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?
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?