Writer Joshua Williamson's run on The Flash during DC's Rebirth has done one thing from the beginning: it's put the Speed Force at the forefront of the story.
Central City is now infected with hundreds of speedsters after a mysterious Speed Force storm, and while this issue doesn't rattle the cage too much it puts Barry in an interesting situation.
He's trying to get used to having a new partner in Detective August Heart by his side, when the storm breaks out. Barry, at first, thinks it's the Speed Force sending him help when he needs it most (see issue No. 2), but that's a sentiment not brought back up in issue three.
Of course, there are some new speedsters using their powers for personal gain, nothing new to see here, but it's when we get back to STAR Labs and see what's going on there that the story gets interesting.
STAR Labs has turned into an introductory course to the Speed Force, in a way, as these newfound speedsters are being tested left and right as they try and piece their lives back together.
Let me just say this about Williamson and artists Carmine Di Giandomenico, it's one thing to have a writer with an obvious deep love of Flash mythos, but when you add in an artist who is right there with him ... /sploosh.
Di Giandomenico's art perfectly captures the frenetic, mysterious being that is the Speed Force. The not-thrown-in-your-face lightning bolts to the smooth, fluidity of Barry in action. The lighting, brightness and contrast fits the tone of Williamson's plot to a T.
There is something special about an artist who can capture a character the way Carmine Di Giandomenico does. Barry feels like Barry whether he's running as fast as he can, stuck in battle or awkwardly flirting with the new doctor training speedsters.
There are talks of the Rogues, Professor Zoom and we even get to see the prison pods for Speedsters at STAR Labs made mainstream famous by CW's television show of the same name.
So far, this series has been like an ode to longtime fans of The Flash.
I've said it in the previous four reviews, including the one-shot, there is nothing better than a helpful, optimistic and giving Barry Allen. He is not jealous of these speedsters, in fact, he has shown that he's willing to help them ahem, get up to speed.
Rating: 8.5/10 So far, Joshua Williamson and Carmine Di Giandomenico have proven themselves to be in love with The Flash mythos. The Speed Force is at the forefront, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.