Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The Flash #83 Review and *SPOILERS*


Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Arif Prianto
Letters By: Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: November 27, 2019

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

While the Flash has taken a significant turn from the story we were telling previously, it definitely feels like a breath of fresh air. We have a brand new world to tell a brand new story inside of. While it’s not exactly a story we’ve never seen before, it has enough new things about it that it doesn’t feel stale or a copy of previous stories. The characters that we are familiar with are now thrust into this new predicament and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens. We even got a major cliffhanger at the end of the previous issue when we discovered that Flash has been captured by Captain Cold and Commander Cold was killed for siding with the resistance. Without further ado, let’s jump into this new issue and see where it takes us.

Our issue begins with a monologue from Captain Cold who is once again reveling in his newfound power. He talks about how he never wanted to lead when he was young but now that he’s at the top of the world, he likes the new way things have gone. We catch up with Flash who is struggling against his restraints once again, but to no avail. He’s told to cut it out by Trickster who is held captive in the cell next door. He was living the life after he beat The Flash and got away with everything but now he’s stuck in a cage once again. We see several of the security systems being bypassed in some panels before we see someone sneak into Flash’s cell. It is none other than Golden Glider. She breaks through Flash’s restraints and suggests they sneak out but Flash is unable to use his powers due to a power dampener. So they decide they need to get out the loud way.

Glider sets off an explosion and the two race off to try and escape. It isn’t long before Captain Cold’s giant robots begin to chase after them. Glider does her best to hold them off but with Flash powerless, she is easily outnumbered. Just before she is grabbed though, she phases and the robot chasing her crashes through one of the walls, creating an opening for her and the Flash to escape. For the first time Flash sees the Legion of Doom symbol in the sky and he questions what happened to the world. Glider explains that it is the work of Lex Luthor. Glider also tells Flash that she is going to help him because she needs to stop her brother from making a huge mistake for his own stake. We cut to Captain Cold telling the story of how he killed the Flash. He tells an elaborate tale but once his story is finished he is informed of the breakout and he immediately realizes it was his sister that broke out Flash. He goes to the mirror wall and uses it to create large ice wolves. He sends them out to hunt his sister and The Flash.

Flash is exposed to the new reality of Central City and he clearly isn’t happy about it. Glider tells him that they need to stay hidden and come up with a plan. Flash tells her that he won’t run away and that he should face Cold, powers or not. Glider tells him to stop and before they talk more Flash is recognized by Kid Flash and Avery. Tensions immediately rise between the two and Glider but Flash quickly quells the conflict. After quick recaps of things that have happened, Glider tells them that they must collect the different shards of Mirror Master’s mirror, which each of the rogues have a piece. Avery and Kid Flash seems stunned by this plan because they don’t have powers. This is when Glider goes to take off Flash’s power inhibitor but Avery and Kid Flash stop them before the wolves eventually track them down and attack. Glider handles them before she gets to the Flash and removes the inhibitor. A huge explosion takes place and Flash begins vibrating through time before Kid Flash reattaches the inhibitor. When he gets his bearings, Flash sees that he’s created a crater. This is where the issue leaves us.

This issue attempts to explain some of the context that we need in this story and unfortunately it does a pretty poor job of that. However, at the same time we get a really good action scene with the escape from the prison and the story moves forward at a decent pace. Sure, their explanations of things were lackluster. However, the rest of the issue is pretty good and I’m sure more answers will come as we continue down this road (or at least I hope so). We didn’t get a ton of story progression in the previous issue as it was mostly about establishing the new world but this issue gives us a clear path forward and that’s all it really had to do. Was it the most exciting thing in the world? No but there’s enough to grab my attention. Add in a great cliffhanger and some stellar art? You’ve got one entertaining issue.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue takes the world that we established in the previous issue and puts the wheels in motion for a proper storyline. We get a few surprises along the way and we get a sense of how things will be in the coming issues. Granted, the explanations that they give in the issue are very underwhelming but I’ll forgive it for now. This issue also ends of a great cliffhanger and gave us some really amazing art. Hard to argue with a recipe like that.


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