Tuesday, October 11, 2022

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #2 Review



Written by: Kenny Porter
Art by: Juan Ferreyra
Colors by: Juan Ferreyra
Letters by: Steve Wands
Cover art by: Sebastian Fiumara
Cover price: $5.99 
Release date: October 12, 2022

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #2 finds Barry Allen struggling to maintain a work-life-superlife balance when a new supervillain, Tar Pit, makes his public debut to become an untouchable distraction for the Flash.

Is It Good? 

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #2 continues the adventures of the Snyderverse Flash by re-introducing one of the Flash's recent Rogues into a movie tie-in comic. Not only does Flash have to wrestle with competing priorities and a villain who burns everything he touches, but Barry must learn to cope with an uncontrollable new power (phasing).


Does this move tie-in take on the Flash live up to the source material? Mostly, yes. Put another way, Porter's DCEU version of the Flash is a close approximation to a solid Flash comic. The only bits that tip you off to the movie tie-in aspects are Barry's looks, both in person and in costume.

The plot centers around Barry's chronic lateness as he struggles to make time for his father in prison, keep up with his part-time job to make meager ends meet, and hold up performance during his new internship with the CCPD forensics department. By setting Barry up as chronically stretched thin, Porter leans into a classic personality foible. When Barry uncontrollably manifests the early stages of phasing ability, Porter cleverly blends the two predicaments together as a meta-commentary on the consequences of not being present.

Tar Pit's introduction into the series is fleshed out well. We see the Monteleone crime family's spiraling troubles with doing business in Central City, Porter gives Tar Pit the right personality and motivation to step out publicly in response, and Tar Pit gives Barry the perfect excuse to align with his new phasing abilities when he needs them the most.
To be clear, this isn't an earth-shattering, groundbreaking Flash story. You're going to get much of what you already know and his growing cast of Rogues. However, Porter strips out the complexities of decades worth of Flash canon to tell a fun, clear origin story that works.

Ferreyra's art works well for this story. The human interactions between Barry and his colleagues are serviceable, but Ferreyra shines during the action sequences with tons of energy and interesting action panels.

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 #2 is an above-average movie tie-in that successfully expands the Flash's life circumstances and Rogues Gallery for a standard-but-fun Flash adventure.


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