Monday, June 13, 2016

The Flash: Rebirth #1

Because DC Universe: Rebirth #1 centered around Wally West and his connection the lost pre-New 52 DCU, and did such an amazing job of reintroducing the character back into DC Comics, The Flash: Rebirth #1 feels mostly redundant. There's simply nothing new for writer Joshua Williamson to introduce.

Covering the same ground of Barry Allen and Wally West's reunion, the issue also sets up the Flash's backstory. Sadly in this case, it appears our hero is stuck with his New 52 tragic life story and his awful New 52 costume redesign (complete with the unnecessary groves and yellow lines detracting from his far more simple, and elegant, original costume).

My other real complaint with The Flash: Rebirth #1 is the art by Carmine Di Giandomenico whose style doesn't flatter the character. While I'm still hopeful Rebirth can let some necessary light into to the DCU, The Flash: Rebirth #1 reminds me that the shadows of the New 52 are still looming. Pass.

[DC, $2.99]

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