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 9-13

The Flash, Volume 2 Details

TitleThe Flash, Volume 2
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 23rd, 2017
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN-139781401268930
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Dc Comics, Graphic Novels Comics

The Flash, Volume 2 Review

  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Kid Flash!Flash is a comic that evokes the feel-good ideas of right and wrong, family and friends, and redeemable villains. If that's not what you're into, give it a pass. Seriously. Stop trying to make a Milleresque Dark Flash happen. It's never going to happen.Speed of Darkness is a Wally-heavy volume that features both the new and old Kid Flash working in harmony and spreading the feels all over the place. Adorable! I have no complaints.The actual Speed of Darkness storyline is good, though I Kid Flash!Flash is a comic that evokes the feel-good ideas of right and wrong, family and friends, and redeemable villains. If that's not what you're into, give it a pass. Seriously. Stop trying to make a Milleresque Dark Flash happen. It's never going to happen.Speed of Darkness is a Wally-heavy volume that features both the new and old Kid Flash working in harmony and spreading the feels all over the place. Adorable! I have no complaints.The actual Speed of Darkness storyline is good, though I'll admit the plot is a tad thin. I think the main point is to show off (yet another) villain or Rogue that goes to Flash for help when they need it. And also to showcase young Wally's ability to fit in with the rest of the Flash Family, especially when it comes to being the kind of hero whose go-to reaction is to help...anyone.Personally, I like to read about all kinds of superheroes, anti-heroes, and good(ish) villains because I think there is room in the world of comics for all styles of storytelling. So yeah. I do enjoy stuff like this, where the good guy is so syrupy sweet even the bad guys like him.Maybe it won't be your taste, but for me? Loved it!
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Much smaller stories in this volume told from Kid Flash's point of view. Pre-Flashpoint Wally West shows up for an issue. Next up is a three issue arc featuring The Shade, followed by an issue where Barry and Iris finally go on a date.The Good: These are much more character focused issues mainly on Kid Flash. Felipe Watanabe and Neil Googe definitely have potential as artists.The Bad: I hope we don't have to hear Wally West whine about not knowing the Flash's identity for much longer. Yes, it is Much smaller stories in this volume told from Kid Flash's point of view. Pre-Flashpoint Wally West shows up for an issue. Next up is a three issue arc featuring The Shade, followed by an issue where Barry and Iris finally go on a date.The Good: These are much more character focused issues mainly on Kid Flash. Felipe Watanabe and Neil Googe definitely have potential as artists.The Bad: I hope we don't have to hear Wally West whine about not knowing the Flash's identity for much longer. Yes, it is realistic that a kid would do this, but Jebus it's super annoying.The Ugly: You can see the ill effects of a biweekly schedule on the art. Some of the art in this book is absolutely terrible. Jorge Corona shouldn't be left near a pencil again. Same thing goes for Davide Gianfelice.Received an advanced copy from DC and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    This was the first book I've read of Flash to make me like Wally (New52 Wally) but damn it, I did haha. So Flash is still running around being Mr. Flashly Flash. Cheesy things like "That's A Flash Fact!" and all that. However the key plot point in here is training kid Flash (Wally New52) and getting him to learn about himself. Actually, I'd argue this is a bigger growth volume for Wally over Barry. We get to see New52 Wally meet Pre-52 Wally and kind of learn a bit more about how to be a sidekic This was the first book I've read of Flash to make me like Wally (New52 Wally) but damn it, I did haha. So Flash is still running around being Mr. Flashly Flash. Cheesy things like "That's A Flash Fact!" and all that. However the key plot point in here is training kid Flash (Wally New52) and getting him to learn about himself. Actually, I'd argue this is a bigger growth volume for Wally over Barry. We get to see New52 Wally meet Pre-52 Wally and kind of learn a bit more about how to be a sidekick. On top of that we get a adventure with Shade! Yeah, nobody cares about him but it brings some lessons and new powers for New52 Wally. last but not least we get a day where Barry is taking out Iris on a date and Wally handles the street side of things. Good: I liked Wally! He's starting to really grow on me. I didn't like him at all in New52 run but here, him growing into his own unique character, is really nice. I still love Pre-new52 red head Wally the most (even more than Barry) but the character growth for Kid Flash is good. I also enjoyed that Barry and iris decided to try to work this relationship out (and my boy got laid! Woot woot) Bad: The art is really inconstant. I also don't know if it's the same artist as volume 1, which I enjoyed, but this seems a bit more sloppy. I also didn't care for the middle storyline, the main one, because shade is kind of a boring character. Kind of felt slower paced and not good for a Flash story.Overall not a horrible story but I liked volume 1 better. Kid Flash is growing on me but we can do a lot more with Barry. We must! However this is good for what it is. A 3 out of 5.
