Barry Allen's friends throw the hero a surprise birthday party and even invite Hal Jordan to attend. But Barry Allen is busy thinking about the Reverse Flash who recently died and the threat he represents in his life and those he loves. But trouble arrives in the form of Multiplex, a villain who can replicate himself almost to an unlimited way. While Flash and Green Lantern fight battle Multiplex, is Eobard Thawne, the Reverse Flash really dead?
After the great emphasis put on the death of the Reverse Flash, I would have liked if Joshua Williamson had not reintroduced the villain so early in his current storyline. It feels as if the heavy mention of him and foreshadowing erases all of the work done in the Button crossover with Batman. While I do enjoy the exploration of what Thawne meant for Barry Allen, I don’t like the direction where this story is going.
What was pleasant was the story with Barry’s introspection and fears for Iris West and other friends, while being in their midst. I did like that Hal Jordan, one of Allen’s best friend was around and could to some extent relate to his current situation. What I like about Flash and the current Rebirth series is that the writers all write several series with different characters that are all intertwined in ways that what happens here, informs what happens in other comics. For example, Kid Flash was involved with the Titans where his feud with Barry was addressed lightly.
Carmine Di Giandomenico’s work continues to remind of the art of Carmine Infantino with the elongated figures whose muscles are well defined and almost sculpted. I wonder if he has trained with Carmine Senior. Of course, his take on the Flash is more modern yet still pleasing.