Flash #2

Writer: Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 26, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 14
7.6Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

The Fastest Man Alive learns he can make his brain function even faster than before – but as much as it helps him, it also comes with a steep price. Plus: The mystery behind Barry Allen's friend Manuel Lago deepens as Barry investigates his kidnapping at the hands of Mob Rule!

  • 10
    PopMatters - shathley Q Oct 25, 2011

    And yet, with Manapul and Buccellato's the Flash here is finally a comicbook that once again emulates the pattern of our daily lives. The Flash is simply comics at its finest. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 26, 2011

    This is what the Flash should be about. We have fast paced action, great visuals, progression in the story, revelations about the villain, new development in Flash's power, hints towards past relationships and a doosey of a cliffhanger. Like many readers, I would love to know where Wally West is in 'The New 52' but Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato are convincing us that Barry Allen is more than just the legend of the greatest Flash. They are convincing us what makes him such a great character. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Chris Kirby Oct 28, 2011

    There is no quality drop off in the second issue of the Flash and because of the new elements/possibilities it introduces, it is even more enjoyable than the first and sets up a relatively standard plot that can go in numerous directions because of the various elements introduced in Barry's character that it is exciting and promising with no signs of letting up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Poet Mase Oct 26, 2011

    If you missed out on Flash #1, don't repeat your mistake with issue #2. Even without the hand-wringing cliffhanger and understated humor (such as the nod to the cosmic treadmill), the smooth storytelling and lasting images are more than worth your time and money. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Outer Realm Comics - Shawn Morrissey Dec 29, 2011

    ...'Cause unless this is some sorta "cosmic" thread-mill... All you're gonna end up with is spare parts. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Nov 1, 2011

    The piece of the story regarding the new powers and the fallout of using them is the crme de la crme that will make you come back for seconds. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Oct 27, 2011

    An enjoyable, pleasant read while the creative team lays down the story threads they'll weave together later on. Given time and experience, this title may turn out to be one for the history books. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Nov 1, 2011

    Once again the art by writer/artist Francis Manapul is exquisite. I love how how Manapul showcases the character's speed and motion while never loosing sight of who the man underneath the mask is. It's been a long time since this, or any Flash, has had a title this good. Best of the week. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Nov 4, 2011

    The novel approach to describing the notion of the cognitive impact of super-speed on human perception wouldn't have been nearly as effective without some unconventional artwork. Manapul's novel panel layouts in key scenes crystallizes the freeze-frame point of view the title character experiences in this issue, and Buccellato's colors help to distinguish the moment from the rest of the storytelling. Pairing the colorist and artist for this series as co-writers is paying off creatively. Comics are often - especially when it comes to mainstream, corporate super-hero comics - a collaborative effort, but with Flash, the collaboration is more concentrated, and it seems to allow Manapul and Buccellato to experiment and innovate when it comes to their storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Oct 26, 2011

    Some other aspects of "The Flash" #2 seem a little more familiar; the old friend caught up in a strange experiment, the love triangle, the villain whose power is deliberately designed to counter the Flash's. It's not bad at all, but compared to the issue it's not quite as exciting. But it's still a good second issue, and Manapul and Buccellato are clearly settled into their roles of co-authors to provide a consistent, entertaining comic. "The Flash" is definitely in good hands in the DC re-launch, and I'm entertained enough to keep reading. Fun stuff. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Nov 9, 2011

    The bulk of the issue is the Flash running around town, saving every woman and child he can with his new found ability. We do learn a little more about his friend Manuel, but not a whole lot. But so far, Im not too terribly impressed with the story. Its all about the art for me at this point, and thats definitely Manapuls strong point. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Oct 30, 2011

    The art on this book is phenomenal. Manapul is easily providing the best depiction of the Flash that I have ever had the pleasure of coming across, and while the writing isn't quite on the same level, it still makes for a solid comic. If these first two issues are any indication, I think that the Flash is only going to get better as it goes along, gaining momentum as its creators get more and more comfortable with their tasks and the world of Barry Allen. I can't wait. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Bin - Garth the Geek Oct 29, 2011

    Long story short, if I were judging 'The Flash' based on the artwork alone, it would be getting a 10 out of 10. But I'm not. And sadly, no matter how great Manapul's artwork may be, it just can't make up for the story. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    cxPulp - Jimmy Wahl Oct 31, 2011

    Overall, the writing is compelling, but I'd wait for the next arc to pick up The Flash, unless you've got an insatiable love for clones, of course. Read Full Review

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