Flash #2

Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 13, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 49
8.0Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

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"LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE" Chapter Two: In issue #2, The Flash trains novice speedster August Heart to help protect the people of Central City from the Black Hole, a new breed of rogue with a deadly agenda for the Fastest Men Alive.

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 17, 2016

    The Flash gets a new partner, but will he become a rogue? Good art and story that shows the lines that the Flash will not cross for justice. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Alexis Simonetta Jul 12, 2016

    The story is adding so many new paths for our hero to take. I'm excited to see what's coming up next. I think Williamson and Di Giandomenico are a fantastic pair and really have a great thing going. The Flash is quickly becoming one of my favorite heroes! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 13, 2016

    This was my final read for new comics this week and it didnt let me down. With a terrific cliffhanger hopefully the two weeks to follow up on Thunderstruck wont be too slow. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Adeem Khan Jul 13, 2016

    Overall, Flash is one of the best DC books at the moment. Despite how diluted the character has become recently, Williamson is managing to keep him fresh and exciting. Giandomenico's art fits the character very well. This is one of the best fit creative teams that have ever been on Flash, and I can't wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 14, 2016

    If The Flash doesn't qualify as the most gorgeous-looking book in the DC Rebirth lineup, it's definitely up there in the rankings. Artist Carmine Di Giandomenico and colorist Ivan Plascencia were born to collaborate on this book. Di Giandomenico's lithe, dynamic characters and Plascencia's eye-popping colors easily make this the most visually enticing Flash comic since Francis Manapul's run. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comicsverse - Tim O'Reilly Jul 14, 2016

    There's a lot to love about THE FLASH #2. Williamson and Giandomenico are a great team that not only have a good understanding of where Barry Allen has been but also of where they want to take him. Great writing paired with original art direction give new life to an old character like The Flash, and it's exciting to see where things will go from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    411Mania - Jonathan Durden Jul 21, 2016

    I enjoyed just about every page of this issue. I still haven't touched on many of the other things that happened in it, but I could go on and on and I know people don't want to read a 100-word essay about one issue of The Flash. One could argue that the short appearance of Wally West was unnecessary or that August could be easily identifiable through those goggles he calls a "disguise", but these things are really just petty things people like me like to knit-pick about. All-in-all, this was another really solid issue and I am still sticking with it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 13, 2016

    This is the issue I've been waiting for since Williamson was announced for this book.  It flies by at breakneck speed, looks great and is just fun.  Plus, the cliffhanger promises a lot more fun and possibly montages galore.  Cue up "Fight to Survive" and get ready for two weeks from now. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jul 13, 2016

    Flash #2 makes Barry's life more complicated than it already is with all the weight that comes with being the Flash. This issue has heart, it's action-packed, reminds you of how great it is to be a superhero, and the quality of the artwork continues to improve. This creative team hasn't let up with their momentum and hopefully that shouldn't change anytime too soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Jul 13, 2016

    This was a Flash story that Im actually excited to finish. While there are politics involved that strike a chord in me, it is truly a great story. I do like the Barry is a static force of good, which reflects his character, and August provides a new dynamic to play off of as a man of color in law enforcement. It was a bit strange to see more elements from the TV show play out in this issue, but they didnt detract from the story. Theres going to be a great buildup within this new Flash and this team is a great one to see it through. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Jul 15, 2016

    The Flash #2 was just a joy to read, with the way Barry embraced our new speedster being truly magnificent. The creative team also start to build a much grander story, with the final moments of the issue bound to leave readers itching for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jul 14, 2016

    If there are hundreds of Speedsters in Central City, things are soon going to run awry. Not all of those people will be good afterall. If the speedforce has chosen each one of them then there's definitely a reason behind it. But we can't help but draw comparisons to the recent Spider-Man story, Spider-Island, when everyone in New York gained the same powers as the webslinger. And that didn't end well either. Will The Flash go down a similar route? Only time will tell. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Jul 13, 2016

    Schmeckles: The Speed Force clearly sent Williamson and Di Giandomenico to save us, because this is a fantastic, optimistic and wholly good Barry Allen tale.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jul 16, 2016

    This comic book series is every bit as intriguing as the TV show and right now Flash fans deserve no less. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Mike Annernio Jul 13, 2016

    The Flash is definitely one of DCs best books out there right now and issue #2 is a testament to that. Coming from me thats saying something because I love basically everything that DC is pumping out right now, with The Flash being perhaps the most exciting, fun book of the bunch. Its not a perfect book, there are moments where the story falters a bit, but every time I thought that the book was going to completely fall it would pick itself back up with a fun line or a cool twist. DC is doing good right now and this book is one of the best examples of it. Ive said it before and Ill say it again, if you still havent picked up this book yet, do so immediately. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - taschabear Jul 13, 2016

    In summary, Barry's unspoken request of not being alone is definitely answered within the last pages of the issue – maybe even more so than he expected! The Flash issues are taking an interesting turn in regards to the story line of Rebirth. As a long time fan, I hope this current excitement and flow continues for many installments to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jul 18, 2016

    A really fun issue that, while a little decompressed for my tastes, promises a really fun story going forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 13, 2016

    The comic is an interesting one. It begins one way so you expect a comic where Barry begins to train this new Speedster (with some foreshadowing thrown in) but, by the end of it all the comic is something very different. It's a hodgepodge of a whole bunch of different things but totally works because of the way Williamson presents it all. You can feel the energy on the page, it comes through well. The end of the comic sets something up that'll be really interesting, and luckily we only have two weeks to wait to see where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Jul 15, 2016

    Now, the end of the issue brings up an interesting premise. What makes Barry Allen, or any Flash, for that matter, so special in a city where dozens of people also have super speed? It may be his intellect or his morals, but that's surely going to be put to the test in the next couple of issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flickering Myth - Tony Black Jul 28, 2016

    A series that continues to entertain under writer Joshua Williamson, The Flash‘s second issue retains a solid balance of character work with ongoing story, and one or two little suggestive nods toward the bigger Rebirth arc, and is drawn nice and brightly, with plenty of zest a colourful hero like Barry Allen deserves. A good read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jul 13, 2016

    Overall a solid issue that sets up the challenges that Barry will be facing in the months ahead. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Jeff Marsick Jul 13, 2016

    Where this series leads will certainly further define the Flash's relationship with the Speed Force " not to mention what manner of sentient energy comprises the Speed Force " and will probably make Barry regret wanting to be a mentor. In short, there's a lot of narrative ground that The Flash can cover " I just hope that coming issues ratchet up the tension and put more on the line for Barry to be challenged with. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Jul 19, 2016

    As for everything else, this story is moving along nicely. It is a satisfying read if a bit connect the dots. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Aaron Reese Jul 18, 2016

    Carmine Di Giandomenico's art has a frenzied, scratchy quality that fits nicely in a flash comic. It's like an even split between manga and American cartoon art with a dash of traditional comic art thrown in. It's fun and energetic, which is what Flash comics should have. His work is worth checking out. While issue #2 has a few good moments and an intriguing cliffhanger, this Flash series needs to take advantage of the kinetic artwork and the momentum gathered at the end of the issue so the cliches don't weigh it down (It worked for The Losers. No one cared about the cliched writing because the pace flew too quickly for anyone to notice). Read Full Review

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