12 August 2013

Review: The Flash, Vol. 1: Move Forward

The Flash, Vol. 1: Move Forward
The Flash, Vol. 1: Move Forward by Francis Manapul

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can't quite figure out how I forgot to check out the New 52 version of The Flash, especially given that The Flash himself is, in universe, a key reason why the New 52 exists in the first place. Outside of Flashpoint, I really have no real background for the character, so I flew in somewhat blind on this one, and ended up being impressed for a few reasons.

First is the story. We get a little background and then dive right in with a few different storylines intersecting, and we're wasting no time in getting into a situation where we learn about the consequences of Flash's power. It's a strange piece, and an interesting turn that I didn't expect as it's not something that tends to come up in other books. I really enjoyed how they handled the whole thing.

I generally find the artwork to be secondary, but the way the art is done in Move Forward is very impressive. It's much more artistic than most comics, and feels like an independent comic in a lot of ways that I didn't expect. A lot of interesting choices made that I really thought were significant and solid.

I don't know if I can call myself a fan of The Flash yet, but I know this is one series I'll be keeping up with in the short term, at least. Very solid, highly recommended.

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