The Flash, Volume 2
A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!A new storm brews over Central City and disproves the old adage about lightning never, well...you know. Just as Barry begins to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, a new speedster debuts--but just where did this amazing new friend come from? Spinning directly out of the epic events of DC Universe: Rebirth, the Fastest Man Alive finds himself at the center of a DC Universe at a crossroads.From up-and-coming writer Joshua Williamson (Illuminati, Red Skull) and illustrator Carmine Di Giandomenico comes The Flash, Vol. 2: Speed of Darkness!Collecting: The Flash 9-15

The Flash, Volume 2 Details

TitleThe Flash, Volume 2
Author
FormatPaperback
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 23rd, 2017
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN1401268935
ISBN-139781401268930
Number of pages128 pages
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Dc Comics, Graphic Novels Comics

The Flash, Volume 2 Review

  • Chris
    April 15, 2017
    Shorter, uglier and one hell of a lot cheesier than it's predecessor, Speed of Darkness is an underwhelming follow-up to the first Rebirth volume of The Flash. I opened my review of that volume (Lightning Strikes Twice) by noting how important it is for a series to start on a high note, but this one serves as a reminder that follow-up is also key.In fact, Speed of Darkness would be entirely forgettable were it not for it's amusingly overbearing sentiment. At one point, a female character called Shorter, uglier and one hell of a lot cheesier than it's predecessor, Speed of Darkness is an underwhelming follow-up to the first Rebirth volume of The Flash. I opened my review of that volume (Lightning Strikes Twice) by noting how important it is for a series to start on a high note, but this one serves as a reminder that follow-up is also key.In fact, Speed of Darkness would be entirely forgettable were it not for it's amusingly overbearing sentiment. At one point, a female character called Hope has been corrupted by 'The Darkness', leading to melodramatic metaphors such as "We must save hope from the darkness!". (view spoiler)[Which Flash and Kid Flash manage by creating light to defeat the darkness and save Hope who is reunited with Shade who can now be happy again. Light, Hope, Darkness, Shade. Get it? (hide spoiler)]. There's literally no subtlety in this one.Sadly, there's no Carmine Di Giandomenico on art duties either. Felipe Watanabe's issue is solid, but the others look like sloppier imitations of Di Giandomenico's work. Where are the cool panel layouts and stylised touches that made the first volume visually appealing? The colourists are great, but the art is otherwise bog standard for a Flash book. Even more disappointingly, there's no Godspeed or Meena (view spoiler)[although Barry thinks that she's still alive somewere...so he starts trying to bang Iris by the end of the volume. Way to make Meena feel a throwaway character, or worse, one third of a future love triangle if she does return. (hide spoiler)].While Lightning Strikes Twice looked great and balanced several plot threads across eight issues, Speed of Darkness barely manages to entertain during five. Even the excessive optimism can't save it from feeling like a throwaway volume between real story arcs, although some of the hope must have rubbed off on me because i'm keeping my fingers crossed that the third one will be a return to form.
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  • Norman
    January 9, 2017
    Great character dichotomy. Fun and meaningful stories. Doesn't take itself too seriously yet maintains a solid grounding and strays from silly. Wally is a brat, but he's just a teenager. Barry's a mentor to him, and it's really all about growing up. Not the absolute most original story, but it works well. Maybe I want to read more about Barry Allen instead of Kid Flash from a main Flash title, but I'm not sure since Williamson's doing such a good job with the dialogue.PS apparently I miscounted Great character dichotomy. Fun and meaningful stories. Doesn't take itself too seriously yet maintains a solid grounding and strays from silly. Wally is a brat, but he's just a teenager. Barry's a mentor to him, and it's really all about growing up. Not the absolute most original story, but it works well. Maybe I want to read more about Barry Allen instead of Kid Flash from a main Flash title, but I'm not sure since Williamson's doing such a good job with the dialogue.PS apparently I miscounted -- this volume goes til issue 15 and we are only 13 in. Nevertheless, I'm assuming the quality does not go downhill.
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  • Emmanuel Nevers
    February 6, 2017
    Just as great as the first Flash arc this 2nd volume tackles a few smaller ones and shows us how his relationship with his new Kid Flash is going and is just some darn good story writing. Highly Recommended.
  • Iris Nevers
    January 26, 2017
    This trade is issues #9 - #13.I really enjoyed this trade! I loved the Speed of Darkness story and I grew to like Barry and Wally's relationship. I'm excited for Barry and Iris's relationship to develop!!
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