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.
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.