Writers and Artists: Francis Manapul and Bian Buccellato
Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato revisit the origin of the Scarlet Speedster in the zero issue of The Flash. While the story touches on the accident that transformed Barry, the book focuses on the days following the incident, as well as Barry's childhood and the losses he experienced so early in life. Elements introduced by Geoff Johns during Rebirth find their way to The New 52 continuity, with some added mysteries surrounding Nora Allen's secret life and her final hours before being killed. The plot is very emotional as it deals with the feelings of a child who has just lost his parents, but it's also about finding a purpose and rising above tragedy; things that Bruce Wayne channeled in a very different way after his all-too-similar experience. A new character is also introduced; one that comes from a familiar household, but clearly not the one many want to see; "Daniel" will surely be followed with a magnifying glass by every Flash fan. Strong issue.