The Flash #23.2



Comic series


Release date

September 11, 2013
4 out of 5 stars
The cards are on the table and the Reverse Flash’s origin is revealed in time for Reverse to come to a conclusion next month. Even if the artwork isn’t as good as it could have been, the story is as always tightly plotted and well thought out, creating a supervillain origin that makes sense, whilst humanizing Daniel’s character so that, even if we don’t agree with his extreme methods, his reasons for murdering people make at least a little sense.
3 out of 5 stars
All in all, this issue really did go by in a flash. There was nothing wrong with the book, which is to be expected when the team of Manapul and Booch are involved, but there really wasn’t a whole lot extra added to the world of The Flash. Sure, we got to see the origin of the Reverse Flash, but it might have been better served on its own as The Flash #24 if we didn’t have to deal with the whole “villain’s month” gimmick. At the very least, this continued to, even if only incrementally, move their Reverse Flash arc forward and if you ignore the other Flash books this month that break up the current arc, it still works well as an in between “real” issues filler book. Not bad, but not great. It’ll be nice to get back on track next month with the finale to this amazing arc.
4 out of 5 stars
It's not often the villains sad story actually remains interesting. Seeing this new dimension added makes me want to see more. It's hard to say what place he might have after this arc but I am definitely intrigued.
7.9 out of 10 (Good)
Hepburn and Buccellato (the latter provides colors as well as words) maintain the inventive aesthetic that has made The Flash a standout title, while twisting it to dovetail with Reverse Flash's troubled psyche. The art alone is enough to recommend the book, though it does set the story up nicely for the final clash between speedsters in The Flash #24.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Manapul and Buccellato wrap up their run on "The Flash" in November (with a new, yet-to-be-announced title for DC Comics waiting for them in 2014), and while their run has had some ups and downs, it's nice to see "The Flash" #23.2 tying the bulk of their two-year tenure together. They've had a cohesive, long-term plan for the book, and at the moment it's paying off. All in all, a nice addition to DC's villains month.
7 out of 10
The art remains a strong point for this series, though. Scott Hepburn does his best to imitate Manapul and Buccellato’s previous work and it works. I think the consistency has a lot to do with Buccellato remaining the colorist for the issue but Hepburn throws a lot of different looks out there with dynamic panel placement, strong visual storytelling and excellent character expressions.