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!
But Why Tho?Speed Force #1 is a non-stop burst of energy. From the opening page, the comic uses the young heroes to drive the comic forward, never looking back. It’s a comic that is delightfully fun to read, positive, and always engaging. Where The Flash is incredibly dark and solemn at present, Speed Force has a much more positive approach. Neither is wrong, but it provides readers with alternate tones to tales involving speedsters, which is never a bad thing. It’s got the cartoonish art style and the eruptions of pace to make it accessible and enjoyable for audiences of all ages.
Geek DadExciting, kinetic art by Daniele Di Nicuolo combines nicely with two likable lead characters to provide a solid foundation, and the plot is fun even if it doesn’t have a huge hook so far. I’m just glad to see these two getting to have solo adventures!
ComicBook.comIt isn't always a guarantee that spinning off two characters from a larger superhero family is going to work, but Speed Force carves out a fascinating and fun path all its own. Wallace and Avery's superhero partnership zigzags in some unexpected ways, and although the younger slang and other elements in Jarrett Williams' script might not hit for every reader, they're incredibly fitting for the two characters at hand, and set up an intriguing concept in the issue's final pages. Daniele Di Nicouolo's art brings an intentionally-chaotic, anime-inspired flavor that fits incredibly well as well. Overall, Speed Force shows great promise.
Speed ForceThis is a good start to a new FLASH title – there are some minor bumps but I am definitely in for the full ride here.
Comic WatchWhile the first issue introduces a good story and makes the characters act in a way that's more relatable to a younger audience, it's connection to the Flash weakens it slightly. There's room for improvement when it comes to this series, but it'll potentially be cast aside and more dependent on the main hero than the sidekicks.
Graham Crackers ComicsWhile not enthused with the new actual title, writer Jarrett Williams does a good job of providing a partial tie-in to the on-going story in the new Flash reboot while not forcing it. My main problem is that while the current Kid Flash and Avery Ho are interesting characters, I question whether they can carry a title on their own. Plus, it appears that DC is trying to turn the Flash into a multi-title like they’ve done with Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Dawn of DC seems to be obsessed with giving each main hero a ‘family’ which then floods the newsstands with umpteen titles. But I will give full credit to the crew for coming up with a very unlikely villain which I highly approve of and has some throwback elements to an old member of the Rogue’s Gallery.
Weird Science DC ComicsSpeed Force #1 is a mixed bag. Williams creates endearing chemistry between Wallace and Avery, and the villain's actions are a strong hook to a dastardly plan, but the plot tries to do too much without establishing clear connections, and the "Hello, Fellow Kids" dialog and social media references are downright painful.
Multiversity ComicsThe biggest shame of a book like this is that its failure will lead fewer books of this ilk to get made in the future, but it doesn’t have to be that way. These characters are interesting and deserve more of a spotlight. The bold artistic choices should be celebrated, even if they don’t always land. Even the frustrating dialogue is attempting something in a field where rewards for the status quo are far more common than rewards for a swing and a miss. “Speed Force” #1 is not a good comic, but it is a comic that is not satisfied with complacency. That’s the best thing it has going for it.
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