I've said it before, and I will say it again. The Flash is DC Rebirth's Tim Duncan. It's well-rounded, excels at the fundamentals and might just be the best the publisher has to offer.
Even with a big Rogues arc set to debut with No. 14, Joshua Williamson keeps the reader from jumping ahead with a super interested -- with several teasers of things to come -- in the latest part of the Speed of Darkness storyline.
Flash, Kid Flash and Shade are all stuck in the Shadowlands as they try and save the temporarily evil Iris West and Shade's former flame. Some minor spoilers will kick in after the following image.
Williamson teases us to hell when Shade drifts back into the Shadowlands as he says something to Barry to the effect of "take care of your wife." This leads into some introspection from Barry, and I won't say anything else besides the fact that Flash #13 is titled "Date Night,"
Williamson is joined by artist Davide Gianfelice on this issue, with the series' original artist Carmine Di Giandomenico on colors. It's been a damn revolving door outside of Williamson on this series, but this combination felt spot on.
Di Giandomenico has the grasp on the colors, clearly, as he brings the shadows to life and perfectly encapsulates the struggles with Wally learning how to vibrate with everyone's lives on the line. While Gianfelice brings a somewhat softer feel to the character's facial expressions and long-range shots.
There is also a magnificent full-spread panel that will leave Speed Force nuts gushing.
Rating: 8.5/10 Williamson's ability in gracefully telling a story while setting up multiple storylines is fascinating. I never feel distracted or disconnected from the book I'm currently reading when it comes to his work. Carmine Di Giandomenico and Davide Gianfelice make for one heck of an art/colors combination as they show off their skill bouncing between Central City and the Shadowlands.
Just overall strong work from the folks in charge of Barry Allen, Wally West and Central City.