Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Flash #61 Review and *SPOILERS*

Vegas, Baby!

Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Christian Duce, Luis Guerrero
Letters By: Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 2, 2019

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

I feel like I’m seeing a pattern when it comes to Williamson’s stories. Either I really love it in the beginning only to watch it lose momentum at the end, or I really dislike it in the beginning and then it grows on me as we get payoffs for all the things we have set up. I’d love to see a story where I like the whole thing. Nevertheless, this current story is more like the latter. I really hated this story when we began. It felt so forced and boring and didn’t really go anywhere but as we built up the story more and more, I became invested, especially after the previous issue. So, needless to say, I’m excited to read this book again. Let’s just jump right in and see how this issue goes.

We start the issue with a card game taking place in Zandia. One card player seems to be dominating the game and the group he is playing with doesn’t seem to happy about it. They agree to another hand but if the man wins, then they will know he is cheating. He reveals that he is able to read into their minds and before they jump him, they are suddenly surrounded by monsters of their former victims that haunt them. Outside we see Gemini laying in wait. Back with our hero, Barry and Fuerza are struggling with the Sage Force Goblins that were released by the new weapon. The fight continues and Cauldron puts the pressure on Fuerza’s family. After convincing her to use her gravity powers, Flash is able to tap into the speed force and finally destroy the Sage Force Goblins.

After the fight, Cauldron’s men flee the scene but Fuerza is able to catch up with Cauldron and destroy the Sage Force gun. In her fury, she intends to kill Cauldron. Flash stops her but soon finds himself in a precarious situation. The Strength Force reacts to Fuerza’s anger and she begins to “hulk out”. She grows in size and attacks The Flash. Iris inspects the broken gun while the fight continues. Flash is able to win the fight but Fuerza doesn’t stop until her mother steps in and is able to reason with her. Cauldron is arrested and Iris is able to use the gun to hopefully find the Sage Force.

Back In Central City, Commander Cold gets a call. It interrupts some alone time with Detective Burns. It would seem that their relationship has progressed since we last saw them. Cold uses his satellite to determine where the Sage Force power is coming from. He determines that it’s from Zandia and so Iris and Barry take off. It is revealed that Zandia is a hideaway for villains and they treat it as their own personal party. Flash and Iris dawn some villain costumes before blending into the crowd. The two are soon found out though as the person they are hunting down finds them first. He shows Barry his worst fears which happen to be the Flash’s enemies. Seeing the result, the man drops the charade and reveals himself to Barry, revealing that he is a big fan of The Flash. This is where the issue leaves us.

Yet another really enjoyable issue of the Flash. I will admit that I was very down on this storyline when it started and I think that was justified but I also think it has led to this really enjoyable storyline. I really like the character of Fuerza that we met in the last few issues and the writing clearly defined her even to the end of her storyline and I expect the same thing from this new character that we will hopefully meet in the coming issues. The art was really fantastic to top it all off. Now the issue wasn’t perfect. It was basically one big fight scene and then it was off to the next chapter but I didn’t mind how quickly it went and I’m ready to move on and see new things on our quest.

Bits and Pieces

The Flash has managed to pull itself up from mediocrity and now we are blessed with wonderful storytelling and beautiful art. The issue is a bit fast and that may turn some readers off but I think we did everything we needed to do with this story to this point and I’m more than ready to see what comes next.


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