Review: The Flash Season Zero #2 (DC Comics)



Publisher: DC Comics
Story by: Andrew Kreisberg
Script by: Brooke Eikmeier & Katherine Walczak
Pencils by: Phil Hester
Inks by: Eric Gapstur
Colours by: Kelsey Shannon
Review: Kate @ All That Geek.

While I enjoyed issue one of The Flash Season Zero, even though it was mostly setting up background on our hero and the evil circus arc, the second installment felt a bit weighed down by Barry’s unrequited love.

Issue #2 picks up after Barry’s confrontation with the Strongman as he heads back to S.T.A.R Labs to explain what happened and have his ankle set (or rebroken and set). Its a great few pages, the banter between the characters is great and I expect to see that interaction replicated on screen. When Barry goes back to his other job, we see him spend a lot of time pining over Iris. I suppose its necessary to show, as its part of who Barry is, but it feels like there are a lot of panels devoted to it and it adds no value to the story. I want to be reading a superhero comic, not a love story. Barry’s identity crisis is something I can see him struggling with, though perhaps if we saw of his Flash-life conflicting with his regular Barry-life in some way, it might feel a bit more warranted.

The villain for this issue is a snake charmer who not only charms snakes, but all the animals at the zoo, sending some of them on a rampage. I like her better than the Strongman, though her purpose for getting all the animals under her thrall remains to be seen, hopefully we’ll find this out in the next issue.

The art bothered me a little more this time, with Barry being drawn way more bulky than the actor who plays him on the series, it feels odd. But I like the style of the art and the panels with the snake charmer are by far the best, especially the page with all the animals from the zoo.

One thing I have to mention is the title of this issue “Who Let The Chimps Out” and at the end we’re told next issue “Who Let The Cats Out” surely the creative team can come up with something better than a play on a tiresome early 2000 phrase?

Overall, a good issue, but I am hoping for more in number 3.

Have you read the second installment of The Flash Season Zero? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Buy The Flash Season Zero #2 from Comixology.

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