Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Frederico Dallocchio
Colorist: Veronica Gandini
Reviewed by: Brett Israel
In what seems like a month-long excursion into reviewing Convergence titles, I picked up a character this week that intrigues me: The Flash. Knowing Dan Abnett from Marvel cosmic stories, and loving his stuff, I came in with fairly high hopes for the book. I ended up with a slightly mixed bag.
As mentioned before, the general idea of Convergence is that heroes from different Earths and stories are coming together and are pitted against each other for the fate of their world. I have been fairly excited to visit a lot of these characters, which we haven’t really seen in many years, and the idea of the pre-crisis Flash was one of the biggest grabs for me. With this issue, however, we received a lot of world building, and general placement in the Convergence story. Due to this, the story of this two-issue mini didn’t really seem to start until the very end. While I don’t generally mind establishing the scene right off the bat, this is only two issues and so those pages are valuable real estate. As such, I was left wanting the story to get moving. The Flash, here, is Barry Allen, who is trapped in this time due to the Convergence bubble. We get the usual pining for Iris and also get to meet a new character in Josie Leighton, Barrys research assistant, who looks to be interesting. That being said, I can’t help but shake the knowledge that this is incredibly temporary. While I like the character work from Abnett, and the end of the issue certainly grabbed my attention, this felt more like an issue of a Flash ongoing rather than a mini.
The biggest issue here, however, is the space dedicated to the speech from Telos, which is the same (or seems it) in every tie-in issue. It’s a waste. We don’t need to be constantly reminded that the Convergence is happening, and it breaks up the natural flow of the story. I know this isn’t an Abnett issue, rather editorial, but I couldn’t help but feel irked by it.
Dallocchio’s art at times worked really well in the story, but also felt a little weird sometimes with facial expressions and motion. Some panels seemed a little static, which doesn’t work in a Flash comic. That being said, the art was always clear storytelling-wise, and it grounded me in the Superhero world fairly well. In some unexplainable way, this just felt like a classic DC world, and I believe that credit should go to Dallocchio.
While I wasn’t grooving on the Convergence shoehorning, and a chunk of the issue was a little slow, the cliffhanger picked me up. I’d love to hear how a fan of classic Flash felt about this story.
3 domes out of 5.