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These are two Zero issues which are by the regular creative team, unlike some of the others I’m reading. THE FLASH has more of that wonderful Francis Manapul art. I almost don’t care what the story is about if he’s drawing/painting it. This one by Buccellato and Manapul is quite good, though, looking back into Barry Allen’s childhood as well as his Flash origin, giving both some new angles and interesting expansions. Sorry, I still can’t buy the Flash suit inside the ring, I never could, but Manapul’s cool art makes me not care a whit.
AQUAMAN likewise explores both Arthur Curry’s childhood (teenhood?), his connections to Atlantis, and his origins. Geoff Johns has done more with less on this title than anything I’ve read in a long time. Even when I was lettering AQUAMAN it never appealed to me as much as it does now. It feels fresh, it hits the right emotional levels, it’s full of mysteries and action. Great stuff! The art by Reis and Prado is excellent, as always.
Both are highly recommended.