Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Long awaited comics rambles: The Flash: Rebirth #6

Well it feels long awaited to me.  This week I would have got Gotham City Sirens and Teen Titans, had I not had to cancel titles.  I miiiissss Gotham City Sirens.  Teen Titans has been a bit boring lately, so I'm less upset about that, altho I hear Cassie finally started acting like a leader.  And of course, there's the Rose backup.  Waaaah.

Anyway, this week I will be posting individual reviews of comics.  Because I have nothing else to fill blog posts with.  Spoilers ahead.
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Flash Rebirth #6
I think I've said this before, but this mini has made me care about Barry.  Now that I've seen a preview of the artwork for his ongoing, I'm even more keen to read his story.

As for the issue itself, I may be unpopular in saying this but I do not like the art in this.  The pencils, particularly on the cover, are ugly, the inking is alternately heavy or minimal, and the colours are just so brash and sit oddly with the inking that overall it's just not a positive effect.  I think everything is fighting with each too much.  Having said that, the bad art doesn't detract from the story, which I loved.

We start with Barry trying to race back through time, chaisng Thawne, so that he can save Iris.  He is struggling with this until Wally catches up and helps him along.  These scenes are interspersed with Iris going to meet Barry for their first date, and Barry in his office about to get doused with chemicals.

Thawne reaches Iris and is raising his hand to stab her with a lightening rod.  I find this weapon beautiful, it has an air of the relic about it.

Wally and Barry reach Thawne, stop him, and drag him through time to where the other Flashes are building something to stop him.  On the way we see a speedster Black Lantern - not sure which one tho, I think it's Bart.

Back in the present they trap Thawne, sever his connection to the speed force and prevent him from running again.

Next up is a double splash page of the Flash parade - and we see Max beaming proudly at Bart.

The we see Thawne in Iron Heights - trussed up as he is in Blackest Night.  The chief gorilla in Gorilla City says 'he's done something to our jungles'.  Some mystery hands lean in to take control of a puppet Reverse Flash.  Barry closes the file on his mother's death.  The Rogues start work on their contingency plan.  Barry finally slows down.  The JLA throw Barry a welcome back party.

It's a really nice end to this end.  Everything is wrapped up well and the panel of Dinah telling Ollie off for eating Barry's welcome back cake emphasises the family nature of the JLA.  It gives a feel of a real welcome back into the fold.  Barry's gone through a lot and now he's back with friends and family who love him, and there's good time ahead.  Except for Blackest Night of course..

So after reading this, I feel ready for a Flash book dedicated to Barry.  Sure, I'd love to see one for Bart as well, but I'm pretty sure that if I had the money I'd be buying Barry's series.  I'll settle for issue #1 so I can get the ring.

2 comments:

ladystarscream2 said...

The chief gorilla in Gorilla City says 'he's done something to our jungles'.

Notice the mural with all those people powered by the Negative Speed Force?

If this has anything to do with the Thawne/Allen feud, I am so up for it.

Saranga said...

yeah I was wondering who the 'he' was. didn't put 2 and 2 together tho, doh. lovely murals tho.

thawne vs allen rocks.