Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Flash Annual #1

written by Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato     art by Francis Manapul, Marcus To, Scott Kolins, Diogenes Neves, Marcio Takara & Wes Craig

Every issue of the new 52 Flash has done nothing but amaze me.  Visually it is one of the best comic books on the shelves.  Emotionally it is one of the best comic books on the shelves.  Psychologically it is . . . alright well ya get it!  I love this book.  Manapul and Buccellato craft a wonderful story here that is equal parts character driven as well as dynamic in terms of action scenes. Manapul and Buccellato (herein referred to as ButchMan) know how to craft a five part story that not only gives great insight into the Flash, the Rogues, and Patty Spivot, but you are begging for more!

Each artist makes sure that each chapter even just a simple chapter like the first and fourth have so much color and attention to detail that you are glued to the page.  Simple things that I kind of took for granted like how the Rogues got their powers and Glider's significance beyond just Cold's sister are fleshed out here.  And they are not fleshed out in a lazy way!  Oh hell no!  Each chapter adds a bit more to the Flash story than the previous one.   As a fan I couldn't be happier.  I always liked the Flash.  This story along with the previous and I'm willing to bet future stories by ButchMan have me LOVING the Flash. 

Highlight: the Mirror fight in Chapter 5.  But not necessarily the fight itself - the background of the "Snart Family Reunion" showed the fight in a way that practically begs to be filmed for a future Flash live action movie.

Also - I have to mention - Let's get Marcus To on a regular DC book!  The guy is major talented and deserves to showcase more!

Five Genome Recoders out of Five

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