It turns out, Joshua Williamson knows how to wrap up an arc in the same regard that he knows how to start one and keep it from sputtering out.
In Flash No. 8, we see the return of Kid Flash (not a spoiler if it's on the cover) and the end of a struggle between two former friends, partners and speed force compadres.
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It's hard to imagine that just three or four episodes ago, Barry Allen was on top of the world, had a new girlfriend, was getting to teach everyday and had a new partner with a newfound connection to the Speed Force.
Seriously, this was how issue No. 5 kicked off. It's like a completely different book (Comic Review: The Flash #5):
Such a harsh shift in tone, storylines and personal dynamics went off without a hitch, though. Nothing felt rushed, forced or shoved in there, in my opinion. So, as I have done for every issue of this series, hats off to Williamson and his work.
The return of Kid Flash is satisfying enough to merit its inclusion in the end of an arc, so that was nice. We're left wondering what the hell is up with both Wally Wests and how all of that is going to work.
It's nice stuff that wraps up a chapter nicely while setting up the next couple of arcs. This is storytelling that uses the past, present and future seamlessly while other current books from that one publisher seem to be cramming as much crap into each issue just because they can.
Williamson and DC's work, for that matter, has been extremely refreshing and a nice escape from the theatrically influenced Marcel comic universe.
Carmine Di Giandomenico's art has been something just as special on this series, minus an issue or two that he missed, as it has been my personal favorite capturing of the Speed Force. The frenetic energy leaps off of the pages directly into your hearts.
He has captured every emotion -- and Barry/Flash facial hair additions to add to the stress -- in a short amount of time. This art gives an intimate look into Barry/Flash like never before.
Rating: 9/10 The book that leaves curmudgeons scratching their heads trying to find something not to like. Carmine Di Giandomenico's art is an energetic, emotional roller-coaster rides that provides a deep look into Barry/Flash's life, while Joshua Williamson balances new characters, old ones and his ever-changing main one with style and grace.