The Flash, Volume 2: Speed of Darkness by Joshua Williamson

The Flash, Volume 2: Speed of Darkness

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!A new storm brews over Central City and disproves the old adage about lightning never, well...you know. Just as Barry begins to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, a new speedster debuts--but just where did this amazing new friend come from? Spinning directly out of the epic events of DC Universe: Rebirth, the Fastest Man Alive finds himself at...

Title:The Flash, Volume 2: Speed of Darkness
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ISBN:1401268935
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:128 pages

The Flash, Volume 2: Speed of Darkness Reviews

  • Norman
    Jan 09, 2017

    Great character dichotomy. Fun and meaningful stories. Doesn't take itself too seriously yet maintains a solid grounding and strays from silly. Wally is a brat, but he's just a teenager. Barry's a mentor to him, and it's really all about growing up. Not the absolute most original story, but it works well. Maybe I want to read more about Barry Allen instead of Kid Flash from a main Flash title, but I'm not sure since Williamson's doing such a good job with the dialogue.

    PS apparently I miscounted

    Great character dichotomy. Fun and meaningful stories. Doesn't take itself too seriously yet maintains a solid grounding and strays from silly. Wally is a brat, but he's just a teenager. Barry's a mentor to him, and it's really all about growing up. Not the absolute most original story, but it works well. Maybe I want to read more about Barry Allen instead of Kid Flash from a main Flash title, but I'm not sure since Williamson's doing such a good job with the dialogue.

    PS apparently I miscounted -- this volume goes til issue 15 and we are only 13 in. Nevertheless, I'm assuming the quality does not go downhill.

  • Sesana
    May 23, 2017

    Well, it looks like I'm done with this book, for the time being. The first volume was ok, with fairly good characterization. This one was a total snooze. The Shade story isn't just dull, it's a poor use of the character. A lot of the dialog is sadly trite, and the characters aren't really going anywhere. I think that's about enough of this for me.

  • Chris
    Apr 15, 2017

    Shorter, uglier and one hell of a lot cheesier than it's predecessor, Speed of Darkness is an underwhelming follow-up to the first Rebirth volume of The Flash. I opened my review of that volume (Lightning Strikes Twice) by noting how important it is for a series to start on a high note, but this one serves as a reminder that follow-up is also key.

    In fact, Speed of Darkness would be entirely forgettable were it not for it's amusingly overbearing sentiment. At one point, a female character called

    Shorter, uglier and one hell of a lot cheesier than it's predecessor, Speed of Darkness is an underwhelming follow-up to the first Rebirth volume of The Flash. I opened my review of that volume (Lightning Strikes Twice) by noting how important it is for a series to start on a high note, but this one serves as a reminder that follow-up is also key.

    In fact, Speed of Darkness would be entirely forgettable were it not for it's amusingly overbearing sentiment. At one point, a female character called Hope has been corrupted by 'The Darkness', leading to melodramatic metaphors such as "We must save hope from the darkness!".

    . There's literally no subtlety in this one.

    Sadly, there's no Carmine Di Giandomenico on art duties either. Felipe Watanabe's issue is solid, but the others look like sloppier imitations of Di Giandomenico's work. Where are the cool panel layouts and stylised touches that made the first volume visually appealing? The colourists are great, but the art is otherwise bog standard for a Flash book. Even more disappointingly, there's no Godspeed or Meena

    .

    While Lightning Strikes Twice looked great and balanced several plot threads across eight issues, Speed of Darkness barely manages to entertain during five. Even the excessive optimism can't save it from feeling like a throwaway volume between real story arcs, although some of the hope must have rubbed off on me because i'm keeping my fingers crossed that the third one will be a return to form.

  • Natalie
    Apr 30, 2017

    Read as single issue comics. I thought this volume was stronger than the first one.

