Writer: Robert Venditti & Van Jensen
Artist: Brett Booth
Published by DC Comics
A new arc opens in the Flash title, and this one is apparently post-Forever Evil.
Central City is trying to get back on its feet, and I really liked how well Venditti and Jensen got that vibe across. And I really enjoyed Barry’s antics here, still trying to do what he could while visiting the therapist. The shrink was making some good points, though, and I have to wonder how much of it Barry actually heard as he ran in and out of the office. Also, they got Patty spot-on, and I really love that character, so I’m glad she made an appearance.
It’s probably a bit weird to say, but I really enjoyed the sense of confusion in this one, too, between the beginning pages and ending. It’s exciting – what, with the ‘return’ of Wally West. At least I think that’s who it is – and slightly terrifying, with how Barry’s acting and reacting in these scenes. It makes me very excited for the future stories these writers have to tell.
I’m a bit of a fan of Brett Booth’s art, and this one was still up to par. Comparing it to his most recent work like Nightwing or Batman/Superman, this issue wasn’t my favorite, but it was still ridiculously good. I think my favorite part has to be how he drew Barry’s face while he was the Flash – almost angry in how determined he was to make everything right again. A small detail, but I found it really telling for the character and what’s been happening in his life lately.
So is this truly Wally West and the return we’ve all been waiting for? Perhaps, but I’m sure I’m not the only one excited for the upcoming issues of this creative team!
4 out of 5 nerds