Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Flash #3 - A Review

The actions of the gang known as The Black Hole have brought down the lightning in Central City, resulting in several people gaining access to The Speed Force and the powers of The Flash. Some of them have turned to crime and some of them have lost control! Thankfully, Barry Allen has the help of his old friend Detective August Heart and Dr. Meena Dhawan - a scientist at STAR Labs who has established a special project devoted to helping the new speedsters (like herself) control their powers.

This issue is surprisingly light on action but makes up for it by being one of the best world-building issues I've ever read. Joshua Williamson explores the nature of The Speed Force with surprising economy. He does a fair job of developing August as a character and gives Dr. Meena Dhawan a great introduction. Best of all, we get a nice scene between Barry and a teenage fangirl who is literally running out of control that showcases that Barry Allen's greatest power is his sense of compassion - not his speed.

The artwork matches the fast-paced story, stride for stride. There's a sense of motion to everything Carmine Di Giandomenico draws so even the static scenes of two people just standing there and talking have a certain sense of energy behind them. And the colors by Ivan Plascencia are perfectly eye-catching.

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