Flash #23.2

Event\Storyline: Villains Month Writer: Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 11, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 4
7.1Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Discover the untold origin of Reverse-Flash! Who is he, and what is his relationship to Barry Allen? Secrets are revealed and questions answered as we race through the history of Reverse-Flash right through to Forever Evil!

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Fuentes Sep 12, 2013

    Now that we know who Reverse Flash is and his origin story, it's time to see this gets wrapped up. Obviously, The Flash will get his speed force backor will he? Since the two are exiting the book after the conclusion of this story, I am wondering if they will shake things up. We saw a shakeup in Aquaman, Justice League of America and Justice League so I am going to brace myself for whatever Manapul and Buccellato have in store. So far, it's been quite a ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 11, 2013

    The Flash #23.2 is a really good issue.  We get the back story of the Reverse Flash and find out he is a pretty sympathetic character.  The main writing team of Manapul and Buccellato do a great job, but it probably would have been better served as The Flash #24 and not a Villains Month issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Sep 13, 2013

    Ignoring the goings-on of Villains month, this Reverse Flash storyline is hitting its peak and, from that last page, I really can't wait to see where this goes. As a fan of a lot of time travel stories, I know you shouldn't mess with the past, so what damage is Daniel going to create in his attempt to fix his life? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Sep 11, 2013

    It may be a long time before we see Wally West again, but there is a West who is now a Flash, if that helps. Foreshadowing, maybe? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan Sep 13, 2013

    One of the downsides of this issue was, and on this I am pretty disappointed, is that Manapul was not able to contribute to the art side of this issue. Not after "Mob Rule" has Manapul been able to complete one arc all the way through and given the importance of this one it's disheartening. His substitute, Scott Hepburn, is competent and creates some incredibly lavish spreads throughout the issue " helped out by Buccellato's fantastic colors. This issue could have done more, but given that it had only one focus " did that one focus spectacularly. It's now up to next month's issue to bring it all the way home " and so it pretty much has the world on it's shoulders. At the end, I just hope that Manapul and Buccellato land on their feet and end on a good note. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Chris Lemmerman Sep 16, 2013

    The cards are on the table and the Reverse Flash's origin is revealed in time for Reverse to come to a conclusion next month. Even if the artwork isn't as good as it could have been, the story is as always tightly plotted and well thought out, creating a supervillain origin that makes sense, whilst humanizing Daniel's character so that, even if we don't agree with his extreme methods, his reasons for murdering people make at least a little sense. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Daniel Gehen Sep 12, 2013

    Villains Month continues to be a success for fans of the Scarlet Speedster, with quality books published in consecutive weeks. While there is one more installment to go with next weeks Rogues-centric issue, Buccellato and Manapul make a strong push towards the end of Reverse by pulling back the curtain on one of the biggest mysteries of the New 52. The Flash #23.2 does not disappoint. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 11, 2013

    Note: I thought the 3D version of this issue was pretty groovy. You gotta love that Manapul art. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Melissa Grey Sep 11, 2013

    While the narrative might not be as strong as the regularly numbered issues that have preceded it, the art is on par with the title's standard of excellence. Hepburn and Buccellato (the latter provides colors as well as words) maintain the inventive aesthetic that has made The Flash a standout title, while twisting it to dovetail with Reverse Flash's troubled psyche. The art alone is enough to recommend the book, though it does set the story up nicely for the final clash between speedsters in The Flash #24. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Sep 14, 2013

    The final page of the issue, not going to lie, is very interesting. I wonder how things are going to turn out now that young Daniel running into older him killing his father. Maybe the future will change forever, and Daniel will never become Reverse Flash. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Sep 12, 2013

    Manapul and Buccellato wrap up their run on "The Flash" in November (with a new, yet-to-be-announced title for DC Comics waiting for them in 2014), and while their run has had some ups and downs, it's nice to see "The Flash" #23.2 tying the bulk of their two-year tenure together. They've had a cohesive, long-term plan for the book, and at the moment it's paying off. All in all, a nice addition to DC's villains month. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Sep 12, 2013

    Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato's Flash has been a joy to read. But their origin for an all-new Reverse-Flash leaves me wanting. It treads familiar supervillain origin ground but the dramatic tension is supposed to be elevated by the new Reverse-Flash's close proximity to Barry's regular life. It feels forced Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Sep 11, 2013

    All in all, this issue really did go by in a flash. There was nothing wrong with the book, which is to be expected when the team of Manapul and Booch are involved, but there really wasnt a whole lot extra added to the world of The Flash. Sure, we got to see the origin of the Reverse Flash, but it might have been better served on its own as The Flash #24 if we didnt have to deal with the whole villains month gimmick. At the very least, this continued to, even if only incrementally, move their Reverse Flash arc forward and if you ignore the other Flash books this month that break up the current arc, it still works well as an in between real issues filler book. Not bad, but not great. Itll be nice to get back on track next month with the finale to this amazing arc. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Sep 14, 2013

    If you are following Barry West, then yes this issue is essential, if you just want a good Villains story for the month, this isn't your bag, however the art is worth paging through in the comic store. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 12, 2013

    I would say that if you're a Flash completionist and you're going to get it anyway, it's worth the extra dollar for the awesome cover. Excluding that, though, I'd save yourself the extra buck. And if you're finding yourself disappointed with recent issues (and this new character "twist" especially), go ahead and just skip the issue completely. Barry Allen needs a new creative team, fast, and with recent news of that very thing happening in the near future, DC just successfully inspired this reader to stick around for a few more issues. But seriously. This series is a chore to read each and every month. Or, in this case: week. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 18, 2013

    I'm actually glad DC decided not to use Professor Zoom for the new version of the character as I can only imagine how angry I'd be if DC Editorial turned him into something this pathetic. Pass. Read Full Review

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