Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Flash: Season Zero #7 Review (Spoliers)

Written By: Andrew Kreisberg, Brooke Eikmeier, & Katherine Walczak
Art By: Phil Hester
Cover Price: $.99
Release Date: December 1, 2014


The Freak Show storyline in Flash: Season Zero is moving towards its finale at the speed of the Flash and it's finally gaining some momentum that I like.

At the end of issue #6, Flash found himself at S.T.A.R. Labs and completely catatonic and not much has changed at the start of this issue. Flash is still staring off into space--unable to speak or move--with friends Caitlin, Cisco, and Dr. Wells. While Mr. Bliss and his circus cronies plan an attack on a local football game at half-time, Caitlin and Cisco find themselves rushing over in a particularly small vehicle. Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, Dr. Wells rises out of his chair and grabs a device that brings Flash back to the world of the sane, sending him to interfere in the evil plans of  Mr. Bliss, thus setting up the finale.

This issue had the distinct pleasure of having three separate writers, with Brooke Eikmeier and Kathine Walczak writing the actual script, while Andrew Kreisberg laid out the story. I was worried with that many hands dipping into the story that it would be a mess, but this issue read beautifully--arguably better than any of the previous chapters and that was something I really appreciated from the creative team.

On the art side of things I am still pleased with Phil Hester's work on this book. Hester has been managing to capture the spirit's of the characters from the Flash TV series on the CW (which I am finally catching up on) beautifully while translating them into an artistic style that works well for the book.

The differences in color, depending on where a scene is set and who is in the scene, have become much more apparent to me in this issue and it helped set the mood for me. The scenes set in S.T.A.R. Labs with Flash present fell like they have more light highlighting, while scenes with Mr. Bliss and his circus team are darker, with more of a red and blue overtone.

Bits and Pieces

At first, this series was a bit difficult for me to pick up but it's really starting to gain traction in a way I can appreciate. The characterizations of everyone from the show is starting to make the book feel a lot more like an extension of the show and less like a stand-alone series, though it can be read as such.


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