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One upon a time the Flash had new villain named Manuel Lago. Who had the ability to make himself re-grow. But do not dismay, the' Flash was not at bay, because he was willing to battle this fresh foe. As Written by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato; Drawn by Francis Manapul; and Published by DC Comics in November 2011.

So what’s the story morning glory?
In this instalment of the Flash – entitled ‘Think Fast’ – Barry Allen finds himself continuing his confrontation with multiple-induced friend / foe, Manuel Lago.

However, Manuel is able to out manoeuvre the fasted man alive, which inadvertently leads the Flash to train his own mental abilities (with a little help from scientist, Dr Elias), plus recollect past times with his one time friend also.

Thankfully, during this time, Flash’s ‘female friends’ – Iris West and Patty Spivot – both give him pertinent knowledge relating to Manuel, before he finds himself in a predicament with an eminent plane crash.

Meanwhile, Iris visits Iron Heights super-max prison – say no more.

What is the most memorable sentence spoken in this issue?
In one of the flashback scenes, where Manuel says to Barry “Who needs an invite? I know you”.

Boy – have I been there.

Was the story any good?
Yes – I like to think that it was – as it told a continuing tale – it showed a new slant to Barry’s powers – and there was some relevant back-story thrown into the mix for good measure. Granted, as an issue on its own, it was rather fractured in composition, and does come across as somewhat fleeting when related to exposition. But this is only a minor quibble really, because all in all this was a very nice and pleasant read.

Was the art any good?
Now I think that I may be in the minority here, but I do like Francis Manapuls art. I find that his simplistic style really aides the fresh tone that this comic book has, and lends a certain weight behind the Flash’s current evolution – particularly in the ‘precognitive’ scenes.

Moreover, I liked how the colourist, Brian Bruccellato, hues lent a sort of gravitas during these and the ‘flashback’ scenes’ as well - very arty.

On the down side of this though, in places, Francis layouts do not really convey the Flash’s kinetic behaviour very well, and Brian’s colours do appear very blocky in places.

What is the best thing about this issue?
I liked the scenes is which Barry could perceive things ‘to come’ – it just gave a new dimension to his character, and seems like a pivotal ability to explore further.

Also, the overall tale does have a refreshing vibe about it, and in some way presents a new perspective on what the Flash is all about.

What is the worst thing about this issue?
For me, I found the structure of this issue rather jarring at times – it just zipped around from scene to scene to scene, as if it was... err... the Flash? Ha!

Plus, I am conflicted with ‘Barry’s girls’ – which one would you rather have? The sexy scientist? Or the ravaging reporter? Spam me – but please use precautions.

If you could sum up this issue in a phrase or saying, what would that phrase or saying be?
Personally speaking, I think the sub-heading of this issue says it all ‘Think Fast’.

If this issue were a movie, an object, or a piece of music, what would that be and why? 
If I were being honest about it, I would say that this issue reminds me of a Mc Donalds Happy Meal . It’s quick to digest – sometimes you like it – sometimes you want to remove the gherkin – and it mostly does what you want it to do, fill a gap.

What do you think would have made this issue better than it was?
I would even out the structure of the tale, so that it has a more novelistic tone to it. I would also make Barry, Iris, and Patty have a three-way – just for dramatic purposes of course.

Final thoughts...
For a book with a fast character in it, it is slowly growing on me – bit by bit. I just hope that this current creative team will improve over time, and make this a must read title any time soon – like Mark Waid did with Wally.

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Marks out of 10? 8

FLASH #2 FLASH #2 Reviewed by David Andrews on November 07, 2011 Rating: 5
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