The Flash 3 (January 2012)

No one misses Iris? She sort of spends the issue kidnapped.

Manapul and Buccellato can’t seem to plot the issue. It opens with a huge action set piece–the Flash saving a planeload of people–but it’s boring. Manapul can do all the double page spreads he wants, it’s still just a drawing of an airplane. Visual effectiveness doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing on TV as it does in a comic.

Then the rest of the issue is Central City dealing with its huge power outage, but Manapul and Buccellato skip the Flash actually helping people. They cut to some annoying science guy for a forced tie-in to Captain Atom. The attempts at Marvel-like continuity between series is painful.

There’s a hard cliffhanger and it could be a fun resolution. I doubt it.

Manapul and Buccellato’s Barry Allen narration is overcooked and annoying too.

The Flash‘s flopping.


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