The Flash #35
Writers: Joshua Williamson and Michael Moreci
Colors: Ivan Plascencia
Art: Pop Mhan
Letters: Steve Wands
Cover: Neil Googe and Ivan Plascencia
Last time on The Flash: After a reunion with the alleged recently resurrected Meenah Dawnson, Barry and Wally shared a few legitimate emotional moments before being hit with reality: Meenah’s successful plan to steal the Negative Speed Force and become the Negative Flash will lead Black Hole to the Flash’s downfall.
This time: When Meenah Dawson and her teammates were sent into the Speed Force by Godspeed, she was the only survivor. Begging at a chance for life, an unknown voice rung out as her savior and brought her into the dark agency itself, Black Hole. Clad in her new Negative Speed Force outfit, Meenah takes her rage out on the scarlet speedster, sending Wally in his stead to chase after him.
An all too common tragedy, Meenah was someone who even a hero couldn’t save; she was angry, furious even, at being trapped in the speed force when Barry didn’t even know she was still alive. As Meenah flees the scene, Black Hole takes Wally and Barry into their custody very quickly, at least, they attempted to do so with negative speed force tasers. As Wally and Barry share a nod, they untie their speed force connections together to short-circuit all of Black Holes’ guns, leaving the troops powerless.
Back at Black Hole HQ, Meenah remains all business and adamant in following through on their plans before a mysterious visitor literally zaps his way in, killing several of her men. It’s Raijin, the god of lightning, and the source of the speed force storm. Wally zooms home to give Iris West a long-needed visit, the two of them both still a little traumatized after the battle with Eobard Thawne. As Barry runs across the city, he gets a worried call from Iron Heights; there’s been a murder.
Reed Strong’s Strong Read: While the idea of a god of speed has been done as long ago as in the 90’s with the cult-fanatic Savitar and even more recently with The Flash TV Show’s version of the character, seeing a character in the comics who’s being presented as a literal god of lightning is just damn sweet. Raijin has a great design, an intimidating entrance, and could lead to some long-held mysteries of the Flash Rebirth run coming to fruition. The Speed Force storm started a whole new era of The Flash, a well-needed one at that, and seeing Meenah getting tied into the core of it is going to lead to some really fun conclusions. But this story has just started, and while it may take a break into Flash War for a while, we’re going to see Raijin reek some powerful havoc sooner rather than later.