- Phil Mateer almost bought The Flash #8 but ended up putting the issue back on the rack. Writing at All About Comics, Phil sums up the thoughts of many readers when he explains, "I almost bought this, too; it’s the second chapter in a who-knows-how-long story, but it’s a satisfying chunk by itself, with the occasional sense that Bart Allen’s world is an interesting place, with characters and events the reader might want to find out more about--and that’s been missing, for me, since the relaunch. The Flash franchise has benefited from a lot of long runs by good writers (John Broome and Cary Bates in their eras, and more recently Mike Baron, Mark Waid, and Geoff Johns), and right now it’s ripe for someone to make it their own... Anyone who can deliver two or three good episodes of this title in a row will get me back as a reader, and the count is now at 'one.'" Will Marc Guggenheim prove to be that writer?
- The aptly-named DCU Boy over at The Continuity Blog feels that "the writing team may have started out horribly, but they are going out greatly. This was the best issue of the series to date. It was full of action and yet managed to move the character forward as well... I am starting to get used to Bart as the Flash, finally. I love Wally but he will be back some day. I think it is time to let Bart ride the lightning."
- The Mad Monk of Christians Read Comics Too! is also pleased with the book's progress and, whilst continually refering to himself in the third person, reconsiders Bilson and DeMeo's contributions to the mythology. "The Mad Monk is tired of the Flash bashing. In fact, The Mad Monk predicts that after this creative team's issues are collected into trade form, praise will be heaped upon it.... This was a great story. It has brought a tale of becoming your destiny and carrying on the family tradition to us all. The Mad Monk feels a renewed connection to the character. Now a new team will come on next month and we all will see what happens."
- The Knave of Krypton isn't entirely impressed but sees reason for hope. His review echoes a question that lingers in the mind of every reader: Why did DC Comics feel the need to re-launch The Flash? "That sad little re-launch that couldn’t continues to not find its footing this issue, but it does manage to dig its face out of the mud and look up in anticipation of improvement... It’s pretty embarrassing that DC has fumbled one of its A-list characters so completely; however, this issue, while clunky and uneven, manages a few nice moments."
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo's final issue of The Flash is now on the stands. In a month's time, the book will be taken in a new direction by writer Marc Guggenheim. So, how does the most recent installment of this unpopular relaunch compare to what's gone before? What are people saying about The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #8?