Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Flash 8 new 52
Story: Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato
Letters: Wes Abbott
Variant Cover: Bernard Chang
Assistant Editor: Darren Shaw
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Flash #8 includes the new 52 definition of the speed force. it also feels different than any other issue of the new 52 because it is based on information rather than action. Flash learns that he must really run.The flow is better than number 7.
The writing seemed to be clunky at first with Flash and Turbine going from fighting to talking and then fighting again. Turbine has a sole purpose of getting back to his year of 1944. They only fight again because the Flash realizes that Turbine caused the EMP blast from the Mob rule arc and won't help him get back home. This new 52 definition of the speed force seems to be simple but its function and state are only reliant on the Flash. If the Flash doesn't run the speed force does wacky things. This contradicts what we have previously learned in the series. The two page intro of Hartley Rathaway comes off from the Flash asking a cliffhanger type question. Kudos to the Flashback podcast on picking up on the music talk from issue 7.
The art in this book was good nothing really great. I have a hard time calling the title pages splash pages and therefore getting excited about it. Maybe it's only ending splash pages that get me going. Two panels that held my interest were the bottom of page 15 where the flash appears to be fuzzy wondering if he will go mad like Turbine if he remains in the speed force for a long time. The second panel on page five is stuff I like to see from splash pages.
The Gorilla city scene helps the issue flow perfectly with a direct lead into issue 9. I am willing to bet Flash will go back into the speed force for his original mission of rescuing Iris and the others, it's just that Turbine was a more immediate threat. Plus we know Turbine's real name so he has to appear again?
8 (out of 10)