announced that Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul were leaving for Detective Comics it just about broke my heart.  Please, a few more issues I cried.  Well, I got what I wished for...kind of.  While Manapul is off in Gotham (even making a guest appearance on Batwoman #27), Brian Buccellato is continuing The Flash until the new team of Van Jensen and Robert Venditti take over in April. 

Brian Buccellato gives us the best of both worlds.  We get the fun and excitement we're used to from The Flash, but were also getting a bit of police work reminiscent of Detective Comics.  Granted, the police work involved a non supervised prison interview and grave robbing, but hey, it is a comic book.

The story and ending in particular set up a pretty meaningful end run for Buccellato.  The Flash is driven by one thing and that one thing seems to be within his reach.  We'll have to wait and see, but I will be first in line next month.

Patrick Zircher does The Flash so well.  Granted, there are no Manapul-style full page beautiful craziness, but there's something to be said for awesome, easy to follow great looking panels.  He gets the Flash and works great with Buccellato and I mean that as a sincere compliment.

Bits and Pieces:

The Flash #27 sets up the final Buccellato arc and it looks like a winner.  Barry still runs real fast, but there is some great "detective" work as well.  Patrick Zircher's art is so good and works great with Buccellato's story.  Highly recommended.


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