Flash #58 Review
Flash Quest Part 1
Written by: Joshua Williamson
Penciled by: Rafa Sandoval
Inked by: Jordi Tarragona
Colored by: Tomeli Morey
Lettered by: Steve Wands
Cover: Sandoval, Tarragona, Morey
Variant Cover: Karl Kerschl
We’re at the beginning of a new arc where finally Barry takes on a Flash Quest! I have no idea why this excites me so much but it does. After a very rough time dealing with the various forces, Barry and Iris take some time to explore the world to figure things out.
Previously on The Flash…
Some spoilers for The Flash #57
In “The Last Embers,” Barry and Detective Burns finally use the Sage force’s powers of empathy to overturn the mental turmoil of Heatwave. With the help of Iris and Commander Cold, they utilize his friendship with the Captain Cold to take hold of his emotions. As he wraps up this issue with the Sage Force, Barry is awakened to the need to consult with the 52 Flashes and he finally goes on the much-needed force quest. Barry also finally recognizes that he can’t live without Iris and brings her along.
Barry has been stuck in a rough place for quite some time. After all the complications with Wally and Wallace, Hunter Zolomon’s return, and his initial interaction with the new forces, Barry has been in need of some time to heal. Williamson is finally giving the Flash a moment to reflect and discern what’s going on. Barry has been on a cyclical guilt trip and now he’s on a much-needed quest. When a hero goes on a quest, they are searching both externally and internally. The much-needed change of scenery from Central City is important here as well. Flash feels comfortable and safe in his ability to address the issues of his hometown to the point where he loses focus in new environments. When Flash loses focus, disasters can happen in a nanosecond. His reflection on that is important. Also, as usual, I love the interaction between Barry and Iris and the way they work together to solve problems. Barry needs Iris. Even with the constant change in artists, Sandoval joins us and is in step with the art and story style of Williamson’s Flash. Overall, a great issue with Barry moving in an important direction, towards growth.