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  • Wing Kee
    January 1, 1970
    Meh. World: I found the art to be better than the last arc. It's still awfully scratchy in a bad way and character faces are still off, but it is a lot better than the last arc. The world building here is okay, it's slow and plodding and there are no really distinct pieces for Barry's world at the moment but it's fine. Story: I enjoyed the flash of two worlds issue and it was heart warming and kinda cool that was the best for this arc. The Shade story was aight, classic Flash story but I found t Meh. World: I found the art to be better than the last arc. It's still awfully scratchy in a bad way and character faces are still off, but it is a lot better than the last arc. The world building here is okay, it's slow and plodding and there are no really distinct pieces for Barry's world at the moment but it's fine. Story: I enjoyed the flash of two worlds issue and it was heart warming and kinda cool that was the best for this arc. The Shade story was aight, classic Flash story but I found the characters and emotions to be a bit hollow and hanky. Holiday issue was alright but I didn't like Barry being what he is right now, Iris is right to call him a Dog and DC has been doing this character no favours. The biggest problem with this arc is what Cold does in the end. To start off his Rebirth with that is just wrong. I'm sorry but Williamson...nope. Characters: Barry doesn't feel right. Johns were was better and I liked the Manapul version also but Williamson and this version I am not digging. I can't explain it it's all the little bits and pieces of him I don't like. In one issue we went from pining for Meena to asking Iris out, that's just bad writing. Wally also is a bit off and inconsistent. Iris is nothing and yeah that's all I can say. I am not enjoying this creative team. I am not enjoying these characters and I am very ready for a change. I liked Godspeed visually but the characters was not a good one. And now...I don't know. All the other Rebirth titles have been good so far (the ones I've read) and the weakest by far is The Flash. Onward to the next book!
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  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    Well, it looks like I'm done with this book, for the time being. The first volume was ok, with fairly good characterization. This one was a total snooze. The Shade story isn't just dull, it's a poor use of the character. A lot of the dialog is sadly trite, and the characters aren't really going anywhere. I think that's about enough of this for me.
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  • Scott
    January 1, 1970
    Speed of Darkness wasn't as good as Vol. 1 - this time the plot was sort of thin, the artwork was inconsistent, and still no Dr. Meena Dhawan (though she's mentioned) - but it was still good to see our title hero trying to properly mentor Kid Flash.
  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    Read as single issue comics. I thought this volume was stronger than the first one.
  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    Read this review and more on my blog, uncovered-books.I received a free copy of The Flash Volume 2: Speed Of Darkness from DC Comics in exchange for my honest opinion.Compared to the first Volume, I found this second Volume to be a let down. When it comes to The Flash, I have never been overly excited about him. Some part of me just does not find it interesting that he can just run fast. I am sure that he has other stuff that he can do but neither the TV Show or the comic books have ever made me Read this review and more on my blog, uncovered-books.I received a free copy of The Flash Volume 2: Speed Of Darkness from DC Comics in exchange for my honest opinion.Compared to the first Volume, I found this second Volume to be a let down. When it comes to The Flash, I have never been overly excited about him. Some part of me just does not find it interesting that he can just run fast. I am sure that he has other stuff that he can do but neither the TV Show or the comic books have ever made me interested in finding out. This Volume has not changed that for me.The storyline was very simple. Wally West does not trust The Flash as he does not know who he is, yet The Flash knows his identity. Wally wants to become more independent from The Flash and gets reckless doing so. The rest of the story stems from Wally impatience and The Flash has to come and save him and fix the problems that he caused.The art work did not seem to work with the storyline. Don’t get me wrong, some of it was very nice but on the whole it just seemed bland. Normally when I look at the page of a comic book, my eye tends to be drawn to one part of the page but whilst reading Speed Of Darkness I found myself struggling to find anything interesting. As I am not an artist I would not have any idea what it is that I do not like but I feel like either it should have been more colourful or had on colour theme being dominate.If you love The Flash, then you will most likely enjoy this volume but for majority of people I do not think that it will be good enough.
