Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Flash #2 new 52

Story: Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato
Art: Francis Manapul
Colors: Brian Buccellato
Letters: Sal Cipriano
Assistant Editor: Darren Shaw
Editor: Brain Cunningham

The first page of The Flash #2 of the new 52 reinforces this is a very different Flash. One who at least threatens violence to get the job done. That is something I do not remember seeing in the previous Flash series. This was a well told issue that explains how Barry can fully tap into his power but at the same time the villain "Mob Rule" and his intentions are still mysterious
The writing was very good and odd. The good part was Barry needing to use his brain to access the entire speed force. Barry then practices this new skill twice as a civilian. The odd part of the story was Barry spending more time with Iris West and she was the one being held by the antagonist off-camera. Rather than the woman he is presumably dating Patty Spivot. It was revealed that Barry and Iris dated once. I am still confused as to who or what the villain is. What role will this new doctor have as the arc continues?

The art was fantastic with the past scenes greyed out. That is a good story telling technique for even the new reader to understand. My favorite panel was Barry doing the tornadoes with the hands. I recognize the move from the JL/JLU animated series (yes, I know itt was Wally West as the Flash.). Also I just like seeing splash pages. I find the use of green for the EMP explosion a bit weird given that particular color of light represents someone else. The regular cover was very appropriate not only well drawn but fit the main theme.

Once again it is a fantastic issue sorry if it seems like I focus a lot on the little nitpicks. The main thing is Barry's new ability and I can not wait for him to use it in costume. What if this new Villian "Mob Rule" is some type of program?

9 \(out of10)