Flash (2011 Series) #1
Title: The Flash
Writers: Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato
Art: Francis Manapul
Colorist: Brian Buccellato
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Cover Artist: Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Publisher: DC Comics
Seems like the Flash is starting over every other year these days, doesn’t it? This issue introduces us to the New 52 version of the Flash – a Barry Allen that’s single, younger, and reveling in his role as Central City’s premiere superhero. This issue hits us with a little backstory in the form of an old friend of Barry’s that has gotten into some trouble. What really clicks here, though, are the character moments. Barry and Iris West aren’t married here, have only dated in the past, but the look on his face when he sees her makes it pretty clear that there are feelings there. I don’t know if I believe it was necessary to revert the characters this much, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say there was the potential for some fun times in watching Barry try to pursue her.
What’s more, Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato’s artwork is absolutely gorgeous. They really have cemented themselves as the Flash artists of the past 10 years. This family hasn’t looked so good since Mike Wieringo’s legendary run on the character. It just looks phenomenal – energetic and exciting, with visuals that display super-speed in ways we’ve never seen.
I do sympathize with those readers who are upset that Barry has usurped Wally West pretty much entirely. And I want Wally back too. He’s earned a place in the DC Universe .But that doesn’t make this issue, or this character, any less exciting.