blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

The Flash 2 (December 2011)

You’ve got to love a cliffhanger where the lead-up is so visually incomprehensible, it’s unclear what’s happening. I think the bad guys teleported a plane to crash into a bridge. Not sure why a plane crashing into a bridge is the most effective use of energy, but maybe Manapul saw it in a movie and liked it.

The Flash is astoundingly uncreative. That statement made, it’s passable this time, just because of what Manapul and Buccellato… is plagiarize too strong a word?

See, it turns out the DC Universe is bound together by an energy field called “The Speed Force.” And if Barry Allan taps into it, he will become a Jedi like his father. I guess it’s not plagiarism as much as laziness.

It’s not particularly terrible, just exceedingly lousy.

And some of Manapul’s pages are inappropriately–and amusingly–arty. He works way too hard on bad material.


Writers, Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato; artist, Manapul; colorist, Buccellato; letterer, Sal Cipriano; editors, Darren Shan and Brian Cunningham; publisher, DC Comics.

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