Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carmine Di Giadomenico
Colorist: Ivan Plascencia
Letterer: Steve Wands
Eobard Thawne, the Reverse Flash AKA Professor Zoom… He was many things to many people but to the Flash he was… a partner, an ally…his best friend.
So begins the newest arc of what has been an absolute delight of the DC Rebirth, the Flash. The Flash #23 begins the Color of Fear storyline that picks up in the wake of The Button Crossover that wrapped up in the previous issue. When we last saw the Reverse Flash he was accelerating into a skeleton after encountering a god but our story here begins at the Flash Museum in the 25th Century and promises the tale of the worlds greatest friendship and partnership, Flash and the Reverse Flash. I wasn’t sure what to make of it but I knew I was on board.
The Flash #23 is yet another great issue in what has been a fantastic run. We have a distracted Barry, whose not only convinced himself that the Reverse Flash isn’t dead but simply slowed down and he’ll be back at any moment but also the mystery of the Speedster who saved him and Batman is weighing on his shoulders. The fear of the Reverse Flash hovers over Barry for the remainder of the issue as he envisions the return of his most dangerous foe and seeing his friends wiped out before he can do anything. Hal Jordan shows up to an ill-fated surprise party, which a great call back to the Silver Age where these two were the best of friends. Of course there is a team up as super villain shenanigans ensue and the final page cliffhanger brought a smile to my face.
Joshua Williamson is writing a tremendous Flash run that it hit every note perfectly as it channels both a classic vibe all while keeping it incredibly modern. Carmine Di Giandomenico returns for this arc and it is a welcome return as his art is perfect for the high energy and kinetic vibe necessary to make the Flash work. His jaw dropping splash page where we get the Flash and Green Lantern suited up and ready for action is an incredible piece of artwork that is only enhanced by the colors of Ivan Plascencia that are vivid and burst from the page. I can’t wait to see where this arc goes or this series as a whole as long as this creative team is involved.
Verdict: The Flash is always a Buy when Joshua Williamson and Carmine Di Giandomenico are involved. Since it’s relaunch the Flash has been a stand out title and the Flash #23 continues this trend.