I’ve read The Flash since the start of DC Comics The New 52. He was always the kind of super hero that I wanted to like, but was too afraid to start reading due to years worth of material. It’s no secret that I am a huge supporter of The New 52 as I feel that it was an excellent jumping on point for readers like me. After Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato left the series, my interest has started to wane. It’s unfortunate as it was a fantastic series that I greatly enjoyed but all was not lost as DC has given us The Flash Season Zero. The series takes place during the events of CW’s hit television show and hits all the right marks. The Flash Season Zero is just the kind of Flash comic book that you’d want and it more than fills the gap left after Manapul and Buccellato’s departure.
Issue #4 arrived in comic stores January 8th and comes in perfect time to hold fans over until The Crimson Speedster returns Tuesday, January 20th. The story by Andrew Kreisberg concludes the story of The Flash’s first encounter with Mr. Bliss. While The Flash is at STAR Labs in a trauma-induced catatonia, Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon head to the Central City Cougars football game to warn every one of Bliss’s attack. As the attack is imminent, Dr. Harrison Wells quietly walks to his secret room and finds a device to magically wake up Barry. He then heads off to the game to stop Mr. Bliss and his circus freaks. Issue #4, written by Brooke Eikmeier and Katherine Walczak, perfectly captures the tone of the tv series. While told in a more simple way, the story feels like The Flash would feel if given his own animated series. The art by Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur is incredibly animated and is reminiscent of Rick Burchett’s work on The Batman Adventures and Superman Adventures. The creative team alone is reason enough to give this book a read.
I like The Flash Season Zero very much. It’s a family friendly read that everyone could enjoy. The Flash happens to be one of the most accessible and likable of comic characters, much in the same way Spider-Man was back during the time of the first two Sam Raimi films. This series by DC Comics is a must read for those that enjoy the series and/or are looking for a fast read. I’d also like to point out that Eikmeier and Walczak’s story is the perfect comic to give to a young fan looking at establishing a monthly relationship with a comic-book. While we are two weeks from the return of The Flash, DC’s new comic should be picked up as it is the perfect book to hold you over. Also, be on the look out for Issue #5 as it is set to feature the debut of Felicity Smoak, the fan favorite from Arrow.
The Flash Season Zero #4 gets five out of five stars.
THE FLASH SEASON ZERO #4
Written by ANDREW KREISBERG, BROOKE EIKMEIER and KATHERINE WALCZAK
Art by PHIL HESTER and ERIC GAPSTUR