Review: THE FLASH: REBIRTH #1

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THE FLASH: REBIRTH #1
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico, Ivan Plascencia
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: June 8, 2016

The Flash storms into Rebirth with a new creative team and a new challenge. Williamson, Di Giandomenico and Plascencia give readers an easy place to jump on board with this primer that gives the necessary details about the Flash’s origin for brand new readers and then dives full steam ahead into the nitty gritty.

This comic is pretty much everything you can ask for from a primer issue. While The Flash #1 isn’t out for a couple weeks, this issue serves as an excellent taste test for where this creative team is going to go with the book as far as subject matter and (more importantly) tone are concerned. The tone of this comic is exactly what I expect and want from a Flash comic, and it is very similar to the first season of the CW show. Anyone looking to bridge from the small screen to the printed page (or even smaller digital screen) will feel right at home here, without the comic compromising itself to be a ripoff of the show. This is still comic-book Barry Allen, but the tone is similar, and the tone and central mystery set up by this team is what has me quite excited for The Flash going forward.

The Flash(es) were a central piece of Geoff Johns’ Rebirth one-shot and Williamson picks up that ball and runs with it. Sorry, the running and speed metaphors and puns…they just come out of my mouth like lightning and I can’t stop it. Anyway, Williamson does not ignore Rebirth in at all and that delights me to no end. Johns built one hell of a mystery with that comic and it looks like Williamson is going to embrace that and do the story justice. He writes the characters in this issue very well, giving several of them great voices that were on the nose. With the mystery that is going to be investigated and his strong sense of character for the leading man, I’m excited for Williamson’s work on The Flash.

Carmine Di Giandomenico holds up his end of the bargain, as well, delivering some of the best work I have ever seen from him. There are multiple pages that floored me, and even though there was some awkward body language at points, the issue looks great. Whenever Barry is in costume, magic happens and Ivan Plascencia infuses a lot of electricity into the artwork. I haven’t enjoyed Flash pages this much since Manapul and Buccellato were at the helm, and I was very impressed by this art team’s storytelling abilities. They continued the New 52’s style of giving The Flash some very interesting and dynamic layouts, and I’m down for more of this level of quality on The Flash.

The Flash: Rebirth #1 is a primer issue, but it is still a damn good comic. While you won’t find resolution here, you’ll find a story that sets up the new volume nicely and was quite entertaining. Anyone interested in picking up a Flash comic who hasn’t before will be just fine with this one, and I highly recommend any Flash TV fans (or comic fans) give this one a shot. It is obvious Williamson has some big plans going forward and this sets them up nicely.

The Verdict: 9.0/10

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