Convergence: Speed Force #1

Convergence: Speed Force #1

Written by: Tony Bedard 

Art by: Tom Grummet 

Cover by: Bret Booth 

Released: April 8, 2015 

The first thing that’s noticeable, beyond the smile-inducing opening lines, is that Tom Grummett’s art brings old school sensibilities to the world of Convergence. By the way, “old-school” does not refer to the 1990s sensibilities that have populated a large percentage of DC’s comics for the past several years. Think older, like from the 1960s and 1970s. Grummett’s art seems to be channeling classic Flash artists such as Carmine Infantino and Irv Novick. For a more contemporary example, Howard Porter’s work during the back-half of Geoff Johns’ run springs to mind. Regardless of who it reminds you of, Grummett’s art brings readers into a time when reading DC was a very fun time.

The fun of this issue is aided by Bedard’s handling of one of the more polarizing additions to Wally’s canon – his kids Jai and Irey. Before Flashpoint erased the Wests from continuity, fans were either apathetic or incensed by the inclusion the super-powered juveniles. Here, Bedard manages to write them in a manner that allows the reader to connect with them regardless of age. The emotional journey that Wally and his children have been put through is one similar to the many others featured in Convergence, the difference being that it feels genuine. The theme of “family” was once heavily prominent in the Flash title. The resurgence of that theme here enhances that genuineness.

This issue was great and intertaining. The artworks was good as well. In all I would rate this issue a 7.5/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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