Student Without a Teacher (Flash #59 Comic Review)

Flash #59 Review

Flash Quest Part 2

 

Written by: Joshua Williamson

Penciled by: Rafa Sandoval

Inked by: Jordi Tarragona & Scott Hanna

Colored by: Tomeli Morey

Lettered by: Steve Wands

Cover: Sandoval, Tarragona, Morey

Variant Cover: Karl Kerschl

We’re at the beginning of a new arc where finally Barry takes on a Flash Quest! I have no idea why this excites me so much but it does. After a very rough time dealing with the various forces, Barry and Iris take some time to explore the world to figure things out.

Previously on The Flash…

Some spoilers for The Flash #58

Barry and Iris are led where ever the Speed Force leads them on this new Force Quest. In order to learn as much as possible about the new forces, Barry must get out familiar surroundings and be open to the learning anew. Iris is along for the ride as however dangerous it may get. Barry and Iris were led to Port ot Trueno in the fictional country of Badhnisia. They run into the power-hungry duo of Gemini who destroy an ancient church in the ensuing battle. In the end, the Speed Force leads Team Flash to Gorilla City to find a chorus of gorilla corpses.

My Take

If you have a particular talents or skills, there’s a tendency to get too cocky and neglect the need to learn new things. “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” is the common adage. When 3 new forces ravage through Central City, Barry finally owns up to not knowing everything. It is at this point that he can gain the new knowledge he needs to crack this new code. He is in the process of seeking and finding.  Iris is a wonderful addition. She is front and center because as becomes apparent, she is a vital component to him finding the things he needs to find. I was slightly annoyed at how surprised he was at the advanced nature of the gorillas, like come on Barry. Don’t be that guy. Also, I’m not completely sold on the integration of the Gemini. They seem unnecessary but also, there has to be a deeper reason they are included. But overall, his development as a character has significantly improved. As well as I’m intrigued by the unraveling of the secrets of the Forces. The art is solid in this issue and I am really digging the Sandoval’s style. Overall, I love the direction the Flash is going in and I am enthusiastically waiting for what comes next. 

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Aaron Jones

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I do a few reviews (Black Panther) and I do news. I am a fan of both Marvel and DC heroes, Black Panther, Superman, Batman, The X-Men, Watchmen, to name a few. I also am streamer of a high degree, Netflix, Hulu plus, HBO, & Prime Video occupy a lot of my time when I'm not trying to save world in Education.
Summary
The Force Quest continues and this time it takes Barry and Iris to Gorilla City. Is Grodd behind this or are there other evildoers at play? What secrets are the citizens of the city still holding about the Forces and when will Barry get the full picture? Blood, sweat, and tears abound as Flash takes on a new foe next issue. Pick up Flash #59 to see what the Force fuss is all about.
Good
  • Flash is learning in a big way
  • Iris is essential
  • Secrets unraveling
  • Pencils and colors are great
Bad
  • These Gemini folks...still don’t know about them
9
Amazing
Art - 9
Writing - 9
Plot - 9
Character development - 9
Fluidity from previous issue - 9
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I do a few reviews (Black Panther) and I do news. I am a fan of both Marvel and DC heroes, Black Panther, Superman, Batman, The X-Men, Watchmen, to name a few. I also am streamer of a high degree, Netflix, Hulu plus, HBO, & Prime Video occupy a lot of my time when I'm not trying to save world in Education.

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