Publisher: DC Comics
Writers: Robert Venditti & Van Jensen
Pencils: Brett Booth
Inks: Norm Rapmund
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Dezi Sienty
Cover: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, & Andrew Dalhouse
Review by Scott Keys
As humans, we don’t always like change. But sometimes, change can be a good thing. For instance, when Manapul and Buccellato announced they were leaving The Flash, it bummed me out. Their work on the title had been phenomenal! But then came along Venditti, Jensen, and Booth. WOW! I was impressed by this issue! Wasn’t it Sheryl Crow that sang “a change will do you good”? That’s most certainly the case at DC right now. Manapul and Buccellato on Detective is amazing, and now this team on The Flash!
Nothing like starting off with a “bang,” both literally and figuratively! Venditti and Jensen pick up where Forever Evil left off, with the aftermath of the Crime Syndicate’s rampage through Central City. The writers do a great job of getting inside Barry’s head via the psychiatrist that he’s forced to see before returning to his duties in the crime lab. We get to see just how much pressure is on Barry, much of which is self-inflicted. He takes on much more than any one person should (even if you were that fast). What I really enjoyed is the set-up of what will occur in The Flash Annual #3… the return of Wally West! Now, I know that it won’t be the SAME Wally from previous continuity, but it’s a step in the right direction!
If ever there were an artist that was born to draw The Flash, it would be Booth! His kinetic style with the thin lines and lots of detail work perfectly with the Scarlet Speedster! I absolutely LOVE his depiction of Barry’s speed. It’s like you could almost see him move off the page! It works so well with the script, too. While Barry is in the shrink’s office, he’s saving the city between sentences. Now THAT’S fast!
The Flash #30 is a great jumping on point! This creative team really gets Barry and The Flash, and I hope they have a wonderful, long “run!” Sorry, couldn’t resist 😉
Art: 4.5 / 5
Story: 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5
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