The Flash Rebirth was a comic I have been planning on reviewing for a long time. It was one of the first runs I have read as it came out and it has a great rotating cast of artists and a great story by Joshua Williamson. With the season premiere of Season 7 of The Flash coming soon there is no better time to do this review than now. Warning: this will contain spoilers for The Flash Rebirth Issues 1-13.
These first eight issues set the tone for the rest of the series. It has a lot of the common themes and prevalent places of The Flash New 52 such as time travel and S.T.A.R. Labs, but it reuses them in different ways. In the first issue we are introduced to August Heart, a friend of Barry who has worked with him at the crime lab since day one. Unlike many of the changes in the New 52, this change feels very real and not as crammed and rushed as many of the other changes in the New 52. The only thing that feels artificial and rushed about August is his change into Godspeed. It feels very rushed and nowhere near as planned as the villains to come. Good plot. Nice start to the run. 5 stars.
Issue nine expands on Wally West’s return since it was not touched on a lot in the first eight issues. It also starts off a new thing Joshua Williamson does a lot in this run: reusing old characters. In issue nine we are introduced to Chunk (Chester P. Runk) Wally’s best friend. Chunk has not been a main player in comics since the nineties. In issue ten we are introduced to Shade, a Golden Age Flash villain that barely gets used. Shade was used well in this comic, but still was not as good of a villain as the villains to come. Wally West has nice character development. 5 stars.