The Flash has always been a character I’ve connected with. Understandably one of DC Comics’ most popular heroes, he has distinctive characteristics that I often relate to . If you’ve never wished you could sometimes go at super speed, crack puns, or beat up on yourself for not being able to do something, there’s a good chance you a) have a best friend who does or b) you’re a villain.
In the first issue of DC’s Rebirth: The Flash mini-series, Lightening Strikes Twice Part One, strange things have happened in the universe- taking 10 years of time and memories away- and Batman, the Teen Titans (with help from Kid Flash Wally West), and The Flash are trying to figure out what exactly happened. Something’s..off…about this world.
Barry battles his need to be everywhere for everyone, of having to choose (in case one of those choices may mean being wrong), and gets hit with a lot of new information about the Speed Force (quite literally).
In Part Two, Barry Allen has Speed Force.
Kid Flash Wally West has Speed Force.
Now Detective August Heart has Speed Force?!
Wally West just wants to enjoy it. Barry Allen wants to do the right thing…but what is the right thing?
And Iris West is chasing a highly dangerous inquiry into who carefully broke into S.T.A.R. Labs and murdered a guard-to what end? Why? What did they take and what are they planning to do with it? Especially when the city is seemingly full of Speed Force.
Writer and artist Joshua Williamson does an incredible job with the story, bringing together the struggle of the use or abuse of power and bringing up numerous questions for the readers, mostly, “What’s next?”
Artist Carmine Di Giandomenico and colorist Ivan Plascencia guide you along in a beautifully done, colorful way as the color-coded narrative switches from The Flash’s logo and white text on a red background, to the classic black and white of story dialogue, to Wally West’s yellow. There’s also the bright, vibrant color pallet of bolts of raw energy whipping about the pages, bringing you into this universe, Whatever is going on with it, they make you want to see more and more of it. More than that, you can almost FEEL the Speed Force. Which is pivotal to this story.
I also want to take a moment to state how much I am really digging August’s new look when assuming his new identity (think Jay Garrick meets Gambit meets Steampunk).
You can get your issue of DC Universe Rebirth: The Flash #2 on July 13, 2016.
Art by CARMINE Di GIANDOMENICO
Cover by KARL KERSCHL
Variant cover by DAVE JOHNSON
32 pg, $2.99 US • RATED T