The Flash #4 from writer Joshua Williamson and artist Neil Googe, who makes his Central City debut, focuses on the one thing we've been building to:
Barry really loves being a mentor.
After my eyes recovered from the stark shift in artistic styles from Carmine Di Giandomenico and Googe, I was able to dive right in. That's nothing against Googe as I feel he did a fantastic job in capturing this "newfound" Barry's excitement. Some images feel a little strange and the shift in tone between Di Giandomenico's frenetic speed force to Googe's more tamed-down version can be a little distracting at times.
Williamson keeps doing what he's been doing, though, and that's telling a damn fine Barry Allen story while further exploring the Speed Force mythos.
To play a little plot catchup, a mysterious lightning storm has left Central City with hundreds of speedsters. Some young, some old, some good, others bad.
Barry is leading them through some training at S.T.A.R Labs while his new ladyfriend, Meena, runs tests on them.
Williamson crafts another stellar Speed Force story in No. 4 as we learn not all of the new speedsters are fully connected to the force as Barry is. When they run close together, they feed off of each other but if they can't keep up, they could have their powers sucked from them.
It's interesting and adds a mystery element to one of the DC Universe's most complex mythos.
While this series has been largely building on crafting Barry Allen as the Barry Allen we all know and love, there is a major change on the last page of this issue. We like to try and keep these fresh reviews as spoiler-free as possible so you go buy the book.
So, go buy the book, because this longtime Flash fan has been blown away by the attention to detail when it comes to developing characters, both new and old.
Rating: 8/10 Joshua Williamson's Flash is like the Tim Duncan of DC Rebirth. It's consistent, under the radar and the master of fundamentals. While The Flash #4 is another strongly crafted story, some readers will be thrown off at first by the major shift in artistic tone as Neil Googe takes over for Carmine Di Giandomenico. Googe has a more grounded feel to it, while Di Giandomenico added that frenetic feel to the mysterious Speed Force.