Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Flash Season Zero #11 Review

Written by: Kai Wu & Lauren Certo
Art by: Phil Hester
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: January 26, 2015

Bite Marks

When you think of comic books based on TV shows you generally picture a product and stories that fit in with the series' universe quite nicely.  Normally, that's the case with The Flash Season Zero, but not this time. This issue of the book is nothing short of a love-letter to the sixties, a rather interesting assessment considering this issue's villain was first introduced to fans in a 1994 issue of Superboy

King Shark makes his grand debut into the world of CW's Flash and its an interesting debut to say the least. For a book that's based on a show where Gorilla Grodd has been the most comic-booky thing to make an appearance, a giant walking, talking shark looks to be a little out of place, although I see this book taking a shape where characters like that are right at home.

Back from the previous issues are the spot on representations of characters from the show, giving a character like Barry Allen an almost organic glow--something I look forward to in media tie-ins.  When I read a book attached to a film, show, or video game I love seeing it presented in its own style, but at the same time I want to remember it's now its own thing.  Contradictory, I know. 

Still, Phil Hester shows us he can kick ass creating a realistic environment with the comic book flair this issue strives to achieve. 

It's worth noting that the physical representation of King Shark is fantastic, all things considered. The character is not a man-shark: he is one hundred percent shark and he has one hundred percent bite. I was expecting a character that looked like he belonged in Bikini Bottom and instead found one that was complete DC. 

Bits and Pieces

The Flash Season Zero has definitely t taken a comic book themed turn that wound up paying off in a big way. I enjoyed the last arc for its ground in reality but this story has me very excited to see what turns it takes as well as which characters it paves the way for next in the series.


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