Daily Archives: October 2, 2011

A New 52 Review: Flash #1

Variant coverFlash #1
Writers: Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato
Artist: Manapul
Colors: Buccellato
Letters: Sal Cipirano
Cover artists: Manapul (regular)/Ivan Reis & Tim Townsend (variant)
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99 US

While I looked forward to this entry in DC’s line of 52 new and relaunched titles, I thought I pretty much knew what to expect. The previous incarnation of this series was written by someone else, yes, but it was illustrated by the same regular artist. Furthermore, I figured even with the incorporation of some changes to the title character’s continuity, artist and co-writer Francis Manapul was likely to toe the line with the Flash, maintaining the same momentum Geoff Johns did as writer before him and offering the same sort of strong visuals we got before. Instead, the story takes a slightly different tack, focusing even more on the police-procedural aspect of the character and taking the opportunity as the co-writer to try out more inventive and unusual panel layouts and perspectives in the art. He and co-writer/colorist Brian Buccellato succeed and deliver a solid super-hero comic book. It’s not particularly ground-breaking, but it’s quite entertaining and should please fans of the Scarlet Speedster.

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