First off, let me just say: Carmine Di Giandomenico’s art on The Flash: Rebirth #1 is gorgeous – I don’t know any other way to put it. It’s clear, it’s crisp, it’s dynamic. It felt like reading a movie (if that makes any sense at all): foregrounds are clearly in focus, while backgrounds are somewhat fuzzy, adding an almost three-dimensional element to each panel; Barry’s superspeed and lightning have an real electric look to them, almost like they’ve been overexposed (not sure if that’s the correct film term, but just read the comic and you’ll understand what I mean). And Ivan Plascencia’s colors make each panel jump off the page – this is easily the most beautiful book DC has released art-wise. Don’t believe me? Click on the images in this article and see for yourself!
Of course, if the writing sucked, then all this awesome art stuff would be for naught. Rest easy – Joshua Williamson is THE man we want writing The Flash. Williamson nails the characters – they come across real and fully-formed. The dialogue is perfect, natural, and never pulls you out of the story with that comic-booky speak that even the best comics can fall into.
Perhaps the best part of Williamson’s writing is that it has a sense of depth to it: it acknowledges everything that’s come before, and the idea of legacy that is so integral to Flash mythology. But Williamson is not just riding the coattails of the great Flash runs before him – he is clearly on track to expand the mythology and make a mark all his own. The new Big Bad he introduces looks AWESOME: think Zoom from the CW’s Flash TV show but in white and gold instead of black.
Whatever Williamson has planned looks like it’s going to be huge.
I’ll end with this: when Barry and Wally meet (again) in The Flash: Rebirth #1, it’s one of the most heart-warming and smile-inducing moments in comics, ever. I had to read the pages twice just to bask in the joy emanating from each panel – something that has been so clearly missing from the DC universe for a long while now. THIS is the DC Comics I know and love. It’s so good to have them back.
Go pick The Flash: Rebirth #1 today – DO IT! And be sure to let us know what you think about it with #DCTbT!