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
Number of Pages:128 pages

The Flash, Volume 2: Speed of Darkness Reviews

  • Sesana

    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.

  • Will Robinson Jr.

    This could of been a mix bag of a mess but Joshua Williamson's skillful storytelling saves a pretty mediocre comic book. After coming off the stellar

    Williamson decides to spend the volume of this series really building up the Flashes world and getting the readers familiar with Flash's supporting cast. This is not a bad idea but many may find this collection not quite as good as volume one. I admit this volume does come across as just filler. But there

    This could of been a mix bag of a mess but Joshua Williamson's skillful storytelling saves a pretty mediocre comic book. After coming off the stellar

    Williamson decides to spend the volume of this series really building up the Flashes world and getting the readers familiar with Flash's supporting cast. This is not a bad idea but many may find this collection not quite as good as volume one. I admit this volume does come across as just filler. But there is a lot action and the character moments were well done. The two Wally Wests finally meet in this volume which opens up a realm of questions about the DC Universe and what is happening with the current time line concerning the Flash. I really enjoyed the inclusion of the old long time villain Shade. My only real gripe with the book was the artwork. It was a bit bad in some parts but the colors were okay. In short this book is worth checking out and works like a little adventure tale before we move into the next story arc.

  • Chris

    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

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

  • Danielle

    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.

  • Shannon Appelcline

    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.

  • Chad

    Much smaller stories in this volume told from Kid Flash's point of view. Pre-Flashpoint Wally West shows up for an issue. Next up is a three issue arc featuring The Shade, followed by an issue where Barry and Iris finally go on a date.

    The Good: These are much more character focused issues mainly on Kid Flash. Felipe Watanabe and Neil Googe definitely have potential as artists.

    The Bad: I hope we don't have to hear Wally West whine about not knowing the Flash's identity for much longer. Yes, it is

    Much smaller stories in this volume told from Kid Flash's point of view. Pre-Flashpoint Wally West shows up for an issue. Next up is a three issue arc featuring The Shade, followed by an issue where Barry and Iris finally go on a date.

    The Good: These are much more character focused issues mainly on Kid Flash. Felipe Watanabe and Neil Googe definitely have potential as artists.

    The Bad: I hope we don't have to hear Wally West whine about not knowing the Flash's identity for much longer. Yes, it is realistic that a kid would do this, but Jebus it's super annoying.

    The Ugly: You can see the ill effects of a biweekly schedule on the art. Some of the art in this book is absolutely terrible. Jorge Corona shouldn't be left near a pencil again. Same thing goes for Davide Gianfelice.

    Received an advanced copy from DC and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Allonsythornraxx

    20/07/2017

    I wasn't really expecting to like this because volume 1 was pretty meh and I am really exhausted lately but I actually really enjoyed this one. I'm hoping to read volume 3 when it comes out later this year.


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