Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Flash #32 Review

Written by: Robert Venditti and Van Jensen
Art by: Brett Booth
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 25, 2014

A Cold Goodbye

Venditti and Jensen continue their multi-time Flash story and so far it's been so good for the reader and so bad for the Rogues.  Future Flash is trying to make things right while present day Barry Allen is trying to get his life together and maybe right the ship for young Wally West.  Unfortunately, the Speed Force has been damaged and everything is headed for a collision of epic proportions.  Of course, Brett Booth is along for the fun and his art is fast, detailed and awesome.  Just like The Flash should be.

The issue begins with future Flash paying Captain Cold a visit.  Oh no, not Captain Cold!  If you've read the past Venditti and Jensen issues, you know what happens when a Rogue (or Gorilla for that matter) is featured.  Well, nature and a DNA sequencer have already taken a toll on old Leonard.  It's so sad and so fitting all rolled up into one.

Back in the present, Barry is still trying to figure out who has been picking off gang members with stolen weapons from the Central City Police Department.  Just when Barry thinks he's figured it out, the mystery continues.  This guy may be an impostor, but he's got more smarts than the original owners of the stolen weapons.

Back to the Future (!), Barry spends some quality time with Captain Cold.  It's a very touching scene that rights a wrong that always bugged him.  This time he gets to say goodbye.  I loved the scene and the shoutouts to Forever Evil and Justice League were so good.

Finally, we get some Wally West action.  Barry takes him and Iris to a Diamonds baseball game and we finally see the bonding begin. We also see the beginnings of the new Wally West.  Nothing like a Clintock home run to make everyone come together.

While this issue is basically setup, Venditti and Jensen give the reader so many good moments.  Captain Cold and Wally West are the stars of the book with one getting a farewell while the other finally gets a proper introduction.  Nothing mind blowing here, but it sets up the future (and the present) of the book.

Brett Booth'a art continues to be my favorite part of the book.  With how much I've enjoyed the story, that is high praise indeed.  Past issues showcased gruesome death, but the quiet death here is my favorite by far.  While I love future Flash the most, the scenes with Barry and Wally are really winning me over.

Bits and Pieces:

The Flash #32 is another great issue in Venditti and Jensen's run.  It is an emotional issue with a sad farewell and the beginning of a new relationship.  Barry may have fractured the Speed Force, but it's great seeing him try to fix it.  I can't wait to see more.


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