Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Francis Manapul
Colorist: Brian Buccellatto
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Cover: Manapul and Buccellato
Release Date: February 9th, 2011
This issue made me wish I had stayed on reading The Flash. That's on me and my mistake.
While I haven't picked up an issue in quite a while, I'm happy to say Geoff Johns gives us a highly accessible issue with Flash #9. This is similar in aspects to the recent Brightest Day issue (#19) in that both satisfy new and regular readers. New readers are given a small bit of background on the previous issues and regular readers get the lead in to "Flash Point," DC's next big event.
And what a lead in it is!
If you are familiar with what "Flashpoint" is about - from what I gather - some sort of time reality altering story -- you get that all here. It's a great set-up issue in that elements from Barry's past, present and future all come into play. Not only are these introduced, in this particular issue, through Barry Allen himself, but through two unknown characters -- or are they?
Manapul and Buccelato knock this one out of the park, as well. What a joy to view these pages! Manapul's art coupled with Buccelato's tones give this book a quality of its own. It's the perfect mix between super-hero and criminal investigation. On one hand, Barry Allen is a forensic scientist and the other, The Flash. Manapul, returning on art chores with this issue, nails it.
I think this issue has something for everybody. If you dig the Noir aspects of Barry's character, you get that here. If you like zoom of The Flash, you should be more than happy. Flash #9 succeeds in that it gets you excited for what is to come - and how things will turn out!