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The Flash #1

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Publisher: DC

In terms of selecting the right creative team, DC could not have done a better job with the new Flash title. Between Williamson’s script and Giandomenico’s stellar visuals, this is the perfect modern Flash comic; one that builds on everything that’s come before, and provides readers with an exciting new story.

As Barry Allen wrestles with the idea of being in two places at once, he finds himself torn between saving a group of hostages from a burning building and responding to an armed assault on S.T.A.R. Labs. Meanwhile, he tries to spend more time with the Wally West from his universe, while also being preoccupied with the original Wally being back and the fractured timeline.

Williamson goes for a more classic, simplistic story that makes for an easy jumping-on point for new readers. The great thing about comics is that even with characters that are 75+ years old, creators can still find ways to make a story that’s not bogged-down in continuity. Whether you’re a recent Flash fan through the tv show or a lifelong reader, this comic has something for everyone and sets up a new villain. And as with the debut Rebirth issue, Giandomenico’s pencils are succinct, cinematic and are made all the more engaging by Ivan Plascencia’s gorgeous colors. I know that counting the Rebirth issue we’re only two issues into this series, but I have a feeling this will be one of the best runs on the Scarlet Speedster in years.
-Kevin Schaefer for Ultimate Comics