Thursday, August 30, 2018

Throwback Thursday Review: The Flash Annual #2 (2013)

It's not easy being Red and Green

Writer: Brian Buccellato
Artist: Sami Basri
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 31, 2013
Cover Price: $4.99

The New 52 is starting to focus a bit more on the "past".  Most of the old continuity went out the window two years ago with the start of the new universe, but titles like Batman Zero Year and Batman/Superman are reinventing it.  The Flash Annual #2 shows the history of one of the best DC duos, The Flash and Green Lantern.

The annual shows how Barry Allen and Hal Jordan first met and became friends.  While this is something that most long-time fans of the character are going to have taken for granted, it's nice to see it on the page as a reminder that also resets it into this current continuity.  For newer readers like myself, this fun little Annual seems like a must read and shows why fans love the Flash and Green Lantern together.

Brian Buccellato does a great job writing the banter between the two and the story is as fun as you'd expect.  Not surprisingly, Hal gets the two in hot water and they end up on Arena World.  This is not just a play on words and the two are forced into gladiatorial combat against monsters and each other.  The battle, like the whole issue, is exciting and fun.

The Flash has been a standout title in the art department and Sami Basri jumping on for this Annual doesn't disappoint with his effort.  The action pops off the page with the help of Stellar Labs' vibrant colors.  This is how a fun book should look.  It doesn't hurt that everyone involved seems to be having a ball.

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The Flash Annual #2 is what I like in an Annual.  We stand-alone story that (re)establishes the origins of two of the best DC characters.  The Flash and Green Lantern have always been a great duo and this issue shows why.  Please DC, make a Flash/Green Lantern Monthly now!


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