Friday, September 13, 2013

Flash #23

Flash #23
Co-writers : Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato
Art: Manapul
Colors & Cover: Buccellato
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
Associate Editor: Harvey RIchards
Editor: Will Moss
Senior Editor: Brian Cunningham

     if I could describe Flash #23 in one word it would be WOW!!!  I just did not Manapul and Buccellato to reveal the Reverse Flash's identity in the manner of which they did.  This is a heavily action packed issue with the Flash and Reverse Flash going toe to toe.  Even with Dr. Elias as a third wheel the fight does not suffer and takes a drastic turn when he is knocked out.
    The writing is just good the biggest word bubble is when Iris speaks the major spoiler of the issue which you can figure out by how she acted.  The Patty scenes provided a nice break from the action even if the scene itself had no emotional reaction and barely worth a chuckle.  I would have rather gotten more action pages because all it did was bring in a minor character.  Iris is the real focus of the issue the story is told from her perspective without any thought bubbles.  Lose control so I can change everything is the Reverse Flash's main impact on the writing.
     The art continues to drive the book with each splash page being awesome.  The only negative thing about the art was that it made it difficult to pickup on the words "The Flash" on the title page you have to look very closely.  The layouts on the splash pages are cool with the biggest splash pages being sixteen and seventeen how the images are separated it is just great.  In that two page spread all the images are important leading to the climax which is a bit odd with pink energy  The cover fits the issue very well.
     Now with the Reverse Flash's identity known the biggest question is how did he end up that way.  I just wish the his issue in Villian month had been  #23.1.
10(out of 10)