Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Flash #756 Review

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Christian Duce, Luis Guerrero, and Steve Wands
Release Date: June 24, 2020
Cover Price: $3.99

Well, that whole Paradox thing ended with a thud, but at least we got Reverse-Flash back in the book, right? I mean, it felt like at least three issues since we last saw him! All that Paradox setup and the promise of a Flash/Reverse-Flash team-up ended up just a prelude to this Reverse-Flash Family story, which will be okay if this story hits and hits hard. Does it? Let's find out...

This new arc opens with an issue-long scavenger hunt and a whole lot of recap. Joshua Williamson writes this book like it's everyone's first issue, and while I know that will be the case for some, it gets frustrating after reading so many issues. While Flash is dealing with the loss of August Heart, Reverse-Flash is zipping around time, collecting villains for his Reverse-Flash Family.  

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Like most of Joshua Williamson's run, this new arc wipes away or reintroduces plot-lines from previous stories that may or may not be relevant in a couple of issues. It's the whole, "Speed Force is volatile" thing this time. Williamson put that one in his back pocket during the Paradox arc when Barry had to time travel and push the Speed Force to the limit. It's back now, so I'm sure it will lead to some nonsense later!

We also get Avery and Wallace who just show up here, even though Barry told them to get out of town earlier, and they seemed happy to do it. Where were they a couple of days ago when they could've saved Godspeed?  

Overall, not much happens in this 100% setup issue. Reverse-Flash gets his family, and it's the usual suspects for this book, which isn't a bad thing. The cliffhanger will have Flash fans pumped, but it wasn't really a huge surprise. The art was great, and I do like that Barry wants to go it alone, only because he thinks the only way to beat Eobard is to cross the line...again...like Iris also did recently. That's the problem here. Joshua Williamson (and other writers to be fair) has taken the stakes out of his own big bad by having him return over and over.

I am looking forward to seeing what we get from this, but I am cautious because of what we keep getting issue after issue. Please prove me wrong, Joshua.

Bits and Pieces:

Joshua Williamson's time on the book is winding down, and while a Reverse-Flash Family story sounds cool, there is not much to this start. It's a by-the-numbers gathering of Eobard's team while Barry mopes around Central City. Christian Duce's art is excellent, but I will wait to see how this story develops before recommending it to anyone.


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