The Flash Rebirth (DC Comics)
The Flash Rebirth is being marketed as the follow-up to DC Universe Rebirth, and that’s cool and all, but I’m really here for the start of Joshua Williamson’s run on the Scarlet Speedster. Birthright is one of my favorite series on the comic racks right now, and I’ve been cautiously waiting for the big two to stand up and take notice of Williamsons’ talents. While The Illuminati didn’t fare too well for Williamson at Marvel, now he’s got another shot with the Carmine Di Giandomenico illustrated The Flash Rebirth, which picks up on threads from DC Universe Rebirth. Joshua Williamson’s script takes place before, during, and after Rebirth, and if you haven’t read that universe-altering story yet, you should.
This isn’t a knock on Williamson’s script though. In fact, Flash Rebirth reads better than anything he’s written for Marvel. Williamson has a great grasp on Barry Allen and what makes him tick, and even handles characters like Batman and Wally West really well too. There’s very little set up for what Williamson has planned in his regular Flash book here, but there is plenty of follow through and insight into the events in DC Universe Rebirth, so if you were one of the people who were wondering “what’s next” after reading that story, this is the place to go.
Carmine Di Giandomenico handles the art on Flash Rebirth, and he’s a bit of a mixed bag. Panels that show a lot of action and kinetic movement (so basically whenever the Flash is running) look great. But some of Giandomenico’s facial expressions and figure work are a little too exaggerated. However, the good outweighs the bad when it comes to his work, and there’s definitely room for him to grow and improve as an artist.
The Flash Rebirth was one of my more anticipated books of the DC Rebirth Relaunch, and I’m happy to say that it mostly met my expectations. I’m really intrigued by what Williamson is setting up here between Wally West and Barry, and how much of the threads from DC Universe Rebirth will be followed up on in this series. But in all honesty, I just want this to be a hit so more people seek out Williamson’s creator owned work.