The Flash is confronted by a team of police officers from the future who dress like members of the Rogues. The charge? The murder of Mirror Monarch. Can the Flash escape these time cops and clear his name of a murder that hasn’t even happened yet?
The Flash #2
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Francis Manapul with Joel Gomez
Colors by Brian Buccellato
Letters by Sal Cipriano
Edited by Eddie Berganza
Cover by Francis Manapul with Brian Buccellato
Variant Cover by Ryan Sook
Published by DC Comics
Previously in The Flash: Barry Allen’s back on the job both as the Flash and as a Forensic Scientist for the Central City Police Department. After a high speed chase with the Trickster, Barry Allen is brought up to speed on the status of the city while being shown to his work space at the CCPD. Just as he’s settling in, he gets his first assignment. The Mirror Master suddenly appears in a flash of light in the park and falls over dead. Arriving on the scene, Barry finds that the man behind the mask isn’t Mirror Master at all and is called away when another flash of light is reported elsewhere in the city. Changing into the Flash, Barry arrives across town in just enough time to be placed under arrest from a group of 25th century law officers accusing him of killing the Mirror Monarch.
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE FUTURE, STAYS IN THE FUTURE
The team arresting Flash calls themselves The Renegades and is made up of imitations of the Rogue’s gallery. Commander Cold calls the shots and makes the first move toward bringing Flash in by containing him in a blizzard. Flash breaks free as Trixster deploys a pair of robotic handcuffs that chase after him. When Flash tricks the cuffs onto Weather Warlock, he damages the flying time platform he’s riding which forces the team to return to their own time. The resulting temporal shockwave ages a near by apartment building causing it to crumble. Flash rescues the residents of the building and, after a brief visit to the library, rebuilds their apartments better than before. He even found time to replace a little girl’s doll.
Barry returns to the park just as the paramedics are carrying off Mirror Monarch. Barry explains to Iris his ability to fill his short term memory to capacity and that was how he was able to rebuild the apartment building from the information at the library. Barry says that he believes that this team is from the future and starts to wonder if Reverse-Flash could be framing him. Meanwhile at Iron Heights Penitentiary, the newly resurrected Captain Boomerang is rescued from a few broken limbs by Captain Cold and Mirror Master. However, when Boomer tries to escape, he finds his friends have lost faith in him and tell him he has to do it on his own to prove himself to them. Not only that but he has to make the Flash sweat.
Back at police headquarters, Barry reopens a case file on a convicted of murder when his mother swears that he was home with her at the time of the crime. His supervisor doesn’t like that Barry’s “wasting his time” with a closed case and proceeds to try to lecture him. Barry’s determination lands him in even more hot water when one of the other scientists discovers blood on Mirror Monarch’s glove. After a DNA search, the match says that the blood belongs to one Mr. Barry Allen!
A BRIGHTER SIDE OF HEROISM
The first thing I noticed that I liked about the new Flash comic is the interior art. I like the bright colors of the book and how it contrasts to my other favorite comics such as Batman. It’s not all sparkling fire hydrants and smiling faces, but it does have a certain charm to it. I think one of the tricks that Manapul uses to give this effect is by not over complicating all of his backgrounds. One panel has the cityscape in the background where the next panel could just be Barry’s face against a dusky grey sky. You still feel like it’s about to be evening but with the bright colors of Barry’s blonde hair and the golden sun reflected off the city windows, it balances the tones of the page nicely. This is one of the few books where I think a simpler background really works in its favor.
FEATS OF THE FEET
I must admit that I’m something of a novice when it comes to the Flash. The extent of my knowledge of him is based on the Justice League cartoons and the last team of the JLA (even though that was Wally). I’ve read him in some of the universe encompassing titles as well but I was still left WOW’ed after Barry rebuilt the apartment building in what must have been only a matter of minutes. I really enjoyed the rescue scene too. The only thing that I didn’t like was the seemingly ungrateful child. Her house just collapsed and Flash saved her life. He rebuilt a better home for her to live in and even got her a new doll and instead of thanking him for all of his heroic efforts and generosity, she complains that her new doll has the wrong color hair. Kids these days. Sheesh.
CALLING ALL DISPOSABLE VILLIANS
For a relaunch title, I have to admit that the villains seem to be very lack luster. Sure it’s interesting to see the hero versions of Flash’s gallery but ultimately you know that they’re just a gimmick and going to disappear as soon as this story is over and probably never be heard from again. Having Captain Boomerang break out of prison is a fairly obvious move that I would have liked to see wait until maybe a second or third story arc. With how fast they’re moving to tell a story with him, it makes me think that his resurrection isn’t going to last for too much longer. I get that they’re making the title “new reader friendly” but I was hoping for a bit more to showcase Flash’s character more.
I’m very much interested in becoming a Flash fan so I plan to stick with this title for a little longer. However, I’m not a fan yet. So far the first two issues have been rather fair. I really hope the story picks up more momentum (pun intended) but have to give this issue 3 out of 5 stars. It’s visual appeal is the only thing that makes it slightly above average.