DC Zero Month, Week Four Reviews: 'The Flash,' 'Firestorm,' 'I, Vampire,' And 'Justice League Dark'

This September, DC Comics is turning it all the way back to zero, taking a look at what went on in the DCU before the New 52. Like we did a year ago with the first month of DC’s new universe, we’re going to give you some looks at all the "Zero Month" titles coming out over the next few weeks.

So here we go:

THE FLASH #0

Written by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, Art By Francis Manapul

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Barry Allen is just a kid when his mother was murdered. Barry Allen is a police officer and a chemist who suffers a freak accident. What's the connection between the two?

BEST BIT: As always, Manapul's art is pretty much flawless.

WORST BIT: The creation of The Flash's costume is... Confusing.

ANY BIG REVELATIONS/TEASES? Yup. We haven't gotten the confirmation about Barry's Mom being killed before, and that's sure to play out big in year two.

ARE WE BACK FOR ISSUE #13? Yes, though not because of this issue. When Manapul and Buccellato started out, they tended to over-write things, rather than letting the images speak for themselves. As the past year has gone on, they've gotten increasingly good at balancing image and plot, leading to the fantastic Annual. This is a HUGE step backwards, though I'm guessing once they get back into it, we'll be right back where we belong.

THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #0

Written by Joe Harris, Art By Yildiray Cinar

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Separated and powerless, Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch are just two regular guys... Until weird things start happening, and they realize Firestorm might not be done with them after all.

BEST BIT: Harris knows how to play Raymond and Rusch off each other.

WORST BIT: The villain is dispatched of pretty easily.

ANY BIG REVELATIONS/TEASES? Sure, there's a huge change in direction at the end of this issue that actually reverses the change in direction back in issue one. Weird that issue zero technically comes first, right?

ARE WE BACK FOR ISSUE #13? Yeah, we'll check it out. This new direction is a bit more comfortable, and Dan Jurgens - who takes over next issue - is a solid writer. We'll give it a shot.

I, VAMPIRE #0

Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, Art By Andrea Sorrentino

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? How did Andrew Bennett become a vampire? Here's how!

BEST BIT: There's a fantastic page of our star cross'd lovers separated by a door that's pretty brilliant.

WORST BIT: There's also a little bit of, "And then some magic happens!" that defies explanation. I get it's not totally necessary, but it feels like we're skipping a step.

ANY BIG REVELATIONS/TEASES? Yeah, we find out all about Bennett, why he's special, and there's a bit about what's probably coming next.

ARE WE BACK FOR ISSUE #13? We've let this series fall by the wayside a bit; not because it wasn't good, but because we're horribly lazy. This is a really enjoyable comic, and Fialkov makes Victorian English work where a lot of lesser writers wouldn't. We'll give it another shot.

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #0

Written by Jeff Lemire, Art By Lee Garbett

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? John Constantine is a young punk in New York, hanging out with Zatanna and another dude. Here's how he got his famous coat.

BEST BIT: Constantine is always a pretty cool dude.

WORST BIT: The way he gets "in" with his future mentor is stupidly convenient.

ANY BIG REVELATIONS/TEASES? We get a little bit about the Books of Magic, and as you can tell from the description, find out all about Zatanna and Constantine's past together.

ARE WE BACK FOR ISSUE #13? Sure. This didn't set our world on fire, and we're still a little uncomfortable with how thoroughly Constantine has been adopted into the DC Universe - how he got his trademark look is probably not a story we ever needed to read - but Lemire knows what he's doing, and this is mostly all in good fun.

"The Flash #0," "The Fury of Firestrom #0," "I, Vampire #0" and "Justice League Dark #0" all hit comic book stores on September 26th from DC Comics!