The Flash #12
The Flash is probably DC’s biggest asterisk title right now. When Carmine Di Giandomenico is drawing, it’s a thrilling, exhilarating read. When fill-in artists are on board, the title’s momentum struggles.
Writer Joshua Williamson has a fun storyline about Flash and Kid Flash traveling through The Shadowlands and battling a possessed Iris and Shade’s girlfriend. The shadowy evil influence feels a bit cliche here and doesn’t play out long enough to make the struggle meaningful.
Far more interesting is the more personal subplot with Kid Flash and The Flash. One of the more interesting concepts Williamson is exploring is Kid Flash’s desire to know Flash’s identity. Wally considers Flash’s refusal a sign of his lack of trust while Barry just wants to protect him.
Both sides have valid points even if I side with Barry since he really doesn’t know Wally all that well yet. And Williamson advances a very important aspect of Barry Allen’s life forward on the final page, which should please longtime fans.
Davide Gianfelice’s art is a little too stylized for a book like The Flash. Beyond very rough character faces, the characters are overall drawn too blocky. They lack a sense of fluidity and crisp movement a book about speed demands.
Rating: 7 out of 10