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The Flash #22 - Reverse, Part 3 Review

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The Flash's hunt for the Speed Force Killer (aka Reverse Flash) continues as he tries to make precautions to protect the life of another.

The Good

Man oh man, as soon as you open the comic you immediately get immersed into the story. In earlier issues, several individuals, including Barry Allen and Iris West, were pulled into the Speed Force. As a result, almost everyone gained some speed powers once Barry (as the Flash) managed to bring them back. Their tenure with their newfound powers was short-lived as a new "Reverse" Flash has been targeting and killing them all.

Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato continue to do their magic on this title. Even a simple crime scene (seen on the opening pages) looks amazingly glorious. Barry is at a loss and feels it's his duty to stop the killer. At the same time, Dr. Elias continues his plans to harness the Flash's powers for what he believes will help mankind.

As the Flash tries to find the killer, he needs to protect Iris as well. Wait until you see Iris' new look here. Oh man! This is the other great part of the series - the art. Manapul's art is as great as ever and Buccellato's colors makes it look even better. These two go together like peanut butter and jelly (just don't ask me who is the peanut butter and who is the jelly).

The mystery and suspense continues and having a great story along with great art is what makes reading comic books such a blast.

The Bad

Still waiting to learn what this Reverse Flash's motives are. But it's a fun ride as we wait.

The Verdict

How often can you say you've read a fascinating story complete with beautiful art? Manapul and Buccellato are a killer team handling both the story, art and colors. You'll want the issue to keep going and will likely find yourself going back to look over everything once you finish. The Flash is determined to stop the Speed Force Killer but it might not be as easy as he thought. You'll be kept in suspense as you turn each page. With a great story and gorgeous art, this is how comic books should be made.

24 Comments
Posted by patrat18

badass cover

Posted by noj

This had better be on best covers of the week! One of my favorite covers of the whole series and thats saying something when nearly every single cover Manapuls done for this series has been amazing!

Posted by Provehito

Good issue, but I am always disappointed how the Flash issues are SO short. I mean, 15 pages, and one waits a month for this.

Posted by HollowPrince65

Am in love with this series

Posted by batmannflash

beautiful art as always! can't wait to see Reverse Flash's motives. And oh yah, Iris and Barry! <3

Posted by JamDamage

this is gonna be a cover of the week

Posted by G-Man

If it's not a best cover, blame Mat. I always give him my list and then he sneakily only includes some.

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Posted by FireThunder

one of the best issue of the flash. And the cover is awesome.

Edited by The Average Bear

I went to the comic store yesterday and, looking to expand my horizons, picked up a few Flash issues, this one included. Flash has just gained himself an excited fan because I can;t wait for the next issue.

Edited by ImagineMan16

Consistently one of my favorite comics every month. I just wish the page count were higher, I'm always left wanting more.

Posted by Equonox

Another amazing issue. Reverse Flash seems WAY more dangerous than before...so awesome

Edited by mikeyar19

@equonox: He's terrifying! You don't want to get caught by him or else... oww

Posted by BatSupFan

This series is amazing and one of my top monthly pulls.

Posted by kriminal

i wanted to drop this because i get enough flash from justice league but this story is too good

Posted by Bezza

Great cover and great comic, I'm becoming more of a Flash fan, day by day!

Posted by Uncle_Yusuf

Great issue.

Posted by The Stegman

Iris is so fun! Then again, so is Patty, Barry has a hard choice to make when crossing that bridge comes.

Posted by Provehito

@imagineman16: I know, right? I feel the same thing. The Flash has been one of the most consistently good DC comics so far, but it is also one of the shortest in page count. Would like to see a bit more, an average of 20 pages or more..

Posted by TheRyanHimself

I get the feeling Dr. Elias will become the New52 Ultra-Humanite.

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

Good issue, but I am always disappointed how the Flash issues are SO short. I mean, 15 pages, and one waits a month for this.

@imagineman16: I know, right? I feel the same thing. The Flash has been one of the most consistently good DC comics so far, but it is also one of the shortest in page count. Would like to see a bit more, an average of 20 pages or more..

Do either of you know how to count? It's 20 pages like every other $2.99 DC title. A double page spread is still 2 pages.

Posted by AWeekInGeekdom

Reverse Flash look is growing on me, great issue :) It was great seeing Iris but I am kinda warming up to the idea of them not being together.

Also, quick thought. It seems "The Flash" right now happens to be an interesting version of "Spider-Man" for DC.

Posted by Provehito

@the_mighty_monarch: I know, but the last two issues have been like this. And while I don't have a single complaint about the art and how epic it looks, things feel slightly rushed this way. There should be a little more room for dialogue and growth. It's done well in the comic, but I'd just want a fair bit more of it.

Posted by KillingJoke3230

This is the first N52 flash book I've read picked from the shelf on cover alone & is now on my sub. Such a solid well rounded book