Like the ‘New 52’, and ‘Flashpoint’ before it, ‘Barry Allen’ is again at the heart of ‘Rebirth’, along with the, ever influential speed force. In this, his first issue of the saga, Barry becomes aware that something is amiss and an unknown power has been playing with his, and everyone else’s reality.
Warning: There may be possible spoilers ahead.
As a result of trying to change the past and save his mum, Barry managed to create an alternate timeline, within the pages of ‘Flashpoint’. Despite rectifying this, Barry thought himself responsible for the subtle shifts in the timeline, as evident in the ‘New 52’. However, in this issue he is paid a visit by an all-but-forgotten Wally West, who was lost from continuity as a result of the time-shift. Wally has travelled via the speed-force to warn his old mentor, despite the possible, fatal consequences of his trip.
Throughout this issue there are demonstrations as to how Barry is one of the more likeable characters in the DCU. Whilst Batman fights to save his fellow man, Barry manages to not only join the fight but also be on the front-line offering any support he can (even if it is getting in some pizza). Possibly the main reason that Wally was able to converse with Barry, where he couldn’t with others, is his attachment to the character and this is conveyed in what are probably some of the most emotional pages in DCU history.
For those new to the DCU, ‘Flash: Rebirth #1’ is an ideal comic to start with. By making us, and the characters aware of the shift in continuity, new readers can now pick up at the same point as the more die-hard fans, given that we all now know the events prior to this have been part of some elaborate lie. Writer Joshua Williamson has delivered an excellent and succinct explanation through both Wally and Barry that will allow the less aware readers to be up to speed (no pun intended). Readers are also treated to the coming together of two great minds, as Barry seeks Batman’s counsel and these detective minds agree to work together to find the perpetrator. Artists Carmine Di Giandomenico and Ivan Plascenciahave also delivered a strong display and their distinct images really convey the emotions that these characters must be feeling at their very core.
In all, this issue is an excellent introductory issue to the whole concept of the ‘Rebirth’ universe. The Flash has really become a pivotal character in the DCU, over the last number of years, and this issue clearly shows that they have no intention of changing that. So although Barry Allen may be fast, nothing will stop me following him and his adventures for the duration of this ‘Rebirth’ saga.
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