Here’s my review for The Flash: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2 written by Joshua Williamson with art by Carmine Di Giandomenico, Howard Porter, and Ivan Plascencia.
The Book Itself
This is a superb oversized hardcover with a dust jacket and a sewn binding. Like all the Rebirth Deluxe Editions, this is the crème de la crème of comic book collecting. We also get a nice cover gallery and sketch gallery bonus content in the back of the book. The art on the dust jacket is different from the art on the book itself, which is a nice little bonus. The spine looks great on the shelf and goes with well with all the other books in the Rebirth line.
The book collects issues #14-27 of The Flash.
I really enjoyed the art in this book. What you have to have if you’re an artist drawing The Flash, is the ability to depict motion and speed. And that’s what Carmine does really well with his somewhat wild lines and hectic compositions.
The Flash nearly runs right off the page in this book. There’s a sense of real kinetic energy and excitement in every panel and page. Great stuff.
The first story arc in Joshua Williamson‘s ongoing Flash run is called Rogues Reloaded. Here we see The Flash’s Rogues Gallery of classic enemies turn up missing from Central City. The Flash investigates the disappearance of his diabolical foes only to discover that their purported misplacement was in reality a risky ruse!
It’s a fun story and great to see The Flash’s familiar foils back again, Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Golden Glider, Weather Wizard, and Heat Wave. Furthermore it’s a nice introduction for any new Flash readers who may be unfamiliar with the characters’ eternal enemies.
Next we have a crossover story with Batman, The Button. Only half of this story is in this book. To get the whole book, you’ll either need to get the Batman Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2 to read at the same time as this book, or you can buy the story all in one place in Batman/The Flash: The Button Deluxe Edition.
The second major arc of this tome is Running Scared, where another thorn in The Flash’s side rears his ugly head once again, The Reverse Flash, aka Eobard Thawne. Running through time from the 25th Century, Reverse-Flash kidnaps The Flash’s heartthrob Iris.
The stories in this book are fun and exciting and they also are a good jumping on point for any new readers who may not be familiar with the Flash.
The Flash: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2 is a more than fitting follow up to the first book. Any Flash fan will want to continue to collect this ongoing series. It gets my recommendation.
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