Here’s my review for The Flash Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 by Joshua Williamson.
The Book Itself
These Rebirth Deluxe Edition Hardcovers are the PERFECT way to collect comic books. For me, this is the definitive way to collect and read comics. These are beautiful oversized (bigger than a standard comic issue or Trade Paperback) hardcovers with dust jacket and sewn bindings. This is all top-of-the-line stuff. The hardcovers feature beautiful art from the issues within, and generally differ from the art and design of the dust jacket. The dust jacket and spine are gorgeous. The white and blue design of the spines look great on a bookshelf.
I wish my entire comic collection was in this format. This is better than a Trade Paperback due to the larger size, better for viewing the art. The collections are larger, generally featuring the number of issues that would be in 2 Trade Paperbacks. And it’s a hardcover. And the books are big, but not too big like an Omnibus. They’re not cumbersome to hold, carry, or read. These Rebirth Deluxe Editions are ideal for reading in any situation, from sitting in an armchair or laying down in bed. I highly recommend!
The art in this book (and on the dust jacket and hardcover) is the beautiful work of Carmine Di Giandomenico. If you think about what would be important aspect of the art for illustrating The Flash, obviously the ability to convey the sense of motion and speed is a must. That is exactly what set’s Carmine’s work apart. Energy, Motion, and Speed are the best ways to describe his pencilwork.
Carmine Di Giandomenico‘s take on The Flash is fast and fun. It’s more light and cartoony than some other artists. Which makes sense. The Flash is no Batman, and it’s definitely not a horror comic like Gideon Falls. So while we don’t have gritty realism or heavy tones or mood, what we have is a lighthearted sense of fun and speed. Every page is a delight.
This book contains The Flash: Rebirth #1 and The Flash #1-13. The story in this book is broken up into two story arcs. The first issue re-tells Barry Allen’s origin story as The Flash.
Then we race into the action with the first story arc : Lightning Strikes Twice. In this story, a Speed Force Storm strikes in Central City, granting a Speed Force abilities to a multitude of regular citizens. The Flash sets up a training program to help these new speedsters learn how to use their powers. However, not everyone who finds themselves with these new powers uses them for good! Some decide to use their new abilities for evil!
The Flash’s new enemy, Godspeed, is pretty awesome. I won’t spoil who he is or what happens, but it’s a great new character in my opinion.
The second arc is The Speed of Darkness. Here we see Barry Allen more in the mentor role as he tries to help Kid Flash deal with the stresses of his powers and everyday life. It’s a difficult balancing act for Barry but it really shows off his character well. And, as you can probably expect, we get another villain show up to hound our heroes! Another great story.
This book is an absolute treat. Physically, the book is absolutely perfect. And the art and story are both fun and enjoyable, and will be worth reading again and again over the years. I consider it a must-have for any DC fans out there.
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