Review: Flash #10

The road to Flashpoint continues with a motorcycle-riding dude purporting to be an alternate-reality version of Barry Allen.  But something's fishy in Central City.

Iann Robinsonby Iann Robinson

Flash #10

Extra, Extra read all about it! DC resorts to the multiverse again!

Yep, DC Comics has decided to go back to the well once more in hopes of draining every last drop from this tired storyline. Flash #10, aka The Road To Flashpoint, introduces us to several things that we’ve all seen before. First, there’s the slightly rude and easily untrustworthy alter ego of said superhero, in this case Flash (Barry Allen). Secondly we have some kind of villain that’s manipulating time in order to wreak maximum havoc. Let’s not forget that the fate of all the multiverses rest on this Earth being kept safe and the cherry on top is, of course, that everything is incredibly cryptic.

Flash #10 starts out with a meeting between Barry Allen from another universe and Barry Allen our Flash. Apparently in the other universe, Barry doesn’t generate the speed force, but rather taps into it for his super motorcycle and he goes under the name Hot Pursuit. Yep, you heard me right, Hot Pursuit. It’s sad when a writer like Geoff Johns must resort to dialog best left to Rosco P. Coltrane from The Dukes Of Hazzard as the alter-ego name of Barry from Multiverse  #… whatever.

Flash #10 tries to build towards Flashpoint with an old fashioned mystery. Somebody is killing people by “stealing their time” and aging them to death. There’s even the return of Patty Spivot and some dramatic tension between Flash and Kid Flash. Flash #10 is a well-written issue, save for Hot Pursuit, but with yet another dance on the multiverse disco stage, it’s all for nothing.

Why would DC bring The Flash back and then subject him to another multiverse story? Not to mention, is anybody tired of some dickhead villain trying to screw with multiverse yet again. What do they hope to accomplish? What can they be the master of if time is gone and if they change time, how do they know they’ll want to be the master of that timeline? With all the possibilities made available by the return of Barry Allen, this whole Flashpoint time travel idea is where DC wants to go? Flash #10 is an easy read, a well-structured adventure yarn, but it could’ve been so much more.

I did like the art from Francis Manapul. His strength really comes in his ability to convey motion. Flash is all about moving, all about the constant and the quick. Manapul’s art is like that, even when the characters are standing still, there’s electricity to how he pencils, which is perfect for the Flash. Colorist Brian Buccellato should be praised here as well for using the colors to tell the story, When the Flash is present the colors are rich and vibrant, backed mainly by different shades of red. When it’s just Barry the colors are muted, like a gray pallor has been put over them. It’s a really cinematic way of coloring Flash 10. I don’t know if Manapul had a hand in it, but definite kudos to Buccllato for his work here. It’s just too bad that great art and a great writer can’t save the fastest man alive from the most overused story idea around.