A Cold Day in Hell (The Flash #36 Comic Review)

The Flash #36

Written By: Joshua Williamson

Pencils By: Carmine Di Giandomenico

Colors By: Karl Kerschl

What You Need to Know: First and foremost boys and girls, I say it is good to be back. Months ago I made a personal decision and choice to take a step back from my favorite comic book series due to me not being able to meet the deadlines and meet a consistent release because I was overwhelmed my very busy and stressful life. So I made the very personal decision to make the best choice from where I was standing not only for the website, but for you fans, to drop the series and give it to someone who had far more time to commit to it.

This is why I handed the mantle and responsibility down to the more than capable and biggest Flash fanboy that I know (other than myself of course): Reed Harrison Strong. He has done a phenomenal job filling in for me and continuing on this legacy making sure this character and amazing series gets the best of treatment and respect it deserves. Now he’s not going anywhere; we just came to an agreement months ago that he would be covering everything following Flash #39 including the highly anticipated Flash War and I would be allowed to finish up my Flash run covering the return of the Rogues and Gorilla Grodd as my final reviews and act as an official farewell to me on this amazing series. Now obviously, nothing is ever set in stone around here and I could always drop in to cover another future arc down the line (permitting Reed is alright with it). Reed and I could maybe even collaborate. Who knows? The future will be here faster then you think.

Alright. Now that that’s out of the way, in terms of the actual issue, we are just getting off of the Negative arc which Reed has already covered in previous reviews which you can find on our website. This is the start of a new arc that ties in more so with Flash Rebirth’s first arc(which, maybe, if enough of you want, it I could go back and do the back issues for Flash Rebirth. Maybe).   

What You’ll Find Out: A Rogue is murdered under mysterious means; there is no clear motive, understanding, evidence, or even a lead. One man may have information that leads to a larger scheme beneath the surface, but can he be trusted? Hopefully Barry can uncover this sinister plot before it’s too late. Honestly, I’m keeping it brief here because I can’t say too much without giving it away. I rather not spoil such a pivotal and critical issue to this ongoing arc so I will just say if you’re a Flash fan you will probably like this issue a lot. It does set up some major events and set the overall plot in motion.

What Just Happened? While the issue itself doesn’t have a lot going on, it acts more as an exposition issue and sets up the main story arc and plot to come. It does make for one really great setup issue. All the dialogue here is well-written, the characters are still well-likable, Barry and August have great interaction, and still the aftermath and ramifications of the Negative arc are still in massive play here.

One More Thing *SPOILERS*: Stand out scenes here are Axel getting decked by Barry and Snart getting his own freaking ice thrown at him. That’s just straight up cool. Lot of great art and storytelling at work here, meeting in the middle to provide us with the start to what could potentially be a great new narrative. All in all, it’s an awesome introduction to what I’m sure will be the makings of a great new Flash arc.

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Summary
Flash continues to excel and strive where others fall short in one simple regard. Being true to itself while Marvel is constantly changing their slate or characters to match the ever growing and expanding MCU. Or other series may cater to other forms of media like film or tv. One thing that is constant about Flash is that Flash will continue to be Flash. Keeping true to it's always present light but fun tone Flash has heart in spades and that is ultimately it's greatest strength among impressive art and excellent writing as well. That is what truly makes it a cut above the rest when in comparison to other Rebirth titles.
Good
  • Story continues to be great and worthwhile enough alone to justify reading.
  • Art is still at it's finest.
  • The characters still are written well, have well written banter and interactions with another.
Bad
  • Not a lot happens
8.8
Great
Art - 9
Story - 8.5

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