Updated: Jan 24, 2020
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Howard Porter
Publisher: DC Comics
When this storyline was first announced, I had mixed feelings. Not many people have been able to recapture that same feeling you get when you read BATMAN:YEAR ONE. While this could have come of as a cheap marketing ploy, it's far from that. Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter expand on an origin story that many of us all know very well, and expand on it in a way that is both highly entertaining and new at the same time.
With all of the drama surrounding Wally West, this is a welcome break and couldn't have come at a more opportune time. This arc gives all of us Flash fans a 3 month break and allows us to enjoy a great story, with out being bogged down by the traumatic events of HEROES IN CRISIS.
Williamson begin his story with Barry as a young kid who, during a thunderstorm, is sitting up in the attic reading old comics. This was nod to Barry getting his inspiration to become the Flash after reading the Golden Age exploits of Jay Garrick. If you pay close attention you can see the covers to the old Flash Comics. Thank you Howard Porter for putting those in there, it didn't go unnoticed. It was really nice to see Williamson incorporate this back into Barry's origin, as it was kind of ignored during the New52. This scene also shows that even at a young age, Barry always had a strong sense of right and wrong.
As time jumps forward, Barry is now working alongside his old friend August, Godspeed as you longtime readers know, for the CCPD. Barry has become a lot more focused since his happy go lucky days as a kid. He's still trying to solve his mother's murder and help free his father, who was accused of the murder. This is why he used his gifted brain to become a forensic scientist, so not only could he help other people, but also solve the horrendous crime that drastically altered his life.
I love the portrayal of Iris West in this issue. She has always been one of my favorite supporting characters, and Williamson writes her brilliantly. The chemistry between Barry and Iris, is only matched by Clark and Lois. These two were meant for each other and Williamson and Porter show that perfectly in just one page.
The fateful night has come, Barry get's struck by lightning, and the rest is history. What we get to see following those events, is Barry figuring out his speed. Porter has always been one of my favorite Flash artists, besides Scott Kolins, the way he expertly showcases Barry's speed powers make syou feel like Barry is going to run right off of the page. Not to mention the Hi-Fi's exquisite colors that make the lightning look so real, you can imagine being electrocuted just from holding the book.
As Barry learns how to use his powers he goes, from being skeptical, to learning how to have fun and enjoy his speed. As he finally let's loose, he accidently jumps forward in time. This is the point where you know this isn't gonna be your usual "Year One" story.
This was a fantastic start to a much anticipated story. With only one issue Williamson and Porter have lived up to the hype of what this arc promised to be. If you haven't been reading this book, this is the perfect jumping on point. Williamson has proven time and time again why he will go down as one of the greatest Flash writers of all time.