World’s Fastest Man #1 review
Movie tie-ins aren’t new to comics. Heck, there’s been a bunch around Black Adam over the past few months, and they already have Dwayne Johnson press.
But few have ever had a task perhaps as unenviable as Flash: the fastest man in the world.
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Yes, the creative team – writer Kyler Porter, artist Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, colorist Romulo Fajardo, Jr. and letterer Steve Wands – are not in the least connected or even remotely responsible for the actions of the film’s star, Ezra Miller, whose acts range from the creepy and bizarre to the downright criminal. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t yet involved in some way, even tangentially, and this three-part series will inevitably help shape perceptions when the film finally debuts in mid-2023. . So, does this offer somehow help the movie’s very sticky situation, or can we finally say that the Flash movie franchise is truly doomed?
And the answer is… it’s all good if a good enough comic book story is enough to do anything.
This first issue, which revolves around a story titled “Stronger Than Steel”, likely sets the tone for the other two tales to come. Here, a Miller-esque Barry Allen must face the mighty metal giant Girder. When he finds he can’t get out of this dilemma, Allen seeks out Batman (looking like an extra salt and pepper Ben Affleck – mostly) to help him train. Cue a mostly heartwarming tale where Barry learns to be a hero and trust his role as the savior of Central City.
Was that a bit hokey? Sure, it looked a lot like a slightly longer story you’d find in a typical DC Annuals issue, or a less cheesy episode of the real thing. Glow CW show. But I think that speed works, and while some of the humor felt a little dignified (like a part about Barry breaking his ribs), it seems like the kind of tone and aesthetic that might work to excite the fans and feeling invested in the character – maybe even for the first time.
Obviously, it won’t feel or play out exactly like the Glow movie, but I think something that bypasses the mainstream DCU canon and tries to paint a Barry that casual fans know is generally a good idea. Again, this is not about trying to recreate the Glow movie ownership as we know it (so far), but trying to bridge the gap a bit and maybe even allay any apprehensions or general disconnect that some people might feel.
It is a meaning that continues in art throughout history. The basic style of the book was a bit cutesy, like someone had drawn an anime from memory. But again, this specific aesthetic not only fits into the broader goals of this title (which is, “Hey kids, this is your new favorite hero!”), it also does a lot to make some of the moments most more impactful corny. Whether it’s Girder’s over-the-top design, Batman’s armor (not to mention his choice of training outfit), the new Flash suit debuting, or the gritty, futuristic vibes of Central City. , the art really helped nail a lot of the personality that this title needed to really feel necessarily and successful. I think it had just enough weight, while balancing those slightly cartoonish sensibilities, to feel like a perfect choice for engaging a larger segment of audiences.
That’s not to say I haven’t had any reviews for the story. On the one hand, while I appreciate that they tried to humanize Girder (by giving him a sick father), I don’t think it was done well enough to have a big enough impact from a storyline angle. . Or, how Batman felt like an afterthought, and we haven’t really seen enough to play the two heroes against each other for some much-needed tension and development.
At the same time, however, I think the story is largely “immune” to those still valid criticisms: it’s meant to be like the hero himself, a bright, shiny blur that makes people feel good and are excited about the DCU itself. Has he always done this so well? Mostly, though it also seemed a little deliberate and too committed to the gag at times. (And that the main lesson was, ultimately, “Barry use your super punch and pay attention to your surroundings.”) But that’s enough for so many readers, and there should be room for comics like these – fun, poignant, general emotional fast-paced shots – to land however they can.
I look forward to the other two issues, especially since issue 2 is supposed to feature a story about Tar Pit and the art of the ever-great Juan Ferreyra. I imagine it’ll probably be the same kind of tale, and so will probably number 3. And hopefully they’ll be just as light, sweet, and fun to make us all appreciate The Flash more. And hopefully that feeling lasts until the movie drops – unless you know who’s shooting something else, of course.
‘The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive’ #1 Sets the Tone for a Solid Story Before the Movie
Flash: World’s fastest man #1
With a new movie (sort of) imminent, now seems the perfect time to kick off a most entertaining, non-canonical tale of the Scarlet Speedster.
The story engages a wide enough audience, even those outside of the Flash fandom.
The art seems perfectly suited to the cheerful and somewhat heartwarming tale of true superhero goodness.
The story leans more towards the DC Cinematic Universe, for better and for worse.
Don’t expect anything deeper beyond your standard DC yearly level stories.
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