  • Danielle
    May 29, 2017

    Read this review and more on my

    Compared to the first Volume, I found this second Volume to be a let down. When it comes to The Flash, I have never been overly excited about him. Some part of me just does not find it interesting that he can just run fast. I am sure that he has other stuff that he can do but neither the TV Show or the comic books have ever made me

    Read this review and more on my

    Compared to the first Volume, I found this second Volume to be a let down. When it comes to The Flash, I have never been overly excited about him. Some part of me just does not find it interesting that he can just run fast. I am sure that he has other stuff that he can do but neither the TV Show or the comic books have ever made me interested in finding out. This Volume has not changed that for me.

    The storyline was very simple. Wally West does not trust The Flash as he does not know who he is, yet The Flash knows his identity. Wally wants to become more independent from The Flash and gets reckless doing so. The rest of the story stems from Wally impatience and The Flash has to come and save him and fix the problems that he caused.

    The art work did not seem to work with the storyline. Don’t get me wrong, some of it was very nice but on the whole it just seemed bland. Normally when I look at the page of a comic book, my eye tends to be drawn to one part of the page but whilst reading Speed Of Darkness I found myself struggling to find anything interesting. As I am not an artist I would not have any idea what it is that I do not like but I feel like either it should have been more colourful or had on colour theme being dominate.

    If you love The Flash, then you will most likely enjoy this volume but for majority of people I do not think that it will be good enough.

  • Chris Lemmerman
    May 14, 2017

    [Read as single issues]

    After a very long opening arc at 8 issues, the second volume of the Flash collects the next few stories - a one-shot that has the older Wally West meet the younger one, the titular Speed Of Darkness which brings back The Shade, and then a date night story between Barry and Iris.

    While the first volume was very much about Barry Allen, this second one focuses a lot more on the Kid Flash Wally West and brings his role in the story to prominence. Both the one-shot stories are a

    [Read as single issues]

    After a very long opening arc at 8 issues, the second volume of the Flash collects the next few stories - a one-shot that has the older Wally West meet the younger one, the titular Speed Of Darkness which brings back The Shade, and then a date night story between Barry and Iris.

    While the first volume was very much about Barry Allen, this second one focuses a lot more on the Kid Flash Wally West and brings his role in the story to prominence. Both the one-shot stories are about the place Wally has in the lives of the people around him, and the Speed of Darkness story has him right by Barry's side which wasn't something we saw a lot of in the first story. The characterization remains on point, and it's great to see that DC are happy to have two Wallys that fill very different spots in the universe.

    The art is a little more inconsistent than the first volume, with Neil Googe, Jorge Corona, David Gianfelice, and Felipe Watanabe all pencilling issues here. They're all quite fast and loose with their art (except Googe, who's much tighter), and it's a little jarring after 6 or 7 issues of Carmine Di Giandomenico in the first volume. It's not a bad change, but it's definitely a shock to the system after Di Giandomenico's more defined style.

    This volume serves as a palette cleanser between bigger arcs, but that doesn't mean it's unimportant. The character work is well worth it, and Williamson's stories are solid too.

  • Chris
    May 30, 2017

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  • Shannon Appelcline
    Jun 04, 2017

    The core story of this volume, "The Speed of Darkness" is all about Flash and the Shade. And, it's terrific that DC is continuing right on with their Rebirth, and so offering us a mature Shade, continuing his storyline from James Robinson's excellent

    comic. But, beyond that the story is pretty mediocre. Fighting darkness demons, fighting through the Shadowlands, and lots more fighting. There are lots of good ideas in this story, but not a particularly exciting execution.

    The two single is

    The core story of this volume, "The Speed of Darkness" is all about Flash and the Shade. And, it's terrific that DC is continuing right on with their Rebirth, and so offering us a mature Shade, continuing his storyline from James Robinson's excellent

    comic. But, beyond that the story is pretty mediocre. Fighting darkness demons, fighting through the Shadowlands, and lots more fighting. There are lots of good ideas in this story, but not a particularly exciting execution.

    The two single issues, both of which focus on nuKidFlash are better. One is about him meeting KidFlashClassic and the other is about him standing guard on the city. They're both nice character pieces, and in particular the last one is strong on continuity and character alike.

    Call it 3.4 stars when you average the various stories.


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