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Plotting rather clunky in The Flash: Rebirth No. 4 

The Flash: Rebirth No. 4

Published by DC Comics. Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Ethan Van Sciver.

The Deal: It's the latest issue of the limited series that promises to relaunch and revitalize Flash as a character and a franchise -- featuring a story by hot-writer-of-the-moment Geoff Johns and drawings by artist Ethan Van Sciver.

The Good: OK, this is the issue where The Flash: Rebirth finally gets going. The first three issues were a bit slow (ironic, eh?) and unfocused -- although I think those books worked to build up a much-needed personality for original Flash Barry Allen -- but this week's edition ties together some story elements, revs up the action and includes some really cool character moments. As in a lot of Johns' work, the idea of resurrection is again explored -- and this issue, a long-absent member of the Flash family comes back to the "real world."

The Bad: After reading this comic, I'm left with a "what happened?" feeling -- that's a result of some really wonkish pseudo science. And for this to be a comic that focuses on speed, Sciver's art sometimes looks a bit stiff.

The Verdict: If you weren't feeling this comic at first, I'd recommend sticking around -- because it looks like it's getting good. All in all, the plotting on Rebirth is rather clunky, but the character bits are top-notch.

Reviewed materials provided by Heroes Aren't Hard to Find: www.heroesonline.com.

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