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  • Shannon Appelcline
    January 1, 1970
    The core story of this volume, "The Speed of Darkness" is all about Flash and the Shade. And, it's terrific that DC is continuing right on with their Rebirth, and so offering us a mature Shade, continuing his storyline from James Robinson's excellent Starman comic. But, beyond that the story is pretty mediocre. Fighting darkness demons, fighting through the Shadowlands, and lots more fighting. There are lots of good ideas in this story, but not a particularly exciting execution.The two single is The core story of this volume, "The Speed of Darkness" is all about Flash and the Shade. And, it's terrific that DC is continuing right on with their Rebirth, and so offering us a mature Shade, continuing his storyline from James Robinson's excellent Starman comic. But, beyond that the story is pretty mediocre. Fighting darkness demons, fighting through the Shadowlands, and lots more fighting. There are lots of good ideas in this story, but not a particularly exciting execution.The two single issues, both of which focus on nuKidFlash are better. One is about him meeting KidFlashClassic and the other is about him standing guard on the city. They're both nice character pieces, and in particular the last one is strong on continuity and character alike. Call it 3.4 stars when you average the various stories.
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  • Allonsythornraxx
    January 1, 1970
    20/07/2017I wasn't really expecting to like this because volume 1 was pretty meh and I am really exhausted lately but I actually really enjoyed this one. I'm hoping to read volume 3 when it comes out later this year.
  • Shawn
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed the story, liked its focus around the new kid flash, plus the final story of the date night was wonderful.
  • Will Robinson Jr.
    January 1, 1970
    This could of been a mix bag of a mess but Joshua Williamson's skillful storytelling saves a pretty mediocre comic book. After coming off the stellar The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice Williamson decides to spend the volume of this series really building up the Flashes world and getting the readers familiar with Flash's supporting cast. This is not a bad idea but many may find this collection not quite as good as volume one. I admit this volume does come across as just filler. But there This could of been a mix bag of a mess but Joshua Williamson's skillful storytelling saves a pretty mediocre comic book. After coming off the stellar The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice Williamson decides to spend the volume of this series really building up the Flashes world and getting the readers familiar with Flash's supporting cast. This is not a bad idea but many may find this collection not quite as good as volume one. I admit this volume does come across as just filler. But there is a lot action and the character moments were well done. The two Wally Wests finally meet in this volume which opens up a realm of questions about the DC Universe and what is happening with the current time line concerning the Flash. I really enjoyed the inclusion of the old long time villain Shade. My only real gripe with the book was the artwork. It was a bit bad in some parts but the colors were okay. In short this book is worth checking out and works like a little adventure tale before we move into the next story arc.
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  • Norman
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Joseph
    January 1, 1970
    Flash in the Rebirth era seems to be almost as much about Kid Flash as the main character, but that's all right with me. I'm digging the new Wally West a lot, and it's nice seeing his interaction with both Barry and the Flash.This volume is a series of shorter tales, a nice break from the multi-issue arcs we see a lot of lately. Barry and Iris get some good time alone, and Wally grows as a character too. The villains are so so, but Williamson crafts interesting stories around them all. Really en Flash in the Rebirth era seems to be almost as much about Kid Flash as the main character, but that's all right with me. I'm digging the new Wally West a lot, and it's nice seeing his interaction with both Barry and the Flash.This volume is a series of shorter tales, a nice break from the multi-issue arcs we see a lot of lately. Barry and Iris get some good time alone, and Wally grows as a character too. The villains are so so, but Williamson crafts interesting stories around them all. Really enjoying this book a lot.
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  • Jesse A
    January 1, 1970
    Not bad. The art could still get better but all in all better than the first volume.
