Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The Flash #3 Review


Written by: Si Spurrier
Art by: Mike Deodato Jr.
Colors by: Trish Mulvhill
Letters by: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Cover art by: Mike Deodato Jr.
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: November 28, 2023

The Flash #3 takes a trip through "folded" reality with Max Mercury to find out why Flash is getting unstuck from our reality.
Is The Flash #3 Good?

Can we admit it now? Can we forego the exhaustive, back-and-forth bickering and come to the logical conclusion that replacing Jeremy Adams with Si Spurrier was an embarrassing lapse in judgment on DC's part? The Flash #3 is a wonky, convoluted, ugly mess, and I'm not just talking about the writing.

When last we left the Flash, he beat a spiny thing with the help of god-tier aliens called The Stillness. The aliens put everything back the way they were, but whatever Gorilla Grodd's been working on came to pass, resulting in a strange anomaly manifesting over Central City Park. Now, Flash and Mr. Terrific struggle to make sense of what's happening (much like the readers) when Max Mercury arrives to lend Flash a little metaphysical counseling and aid Flash in his unscheduled trips through alternate realities.


By the time the issue ends, Max Mercury gets trapped in one of the alternate realities, we learn the citizens who got trapped in stasis-not-stasis bubbles are in static orbit around the Sun, and The Folded Man (Edwin Gauss) is somehow involved.

Now is the time where I highlight what's great or not great about a particular comic, but we'll break with tradition to say there's nothing particularly good about this comic.

Si Spurrier's plot and dialog are a confused jumble of ideas, techno-babble concepts, and haphazard plot developments. Spurrier doesn't appear to have anything to say other than, "How weird can I get?"


Mike Deodato's art is likewise, weird, nonsensical, and in a few spots, downright ugly. The anatomy proportions are woefully inconsistent, and some panels look like they were cobbled together with scrapbook clippings. Further, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou's lettering is uncharacteristically out of sorts. Yes, the intent seems to be to create an atmosphere of disjointed disorder, but when the atmosphere comes at the expense of clear reading, your artistic vision is suspect.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

The Flash #3 appears to have no purpose other than to figure out how far Spurrier and Deodato Jr. can make a comic disjointed and weird before it devolves into pure nonsense. The story makes almost no sense, and the art ranges from weird to ugly.


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