Carmine Di Giandomenico’s art grows on you.
At first glance it seems very loose. It looks like inks straight to page, no pencils, although he’s maybe inked over pencilled layouts. At first it felt too loose, but as the pages wore on I settled into it, then began to really enjoy it in some places, but in others it feels like it’s been laid down really quickly, with very little detail or anything in the way of backgrounds. Instead there’s some effects added in digitally.
The bigger problem here is that I like a Flash book to be much more colourful. There’s an awful dull wash over the colours on the book and I think it’s a poor choice. The red of his costume is almost burgundy; there is so much shadowing in it. The yellows are almost cream. A Flash book is not the time for a colourist to be showing off their knowledge and use of realistic lighting.
I’m not sure what the art team is for the book when it kicks off proper, but I’m hoping it’s a different colourist, I hate to say it.
The story itself is a blend of set up perfect for new readers or fans of the show who have never picked up a Flash comic before…and then
We have a recap about Barry, some flashes of Wally, then it picks right up from Rebirth. VERY closely tied to Rebirth. Obviously Wally is back. But there’s some other stuff that I never thought would be tied in here, namely who is is behind what has happened with Wally and everyone else. A letter from Batman. And a certain smiley badge. Because I enjoyed Rebirth so much this is all great news for me, but the mileage may very depending on your feelings towards the events of that book.
Ironically given the nature of the book, it all happens a bit too fast. There’s quite a lot of big stuff going on here and it needed more room to breathe. It could have been double the amount of pages to be honest. It’s a lot to take in, not in terms of quantity of info, but in terms of room to breathe and for me, contain my excitement of what is being picked up from Rebirth.
Overall this was a pretty eventful issue, but quite choppy.
Thankfully I know Williamson well from his work on Nailbiter and Birthright and I’m confident that now the exposition and introduction is out the way he will get down to the good stories, told well in his effortless manner that flows so effectively in his creator owned work.
He’s a writer with a lot of good ideas and fingers crossed we’ll see some of that here. DC are clearly trusting him to deal with some big moments that were hinted at in Rebirth.