  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    Unlike some of the other reviewers, I don't have decades of familiarity with DC Comics, much less The Flash. I jumped in at Rebirth, for the most part. I'm really enjoying the work on The Flash. Barry is charming but also dweeby. Wally is an annoying little sh*t but also clever and kind, like young teens are want to be. I'm very slowly coming to terms with Iris being so different from the Iris from the show (yes, yes, I know, put away the pitchfork). The small arcs are great, though they do feel Unlike some of the other reviewers, I don't have decades of familiarity with DC Comics, much less The Flash. I jumped in at Rebirth, for the most part. I'm really enjoying the work on The Flash. Barry is charming but also dweeby. Wally is an annoying little sh*t but also clever and kind, like young teens are want to be. I'm very slowly coming to terms with Iris being so different from the Iris from the show (yes, yes, I know, put away the pitchfork). The small arcs are great, though they do feel a little abrupt and anticlimactic at times.
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  • Kier (Myn Kobayashi)
    January 1, 1970
    I love The Flash. This one had Barry and two Wallys. I cannot complain.
  • Cody
    January 1, 1970
    Superhero comics for superhero comics fans/customers. Relatively identity politics free, thank you very much.
  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at Brunner's Bookshelf
  • Daniel Butcher
    January 1, 1970
    Good Flash relationship stuff.
  • Koen
    January 1, 1970
    My god, this was totally uninteresting...
  • Kyle Stinson
    January 1, 1970
    Felt more like a Kid Flash arc
  • JenLovesBooks
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsI really liked that this one focused more on Wally West. I love all things Flash, but I'm a fan of Kid Flash as well so it was nice having more of his story to fall back on. It was nice the way it showed his story and how he was by the Flash's side when he most needs him, making for a great team.There were many different styles in the illustrations, but it was good and I liked the changes in technique between illustrators. I very much enjoyed the many pages with Shade and how that reall 3.5 StarsI really liked that this one focused more on Wally West. I love all things Flash, but I'm a fan of Kid Flash as well so it was nice having more of his story to fall back on. It was nice the way it showed his story and how he was by the Flash's side when he most needs him, making for a great team.There were many different styles in the illustrations, but it was good and I liked the changes in technique between illustrators. I very much enjoyed the many pages with Shade and how that really brought those characters to fight by each other's side not just as mentor/pupil aspect.Some of it wasn't the greatest, but it did have really great moments. I also liked the parts with Barry and Iris, trying to have that time. It wasn't just all excitement and fighting. There were different feels to this comic and even though it was the best issue, it is pretty good and I would suggest to any fan of the flash who wants to get to Kid Flash even more and just enjoy a fun read to pick it up. ***I received this copy from DC Comics via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***
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  • Ross Alon
    January 1, 1970
    A week later and I already forgot most of the plot,.Meh.
  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    [Read as single issues]After a very long opening arc at 8 issues, the second volume of the Flash collects the next few stories - a one-shot that has the older Wally West meet the younger one, the titular Speed Of Darkness which brings back The Shade, and then a date night story between Barry and Iris.While the first volume was very much about Barry Allen, this second one focuses a lot more on the Kid Flash Wally West and brings his role in the story to prominence. Both the one-shot stories are a [Read as single issues]After a very long opening arc at 8 issues, the second volume of the Flash collects the next few stories - a one-shot that has the older Wally West meet the younger one, the titular Speed Of Darkness which brings back The Shade, and then a date night story between Barry and Iris.While the first volume was very much about Barry Allen, this second one focuses a lot more on the Kid Flash Wally West and brings his role in the story to prominence. Both the one-shot stories are about the place Wally has in the lives of the people around him, and the Speed of Darkness story has him right by Barry's side which wasn't something we saw a lot of in the first story. The characterization remains on point, and it's great to see that DC are happy to have two Wallys that fill very different spots in the universe.The art is a little more inconsistent than the first volume, with Neil Googe, Jorge Corona, David Gianfelice, and Felipe Watanabe all pencilling issues here. They're all quite fast and loose with their art (except Googe, who's much tighter), and it's a little jarring after 6 or 7 issues of Carmine Di Giandomenico in the first volume. It's not a bad change, but it's definitely a shock to the system after Di Giandomenico's more defined style.This volume serves as a palette cleanser between bigger arcs, but that doesn't mean it's unimportant. The character work is well worth it, and Williamson's stories are solid too.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    This was serviceable, but not great or memorable. This arc was mostly narrated by Kid Flash, which I didn't care for (I'm sure it could be interesting, but not in this case). So, Flash finds out that Kid Flash has been ditching school and being Kid Flash without his supervision and he basically grounds him, saying that he needs to learn to be responsible. But Kid Flash thinks Flash is doing this because he (Flash) doesn't believe that he (Kid Flash) can actually be a hero, so he tries to prove h This was serviceable, but not great or memorable. This arc was mostly narrated by Kid Flash, which I didn't care for (I'm sure it could be interesting, but not in this case). So, Flash finds out that Kid Flash has been ditching school and being Kid Flash without his supervision and he basically grounds him, saying that he needs to learn to be responsible. But Kid Flash thinks Flash is doing this because he (Flash) doesn't believe that he (Kid Flash) can actually be a hero, so he tries to prove himself by again leaping into a situation that he's unqualified to handle. This leads to him being transported to a shadow world, as well as Iris and Flash when they go looking for the missing Wally. Then through a series of convenient contrivances, everything gets resolved.
