inferiorego's The Flash #10 - Case Two: The Road to Flashpoint, Part Two review

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Review: The Flash #3

The Flash meets Hot Pursuit AKA Barry Allen from a parallel dimension. Why is he here? What does he want? Why is Barry such a jerk to Bart?

The Good

I love Francis Manapul's art sooooo (some extra "o"s to declare the importance of this statement) much. It seems he's changed up his style a bit. I've been noticing heavier inking lines on the outside of the characters, which I don't remember being there before. So, I've already established that the art is super-duper awesome, but how's the story? Well, I'm a bit down the middle on this one.

There's the reintroduction of the 52 DC worlds, a concept that is really cool, but not always used particularly well. Hot Pursuit brings back the idea that if the Earth that all our heroes are on dies, so does the rest of the 52 worlds. In addition, we find out Barry is actually the generator of the Speed Force. So, we get a lot of cool information right from the get-go, and after that, well the issue becomes a bit of a let down.

The Bad

We get a tiny bit more info on Hot Pursuit, that his bike can leach the speed force from Barry. I'm not the biggest fan of that idea personally, but owe well. The issue just goes downhill from there. It's not bad by any means. It just feels like it's on cruise control doing the speed limit through a small town. Hot Pursuit is confirmed as Barry Allen from another Earth through the magic of evidence, which I'm not really complaining about, and Barry is dragged to the scene of a crime, through a side-story that I had completely forgotten about since the beginning of this issue thrust us into the middle of a scene. I really wish more happened in this issue, and that's my biggest complaint.

The Verdict

There's some great dialogue, and this issue starts off amazing, but then it slopes down from there. It's still an extremely solid issue, but it's the weakest of the volume thus far. The art is flat-out my favorite art at DC, and the writing is always solid, but this issue is mainly all set-up for the upcoming storyline, so be aware of that. "Road to Flashpoint"is on the cover for a reason, unlike so many other tie-ins where the issue has little to nothing to do with the actual upcoming storyline. Pick the book up or borrow it from a friend. It's a solid read, but a terrible jumping-on point for new readers.
7 Comments
Posted by longbowhunter

Poor Wally made it on the cover, but not inside. I liked this issue. It answered some questions and brought up some new ones. Flashpoint may be off to a slow start but I'm on board.
Posted by carnivalofsins00

This is exactly how I feel. I felt like not much happened.

Posted by blur1528

The only thing i disliked was the fact that Wally West was on the cover but not in the issue. That being said, Bart was awesome to see in this issue.

Posted by Zjd106

It was a solid set up issue.  No real action, but looks like it is going a real good direction

Posted by ImperiousRix

Hrrrrm, it seems it is like I feared.  As Flash is gearing up for this big event series, the main Flash book suffers.  Last issue was a set-up issue, now this is setting up more?  I understand that Flashpoint is going to be a big deal, but I want some storytelling!

Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

Actually we learned that Barry was the generator of the Speed Force in Flash: Rebirth.

Posted by They Killed Cap!

I thought this was an interesting story.

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    Cover I really love the art for the cover. Francis Manapul is one of my favorite artists and he did a great job with the cover. Also liked the concept of the cover with Flash, Kid Flash, and Hot Pursuit. Story Hot Pursuit warns Barry Allen that there are different parallel worlds and someone is trying to change them and if they are changed Bart may disappear forever. But Hot Pursuit does not want any help so he rides away. Barry then goes to lab because he got a hair sample of Hot Pursuit t...

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