Flash #21

Flash #21

Writer: Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 26, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 5
7.4Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

While on his path to finding the Speed Force Killer, Barry must contend with The Teen Titans! Plus, The Flash meets Kid Flash for the first time!

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Fuentes Jun 27, 2013

    The long awaited meeting between The Flash and Kid Flash is an exciting and gorgeous milestone for the New 52. The latter runs so fast that he learns what happens when you reach escape velocity. This was a great science moment and reminds readers that there is a limit to how fast speedster heroes can move. The book closes on a very menacing Reverse Flash who has just killed another friend of The Flash. Readers should catch next month's issue to find out what happens when Reverse Flash goes after the remaining two people touched by the speed force: Iris West and The Flash. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Daniel Gehen Jun 28, 2013

    Pacing issues aside, The Flash continues to be one of DCs standout titles. Those complaining that all DC books feel the same should really consider picking up this book. While the tone is more serious than last issue, the entertainment factor remains. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 26, 2013

    The Flash vs Kid Flash. Who is faster? What sort of encounter will the two have. If you're a fan of either character, pre- or post-New 52, you won't want to miss this issue. Too much about Bart is still unknown and you'll find yourself hanging onto every word and panel with the two. Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul's story with the Speed Force killer continues to be a problem and their art and color gives the book such a great look. The biggest problem with this issue is it feels too short. Or it felt like the story went by too fast. That might seem fitting for a book starring a speedster. Perhaps it's simply a longing for more action and story with the Flash. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Jun 28, 2013

    Flash on Flash on Flash is what this issue was. And I loved every second of it. It deepened all the mysteries. Who is Bart Allen really? What's going on with Daniel West? Why is Reverse Flash going after those who were in the Speed Force? Shouldn't Barry put those who are left in some sort of protection? (Rest in peace, Gomez) The Buccellatto/Manapul Flash continues to be one of the best books out there, and I don't see that changing anytime soon. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Melissa Grey Jun 26, 2013

    Artistically, there's never a dull moment in The Flash #21. The narrative, however, doesn't fare quite so well. While there are lots of promising plot points (like Daniel West's incarceration and Iris' burgeoning friendship with Barry), they're in danger of going stale after months of neglect.As ever, the visuals are strong enough to carry the issue, even through its rougher patches. Manapul and Buccellato's art continues to bepar excellence-- even when the plot falters (and it does), we're still given something meaty to satisfy our appetites. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 1, 2013

    Honestly, I could have done with a less dickish Kid Flash (but that's what I can say about nearly all the New 52 characters). Once again we get a cameo by the (horrendously redesigned) Reverse-Flash who may finally be turning his attention to our hero beginning next month. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan Jul 2, 2013

    Overall this is an issue who main draw is the art. While I try to look for counterbalances as much as I can when reviewing this series there s really not much going on besides Manapul and Buccellato indulging themselves, or so it seems. It has signs of just being another casualty of writing for the trade which is a shame, but hopefully they are more restrained as the story-arc goes on because they are various plot beats that are intensely interesting and could make or break the story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Jul 4, 2013

    Despite what I've said in this review, this isn't a bad issue by any means; it's just the fact that we've been looking forward to this storyline for a long time, and it still doesn't feel like it's really kicked in just yet. With four more issues (plus Villains Month) to go, there's plenty of time for more fun to occur, but this issue is a bit of a stalling point. Read Full Review

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