Writer: Joshua Williamson
Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Colors: Ivan Plascencia
Letters: Steve Wands
Cover: Di Giandomenico and Plascencia
Last Time: After a difficult look at himself and some new thoughts about what he meant for both his life of the Flash and Barry Allen, our hero meets Iris West for one most attempt to truly apologize.
What’s Happening? With Reed Strong: Barry and Iris spend a while attempting to come to terms, but Iris is quick to realize that things still can’t be the way that they were. But making a particular request of Barry, Iris is given a true day to remember; shown around by the Flash himself. The two take the tour of Central City all the way up to the Satellite, as Wally West has a truly happy reconciliation with the Flash of China, as the two remember their days struggling through the Speed Force Storm. Barry struggles with being able to tell Iris the secrets of Flashpoint and beyond; as time stops, and his narration starts to get someone responding. As Raijin and Meena light a storm through a frozen city, Barry confronts their true god; the one and only, Gorilla Grodd in the flesh.
Reed Strong’s Grant Morrison-Esque Read: When Raijin first showed up several issues ago, all signs pointed to him being another speedster or speedster adjacent character who was going to be the next big bad Barry had to take down. But by having him and Meena only be underlings of Grodd, the true mastermind, is the kind of Flash story to stick around for. The concept of Grodd reading Barry’s narration boxes as well as being able to even respond to them is some glorious meta-work, and makes one of the best villain concepts really shine in execution. This is going to be a weird, chaotic story; so let’s get ready for many Grodd puns to come.