Written by: Francis Manapu, Brian Buccellato
Art by: Francis Manapul
The cover of Flash #24 is amazing. It’s now common knowledge that Manapul and Buccellato are two of the hottest artist in the industry right now. This issue in particular is rather special, not only because it has three awesome two-page spreads showcasing their amazing artistic abilities, but because it is the final issue of their Reverse-Flash arc.
Manapul and Buccellato start us off right where Flash 23.2 left us. The comic opens up with the Reverse-Flash back in time, pulverizing his father with the intent to kill. Flash is there, but he was weakened when Reverse-Flash absorbed most of his speed force in issue 23. The Flash figures out how to channel the speed force energy from Reverse-Flash back to his own body. He is then able to go “back to the future” to make things right again.
The dialogue during these scenes is well written. My only problem is that it’s a bit anticlimactic. The comic starts off very dark, with seemingly no way out for our hero. Then, out of nowhere, the Flash figures out how to regain his speed force and make things right again. Barry even admits to not knowing what he just did. Don’t get me wrong, it all works out well; I just expected a little more of a battle between Flash and Reverse-Flash.
Manapul and Buccellato used the second half of this comic as the grand finale of their run on Flash. They have one more issue on the title, Flash #25, but its a tie-in to Zero Year and they will not be able to bid fare well to Barry in the way they could here.
The moments that they write in the second half of the book are perfect. Barry realizes he needs to slow down a bit and appreciate what he has. He wants to be closer to Patty, and the scenes between the two are heartwarming. The most intriguing part of the book is how Barry now understands that he has the ability to change time. There is a great scene in which Barry explains how Patty is the reason why he cannot go back in time to change the fate of his mother. He loves Patty so much that he would not sacrifice their relationship to go back and save his mother from being murdered. These few panels are perfectly written, and give much depth to Barry.
Although the Reverse-Flash arc ends rather abruptly, the second half of the comic ends strong. The art in this book is predictably amazing. I have enjoyed Manapul and Buccellato’s run on Flash, and it is sad to see them go after giving Barry such great characterization.