Because DC Universe: Rebirth #1 centered around Wally West and his connection the lost pre-New 52 DCU, and did such an amazing job of reintroducing the character back into DC Comics, The Flash: Rebirth #1 feels mostly redundant. There’s simply nothing new for writer Joshua Williamson to introduce.
Covering the same ground of Barry Allen and Wally West’s reunion, the issue also sets up the Flash’s backstory. Sadly in this case, it appears our hero is stuck with his New 52 tragic life story and his awful New 52 costume redesign (complete with the unnecessary groves and yellow lines detracting from his far more simple, and elegant, original costume).
When DC needed to find a way to write themselves out of the mess Ron Marz had made of Green Lantern they called Geoff Johns. Although it’s led to a never-ending rainbow war of ring-weilders and Blackest Night, Johns was able to find a way to bring back Hal Jordan and right a ship which had been taking one far too much water for far too long.
I’ve been worn down by the New 52. DC’s gritty 2011 reboot chose (seemingly at random) what to keep and what to toss away (including decades of established continuity). DC Universe: Rebirth #1 offers something missing in the heart-shaped hole at the middle of the New 52 – an understanding and acknowledgement that every moment is precious.
Sholly Fisch and artist Dario Brizuela certainly have fun playing with the Flash’s super-speed (while making note of how everyone involved really should have their own television show). Choosing to make Grodd a victim rather than the gorilla behind the haunting of Gorilla City proves to be a nice twist.