Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Flash: Rebirth #1
Hmm. I'd heard so many bad reviews of this one that I had pretty low expectations for this. Usually I would say I was pleasantly surprised, but here, my expectations were just about dead-on. I just don't really care about Barry Allen as the Flash. Wally has been my Flash for as long as I've been reading comics, and while it is clear how Geoff Johns feels about fanboys like me (as seen in Bart Allen's dialogue) I am not convinced by this issue. I found it laughable how everyone is so in love with Barry Allen. The JSA in particular bowing down to him was ridiculous. I did like seeing how Barry interacted with Hal Jordan, that was well done, especially how they both kind of disregard Green Arrow as a nut. I was disappointed seeing how Wally was interacting with his kids, he didn't seem like too cool of a Dad there. Heck, is Wally older than Barry now? He certainly seems that way. Barry does come off as kind of a mope here, bumming around the museum and reminiscing about the worst experience of his life, which felt very different than the fun Barry I read about in New Frontier. It all boils down to my fundamental disconnect most of the current legacy bearers and that disconnect leaves me cold on the greater direction of the DCU. I have little to no interest in what might be the main conflict of this series, with the Black Flash showing up and Barry having some kind of death touch that re-kills Savitar. Savitar did have a cool design though, didn't he?
Ethan Van Sciver is a dynamic artist, and most of the issue looks pretty good. His take on the Titans was very nice, Donna Troy looked great. I also liked his Flash Museum filled with all those statues of the rogues. Each one looked so menacing I figured there had to be one or two real villains mixed into the crowd.