Writers: Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato
Art: Chris Sprouse & Francis Manapul
Published by DC Comics
A story about the Flash before he was the Flash! A flashback to when Barry was just a big nerd and a rookie cop trying to do the right thing. But, as we all know, doing the right thing is rarely easy in Gotham City.
This issue kind of makes me wish we had more stories of these superheroes as their dorky secret identities…because this one was fun, your classic ‘awesome in disguise’ whodunit-type stories. It also really helps in testing the writers’ skills of creating a normal-esque character. But, of course, Manapul and Buccellato don’t need practice in that, as they’ve always had a fantastic hold on Barry Allen as well as the Flash. And as much as I love Patty Spivot, I liked the interaction they made between Iris and Barry, though some of it felt a little forced, like when they were back at her apartment. My favorite part of the story, however, is that it was as much about Harvey Bullock as it was Barry. I find that to be an interesting type of twist.
The art was solid, though there were a few times in Sprouse’s pages that I couldn’t tell the difference between Spencer and Harvey. And I think the switch between Sprouse and Manapul’s stuff was done in the perfect place so not as noticeable. Though, gotta say. Manapul draws a mean Gotham City. Is it a glimpse into the future for that creative team, perhaps? Of course, Buccellato’s perfect colors; I can’t even say anything else about that. They’re as gorgeous as always.
This is a good send-off to arguably one of the best creative teams as they move to another title. It was an awesome start to the Flash before he actually was. It’s just what comics should be about.
4 out of 5 nerds