While I was skeptical about whether or not I would enjoy my first ever The Flash comic, I began reading with an open mind.
Wally West, Kid Flash, is having nightmares about his father, Daniel a.k.a. Reverse Flash. To help his obviously troubled protégé, Flash offers to take Wally to talk to Daniel in prison. When Wally tells him Daniel was transferred to a prison in Louisiana, Barry rushes down to find out what’s going on. After being turned away by Amanda Waller, in an exchange I can only describe as “shady,” Barry decides to take Wally to someone who might have information on whether or not Daniel was in fact ever at Belle Reve Penitentiary, Captain Boomerang. The two find him in Australia, on the hunt for a father/son duo known as the Weaver Clan. Mid-conversation, Flash, Kid Flash, and Boomerang get trapped by The Weaver Clan in an electric net of some kind, and we’re left with a cliffhanger.
While there’s a bit too much dialogue for my taste, The Flash #18 is a solid opening act for a story that I have high expectations for. This could end up to be an uplifting story of a Father and son reconciling, or a crushingly heartbreaking lesson about how people aren’t always the kinds of people we want them to be. I’m actually hoping Joshua Williamson gives us the latter. With that in mind, I enjoyed the levity of the entire Captain Boomerang scene. As the old saying goes, “if you want to make them cry, make them laugh.” It appears as though Williamson may be setting us up for a decent cry, especially for those with father issues.
As far as Jesus Merino’s artwork is concerned, for me, it was a bit hit and miss. A number of panels have no background and make the flow feel a bit choppy. Most of the prison break-in flowed very well, and the highlight of the issue is the final scene with Captain Boomerang, which, is so well done that I could practically see the action unfold as if it were a movie. I really hope the rest of the action sequences manage to do the same in future issues.
Although I was never a fan of the character, The Flash #18 has caught my attention and the rest of this arc could be the deciding factor on whether or not I become a fan. Let’s see if Williamson and Merino have what it takes to make me a believer. All it takes is one good story to set the hook of fandom.