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.
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.