Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: The Road to Flashpoint Part One
A body turns up in Central City, and a new speedster takes to the streets.
Writer: Geoff Johns
Art: Francis Manapul
Colors: Brian Buccellatto
Letters: Sal Cipriano
Editor: Adam Schlagman & Eddie Berganza
Cover Art: Francis Manapul
Publisher: DC Comics
The run-up (pardon the pun) to DC’s Flashpoint event kicks off here, as Barry gets called out to help investigate a body that’s turned up in Central City… but who is the Elongated Kid? For that matter, who’s the new motorcycle-riding speedster that’s riding across the city, the man called Hot Pursuit? And what do either of them have to do with Flashpoint?
I liked this story, although I think I like it a little less than I would were it not for the buzz that’s already being generated for Flashpoint. We already know at this point that the story will involve alternate realities or the changing of the DC Universe’s timeline (or both), and as such the two mysteries we’re given in this issue are a little easier to piece together than they would be if we didn’t have that information. It kills the reveal just a little bit.
People who’ve been upset at the absence of Wally West from this title can temporarily rejoice – the entire Flash Family turns up this month. However, most of them make just a brief appearance before we continue on following Barry on his investigation. Still, it’s nice to see that they haven’t been forgotten, and we can all hope that their appearance here is a harbinger of a bigger role to play as the storyline progresses.
Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato have taken the lead and become one of my favorite art teams in the entire business. Aside from wonderfully exciting and dynamic pages, the colors Buccellato uses are perfectly chosen to complement the mood and tone of each individual scene. Also, I’m not sure who’s responsible for it, but “FLSSH” is one of the greatest sound effects of all time.
Really, really nice way to kick off this story.
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