Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Ivan Plascencia and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Well, now that we know who Godspeed is, we can get to the real story, right? Right?!? What story am I talking about? How the hell do I know...I'm not the writer of the book! Joshua Williamson is the writer and I have faith that he will now give us a more consistently good Flash book now that the "Who is Godspeed" nonsense is over. Am I right? Let's find out...
The issue starts with a rundown of the who and what that is Godspeed. It mirrors the usually, "I am Barry Allen..." beginning and really does a good job of getting even new readers up to speed on things. It continues with the beat down that a multiple Godspeed is giving Barry Allen while August (yes, Godspeed is August) tells Barry the origin of his powers.
Like I said, the beginning is a good recap of what we've gotten so far, but I'm not sure about the tone. August still calling Barry his "best friend" was a little off, but when he tells Barry that he didn't mean to kill the speedsters and did it all to bring Justice to Central City, I rolled my eyes a bit. It just all seemed like a whitewashing of what we've seen from Godspeed up until now.
We then see that Godspeed's power is not treating August well, but Barry is still there to be the concerned friend. I know that Barry is a good guy, but even this felt odd and a bit forced. At least it ends with Barry sucker punching August and running off!
While Barry regroups, Godspeed puts his new world order into effect and Central City will never be the same. It just so happens that a bunch of Black Hole thugs have taken prisoners and will execute them if Dr. Carver isn't released. August doesn't negotiate with terrorists...he straight up murders them...in very gruesome ways!!! Very Gruesome Ways!!!
We then get what I've been waiting for since before Rebirth...Wally West and the Flash team up! Actually, they talk a little first, find out a little about each other and then TEAM UP! I know this sets up more for Wally to leave this book and head off to the Teen Titans, but I hope we get a little new Flash/Kid Flash action first.
Things get a little hokey at this point when Barry figures out not only how to free the citizen speedsters of their speed force powers, but how that can help defeat Godspeed. Unfortunately, Godspeed didn't get the memo and shows up to break it all up. The issue then ends with Godspeed revealing his grand plan and it's not as evil as you'd think...unless your someone who care about justice, due process and silly things like that.