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  • Rick Hunter
    January 1, 1970
    Joshua Williamson's writing for this volume isn't any better than it was for volume 1 of the series. There is still way too much emphasis on Barry Allen's love life. The absolute worst thing about CW's The Flash TV series are the sappy drama elements. DC seems to have aimed this series at the people that actually like that element of the TV series the most. In volume 1 of this series, Barry seemed head over heels in love with a scientist from STAR Labs named Meena Dhawan. She disappears while fi Joshua Williamson's writing for this volume isn't any better than it was for volume 1 of the series. There is still way too much emphasis on Barry Allen's love life. The absolute worst thing about CW's The Flash TV series are the sappy drama elements. DC seems to have aimed this series at the people that actually like that element of the TV series the most. In volume 1 of this series, Barry seemed head over heels in love with a scientist from STAR Labs named Meena Dhawan. She disappears while fighting the villain Godspeed. Instead of being broken up about the Meena's disappearance, Barry has moved on already and is trying to hook up with Iris West again. I've never been the biggest Iris fan, but after watching the TV series, I would love to see the character completely killed off. The New 52 run of The Flash had Barry in a relationship with Patty Spivot. That was my favorite supporting character that has ever been in a Flash series. Barry and Patty had much more chemistry than he and Iris ever have. Patty was also a much better character since she's not a carbon copy of Lois Lane. DC seems hellbent on hooking Barry and Iris back up though, much to my chagrin.As for the rest of the story, Barry's original sidekick, Wally West, comes to town for a visit. He finds Barry training New 52 Wally West. (If you don't already know, yes, there are 2 Wally Wests running around in DC at the moment. I've never liked the original and the New 52 version is a failed attempt to be politically correct that never should have been made in the first place.) New 52 Wally plays as big of a role in this volume as Flash does. The parts of the book that don't focus on Barry and Iris focus on Wally. Early on in the book Barry and Iris are running in the park because Iris ha heard stories of muggings happening there. A new villain called Paper Cut attacks everyone until Kid Flash shows up to take the villain down. The whole thing is resolved absurdly fast, even for the Flash. Flash scolds Kid Flash about skipping school and using his superpowers without being with Flash to supervise. Kid Flash gets all emo and rebels like a typical teenager. This leads him to try to capture a mysterious shadow figure his fat friend at school told him about. The shadow figure turns out to be the reformed villain The Shade. Kid Flash gets transported to the shadowlands. Barry shows up at Iris's house to talk to Wally, but he's not there. Iris leaves to contact Flash. Flash tells her hasn't seen him and they track him down together. Iris leaps in the Shade when she finds out he transported Wally to the shadowlands. Flash rushes in behind her. From there, the story gets extra sappy and we find out that the whole situation was called by Shade's fear of losing his girlfriend. Just as the situation is building up to what seems to be the end of the second act, the story is resolved in one panel. The whole story was a major let down after that horrifically rushed, anticlimactic ending.The final issue of the book sees Iris and Barry go on a date while Kid Flash tries to keep any criminal activity from happening in the vicinity of the date so the couple has no reason to call off the date. By the time I got to this point of the book, I didn't know if I should finish reading or shoot myself. Thankfully, I chose the first option and it was over mercifully quick. I've been reading The Flash since the 1980's and these first 2 volumes of this Rebirth The Flash are the worst 2 Flash books I've ever read. The writing gets 1 star. 4 different artists work on the 5 issues collected here. Jorge Corona draws issue #9. Felipe Watanabe pencils #10. Issues #11 & #12 are illustrated by Davide Gianfelice. Neil Googe handles the final issue, #13. As a whole, this book looks better than volume 1 did thanks to