Burn, Baby, Burn (Flash #56 Comic Review)

Flash #56 Review

Faster Than Thought part 2

 

Written by: Joshua Williamson

Penciled by: Scott Kolins

Colored by: Luis Guerrero

Lettered by: Steve Wands

Cover: Dan Panosian

Variant Cover: Howard Porter & Dinisio Moreno

The Flash, Barry Allen combats another errant force but this time manifesting with Heatwave. He’s stuck between a torch and a brush fire and the new Sage Force is to blame.

Previously on The Flash…

Some spoilers for The Flash #55

The next force, the Sage Force, has reared it’s ugly head within Mick Rory, the villain known as Heatwave. Rory is badly burned per usual but he then is set ablaze by what quite possibly could be a manifestation of the Sage Force. He then somehow drags Barry and Detective Burns into a hellish dream space of Heatwave’s creation. How did they get there and how will they get out?

My Take

Barry for once is not battling his own demons but the demons of one of his rogues. He and Detective Burns are stuck in the mind of Rory as he takes a trip down memory lane.  Barry is better at solving other people’s problems better than his own. I can appreciate how he’s figuring out the forces by comparing his experience with the Speed Force. Luckily it’s working because if there were no complimentary elements between the forces, Barry would be SOL. I loved how Burns says, “I’m glad you’re not a cop…because you’d be a crappy one.” Ouch. But this is what Barry needs to snap him into looking at the forces the way he needs to. If only he could listen to Iris the way he listened to Burns.

Barry is finally learning! It also helped that Burn’s empathy for Rory’s situation was sparking a connection with the force. Another aspect of this issue that is keeping me interested is Commander Cold, he’s the comic relief and also, the much-needed driver of plot and action. The art is consistent and gives us the right combination of cartoonish expressions and emotional depth. My only question is how the hell did Cold move those bodies so quick?

 

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Summary
Is Barry one step away from actually going on a Force Quest? Barry and Detective Burns are stuck in a fever dream onset by the Sage Force in Heatwave. Barry’s learning about the Sage Force up, close, and personal, this time around he needs to figure out something soon or all of Central City is toast. Commander Cold and Iris are on deck but they’re just as clueless about what to do next. How will they figure out how to counteract or deactivate the force? Flash #56 is on sale now. Enjoy!
Good
  • Burns chewing out Barry
  • Barry is figuring out the forces
  • Commander Cold.
Bad
  • Is Cold really quick as well? I need an explanation
7.8
Good
Art - 8
Writing - 7
Plot - 8
Character Development - 8
Fluidity from previous issue - 8
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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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