It’s been a while since I’ve read The Flash Season Zero, despite that series being my preferred Flash title. There’s a great mixture of the current form of story telling with a tendency to lean more towards the dramatic over-arching story; The Flash Season Zero maintains the spirit of great 90’s comics based on animated series such as DC Comics Batman and Superman Adventures. What makes The Flash Season Zero so irresistible is not just that the artwork is great, but that we have Andrew Kreisberg (writer and executive producer) handling the comic series as well as The CW show. There are many aspects of The Flash Season Zero issue 11 that make it this Wednesday’s (8/5/2016) not to miss title!
While I have fallen behind on The Flash Season Zero, issue 11 ‘s story “Fire & Ice” works as an extremely accessible and friendly comic issue for those that enjoy the television series and/or comic books. It’s also a self-contained issue which is rare these days that seem that every comic needs to ultimately lead to something bigger and sometimes greater. “Fire & Ice” features a script by Lauren Certo, with a story by Andrew Kresiberg and serves as a background tale of Leonard Snart a.k.a. Captain Cold and Mick Rory a.k.a. Heatwave. Both men are two of the most identifiable members of Central City’s rogues and more so now with their television appearances brought to life by Prison Break alums Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell. Miller’s Cold and Purcell’s Heatwave are my two favorite aspects of The CW series so picking up this issue was a not even a question. It’s also such a well staged tale that I now have to go back and read some of the issues I’ve fallen behind on.
“Fire & Ice” is told primarily through Det. Joe West. Barry Allen finds him “brushing up on some files” and the story shifts five years back. We get a well-placed Easter Egg in the form of a diner named Kreisberg’s and Snart formalizes his heist plans that will see him steal The Frozen Eye (it’s a painting.) After the motorcycle heist goes wrong and plays out like a familiar scene from his television debut, he heads to the Saints & Sinners Bar (another Easter Egg) to recruit new talent. Snart is unsatisfied with most of those he meets with until he meets Mick Rory. “Quick on the draw and ready to blaze through anything”, Rory seems like just the perfect partner for Snart with the exception that he’s impulsive, a pyromaniac, and possibly psychotic.
Lauren Certo’s script maintains the tone of the series perfectly and while we wait for season two, The Flash Season Zero is the perfect material to fill our void. The writing for “Fire & Ice” perfectly captures an authentic voice for each character and we could hear Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell’s voice come through with every line of dialogue. A hilarious recurring joke throughout the book, and keeping in line with the series, is that Snart prefers the cold. So there’s two great moments that feature this exchange:
Bartender – Sorry, Snart. Heater’s broken.
Snart – The cold suits me just fine.
And later on while plotting another heist,
Bearded Thug – And chance you can raise the heat in here, Snart?
Snart – No. It suits me.
There’s such a wonderful quality that issue 11 and The Flash Season Zero has as a comic book series. It’s simple and effective storytelling that allows us to enjoy The Fastest Man Alive in comic book format while free of the almost four years of The New 52 The Flash, which is no longer New 52. How could it be? It’s been ongoing for four years. Even though I love The New 52 series, I do have to say that The Flash Season Zero is the title I’d recommend to anyone looking for a good Flash comic book. Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, and Nick Filardi’s work easily bring to mind Rick Burchett and Terry Austin’s work on Batman Adventures and Superman Adventures. Those were great titles that many still look for today. It’s not hard to imagine that many years from now, possibly during the time of Reverse Flash a.k.a Eobard Thawne, that comic fans will search for The Flash Season Zero. DC Comics maintains a great team of writers and artists that have maintained the quality of the hit television series and ensured that the same fun, humor, and heart have translated into the pages of the comic series.
The Flash Season Zero issue 11 is out now. What’cha Reading gives it five stars!
The Flash Season Zero #11
Art by: Eric Gapstur, Phil Hester
Written by: Ben Sokolowski
Series: THE FLASH: SEASON ZERO 2014
U.S. Price: 2.99
On Sale Date: Aug 5 2015
Volume/Issue #: 11
Trim Size: Comic
Page Count: 32