Comic Review: The Flash #5

Things were looking up for Barry Allen, he has a couple new sidekicks, a new lady friend and is doing what he loves the most, in teaching others. 

We all knew writer Joshua Williamson couldn't keep this Fairy Tale going for very long, as it is still a Barry Allen Flash series. 

Now, I've been singing the praises of Williamson's work on this series -- deservedly so -- but it's time to freak out for artist Felipe Watanabe who joins on. 

Look at that goddamn page. This book is titled "Barry's Day Off," and what a way to portray that in the first pages. Seeing a relaxed Barry is something new and fresh all on its own, but the way in which Watanabe portrays him and the scene is breath-taking.  

I feel it's also necessary to mention that this is the most handsome version of Barry I have ever seen. The high-quality art remains throughout the entirety of Issue No. 5 of Barry's Rebirth. 

I mean, seriously, I didn't even think about that fact that Watanabe replaced the amazing Carmine Di Giandomenico on this issue until I started writing this here review. 

That's how good the work is. 

All right, I suppose it's time to dust the Red Carpet off for Williamson again. If someone can tell me what this guy has done even marginally wrong with this series, then I'm all ears. 

I like to think of myself as someone who can pull himself away from something I love and still find something to gripe about ... but I'm stumped. 

We had a healthy dose of Wally West, Barry and Iris, and, of course, a large amount of trouble surrounding the new woman in his life, Meena. The one gripe some fans have had, have been the absence of either Wally's. but that's wiped away as the younger version starts to come to terms with who he is. 

Williamson craftfully intertwines each character by putting Barry and Iris together -- as friends -- while Meena and Wally connect outside of S.T.A.R. Labs. 

So, with that, I'm convinced that the only complaints about this series has been from people who wouldn't know masterful pacing if it smacked them in the face. Williamson gives us Barry at-peace and takes it all away after about two issues, which is probably a world record for chill Barry. 

If you haven't read Flash #4 from two weeks ago, you are entering spoiler territory

The Flash had just revealed his identity to his new chick, just to show how strong of a connection he feels with Meena. Maybe it's the speed force, maybe it's because she loves teaching these newfound accidental speedsters but Williamson has done a fantastic job at making readers care about this new character by doing this. 

It makes the end of this issue seem that much more serious and real, and has me on the edge of my seat for Issue No. 6. 

Let's gaze at some more of Watanabe's panels: 

Rating: 10/10 Why not just be real with you? The art is so good that it hurts, writer Josh Williamson should write a textbook on the Speed Force and how to pace a story. Tell me what's wrong with this issue. I'm waiting. 

I mean, seriously, I didn't even think about that fact that Watanabe replaced the amazing Carmine Di Giandomenico on this issue until I started writing this here review. 

I mean, seriously, I didn't even think about that fact that Watanabe replaced the amazing Carmine Di Giandomenico on this issue until I started writing this here review.