Barry, get a grip (The Flash #53 Comic Review)

Flash #53 Review

Grips of Strength Part 2

 

Written by: Joshua Williamson

Penciled by: Christian Duce

Colored by: Luis Guerrero

Lettered by: Steve Wands

Cover: Dana Mora

Variant Cover: Jonboy Meyers

If you thought that the Speed Force was complicated, let’s introduce more forces! While Flash, Iris, and the time-displaced Commander Cold try to figure things out, of course, there are other complications thrown in the fray.

Previously on The Flash…

Some spoilers for The Flash #52

Again, a lot of great things in this issue. Of note, out of all the multiverses, there are no Flashes that have experienced any other forces? You mean no other Flashes have been fooled by anyone to break the force barrier?  But how did Zoom even know there was a force barrier to break? Next, Trickster is consumed by one of the forces, the Strength Force, leading us into our next issue.

My Take

He’s a maniac on the floor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I liked a lot of things about this issue. For one thing, the working relationship between Commander Cold and Barry’s Flash are working for me. They are the reluctant duo that puts their strengths together to save the day, at least in theory. Barry has trust issues and misses his real partners and as is revealed in this issue, Cold has some problems of his own. I definitely was intrigued by the backstory of Commander Cold and want to learn more about the loose cannon leader of the Renegades. Barry and Cold’s banter is a nice way to lighten up the otherwise pretty serious story. Iris and her side-story are interesting, I wonder how long she can keep a secret from Barry? The fight was a little hokey but made sense for Trickster’s personality. How would a new Strength Force user act if it was the Axel version of Trickster, sort of like this? The art is solid and is keeping me engaged. Without Duce’s art, I might get a little bored.

In addition to the slight boredom at Barry’s narration, I think there is a slight issue when the most interesting thing in a Flash story isn’t Flash. What is Barry’s motivation here? He can’t really think that things will “get back to normal”, because what is normal for the (almost) fastest man alive? While the new forces are kind of interesting, why isn’t Barry more interested in finding out how to get Cold home and getting back in the time travel business? After all, he’s been through, why isn’t he digging a little bit deeper? Also, when is Wolfe going down again? Why are we still trusting him and giving him the time of day? I don’t get it.  Actually, my hope is that we move on from this force soon so that we can get a grip on the things that are really important, like the memories Iris are keeping secret.

You don’t even know my name, sings the Commander

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Aaron Jones

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
Barry is not trying to go on a Force Quest but he may be forced on one. Flash and Commander Cold take on Trickster juiced-up on Strength Force. In their efforts to figure out what’s going on, things get real complicated, especially for Barry. I was most excited about the backstory of Commander Cold and I was not disappointed. He’s a little imbalanced, pick up this issue and learn a little bit about him. But not his real name. Barry still hasn’t asked.
Good
  • Commander Cold backstory
  • Loving the Cold and Flash banter
  • Art is consistently good and keeping me interested
Bad
  • Things are a little boring, where’s Barry’s development?
  • What about this whole time thing, we going to revisit that?
  • Why are we trusting Wolfe again?
7.8
Good
Art - 9
Writing - 7
Plot - 7
Character Development - 7
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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