Another year another origin story for the Reverse Flash. This one is quite good though.
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artists: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Neil Googe, Ryan Sook
Colourists: Ivan Plascenca, Hi-Fi, Dave McCaig
I’m losing track of how many times the Reverse Flash can be rebooted in some way. It’s kinda sad that the Flash can have a fairly robust Rogues Gallery yet writers always revert to the Reverse Flash in some extent. This is Eobard Thawne Reverse Flash. No Danny West or any other imitator, this is the real deal.
The problem? It’s really no different to any other Reverse Flash origin. In fact, this is Reverse Flash Rebirth. Now it is a good enough issue, it’s just a little weird that the entire issue is just reverting things back to when Geoff Johns wrote Flash. The redeeming factor is that the issue recognises the continuity errors. Thawne points out the other Reverse Flashes over the years, some of which were him. This is playing off the Rebirth tone the most out of all Rebirth books I’d say. Really this issue should have come sooner. It doesn’t strictly reference ‘The Button’ but it gets close and follows the same themes.
There are multiple artists yet again. Feels like every book I read these days has three artists on it. Ironically all three are exceptional. Every page was a delight. The style changes were drastic and noticeable but I feel it works here since each artist has a different part of the story. An artist for the present, an artist for the past and an artist for an imagined past. The issue has a distinct flow despite the number of artists.
Overall this was a decent issue. Somewhat unnecessary but it manages to be entertaining enough that I’d still recommend it.
Recommendation: pick up the issue