Carmine Di Giandomenico not having any art in it. Watanabe has the best looking art, but still has a tendency to draw scenes at a distance so he doesn't have to put detail into them. In one of the scenes in the park prior to the Paper Cut fight, Barry and Iris don't have faces. They have a head with hair on it, but just a smooth blank face without a single feature. That's just laziness and it happens far too often in comics in recent years. Gianfelice has some decent looking art and is a close second to Watanabe. I don't like the work by the other 2 artists. Overall art rating is 3 stars. This Rebirth Flash series has been a complete waste of time so far. The writing is abysmal. The Flash TV series is okay for a network that focuses on relationships and the drama around those relationships. This series isn't catering to comic book fans. It's catering to fans of the TV series. These are the worst 2 Flash books written since the 1980's. Only read this if you're one of the people that can't get enough of the TV series. Final book rating is 2 stars.
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  • Jessica | Booked J
    January 1, 1970
    A copy of this novel was provided through Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. I think now is the time for me to admit defeat when it comes to my dislike of (or rather, boredom towards) the DC Universe Rebirth comics. At this point, it's become so tedious and boring to read the latest issues, I'm not sure why I'm shocked when an issue (or in this case, collection) just isn't my cup of tea. In all the good, there has been far A copy of this novel was provided through Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. I think now is the time for me to admit defeat when it comes to my dislike of (or rather, boredom towards) the DC Universe Rebirth comics. At this point, it's become so tedious and boring to read the latest issues, I'm not sure why I'm shocked when an issue (or in this case, collection) just isn't my cup of tea. In all the good, there has been far more strikes against this run. The Flash: Speed of Darkness takes on an incredibly lackluster path and even its magnificent artwork cannot save it.While its predecessor had its flaws it still remained full of that spark meant to keep readers attentive; this one didn't. It had an even more difficult time keeping its footing--it was, to put it bluntly, dull. I'm not talking "oh, it's fine--I'll push through it" levels of dull. We're talking "I put this down seven or eight times since I began reading it and still can't get past it" levels of "I'm lucky I even finished it" dull. Continued: BOOKEDJ
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  • Maurice Jr.
    January 1, 1970
    This is the ongoing new adventures of Barry Allen in his return to reality as the Flash. Thanks to the temporal meddling of some mysterious outside force, he's no longer married to Iris West, he just remembered his nephew Wally (Kid Flash for years and now the Flash) and now has a second nephew also named Wally West who he now mentors as a new super-speedster. This Wally (an African-American boy) has assumed the mantle of Kid Flash. Flash and the new Kid Flash take on the Shade, whose powers hav This is the ongoing new adventures of Barry Allen in his return to reality as the Flash. Thanks to the temporal meddling of some mysterious outside force, he's no longer married to Iris West, he just remembered his nephew Wally (Kid Flash for years and now the Flash) and now has a second nephew also named Wally West who he now mentors as a new super-speedster. This Wally (an African-American boy) has assumed the mantle of Kid Flash. Flash and the new Kid Flash take on the Shade, whose powers have gone out of his control. Aside from that, they have to get Wally properly trained so that his powers won't get out of his control. Barry has yet to reveal his secret identity to the new Wally, but it doesn't diminish the growing bond between them. Wally supports the attraction between Barry and his Aunt Iris without knowing that he's matchmaking her with the Flash.I'm enjoying watching Barry reacquaint himself with a world he thought he'd never see again, especially with him having to win Iris' heart all over again. I wonder how long it will take him to tell her his secret this time around?
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