REVIEW : Flash: Rebirth

January 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm By:

I’ve heard some folks complain about The Flash: Rebirth — saying stuff like the book is boring or the story is a bit wonkish … hell, I have, too. But on the whole, I must say I’m excited about the direction of the entire Flash franchise.flash-rebirth_04-fc

I mean, I know Rebirth isn’t even officially finished yet, but in the closing chapters of the limited series we’ve been given some cool glimpses about the what’s to come (complete with new costumes) with Barry Allen, Wally West, Bart Allen and others. It seems like writer Geoff Johns and artist Ethan Van Sciver are determined to carve out unique personalities, looks and motivations for all the members of the Flash “family.”

In books like Blackest Night and Blackest Night: The Flash, you’ll see more evidence that the characters are on the right track. Barry, a hero who never really had much in the way of personality, is being portrayed as a smart, tough guy with a never-say-die attitude; while Wally West is being treated like an equal partner — not some Connor Hawke-ish stand-in (And that’s a slam to bad writers and editors, not Connor Hawke.); and the Rogues are back to being cool (instead of killing kids).

Read the advance solicitations and press for the upcoming new Flash comics, and you’ll have even more reasons to start saving your dollars. From what I can see, all the Flashes will get some screen time and deliver the tales you’ve been missing for the last few years.

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