A Cold Day in Hell (Flash #38)
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Art: Scott Kolins
Letters: Steve Wands
Cover: Barry Kitson and Hi-Fi
Last time on The Flash: With a dead rogue found in Iron Heights prison, Barry tried to get to the bottom of which member sold out and killed one of their own. After getting trapped in a cell with the help of his old partner and new enemy Godspeed, he faces off against Captain Cold toe-to-toe, in a frozen fist-fight to the end.
This time: Barry and Captain Cold trade blows as the rest of the rogues watch on intently, the sub-sub-zero temperatures cancelling out Barry’s speed enough to give Snart a major upper hand. August manages to turn off the cell’s icy condition as the rest of the rogues try to stop him, giving Barry the split-second reactions he needs to knock out all the rogues single-handedly. August tells Barry that he’s truly sorry for everything he did as Godspeed, understanding what it meant now, and that he needs to stay in a cell until he can gain Barry’s trust again. Captain Cold’s scheme is revealed, as he’s carted off for the murder of Turbine, and Barry goes to apologize to Iris, taking August’s words on gaining forgiveness to heart.
Reed Strong’s Strong Read: Captain Cold is one complex, chilly dude, and the lengths of which he’s willing to go to prove himself since his reinvention in the late-90’s have helped define him and give The Rogues that edge they need to make a name for themselves among the all-time greats of comic villain history. This short arc shows exactly why that character continues to work so well in his insanely-adaptable genius, while still giving Barry the time he needs, no pun intended, to deal with the rest of his troubles. The seemingly honest hopes of redemption that August has after Godspeed give Barry a real sense of hope himself after everything he’s been through, making just a solid, complete issue of comics.