We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!
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Speed Force #1 Review:
What happens when Wally West and Avery Ho team up? Things go wrong very… Fast in this debut issue of the team-up title.
Host Justin Tyler had a hard time pinning done the tone of the book, calling it “a little strange.” While he did think it “gets very fun by the end” thanks to the introduction of some “new villains that are pretty wacky,” the hang-out vibe of the first part gave him little to hang onto.
Continuing to talk about the latter half of the book, Tyler clarified, “I am not turned off by [the wackiness]. I like that. In fact, I think that’s something that the Flash family could use more of… Wild, weird as opposed to super light-hearted hero in [a] super-dramatic situation, which a lot of Flash books are. So I hope that’s where this book firmly goes.”
Pete LePage liked the art in particular, calling it “young and fun.”
Alex Zalben agreed, calling Di Nicuolo’s pencils, “very propulsive, which is exactly what you want out of a speedster book… The characters are almost extended. Like they’re sort of stretching out of the page.”
That said, Zalben agreed with Tyler on having “a hard time holding on to the plot of this book. I want to know more about Wally West and Avery Ho, and why we’re following them as characters… Why are we following them? Why do we care about them? That’s something I don’t necessarily know yet out of this first issue, and I’m hoping it develops as it goes along.”
Speed Force #1 Official Synopsis:
FROM THE PAGES OF THE FLASH! WALLACE WEST AND AVERY HO BRING THE SPEED FORCE INTO THE DAWN OF DC! Wallace West and Avery Ho: the young speedsters have been Teen Titans, Justice Leaguers, and above all, members of the Flash Family. As they become aware of mysterious changes happening to the Speed Force, they race to Keystone City, where they encounter old friends, new threats, and a chance to forge their own paths. Spinning out of the pages of The Flash, the team of Jarrett Williams (Super Pro K.O., Rick & Morty) and Daniele Di Nicuolo (NIGHTWING, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), bring the next generation of Speedsters into the Dawn of DC!