Today, I’m happy to have my son, Connor, return to the blog for yet another of his graphic novel reviews. Thankfully, this is becoming something of a regular occasion, and I personally will be enjoying it for as long as it lasts.
The Flash: Lightning Strikes Twice by Joshua Williamson
Genre: Superhero Comics
Series: The Flash (Rebirth) #1
Publisher: DC Comics (January 24, 2017)
Author Information: Website | Twitter
Length: 219 pages
If you have ever looked at my favorite graphic novels, then you probably already know I love The Flash. The Flash television show is my show; Flash is my favorite DC character; and the New 52 version of The Flash was my all-time favorite. So when I finally got my hands on this book, I was so excited to finally get to read the Rebirth Flash!
Well, now, I’ve read it, and it is hard to put my feelings into words except to say . . .
Joshua Williamson’s story is about a huge lightning storm hitting Central City. But not an ordinary lightning storm but a speed force storm. The storm turning hundreds of people into speedsters!
If having hundreds of speedsters running around Central City isn’t bad enough, there is someone who is hunting them down. This person is named Godspeed, and he is determined to steal everyone’s speed force away from them until he is the most powerful speedster ever!
What does The Flash do now? Track down this new, bad guy solo and take him down himself, or gather up a posse of speedster?
I think I already, kinda, let you know I didn’t love this story, so let me tell you why. Mainly, I think the writer went a little overboard with everyone being turned into a speedster by a speed force lightning storm. It seemed real silly and made the idea of someone being super fast seem ordinary. Didn’t like it at all.
The other thing I couldn’t get into was the villain being yet another speedster. Personally, I’m tired of every story arc being about a bad speedster. Don’t get me wrong, I like Zoom and the Reverse Flash; they are great villains; but I think we need some non-speedster villains to show up once in a while. I mean, Flash has a whole rogue gallery, so let’s use some of the other non-speedster guys.
As for the art, I thought it was good. Nothing stood out bad or good, which is okay. Art doesn’t have to blow your mind every time.
If you liked this book, I’m really glad you enjoyed it. I just didn’t. Maybe, the next volume will be something I can get excited about. Until next time then.
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About Connor (In his dad’s words):
Connor is a teenager who enjoys graphic novels (DC Comics are preferred!), superhero movies (Spider-Man:Homecoming is his current favorite.), watching episodes of The Flash, Arrow, and Futurama, as well as the NFL, NCAA football, and the NBA on t.v., will happily accept any and all caps (because you just can’t have too many caps), and whose favorite music right now revolves around AC/DC. And, no, Connor did not have any input into my paragraph about him. Being a dad does have it’s privileges.