Tuesday, September 13, 2022

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 Review



Written by: Kenny Porter
Art by: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Colors by: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letters by: Steve Wands
Cover art by: Max Fiumara
Cover price: $5.99
Release date: September 13. 2022

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 ties into The Flash film (release date TBD) with a series of one-shots showcasing Flash's first experience with Central City's cast of villains as Barry Allen comes into his own as a hero.

Is It Good?

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 is not DC Comics' Flash. It's the DCEU Flash modeled after actor Ezra Miller. The costumes, the character faces and mannerisms, and references to recent adventures are all grounded in the Snyderverse films. You've been warned!

If you're a fan of the DCEU and the Snyderverse, there's a lot to like in this comic in terms of look and feel. Barry Allen looks, acts, and sounds like Ezra Miller/Barry Allen, right down to the cobbled-together suit from "borrowed" Wayne Tech satellite parts. Batman makes a guest appearance, and he's every bit the Ben Affleck/Batman you've come to recognize. And the story makes references to the Justice League film, so there are a few Easter Eggs to keep Snyder fans happy.

The story revolves around Barry learning to use his powers as a solo hero in Central City when he encounters his first Rogue - Girder. Faced with an unbreakable foe, Flash seeks out fighting training and advice from Batman to move past the "I push things and run away" stage of confronting bad guys.

The setup works well enough to merge the Snyderverse Flash with DC Comics Flash. Their adventures aren't too dissimilar from each other.

The downside of Porter's rendition is not with the Flash. It's with Girder. Somehow Girder is able to surprise and punch the Flash in multiple scenes, which doesn't make sense given the difference in speed. Girder is a formidable foe because Flash can't simply push him, so the goal should be to make Girder an unstoppable force that uses the destruction of property and harm of innocent civilians to get the Flash to submit. There's no way Girder could land a surprise series of punches on the Flash, and the depiction just doesn't work.

The art is fairly good. Ortiz makes great use of space and settings to showcase Flash's speed and action. The colors are solid, and the scene transitions are generally excellent.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 makes a great tie-in to the Flash film (if and when it ever comes out), showcasing the Snyderverse Flash's evolution into Central City's beloved hero. The Snyderverse Easter Eggs and aesthetic are present, Flash comes into his own, which makes for good character growth, and the art is fairly good. However, Girder is formidable but misused in the fight scenes, pulling you out of the story.



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